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Old 07-25-2018, 04:34 PM   #1
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Smile Need Some Ideas. I just bought a E350 that already has some good work done.

Hey Guys,

New to the Sportsmobile life and I wanted to share my new rig. I run a video production business and we got this to hopefully follow some bands on the road, do music festivals, and use it as a recreational vehicle for our road trips. I wanted to share with this community and see what everyone thinks.

Things I wanna do:

Raise her 2" and get better off road wheels
Add another Solar Panel on the roof to add LED lighting and some other things
(has one solar unit to a 100W converter that runs roof fan, and one outlet)
Install a pop roof to add space, and cause I think this looks badass
Install front and rear metal bumper guards. The one on the back with the cargo carrier.
Make a pull out drawer under the bed to put a propane stove/pump sink/ storage that pulls out the back.
Install a retractable arm behind the driver seat for a monitor.

I'm really excited and looking for some DIY cool ideas.
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:19 PM   #2
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Old 07-25-2018, 11:26 PM   #3
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Ambitious plans, good luck. Hope you have a deep wallet.
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:32 AM   #4
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Welcome and nice plans. Agree with Bbasso, your plans can get expensive quick.
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:54 AM   #5
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Your 2 big expenses are obviously going to be the pop top and bumpers, then add in a rear tire carrier and deluxe box. If you read through this forum, you may be familiar with the options out there.
You can fab up some bumpers or have that done, otherwise thereís a handful of options, most of us go with Aluminess. There are some used Sportsmobile pop tops that come up for sale once in a while, I think thatís the only way to get into one of theirs, as I donít believe they install them on customers rigs anymore. So then the choice becomes gtrv or Colorado Campervans, get in line! Camburg makes lift kits for 2WD vans, or depending on where youíre located, which is? thereís a host of shops that might be able to help you out-Ujoint, Agile, Boulder offroad.....Youíll want to address your electrical layout if you start adding stuff-separater/isolator, adding a dedicated deep cycle (agm) battery to your rig if it doesnít have one already and maybe look at wiring in a larger inverter that runs off of it and then thereís a converter for shore power plug in, water systems, the list goes on and on......
Welcome and good luck! Lots of info here and some amazing build threads
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There are endless ideas on this forum the hard part will be deciding what to do! My first van started out as a 4x4 SMB with only the couch, pop top from SMB and Aluminess bumpers. Jumped on this form and could not believe the amount of resources and details all the members provided and the willingness to help. Have fun you have just been hooked.
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