Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
Site Team
 
macmcintire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 1,470
Using the SMB for Community Service

Getting my rig ready to be used as a communications command center for a 100-mile, 65-mile and 30-mile charity fund raiser bike ride for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to be held in Las Vegas November 10-11, 2012. I will post more pictures after I take them tomorrow during the event.



I have also used my SMB during two Search and Rescue operations looking for persons who have drowned during flashfloods in Las Vegas. In a few weeks my rig will be featured as a "county emergency vehicle" in a local parade.



How have you used your SMB for community service? Post your comments and pictures on this discussion stream.
__________________

__________________
Mac McIntire
2002 Ford E250, 5.4L V8, RB-50 (AdVANture)
4x2, Action Van Ultimate Suspension System, 4 1/2" lift
Dana Spicer Gear, ARB Full Air Locking Differential
285/70R17 Big Foot A/T tires
Aluminess Bumpers F/R, Bushwhacker fender flares
Smittybilt XRC 12 Winch
2014 Chaser Adventure Off-Road Trailer
macmcintire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,539
Using the SMB for Community Service

Thumbs up
__________________

Ocsmb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
Site Team
 
macmcintire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 1,470
Re: Using the SMB for Community Service

Setting up my SMB as the emergency communications vehicle at rest stop #2 and #4 for the 100 mile and 65 mile charity bike ride.





A few of the riders at my rest stop



A snow storm swept into the area on the Red Rock Loop, a part of the course for the riders. The temperature dropped to 34 degrees. Most of the riders were in shorts or thin clothing and had shed their jackets at earlier rest stops. The riders stopped at my rest stop (#2) before going to loop and then came back to my rest stop (#4) when they completed the 26 mile loop. By the time they got back they were shivering with fingers and toes frozen. Fortunately I had just fixed the rear heater of my SMB (thanks to instructions from Ford_6L_E350), so it became a warm haven for the riders. I had them six deep at times in my regular body rig that only seats three. I had two riders who stayed in my van for over two hours before they thawed out. And, of course, because they were all inside, I stayed outside tending to the other riders. It was cold!!!!





Some of the volunteers huddled under space blankets.



Prior to the ride I drove through the campground a Red Rock Canyon. This SMB from Colorado was there camping with someone in a van from Washington. I stopped and said hello. They had never heard of the Sportsmobile Forum.

__________________
Mac McIntire
2002 Ford E250, 5.4L V8, RB-50 (AdVANture)
4x2, Action Van Ultimate Suspension System, 4 1/2" lift
Dana Spicer Gear, ARB Full Air Locking Differential
285/70R17 Big Foot A/T tires
Aluminess Bumpers F/R, Bushwhacker fender flares
Smittybilt XRC 12 Winch
2014 Chaser Adventure Off-Road Trailer
macmcintire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 12:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
charlie56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: santa rosa ca
Posts: 991
Re: Using the SMB for Community Service

I volunteer for about half a dozen public service events a year in which the SMB is put into action. Either as a HAM mobile communications post or a SAG (Support And Gear) vehicle. Mostly bike and running events, but it also provides off-grid power for amateur radio's annual Field Day event.
__________________
... Charlie
EV-2 build is now complete, (yeah right).
KZ6T
charlie56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 03:48 PM   #5
Site Team
 
macmcintire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 1,470
Re: Using the SMB for Community Service

We SAGed a lot of frozen riders off the mountain yesterday.
__________________
Mac McIntire
2002 Ford E250, 5.4L V8, RB-50 (AdVANture)
4x2, Action Van Ultimate Suspension System, 4 1/2" lift
Dana Spicer Gear, ARB Full Air Locking Differential
285/70R17 Big Foot A/T tires
Aluminess Bumpers F/R, Bushwhacker fender flares
Smittybilt XRC 12 Winch
2014 Chaser Adventure Off-Road Trailer
macmcintire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
86Scotty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: TN
Posts: 6,465
Re: Using the SMB for Community Service

Quote:
Originally Posted by macmcintire
How have you used your SMB for community service? Post your comments and pictures on this discussion stream.
Mac, usually when I leave town in my van I'm doing my community a favor.

No, really, cool post! I ride a lot of bike events and have vol'd with a few, and every since I started building my van I've thought about what a great 'mobile command center/sag vehicle' it would be.
__________________

__________________
98 Silver E350 V10 home build
Rusty the Rusty 95 SMB (sold)
Tryptovan the blue CCV van (sold)
Vans flip flops
86Scotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.