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Old 07-07-2018, 10:26 PM   #1
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Adding upgrades to SMB

I just brought home my 1st SMB. It is a 2008 Ford E350 Van with a 6.0 Diesel Quigley 4X4. This is a triple mint van with one owner and never camped in also has only 30,000 miles and brand new custom wheels and tires.
I plan to use the van primarily to Ski and snow board. My sons and I are planning to visit as many ikon pass destinations in North America as possible. .
I would like to add a functional roof rack and ladder system. The rack needs to be solar panel capable as well as accomadate the SMB pop up, it also should be able to mount an awning Rear bumper needs to be about functional storage and heavy duty big enough for possible generator, on demand heat and storage. Front bumper winch and light capable. I’ve heard of boxes where spare tire was underneath mine now is a swing out bumper. I would also welcome any thoughts on shops and brands to get these items.
So far being in Colorado Springs I have been to tanner 4x4 and like some of his work. Aluminess has reached out to me with a quote of about 10,000.00 plus shipping and install. SMB reaches out and offered their products and expertise I also am awaiting a quote from Chris at ujoint in Asheville NC. I don’t mind a road trip to purchase or install. I have been pouring over this forum and am really enjoying all the cool SMB and nice people. I would really appreciate any recommendations or advice.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:41 AM   #2
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Here's a write-up where someone designed and built their own underfloor storage box and now sells them.


http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...rage-6034.html




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Old 07-08-2018, 09:17 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new rig and plans to hit a bunch of the IKON pass resorts!!

My wife and I did the Mountain Collective Pass touring for the last three seasons. 6weeks, almost 7 weeks, and 5 weeks respectively. All but 4 to 6 nights we were sleeping in our van. Lots to consider in terms of van equipping, set-up, and logistics to make it enjoyable.

Are you planning on camping in the van for your tour? Many of the places have no campgrounds open in the winter. Eating in or out most of the time? Going east or just hitting the IKON resorts west of the Mississippi?

Heating and ventilation, storage for food, gear, wet gear, how to occupy time at night, protecting your water supply and plumbing from freezing, battery capacity in cold temps, engine/systems reliability, cleaning the interior and exterior regularly, prepping the frame now, if it is super clean, because the salt and chems used in various states is brutal, etc.

PM your ph# to me if you want to discuss. It is a great way to ski/ride and a wonderful experience to have with your sons. Just need to set up for success!
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:05 AM   #5
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Agile RIP package would be the first place I spent money if I were you given your plans to be on the road. Along with at least some of the simple addresses to known 6.0 issues. I loved my Quigley 6.0 once I did those things. Looks like a really clean van, congrats.
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Chris is on vacation til the 16th. Come to UJOR!
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:20 PM   #7
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Since you have the 6.0 PSD you may want to take a look at the Bulletproof Engineering website. They have some good videos explaining how to modify the oil/water cooling systems of that engine to keep it reliable. I have the kit installed on my 6.0 and it has worked well so far.
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That’s super cool of you to mention that and i am absolutely going to
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I'd get the bulletproofing done first. Then I'd call Aluminess. Then I'd call John at Agile.

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Old 07-17-2018, 09:43 PM   #10
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Right on thatís what Iím gonna do. Most my driving will be mountains so it sounds like even with only 30000 miles and all fluid changes done I better get on it. My SMB is a smooth running beauty and I want to keep it that way.
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