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Old 02-27-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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An order to how things are installed?

So was I to understand on here that there is generally an order to how things are installed in a SMB, and that adding certain features after a build makes installation of them problematic?

Aside from having to potentially dismantle a lot of stuff, are there some things that just don't work out so well if you do add them later?

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: An order to how things are installed?

Two things I'd do first:
Pre-wire for solar
Electric penthouse lift (if going with a penthouse)

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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Re: An order to how things are installed?

Generally speaking anything electrical or plumbing related (water/gas/diesel/propane) is difficult and expensive to retrofit since those systems are buried beneath cabinetary. I struggled to keep my build within a certain budget and SMB helped me with those decisions. They were very helpful in that regard and completely honest. Hopefully you'll receive a picture like this soon...

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Re: An order to how things are installed?

Solar and electrical from both of you. That's what I thought I'd heard before and I suppose it makes sense. Hidden stuff. I just came over from the thread about the white SMB for sale this afternoon. Such a nice van and has almost everything I'm wanting- except Solar. So I guess you just call up SMB and ask for an estimate on installing it in an older SMB with a penthouse and 50 plan, etc? Sounds like another big bill on top of buying the van. But I guess you're going to end up paying for it one way or another, it's just cheaper if you can order it when they make the van.

Any other common (interior) conversions, add-ons, rehab that are pricey?
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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Re: An order to how things are installed?

Unless you want to have one built exactly to your specs, which by the way can be a challenge unless you've owned one before, personally I would go with the used one and have it tweaked to your preferences. That's just me.

New is cool, but when I bought a used rig, I also saved a TON of money on state taxes, registration and insurance. That alone paid for a few mods/changes/upgrades. Buying used however, you need to really do your homework with regards to condition and maintenance performed on the vehicle.


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Re: An order to how things are installed?

Wooooo, Mr. Makalu1, you are in the wrong place if you have issues with "pricey" and "big bills". These toys will wear out a buffalo hide wallet! Don't say I didn't warn you
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An order to how things are installed?

If you are handy you can install solar yourself several people on the forum have done so.
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