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Old 11-15-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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Well, since Ford is not starting the Van until 19 Nov (or at least that is the most recent news), we have more time to work on our build.

The van decisions have been made. The 4x4 decisions will be the next to lock down.

Here is our planned build..... what do you think?

Ford EB Van E350
Powerstroke Diesel (6.0L)
TPMS
HD 140amp Alternator
4.10 axle
limited slip axle
Trailer Tow Package
Sportsmobile 4X4
Upgraded brakes
Front ARB Locker
Full Floating rear axle
Extra rear leaf spring
46 gal tank
Extreme Air
Amsoil Dual remote-mount Filter
Trojan Rear Bumper A with tire carrier and box for 3 Jerry cans and Generator
backup lights
Trojan Front Bumper
in bumper lights
Trojan side ladder
Bushwacker fender flares
Wheel locks (all lug system)
Hoop Steps (2 now, 1 later if we want)
35 inch Truck Tires (Cooper Discoverer STT LT325/65R18 load cap 3860)
18 inch wheels (American Eagle 186)
lumbar support for captains chair
Penthouse Top (electric)
Upstairs bed
zippered screens
diesel heater
Electric Water heater
Starcool IV air conditioner
Day/Night Shades (side doors)
Day/Night Shades (rear doors)
heat shade
Windshield and Cab Screens
3M Balistic film w/ Tint
2nd Aux battery
Solar panels (130w) [2x]
Xantrex Inverter
prewire for more panels
external 110v outlet
TV Hookup
19 in TV (multiple mounts)
4 CF refrigerator
microwave
larger freshwater tank (20 gal)
Marine Flooring w/Carpet Overlay
Porta Shower
Outside Shower
Porta Potti
Under Floor XL Storage Compartment
Yakima Rack tracks (top, full length)
2 front utility lights on top, aimed to side
2 rear utility lights on top, aimed to side
Side Awning
KVH Tracvision "In-Motion" antenna
CB Radio
CB Antenna
Cellular Antenna
Satellite Radio Stereo
Satellite Radio antenna (XM)
GPS Antenna
Security System

(Center aisle layout)
Gaucho
Gaucho Ext (9 inch)
Cabinet GC
Closet D
Closet D
Table top
42/45in Slider Window
Solid Surface counter tops (67 in)
Sink Lid
Galley F (combo) [no stove]
Cabinet D
Upper Shelf
Pantry 26"
Pantry 49"
Closet B
30in Slider Window
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:08 AM   #2
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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Nice List

With SMB now going to ARB springs are you sure you need the extra leafs?

On the Brake upgrade, do you mean the new Ford upgrade or one of the Brakman upgrades?

On the solar. With 2 panels now and more in the future I assume you are mounting side by side. Will you be able to utilize the full length roof racks? Any shade/shadow concerns with the posts and pillars on the panels?
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With SMB now going to ARB springs are you sure you need the extra leafs?

On the Brake upgrade, do you mean the new Ford upgrade or one of the Brakman upgrades?

On the solar. With 2 panels now and more in the future I assume you are mounting side by side. Will you be able to utilize the full length roof racks? Any shade/shadow concerns with the posts and pillars on the panels?
Good questions...

SMB knows we want no future sag. The leaf is there in case they feel it is needed. The trouble is that this change is most easy when done with the 4wd work.

The brakes are the new upgraded brakes that come with the SMB 4x4 and requires 17 in wheels.

The first two panels will be mounted using the yakima tracks as will the KVH behind it. With wiring below we expect no shadow problems.
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:02 PM   #5
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Are you having SMB install the Ballistic film or another private installer? Wondering if this is a 3M automotive product or is it the type for commercial building applications? If its on the two power windows, will there be any problem with it delaminating when the windows are raised and lowered? I have had the commercial film installed on building windows before and they hold it back about 3/8 " from the edges.
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:48 AM   #6
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Re: Build Review "Electric Water heater'


After three [3] years of non use we had our Electric Water heater removed in favor of storage and possibly a future gray water tank.
We heat water in the microwave for cooking, coffee, and cleaning as needed.
Measure the sink and you'll see that a quart size [eared] drinking jar will provied all hot water needed for dishwashing, spongebathing, etc.
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"Are you having SMB install the Ballistic film or another private installer?"

SMB will outsource this. It is my impression that they outsource many things that are not their core competancy

"Wondering if this is a 3M automotive product or is it the type for commercial building applications? "

I don't think there is a specific automotive product, but the commercial product has been used in automotive application.

"If its on the two power windows, will there be any problem with it delaminating when the windows are raised and lowered?"

It is my impression that there is no problem since this has been used in automotive application.
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WOW, have you been reading my mail?

Looks like we almost had the same van built, I pick mine up tomorrow Friday Nov. 30th. We grabbed the last 2007 SMB had in stock. I didn't care for the new front end lights on the 2008's.

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