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Old 11-08-2018, 09:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone taken possession of the fiberglass ford classic build and if so what are your impressions thus far?

My wife and I rented the steel body version last may and she did not like the height of the countertops being so low. For off road applications it just seems like the classic configuration is preferable to the low sprinter as the 4x4 build is super good. The tall sprinter just looks too top heavy and tall for any real off roading but has the advantage of normal countertop height and being able to stand up. Seems like every design is a compromise of some kind!
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:54 PM   #2
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The answer appears to be no! I would guess the sprinter is the main product these days.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:13 PM   #3
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I'm not aware of anyone who is active here that has one. Sure would be interesting to hear about it though should someone surface.
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I have been following this thread in hope of a review of the Ford SMB Classic. I'm sure someone will be leaving the factory with one soon, and we can get their take on it.
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I would think a few should start showing up out there. Ran into a guy at a gas station in Mojave that has had one on order forever. He still had a few months wait and that was about 6 months ago. He was driving one of the nicest FJs I have seen towing a side x side.
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:32 AM   #6
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Has anyone taken possession of the fiberglass ford classic build and if so what are your impressions thus far?

My wife and I rented the steel body version last may and she did not like the height of the countertops being so low. For off road applications it just seems like the classic configuration is preferable to the low sprinter as the 4x4 build is super good. The tall sprinter just looks too top heavy and tall for any real off roading but has the advantage of normal countertop height and being able to stand up. Seems like every design is a compromise of some kind!
SMB's countertop height in ANY domestic, low roof (or pop top) van is WAY too low. It's a common complaint, however you summed it up with your last sentence. EVERYthing about these vans is a compromise. They did it so you could have decent space between countertop and ceiling and so you could work from a sitting position. It's a nasty trade off.

Sprinters may look top heavy but they are not. I have actively tried to flip one (did it for years in a work truck). They handle like a Benz should, you won't flip one.

If you find anyone with an SMB classic, get pics or anything please share here! Lots of us would love to know more.
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:45 AM   #7
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Bump. Still haven't heard of a new Classic being delivered yet. Anyone else?
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Old 04-03-2019, 03:08 PM   #8
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I think my wife spotted one in Santa Rosa, CA. She took these pics. No license plate yet and it looks like a possible fiberglass body from one of the pics. Paint looks slightly different on the cab then the body.
Hopefully the pics show up. I don't post often.
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Thanks, nice looking van, but it doesn't look like the body is any wider than the cab and the new ones are about an inch wider. Also, last I heard, they were going to use something Rhino Liner on the entire van.
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Old 04-03-2019, 03:56 PM   #10
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I did get an email from SMB West and it sounds like they are moving on with them. I would suspect there is quite a wait for one of them also though.


Steve,

Thank you for your inquiry with Sportsmobile. Yes, we are in full production with the Sportsmobile Classic with over 25 sold units in the backlog.
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