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Old 09-08-2014, 10:02 PM   #1
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1996 Ford Sportsmobile

This popped up in my home town. Can look at it if someone is interested.

1996 Ford Sportsmobile Conversion Van, camper, RV with pop-top - $6500
http://corvallis.craigslist.org/rvs/4655364390.html
Good comfortable camping van which stays very cool in the summer.

Conversion:
Seats 5 -- all with seatbelts
Sleeps 4 -- 2 in pop-top, 2 in queen bed below
2.5 cu ft. Norcold fridge
2 burner Atwood propane stove
Suburban propane furnace
Sink with electric pump
12 gallon water tank
Fire extinguisher
Front seats swivel
Opening windows with screens and curtains
7'3" headroom with pop-top up
Marine battery -- charges while driving which runs fridge and lights for several days
New 7.9 gallon propane tank

Van:
E150 Ford Econoline Van 19' long
198K mostly highway miles
5.8L V8 gas engine gets 15-16mpg
Runs well with no major mechanical issues
Uses a little oil (~1 quart / 5k miles)
Limited slip 3.55 ratio rear differential
No accidents -- VIN 1FTEE14H3THB45245
Step bumper
Front and rear hitches, trailer wiring
Cruise control/AC
Thule mounts and feet
Rear helper springs added and front shocks replaced
New rotor and plugs
New idler pulleys and drive belt
New speed sensor
New rear helper bearings and front wheels bearings
New battery

Things that don't work:
Radio
Backup lights
Back door must be opened from inside
Cruise control surges
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #2
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Re: 1996 Ford Sportsmobile

Larrie I'd really appreciate it if you'd check out this SMB.

I'm a new forum member who's looking for my first SMB to camp around with the family. This looks like a good deal, but I'm in the Bay Area, CA and it's a bit of a trek .

Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:09 PM   #3
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Have sent them an email to see when I can come look at it. Will let you know what happens.

If you have an iPhone or iPad maybe we can do a FaceTime call so you can see it "in person"
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:58 PM   #4
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I have spoke to the owner and he was honest enough to let me know that it does use a little oil between changes. And the tranny is starting to slip a bit. Now, one could hope that with a full service it might be good to go, but I would plan sooner than later to have some $$ aside for a rebuild.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:23 PM   #5
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My 89 had some issues as well and I had put away some $ to cover it too. Seems like there is always something when you buy a used vehicle.

Am seeing it tomorrow at 6:30pm.
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I spoke with the owner too. He was cool and pretty forthcoming about the problems with the van. Even mentioned he had an engine fire from a rats nest.

How much do you think a rebuild would cost? Or a replacement tranny? I'm new to this
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