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Old 02-01-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

Found this on the San Francisco craigslist.
I really dig the solar set-up and how it pivots up, I need to do that with mine.


Anyway, here is the link (no affiliation)

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/rvs/2827046030.html
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

$62K for a 2001?

I guess that means i should be able to sell my '03 for at least 70?

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Old 02-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #3
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

It does seem overpriced.

The solar mount is trick. Flips up right or left. Nice.

Wonder why he thinks 2001 is the last year for a 7.3 PSD.

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Old 02-01-2012, 09:55 PM   #4
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

Maybe his wife said you need to sell this. "Already listed babe, already listed."
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:05 PM   #5
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

Jeremiah,

Funny you should mention that.
A dude I know has been told by his wife to sell his boat.
He has it listed for around 186k.
He paid 109k.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

I wonder who did the 4x4 conversion on this rig?
2001 was before Sportsmobile started doing their
own. They were using Quigley converted vans or
Salem Kroger.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

It is a Quigley conversion.

The owner, Doug, got right back to me with specs and pictures. This is pricey, but I've been looking for a couple years, and it seems like this one is very well equipped. I have been searching for a V10, but the 7.3L is very tempting...

Worth it?

Here are the specs:

Sportsmobile EB 50 Series, 4x4, Penthouse Pop Top
2001 Ford E350 Super Duty 1 Ton 7.3L Diesel
63,500 miles, Excellent Condition
Clear title in hand, Clean CarFax report available

Summary:
Very well equipped, nicely upgraded rig, ready to go anywhere. If youve done your homework, you know this is last solid diesel Ford made for their 1 ton vans. You simply cant get a more reliable engine and drivetrain. The Quigley 4x4 conversion provides far better ride and handling than the Sportsmobile in house design available in newer models. This rig has been sorted out over the last 10 years, including lots of custom work, corrections of poorly designed systems, and replacement of cheap RV parts. Custom solar system can sustain the rig even during short winter days, without the need for a generator or engine idling. Never abused, no dents, no damage history. This is a better van than you can buy new. All records, receipts.

Great Layout, 65 headroom, both captains chairs swivel 180 degrees to face rearward for living mode
Seats 4, sleeps 4
Custom child seat anchors welded up for rear bench, quick set up, no seat belt adaptor needed

Specifications:
Engine
7.3L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel
After 2002, Ford introduced several new diesels to their van line, each an immediate failure. Finally, Ford discontinued diesels in their vans, period. Having operated gas powered Sportsmobiles, including the V-10, there is no comparison to the diesel for power delivery, economy, and remote area fuel sourcing.

This engine/drivetrain has been regularly serviced by the factory and local mechanics for oil/lube. It has been fitted with a high flow K&N air filter, and a SuperChip designed to increase torque and fuel economy. The rig regularly achieves 19 mpg. The block heater is used all winter, even though unnecessary in the bay area, greatly reducing lifetime cold starts. A factory Ford tow truck controller gives you total control over engine rpm, alternator output (for high idle charging), and use of the winch and compressor.

Compressor
Fitted with an Extreme Air Magnum continuous duty air compressor, all four tires can be aired up from 15psi to 60 psi in 12 minutes. Mounted to the frame in a custom fabricated steel box, noise is minimized and interior space saved. A 5 gallon storage tank provides buffer for running shop sized air tools and allows operation of the ARB air lockers without the compressor running (safety and speed). Fitted with pressure gauge, quick connects, spare ports in the distribution manifold, and dash mounted switching.

Electrical Systems
2010 Pioneer Stereo
CD, Stereo, and iPod/iPhone, MP3, USB
Removable face, integrated hands free speaker phone, Bluetooth, remote
High end speakers, with one in custom box on long lead for external use
Wired to house battery bank with ignition bypass
Cobra CB Radio with weather and removable whip
Inverter, compact, forced air cooled, portable
110v AC power, converter, cords, adapters
Swapped stock battery isolator for voltage sensitive separator
Custom house battery system
Top end Lifeline AGM 4D bank (new)
Fully insulated
Custom fabricated tray, rubber isolation mounts, and all steel fastening assembly
Wired direct to solar controller
Many other systems properly rewired and fused, and/or run to the breaker panel

Lighting
Exterior and Driving
Hella 4000 long range driving lights (2), push bar mounted
PIAA 100w driving lights, short range flood (2), bumper mounted
Awning/Porch light, switched in cabin
PIAA 100w reverse lights (2), bumper mounted, 3 way switched (slaved to reverse, manual, off)
100w work spot, pop top mounted, 3 way switched (slaved to reverse, manual, off)

Interior
Map lights, reading lights, fluorescent cabin, kitchen and beds

Photovoltaic System
Custom Solar Charging System
(2) Sharp 80w modules provide 160w of reliable power
Custom fabricated dual axis mounting units allow for maximum collection angle (all steel)
One pre-wired expansion jack over cab, and one at rear of van for running extension line out to modules in the sun while the van is parked in the shade
Mark 22 Solar controller mounted in cabin provides controls and monitoring of module output and battery status

4x4 and Off-Road Systems
Warn locking hubs
Dana 60 full floating axles
ARB Air Locker (Locking diff)
Warn 12,000 winch, front bumper mounted with remote, clip hook, and bumper shackles
Extreme Air compressor allows full air up of all four tires in just 12 minutes
High Lift jack, bumper mounted (Locked)
Max Axe multi tool, bumper mounted (locked); shovel, axe, pick, hoe, more
Custom work: trimmed up hanging systems, hoses, etc, and fitted guards
Added overload leaf to rear stack to balance rig
Hewig HD front sway bar
CorrectTrack wheel spacers, rear axle, improved stance and handling
HD steel rear bumper, frame mounted, and has (2) shackles
Transfer Flow fuel tank expansion system for total of 56 gallons, providing huge range
Additional 20 gallons fuel or water in jerry can mounts on bumper in custom steel box
PeWag HD snow plow chains (4), cross-linked pattern and steel cam locker for side hill traction, off road in snow, mud or other (never used)

Heating
Propane fired furnace, thermostat controlled
Insulation added throughout
Insulated window covers for all glass, matched color
Dual window shades (daylight and blackout)

Hot Water
Double walled flat plate heat exchanger, circulation pump, increased coolant capacity
Saves a huge amount of interior space compared with a standard combustion heater
Very simple system to operate and maintain, steaming hot water temps

Food and Water Storage
Electric large Norcold 3.1 cf fridge/freezer, thermostat controlled, custom insulated and vented (sound and efficiency)
XL pantry, under counter storage, and drawers
9 gallon fresh water tank, electric pump on demand
20 gallon additional capacity in jerry can storage

Cooking
Dual burner propane stovetop inside, with exhaust fan
Hot/Cold sink in counter with cutting board insert
High and Low pressure aux propane lines to exterior under awning for outdoor cooking, heat, lantern light, etc
110v AC receptacle behind counter for micro, toaster, coffee maker, etc
Large outdoor table, custom made to stow in under main bed without impacting storage
Low draw fluorescent work lighting under counter

Towing
Never towed anything heavier than a small dirt bike trailer
Have a new HD electronic tow controller for it (never mounted)
Front and rear 2 receivers

Brakes
The stock brakes do NOT stop these rigs!
Upgraded to Brake Man, custom rotors/pads (SuperBrake)

Bathroom
Thetford PortaPotti stores in its own cabinet with upholstered leather cushion cover (for use as seat)
Privacy curtain to cabin
Interior/Exterior hot water shower

Gear Transport
Single bike rack on rear bumper swing arm. Custom fabricated all steel bomber construction. Removable in seconds, can never fail even under worst off road conditions.
Thule tracks on pop top with (3) cross bars and (4) quick feet landing sets for easy switch ups to access solar panels
Under floor vault: solid steel, locking vault mounted under floor where spare used to sit. Access only from inside the van, huge space for tools, valuables, etcor use as a cooler (has a drain).
Front bumper 2 receiver hitch mount allows moto rail, or other accessories up front
Interior space easily converts to allows very large objects, tie down points, and adjustable seating/bedding
Easily carry tandem sea kayak and (4) long boards on roof, with room to walk in between

Other
Custom map/dining table between front seats, folds away
Front leather captains chairs with adjustable lumbar
2 Tables, stowable
Roof ladder
XL Fiamma awning, color matched
Screened windows throughout
Arctic shades for all windows
Hoop steps
Husky Winter floor mats
Bushwhacker fenders
Carbon Monoxide/Propane Detector and Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
Spares, tools
$300 Gift Certificate for Sportsmobile West service or parts
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:04 AM   #8
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
"7.3L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel
After 2002, Ford introduced several new diesels to their van line, each an immediate failure."

WRONG!

I have a 2003 with the 7.3.

"The stock brakes do NOT stop these rigs!"

WRONG X 2

I regularly pull close to an 8K pound trailer, w/no problem.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:25 PM   #9
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

Quote:
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"7.3L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel
After 2002, Ford introduced several new diesels to their van line, each an immediate failure."

WRONG!

I have a 2003 with the 7.3.
Not to mention that every 6.0L didn't fail immediately, some took 1,000s of miles to fail!
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #10
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Re: Craigslist: 2001 Sportsmobile 4x4 EB

despite some technical discrepancies, that thing is freaking loaded and would probably cost twice that new. IF you wanted all those things, and IF you wanted the 7.3 PSD with low mileage it probably isn't too bad of a deal just from an availability standpoint. You could buy a $45k rig and quickly spend another 15k in accessories if it wasn't equipped the way you wanted.
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