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Old 12-13-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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I'm not going to be able to afford a factory SMB before I want to start doing my travel this spring, so I've been scouring craigslist and eBay for 4x4 vans that I can do some basic interior conversion on. Then I found this sucker listed, with a current bid of just $1k. (Other similar vans from EMI are going for around $15k with more mileage, so I bet the reserve on this is at least $20k.)

I'm a big geek so I'd sort of want to keep the extending 35-foot mast in the back as well as the 19-inch equipment rack that the genny lives in, but check out the A/C unit and duct work in the back! This thing was basically a mobile datacenter.

It's too bad it's probably going to end up out of my price range, because I would totally leave that mast in and get the best 3G signal on the mountain. I'd be a bit worried about the weight of all that steel plate top, though, and of course a penthouse would be right out. But it tickles my dorksense.

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Old 12-13-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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Re: eBay: 1997 E350 EB w/Quigley and the biggest A/C ever

You didn't mention it was a dually too.

Is that a flying bridge on top where you can steer from. Is there a crow's nest on the mast too? It would make for an interesting and challenging camper conversion. Take lots of pics if you go this route.


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Old 12-14-2009, 11:52 PM   #3
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Re: eBay: 1997 E350 EB w/Quigley and the biggest A/C ever

It's got down jacks! Man that would be a great van to stick a large telescope on. Very cool.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:49 PM   #4
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Re: eBay: 1997 E350 EB w/Quigley and the biggest A/C ever

Wow, I'm seriously thinking junkyard fixed top... peel that bad boy off and redo it with a less extreme fixed top.

Or, there is always the option of:

"KIDS! Don't make me pull this van over and put you on the roof the rest of the way to Grandma's!"
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