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Old 03-31-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Our 1 year of ownership report

Well we've now had the SMB for 1 year. So after a year we still love it and plan to have many more travels with it. It's so easy to throw some food and clothes into and head out regardless of the weather!
Here is a breakdown of our year of ownership:

Total miles for the year: 13,000
Average MPG: 14-16
Nights camped out in the SMB: 59
Longest trip: 4,200 miles
Hottest temp while camping:92
Coldest temp while camping: 7

Things added to the SMB:

Side ladder
85 watt solar Panel & controller
Coolant filter system
Rear transverse bike rack (homebrew)
Hi-lift
315-75-16 BFG's
Welded shackle mounts to front bumper
Dual steering stabilizers

Mechanical Problems:

New turbo
Fan clutch
Rear crankcase oil seal

Wants and wishes:

315-75-16 Toyo E rated tires
Winch
Deaver Springs

Lessons learned:

Mice can get in
The van has badonkadonk
Make sure the roof cargo carrier is latched
Be prepared for comments from nearly everyone who walks by it
Stake down the awning (especially when drinking)
People pull over and make room for you on narrow dirt roads
It's nice to sit inside and watch a movie when the wind is blowing at 40 mph.

I think that's about it.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Are you sure that's it? Seems never ending for me.
I still need to work on a better transmission cooler.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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Oh ya, forgot.
I want to add hood/fender vents and a larger transmission cooler.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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I really like your van through your gallery. I have been watching the used section for awhile now looking for one like it. Also have an inboard boat to sell before we purchase. Great to hear that you still really like it and have fun as it is a big ticket item and a leap of faith as I have never actually seen one yet in person. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:50 PM   #6
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"badonkadonk" lol, spit out my beer!!!


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Old 04-01-2010, 08:53 AM   #7
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Saline ,
You are officially on your way ! Congratulation's
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:51 AM   #8
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Congrats Saline on a successful first year. But 59 nights in the SMB? Did you go to work at all, or are you already retired? We hope to break 40 nights camping this year, if work permits.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:58 AM   #9
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it is a big ticket item and a leap of faith as I have never actually seen one yet in person.
I still get a chuckle out the of the conversation in Fresno when we picked up our SMB. A young SMB West employee picked us up at the airport and we got to talking about cars, trucks and assorted vans.

He said: "I still can't believe that people fly in here, plunk down tens of thousands of dollars to buy an SMB without ever having driven one before".

I replied: "We just flew in here, about to plunk down tens of thousands of dollars to buy an SMB without ever having driven one before".
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Congrats Saline on a successful first year. But 59 nights in the SMB? Did you go to work at all, or are you already retired? We hope to break 40 nights camping this year, if work permits.
Thanks all! Of course I work Ed, sheesh. I work ten 24 hr. shifts a month and my wife makes her own schedule. Lots of time to goof around.
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