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Old 08-08-2018, 09:13 PM   #1
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SMB build - 2018 Ford Transit; HR; EL; Full Time

I am finalizing the layout and systems for a Sportsmobile build beginning in about 1 month (around September 1, 2018).

The van: a new 2018 Ford Transit 350 Cargo Van (EcoBoost engine), High-Roof, Extended-Length (about 22' in length).

The last decision I need to make is (and which affects the entire layout):

a) Add an interior shower at the expense of interior living space (like a gaucho with a large table aka work surface).

b) Not add an interior shower, which means I will need to either depend on the exterior shower when boondocking in fair weather, or the showers in urban gyms and/or wipes during inclement weather.

I would really appreciate the experience of SMB owners who have had this dilemma. Did you add an interior shower and regret it? Or did you not add an interior shower and regret not having one?

My SMB is built around a rear platform bed (about 72" in length) with a garage underneath. Everything in front of the platform bed is inspired around these standard layouts:
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  • EB132S (almost identical to EB110S except for bedroom; replace bedroom with platform bed)
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  • EB154S (almost identical to EB110S except for bedroom; replace bedroom with platform bed)
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  • EB164S (almost perfect; has small desk which I wish could be bigger)
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:40 PM   #2
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What about just using a floorpan and shower curtain? Then it won't take up space when you aren't using it, but you can take inside showers when needed.
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:10 PM   #3
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What about just using a floorpan and shower curtain? Then it won't take up space when you aren't using it, but you can take inside showers when needed.
Can you point us to pictures of what you're suggesting? What would "a floorpan and shower curtain" look like in a floorpan without a built-in interior shower?
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:01 AM   #4
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For me, being able to sit inside and look out the side door (especially in inclement weather) is a great feature of an SMB. In my opinion, a side gaucho like that is a great addition, but it is not suitable for passengers riding along if there's ever more than two of you.


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Old 08-09-2018, 12:42 PM   #5
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For me, being able to sit inside and look out the side door (especially in inclement weather) is a great feature of an SMB. In my opinion, a side gaucho like that is a great addition, but it is not suitable for passengers riding along if there's ever more than two of you.


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Ditto. We use our side gaucho all the time. Love it.
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