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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:43 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

This is our first post ever, anywhere. Have been lurking obsessively for a couple of years. What a nice, knowledgeable, informative & generous group. Thanks to you all for showing us the way to happily part with our money. We'll be at SMB West, Friday 1/20 in the a.m. to see our newly arrived 2012 EB Hi-top, 3500 dually Sprinter cargo van and spend lots of time making the final?? decisions on the camper conversion. If any one has a van in production & would like us to try to take a few pix, PM us.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:48 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

TeeHouse wrote:
This is our first post ever, anywhere. Have been lurking obsessively for a couple of years. What a nice, knowledgeable, informative & generous group. Thanks to you all for showing us the way to happily part with our money. We'll be at SMB West, Friday 1/20 in the a.m. to see our newly arrived 2012 EB Hi-top, 3500 dually Sprinter cargo van and spend lots of time making the final?? decisions on the camper conversion. If any one has a van in production & would like us to try to take a few pix, PM us.
Gayle & John

Congrats, but your next priority is taking and posting pics of your own van.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:45 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Hi, thanks for offer to take some photos. We have a stone grey (light brown) 2012 2500 sprinter RB that started production last week. It should have a hole in the roof by now for the pop top. If you see it and have time, some photos inside the back area would be great!

Congratulations on your new rig! :u1:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:09 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Hi, Dan. Will look for your van and take some photos if we can. Seems my biggest challenge will be to post them or I can e- mail them to you. Just looked at the pic in your gallery. Nice color. I think maybe our van is parked next to yours?!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:31 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

TeeHouse wrote:
This is our first post ever, anywhere. Have been lurking obsessively for a couple of years. What a nice, knowledgeable, informative & generous group. Thanks to you all for showing us the way to happily part with our money. We'll be at SMB West, Friday 1/20 in the a.m. to see our newly arrived 2012 EB Hi-top, 3500 dually Sprinter cargo van and spend lots of time making the final?? decisions on the camper conversion. If any one has a van in production & would like us to try to take a few pix, PM us.
Gayle & John


Gayle & John, it was nice to meet you! I'm sure you're going to really love your new van once you hit the road. Please post a trip report one of these days.
Enjoy

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:42 am   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

We're headed to Fresno Friday 1/23 to check on the progress of our build. If anyone wants pix of their van, let us know.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:18 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Ran into Angel today at SMB-W. It's always great to see a good friend and enjoyed the hugs :p6: As usual talking with a fellow SMBer provided some valuable information. She just happens to have the same propane stove SMB installed in my van last week and alerted me (and SMB) of some issues that these stoves have :b3: I appreciated the information she had to offer and so did SMB. Both of us understand some equipment can have problems from time to time and I was glad Angel brought up the issues. It might save me some grief down the road.

Thanks Angel. I will see ya at Ansa if I make it...I plan to.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:49 pm   Post subject: SMB West Factory Visits

Dave, which one? The SMEV one?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:45 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Yeah, I just plumbed the fuel inlet out the side today. I had SMB cut out the countertop last week. All I have to do now is use a portable tank outside to run the stove. I got tired of the butane stove. SMB can't hook up a setup like mine due to the RV guidelines but they did a great job installing the stove.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:40 am   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Dave ,
could you post some photograph's of the changes made , we are contemplating gutting our interior and would much appreciate seeing the changes made . We like yourself enjoy cooking inside and out so new ideas are alway's welcome !
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:46 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

You would have to check with SMB if they have the time to do an install. They will not hook it up though due to RIVA rules. I just had them do the counter top work and install a propane detector. I also purchased the stove from them. I do wish SMEV made a covered one burner stove.

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Really that is all that's needed on my part anyhow. But here is what I got and it sure looks nice!

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One problem that may be an issue for some is because my sink area is lower than the large refrigerator countertop, the microwave needed to be lowered. That meant the storage area for the porta pottie also had to be lowered. It's a useful space and I didn't want to loose it but really all I kept in it was equipment... boots, a radio, bottles of booze and that kind of stuff. I doubt even the low style head will fit now. I don't use it anyway and if I did need it, I'll pack it somewhere. SMB did install a screen/grate in front of the stove as seen in this pic:

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I had a friend do the propane install.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:43 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Those Stove Tops really finish the interior off nicely Dave . We no longer use that space under the Micro Wave for our Porta Potti we had a Hassock Cover made to match the interior color scheme and leave it against the passenger side wall in front of the EB-50's forward facing Couch/Bed and put clear rodent proof Plastic Storage container's in that cabinet . works out great
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:08 am   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Im going to SMB-W soon, my rig needs some TLC. It needs new solar and inverter, it has a major draw on the battery and other electrical demons. It is not reliable enough to go in the back country and camp anymore, it has left me stranded more than once. It must be fixed!!! Going to redo the interior lights with led's and get a new fridge and nuker. Perhaps some new paint, I know it doesn't make it run better but it will look great.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:16 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

I will be at SMB West on Thursday February 7, 2013 in the afternoon. Does anyone need anything photographed? If so, send me a PM here.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:29 pm   Post subject: Re: SMB West Factory Visits

Got a date with a lovely PH top on 7/29. So excited :u1:
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