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Old 06-16-2018, 10:15 PM   #21
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You mean like this?



I want to has that
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:35 PM   #22
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I ran into the folks above camping at white spar campground last weekend in Prescott. As a side note there is a super-fun MTB trail from that campground out to Senator Highway and Goldwater lake.


They are Alex and Ans from Holland. They started out with a mid 2000's SMB 6.0L that they used quite a bit but had numerous 6.0L issues and power top issues in sub-freezing weather...they have apparently trekked around in the artic at least once or twice for a few weeks at a time.


So they sold the SMB and ordered this 2015 cutaway from SMB Fresno and built the box on the rear. SMB did the 4x4 conversion. The box is fabricated from aluminum angle, channel and .032" sheet backed with plywood. SMB Fresno supplied water tanks, and numerous other goodies as they were interested in this project.


Alex and his buddies fabricated the whole thing....rear bumper, etc. It's a V10 with a gasoline espar hydronic and flat plate, 360W of solar 400 ah of batteries. The cab is painted with line-x all over, and the bubble fairing was sourced in LA from a manufacturer that makes them for E series based shuttle buses. he said it took him three months to build..which seems a bit super-human...They also fabricated a custom fuel tank as well.


They are presently living in the rig...just sold their CA house and are looking around AZ.

..a few interesting things ....they had originally screwed the ceiling panels into the outer shell, but have since changed over to plastic Christmas tree type fasteners after waking up in the artic with icicles hanging from each screw inside the camper. They also have heated windshield wiper blades..


One more picture...they fabricated lots of outside storage cubbies out of aluminum and also lots of underfloor storage.


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Old 06-17-2018, 09:10 AM   #23
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Thanks for the info on the box van. I had seen it before but didn't realize it was a built from scratch box.
Do they have a website/blog?
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:07 AM   #24
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Thanks for the info on the box van. I had seen it before but didn't realize it was a built from scratch box.
Do they have a website/blog?

...I have no idea...


I asked Alex if he had posted the build on a forum and he responded that he started to .......but the forum members were rude and condescending..


I mentioned that this forum is open, friendly and helpful....so it couldn't have been this one...
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:13 AM   #25
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That's an interesting build for sure, but I think I like the idea of the EC F-350 with a pop top. We may stop by there this summer and take a look at it.
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:17 AM   #26
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That thing is awesome!!! That's some ultimate DIY stuff right there. Wow.





I played around with a design and if I hit the lotto and retired I think I would build it. So many good reasons to start with a cutaway. 50 gallon Fuel tank, NO RSC, Full Float rear, 6 speed.......wow.



That van is ultimate.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:44 PM   #27
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For anyone interested, there is a fairly informative thread about the EXD350 on the Expedition Portal site.


https://www.expeditionportal.com/for...at-bed.191665/
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You mean like this?





They're a few campsites down from me at the Mesa Verde N.P. campground..




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Old 10-26-2018, 08:05 AM   #29
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FWIW, the EarthCruiser EXD 350 is now listed on their website as one of their products. We are going to Expo East to see it.

https://earthcruiser.com/our-vehicles/earthcruiser-exd/
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I ran a commercial fleet of "Cube" or "Box" vans and always thought they would be an ideal platform for a campervan. They mostly had "city" gearing, so they were not great highway cruisers, but the space was an open canvas of opportunity.
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