1995 Sportsmobile EB-10 turned EB-61 For Sale - $32,000 OBO
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· Chassis: 1995 Ford E-250 long wheelbase Van. Windsor 351 cu-in/5.8L fuel injected V8 with 4 spd trans. 3.73 Axle ratio. Full service logbook dating back to 2005. Approximately 146k miles. Van passed CA emissions with no issues in 2020 and passed AZ emissions in 2021 and 2022 with no issues. No accidents or anything shady reported to CarFax. Cruise control and air conditioning are low-tech by today’s standards but work great. Tires are in good shape and have many thousand miles left. Powered front windows and door locks all around. Rear and side windows are swing-out, which is less common for these vans.
· 4x4 Conversion Capability: The van is 2WD but is a prime candidate for a U-Joint 4x4 conversion if that’s the path you want to go down. I’ve found two Western-US shops which will install Chris’ kit and can share that info with you if you like!
· Sportsmobile Conversion Notes: This Sportsmobile started its life as an EB-10. I did not use the wardrobe and dresser cabinet behind the driver seat, so I removed them and made a bench seat out of the same wood. Everything matches (template made from rear dinette) and the storage under the bench is more useful than the dresser. This is like an EB-61 layout, except my bench seat is ~40in long. For me, this totally changed the van’s personality! You can chill out in the passenger swivel seat, on the bench with the side doors open, or in the dinette with the rear barn doors open. Stand up with the bed strapped to the ceiling, or lay the bed down and rest on the memory foam topped pad. Interior lighting is replaced with LEDs.
· Stereo & Backup Camera: I removed the 2000’s era stereo and put in a touch screen Boss Audio deck with CarPlay. I also replaced the factory speakers with six Infinity Reference 6x9’s, added a Kicker amplifier, and routed my own 14awg harness. Yellowed speaker covers were replaced with new period-correct gray ones. (The factory harness, including the secret left center speaker, is in-tact if you ever wanted to go back.) Backup camera to the digital rear view mirror is wired correctly and turns on when put into reverse.
· Solar and Battery System: I removed the older solar system and replaced it with 2x 100ah Battleborn lithium batteries, 400w of Renogy monocrystalline panels wired in series-parallel, an oversized Victron 150/60 MPPT charge controller and a Victron BMV-712 battery monitor with display (and bluetooth!) to monitor everything. When connected to shore power, there is a 60 amp Progressive Dynamics AC to DC charger (w/ the newer Lithium charge profile firmware) that can also run the fridge. Alternator charging is wired, but not connected.
· Fridge: Dometic DC Powered fridge with an interior freezer compartment. Plenty of room for a weekends worth of food and beverages.
· Heater System: I serviced the Suburban propane furnace and replaced all wearable parts with a tune up kit from PDX RV. I also replaced the circuit board with a more durable one from Dinosaur Electronics. I added a digital thermostat as well.
· Water Pump: The Van has a 10g water tank with pump which services the sink. There is a drain to the gray tank below. Everything works as it should.
· Gas Stove: Gas stove is original and is serviced by the propane system (shared with furnace). Works as it should. Stove needs new knobs, which I might add before selling, but they work fine now.
· Storage: There is limited storage under the driver side rear dinette. The furnace takes up most of the space but there is room for heat resistant items like charcoal for your grill, the outdoor table stand, tow straps, etc. The passenger dinette is filled with the water and battery systems. Driver side bench-seat has ample storage. Currently the awning room is there along with the amplifier.
· Awning and Awning Room: I replaced the factory awning with an ARB 2500mm awning with LED lights. Awnings with retraction mechanisms break – this one is just unrolled and set up by yourself or preferably with a friend. I also have the “Awning Room” that hooks to it and creates a mosquito free zone! I never used it here in AZ, but you have it for mosquito emergencies!
· Car Cover: Carcovers.com Platinum Shield outdoor cover. Keeps things shiny when in storage and can handle the wind outdoors. Has a zipper access for when you need to get in without removing the cover.
· Hitch and Harness: Hitch is installed and harness works. I’ve towed with the van before and it’s a champ. Get ready for single digit MPG though. I will include a harness tester so you can make sure things are working safely before you drive.
· TV System: There is a flat panel LCD TV in the van. I didn’t think I’d use it but it is handy when doing a tailgate or family events. I typically put a Roku+YouTube TV on it and have golf on for adults or kids shows for when the littler ones get bored/tired.
The “Classic” Car Quirks & Features:
· Drips: She weeps oil at the rear main seal and oil pan. I just put a drip tray underneath when parked in the driveway for the every now and again drip. I’ve had my mechanic look at it and his recommendation was just to leave it alone. I’ve neve had to “top-off” any fluids between service intervals. Note: If you do decide to add the 4x4 conversion, then it is a perfect time to replace those seals, since you have to drop the transmission to do the install anyway.
· ABS: The vehicle has 4WABS but the ABS light is on more than its not. I did have the codes pulled (Pre 1995 ODB standard) and have those if you want to go on the repair adventure. The ABS unit is no longer manufactured now, so I just drive carefully! You could alternatively do some scrap yard searching if you’re passionate about it.
· Scratches and Dents: All minor. Paint codes are in the door if you want to.
· Fiberglass Roof: Hairline Cracks due to age, but not a structural concern. When I removed the old solar panels I also removed the old adhesive and repaired the fastener holes with RM 306K Marine Tex. New panels are installed with Sikaflex 252 assembly adhesive, so there are no new holes drilled into the roof. Harness pass through was cleaned and filled with Sikaflex and is waterproof with no issues.
· Carpet: Carpet is old, original, and well tread. Some minor stains but no smells or grossness. I’ve since cleaned it after taking photos. I’ll leave repair/replacement to the new owner, but it was on my list.
· Windshield: Has a crack on the driver side.
· Pop-Top Screen: Front screen was cut and repaired well with screen tape. Previous owner’s job. No need to do anything to it unless you want to re-do it, but documenting for completeness!
Other questions!? Sure!
· Happy to answer more questions or do a face time with the van! You can come and take a look too. Van is located in Phoenix, AZ area.
· Reason for selling is simple - I’ve bought a bigger Class-C RV to go on longer trips. I wish I could keep two but I can’t make sense of that.