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Old 01-08-2020, 08:24 AM   #1
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SOLD: Awesome, Beautiful 2004 Cruiser Top SMB 4x4 Diesel EB50. 46k miles, $65k

Hello all,

A few of you may in the forum know of me, and this Cruiser Top van, from some of my work and posts in the past. Iím a journalist and outdoor writer who has been a #vanlifer since way before there was such a thing as #vanlife. Since the mid 90ís, Iíve bought, sold and/or upfitted 8 VW campers (two of them Syncros) and a couple of Sportsmobiles. Back in 2008, I oversaw purchase and upfits of this particular 2004 diesel SMB for a very cool friend and colleague who has since spared no expense in keeping her ready for Baja, the Sierra or San Onofre at a momentís notice. Iíve overseen care and feeding of this van for 12 years now, and we have every receipt for every bit of work done to it during that time. You will simply not find a better maintained or more capable low mileage SMB of this vintage.



The owner has decided to sell it. Since Iím knee deep in a Westfalia camper project, I decided not to buy it myself. But I was close. Everything works on this remarkable vehicle.

The basics:
- 2004 SMB EB50 Extended Body layout. 6.0liter Diesel. 46,830 miles. Cruiser Top Fixed High Roof. $65,000 firm.
- VIN: 1FDSS34P04HA73996
- All maintenance records - absolutely no expenses spared on maintenance. We have every receipt going back to 2008 - and some from before that. And because weíve taken care of everything - in most cases before itís an issue, there are a lot of receipts.
- Van has lived its life in dry Southern California.

Automobile stuff:
- 4wd. Atlas transfer case/Sportsmobile 4wd with front/rear leaf springs. No differential lockers. All fluids changed regularly ó and often ó since purchase.
- Power driverís seat
- Rotating front seats
- Extra removable middle captainís seat with shoulder belt
- Three seatbelts on rearmost seat - 1 shoulder belt, 2 lap belts.
- Power windows
- Power door locks
- Cruise control
- Remote control anti theft unit with auto start
- Frigid dash A/C.
- Tires: Nearly new 33Ē BFG AT/KO2ís - including spare.
- Wheels: American Racing teflon coated.
- Added gauges: Turbo boost. Exhaust gas temp (pyrometer). Air shock pressure. New tire pressure gauge with built-in voltage meter.
- Ball joints and nearly EVERY rubber suspension bushing pre-emptively replaced in the last 1000 miles.
- Engine always checked and engine pre-emptively maintained if any parts show any wear or concern. But NOT bulletproofed. Intake, EGR and everything engine-wise kept entirely stock for reliability and California emissions compliance. All fluids have been replaced several times. Comes with a Ford diesel control unit which allows for setting high idle and diagnostics.
- Recently smogged.
- Engine bay and van cab have been soundproofed with lots of Dynamat. Itís remarkably quiet inside for a big diesel.
- Brakes: Recently replaced all stopping components and ALL hoses front to rear - both rubber and steel.
- Ride Rite rear air shocks/airbags.
- SMB specific Fox Shocks upgrade with Fox steering damper. An incredible improvement in ride quality. Very plush on the highway.

- Waste Veggie Oil fuel system by Plantdrive. With complete fuel heating and separate fuel pump system. It works fine, but we donít use it. Recommend either simply using it as extra regular diesel system (again, it works), or routing tank so it becomes a simple auxiliary system. Veggie system has a 25 gallon fuel tank which is located in the rear of the van.

- Engine block heater

- Tow package with trailer brake controller


Sportsmobile Camper Gear/Upfits
- Top: Beautiful, padded and fabric lined. Gives well over 6' of standing height inside van.
- Audio Visual: ALPINE 6" INEW960 remote control model touchscreen stereo with steering wheel control and DVD (2016 model) with ACCELE AXFD17 17" HD overhead monitor

- Sirius FM

- Apple TV

- Rear DVD player

- Sine wave 2000 watt inverter (Prosine). Recently replaced with new unit.

- Remote control Fantastic Fan. 

- 100 watts of solar with all associated hardware/monitors.

- Propane water heater. 

- Propane furnace with thermostat.

- Propane tank has full/empty gauge.

- Inputs for city water

- SMB installed Freshwater and greywater tanks

- Rear hot/cold water rinse off shower.

- Butane portable stove.

- Microwave oven. Runs on shore power or inverter. 

- 12v Norcold Fridge 3.6 cu ft. 

- Inside and outside extra 12V and 120 volt outlets

- Thetford porta-potti with cover - fits in cabinet. 

- Fiamma F45 awning

- Powerful ARB Air compressor, air hose, air chocks front and rear for inflating. Also ties into air shock system to inflate/deflate air bags from driverís seat.

- Aluminess bumpers front/rear with locking storage front/rear - no winch. 
- Aluminess box, rear, locking. 

- Aluminess spare tire carrier.

- Yakima Roof racks. 

- Side eyebolt rack setup by Sportsmobile on high roof for carrying surfboards up top.

- Two ladders on driverís side. Great for surfboards too.

- AMP retractable motorized running boards on both sides give incredible ground clearance.

- Hi-Amp 12V plug at rear bumper.

- Window shades all round - including front curtain. 

- Sleeping: The van has queen size bed below. When our kids were small, we let them both sleep together in the huge, padded top rear cabinet (obviously with the cabinet doors open). The top shelves are sturdy and you could put up a memory foam and a rollup bed slat like one of the below one for a top bunk.
https://bit.ly/2QUSaIn
https://bit.ly/2N03Et9
- Selling this van outfitted with full toolbags, linens and camping/cooking gear. It is ready to be lived in ó from the get go.

Issues:
This van only has two issues.

First: The Starcool 120 Volt rear A/C the SMB came with has been removed. The Starcool was tied into the vanís primary dash A/C and it self-destructed a few years ago. Because SMB no longer services Starcools, we instead yanked it out and completely rebuilt the front dash A/C with new hoses and compressor. It blows Antarctica cold. If you want a shore power A/C you can easily mount a Coleman or Dometic camper unit on the roof, or install a split semi-truck system in the space the Starcool took up.

Second: Thereís a leak in the top at the front driverís side. We recently had it fixed, but during the heavy Christmas downpour in So-Cal, I noticed it dripped again (water drips onto drivers' floormat from driver's side A-Pillar). Not sure of the source, but it should obviously be fixed.

Other stuff.
This van has been expertly serviced for years by Rincon Truck Center in San Clemente California. If you want to ask about it or want an independent evaluation, email or call Kevin Thompson at Rincon. kevin@rincontrucks.com, (949) 492-3520.

The van is stored and watched over in San Clemente, California. Iím on the East Coast. If you want to see it, contact me at dixoncj@icloud.com and Iíll arrange a drive/showing with its caretaker. If you want to see a bit more of my writing work, check http://chrisdixonreports.com for campers I rent and have overseen built out on, see http://eastcoastwestys.com

Hereís a video link to a tour of the van photos follow .
https://youtu.be/KAQaXLYEYdI

Some photos below. And here's a link to 62 photos:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...1S?usp=sharing













































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Old 01-08-2020, 05:30 PM   #2
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I am very interested? Did you have Sportsman resolve the leak or some one else? Really like to negotiate with you. Located in NJ.
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:18 PM   #3
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Hey James. We had a body guy in San Clemente do the initial repair. Iíve contacted him about checking it out again. I imagine Iíll hear from him tomorrow.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:04 PM   #4
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Hey James. We had a body guy in San Clemente do the initial repair. Iíve contacted him about checking it out again. I imagine Iíll hear from him tomorrow.
It's going into the shop on Monday to have the leak fixed.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:55 AM   #5
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Price reduced:Awesome,Beautiful 2004 Cruiser Top SMB 4x4 Diesel EB50. 46k miles, $60k

Price reduction and update:
Roof leak is fixed.
Price reduced to $60k. Trying to take into account that while the engine runs perfectly and has been expertly maintained, it still has not been officially bulletproofed.
The market will pay what the market will bear.
Questions? Shoot me a note.
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Old 01-23-2020, 12:44 PM   #6
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Nice unit

Say the ladder on the driverís side is that legal!
I mean I thought some state laws donít allow any objects past the fender line on the driverís side and just a little past on the passenger side..

Take care
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Old 01-23-2020, 12:51 PM   #7
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Nice unit

Say the ladder on the driver’s side is that legal!
I mean I thought some state laws don’t allow any objects past the fender line on the driver’s side and just a little past on the passenger side..

Take care
No idea. Never been pulled over for it in the nearly 12 years I've been driving it. And I usually drive it with surfboards strapped to it - pushing the width out even further!

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Old 01-24-2020, 02:57 PM   #8
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Sounds kinda weird about the fender limit in some states. If that were the case then Big rigs and class A motorhomes and pickups would need to remove their mirrors, CB antennas, fender flares and bumpers that are wider than the body! my Kayak attaches to the side over the top about a foot out I guess I'd be doing life in the Motor vehicle Penitentiary.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:36 PM   #9
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Why would anyone think it’s weird to have a law against things protruding past or how far past our fender line?

I mean we know on our 2 way highway speed roads in America, many are quite narrow and with no physical dividers.
Plus we have all seen YouTube dash cam videos of how things on these highways can turn deadly in a heart beat and nighttime can be worse.

So don’t things projecting past our fender line on our driver’s side have the potential of striking an oncoming vehicle at great piercing speed?
The right circumstances could be quite an accident or harpoon someone right through their windshield.
I mean what if both oncoming vehicles have projecting loads?
We all have seen medieval jousting fights and the outcome is brutal even at horse speeds.

I haven’t studied other state’s laws but I have my home state’s so I’m not delinquent:
State of Colorado, statute 42-4-503 states:

No passenger-type vehicle, except a motorcycle, a bicycle, or an electrical assisted bicycle shall be operated on any highway with any load carried thereon extending beyond the line of the fenders on the left side of such vehicle nor extending more than six inches beyond the line of the fenders on the right side thereof.  Any person who violates this section commits a class B traffic infraction”

Now fender flares could increase how the law measures here, just as it is used to skirt the law on larger tires protruding past the fender for the safety of throwing rocks and the jazz are to pedestrians.

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An interesting debate to be sure, but this is a forum member's For Sale ad, so let's please keep it focused there. If this particular topic of discussion is between a potential Buyer and the Seller that's fair but I would think the research on any compliance with state or local laws is incumbent upon the Buyer.


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