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Old 03-24-2011, 08:38 AM   #11
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Re: New baby + new house project = SMB Remodel? or SMB Sale

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Now if i could just get the Cool of a Westy, the agility of a rockcrawler, the comfort of a RV, and the economy of a pirus,.......
VW dropped the ball on their new van eh.

Probably the same problem the forum has, not a lot of market. ExpeditionPortal and RV.net are great but each have a totally different attitude than here. If I understood it, it would be in a bottle at Wal-mart!
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:45 AM   #12
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Now if i could just get the Cool of a Westy, the agility of a rockcrawler, the comfort of a RV, and the economy of a pirus,.......
VW dropped the ball on their new van eh.

Probably the same problem the forum has, not a lot of market. ExpeditionPortal and RV.net are great but each have a totally different attitude than here. If I understood it, it would be in a bottle at Wal-mart!

I agree, i am pretty sure if a guy was broken down somewhere
he posted on his phone, he would get how to tips from remote guys and offers to drive out and at least save his beer
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:08 AM   #13
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Re: New baby + new house project = SMB Remodel? or SMB Sale

So, to complete the total thread hijack...


http://www.xplorermotorhome.com/


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Old 03-24-2011, 10:24 AM   #14
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is this company still in business.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:04 AM   #15
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If you happen to have an extra million to spare...there's always Unicat.

http://www.unicatamericas.com/
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:32 AM   #16
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The problem with Tiger and slide-ins and Earthroamers ( get up on the box here... ) is that you can't open them to the campsite- you're inside or outside and there is a little portal. Part of what makes a van not crowded is throwing open those side doors and having the whole campsite...

I hadn't thought about it like that. You are right on with this. The reason I like the Sportsmobile so much is the fact you still feel like a part of the outside which is important to me. I came from a backpacking background hiking and camping lightweight. We used to make fun of the people who bring their whole house on wheels with them to go "camping". I really enjoy the minimalist van approach vs. an entirely enclosed cabin with all the ameninties of home. Maybe my view will change when I get older and I will want more? To me it is important to have the kids be as much part of the outside as possible when we do go camping and have the van just to sleep in (cook outside, eat outside, etc,).
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:03 PM   #17
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In the alternative vehicle vein, there's also the XP camper: http://www.xpcamper.com/ never seen one, but look interesting

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Old 03-24-2011, 05:17 PM   #18
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Tiger:
- walk thru
- will get crew cab, one passenger seat for kid, one for fridg and dog crate
- coach is aluminum frame, pretty light
- basic build by manufacturer
- final build with what i have learned here and "out there" by Jeff in San Diego
- will spend the xtra $ for ultra light stuff, bullet proof installs of systems
- systems built to be user (me) serviceable
- 13 mpg possible or more, vs less for the bigger rigs

- good chance of full time use when here in USofA
- could steal a class A or C, but would be tough to get to Bodie,Alabama hills, mojave road, mojave preserve etc

XP camper - dont want a pop top
ER too big and overkills for us
slide ins, no walk thru, too big, tough to have local build (impt to me)
xplorer - too bit

http://www.travelin-tortuga.com
like badger tek site, but a bit more miles
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:13 PM   #19
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Hmmm, I'm not sure my problem has been solved. It seems like the other alternatives make the remodel option sound like a smoking deal. For now anyway, it's time to plan some trips. Looks like I may be able to conjure up a Death Valley trip in April. Hope to see you all on the road.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:08 AM   #20
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Hmmm, I'm not sure my problem has been solved. It seems like the other alternatives make the remodel option sound like a smoking deal. For now anyway, it's time to plan some trips. Looks like I may be able to conjure up a Death Valley trip in April. Hope to see you all on the road.
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