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Old 04-29-2021, 01:39 PM   #1
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Back in the market for an E-Series!

Hello everyone!

I come from a van-loving family and we are in the market for a 4x4 E-series van. Don't necessarily need or want a full SMB interior build, but this seems to be one of the better online resources for 4x4 vans, so here we are!

Our use case will be a combination of minimalist camper and moto/mtb hauler. The reason we like vans so much is the ability to keep our toys out of sight and locked away, and based on the interior SMB layouts I've seen, most of them are not particularly conducive to rolling in motos. We also are pretty OK with a basic car camping setup, and don't mind having a rubbermaid tote with our cooking equipment and the like (i.e. don't need running water, integrated propane, solar, etc). We do enjoy having a bed in the van that we don't have to deploy every time we stop somewhere, however.

We are also extremely intrigued by the possibility of a pop-top, which is another reason why I landed on this forum! It seems SMB doesn't install pop-tops on the E-series anymore, so I suppose our only option is to find a van with one pre-installed, but that likely comes with the interior buildout as well. Have plenty of miles on high roof sprinters and transits, so would like to utilize the advantages of having the vertical space when needed, but the ability to have a low roof while driving around.

So all that being said, my ideal situation would be to find a low mileage, extended body passenger van (for the OEM seating, but anything that can seat 3+ safely would be OK). Engine option flexible, but hoping to find a V10 which seems pretty rare in the van body. I see plenty of them in the cutaway versions. Seems like there are a decent number of pre-converted 4x4 options on the market at any given time, but I would love to find a 2WD van and send it to Chris at UJOR so I can have it build exactly how I want.

I've already learned a lot from lurking here, and am excited to start participating more actively!
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:52 PM   #2
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lets help you spend that money...IMHO this Van is a great deal, and looks to check off a lot of your boxes (I'm surprised its still available), it also leaves you some room to slightly customize the interior to meet your needs.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...ies-28179.html
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Old 04-29-2021, 02:02 PM   #3
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...We are also extremely intrigued by the possibility of a pop-top, which is another reason why I landed on this forum! It seems SMB doesn't install pop-tops on the E-series anymore, so I suppose our only option is to find a van with one pre-installed, ...
Colorado Camper Vans will install their own pop-top on an E-series, if you find one without that you want converted.


https://www.coloradocampervan.com/




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Old 04-29-2021, 02:27 PM   #4
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I just put this one back out there. Not an EB but itís pretty dang nice.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/forums/f14/2008-rb-sportsmobile-penthouse-quigley-4x4-61kmiles-64k-28395.html
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Old 04-29-2021, 02:40 PM   #5
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Excellent advice regarding CCV, I had forgotten about them! And thanks for the two classifieds links, I initially discounted both because they already had interior build outs, and the U-Joint converted one has a fixed high top. But as I continue to browse the offerings I may be flexible on some of these points.

How are the interiors on these SMB builds typically mounted? If I wanted to remove some of the cabinetry, is it a total tear down or can I remove elements in a somewhat modular fashion?
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Old 05-02-2021, 12:59 PM   #6
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Actually, i stand corrected. Looks like SMB still offers pop top installations on the E-series:
https://sportsmobile.com/order-penthouse-top/
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