Hi from Portland
Hey everyone, greetings from Portland Oregon! Acquired my Sprinter pop-top from Sportsmo ... uh, SMB West back in October 2020, and I've been enjoying the process of figuring out what works, how it works, and what modifications I'd like to make. And after my many years of owning a Westfalia, which resulted in my feeling that "German Engineering" is a pejorative term, it's a relief to now own a van made in South Carolina. Right?
I've been reading through the FAQ, and trying to get a feel for the layout of the forum, but I've still got a few questions and I'm hoping maybe someone could help with some guidance. They are:
1) As an owner of a van that was built during the SMB->Field Van transition (though clearly purchased -- and labeled -- as a Sportsmobile) I'm curious if someone could characterize the relationship between the forum and the Field Van/Sportsmobile divergence. For the sake of the forum, is a Field Van still a Sportsmobile?
2) It seems like the forum in most "general" sections (show and tell, electronics, etc) slants pretty heavily toward non-Sprinter builds, while it seems to me that most of the more modern builds that are being done seem to be Sprinters. Am I wrong about that? If I'm looking for Sprinter-specific discussions, is there somewhere else I should be looking?
3) I've got some very specific questions about a significant rear door leak/water issue that's existed since I took possession of the van. It's definitely an issue specific to the SMB build design, having to do with the rear door seal/interior fabric interface. SMB/Field hasn't really been much help, and I'm wondering if anyone has figured out a DIY solution. Where should I be posting questions about things like this? In the Sprinter-specific forum? In the "known problems" section? (Given the problem, I simply can't imagine that no-one else has faced this issue.) FAQs haven't really provided clear guidance.
Since I bought the van I've experimented with add-ons including roof racks to work with the pop top, Agile Offroad suspension upgrades, Owl Sherpa panels for the rear doors, and an ARB onboard air kit, so if any questions come up I'm happy to jump in with what I know. I also worked with SMB in Fresno to draw up some pretty nifty custom fly rod storage tubes that run inside the driver-side cabinetry in a RB150S type configuration, which have worked out great.
OK, I'll leave it at that. Cheers everyone!