I've been lurking the forums for a while, quite a while, and am proud to say I'm finally a member of the family! After reading this forum and seeing these babies on the road I've come to realize I'm not your "typical" SMB owner so I'd like to take a moment to tell you my story... hopefully you enjoy it and I make some friends along the way!
I've lusted over SMB's since I was a child - I've always been a bit of a 'petrolhead,' reading Car & Track and Road & Driver since I was allowed to digest "non-educational" material. Motorycles, cars and bicycles are my greatest fascinations, and the concept of having a powerful 4x4 vehicle with ample storage space, towing capacity and livable space
and is appealing to me.
My dream rig would be a 4x4 Sprinter PH with a (comparatively) semi bare bones interior buildout that could be used to go one multi-week expeditions or haul tons of gear and a few friends on a weekend trip. But I can't afford that right now given my age (mid-20's) and career position... so I settled for a 2001 SMB E-350 V10 4x4 fixed high-roof cargo
van! I'm really pleased with it my only hesitation is the V10 engine, but I wouldn't have been able to afford the diesel, which I prefer, and it wasnsuch an amazing deal I couldn't pass it up.
I plan to move forward with a DIY build that would serve me for a (min.) 9-12 month tour of North America. I plan to take some time off, grab my dog, bike(s), skis/board, kayak, climbing and backpacking gear and the few other essentials I need to live. I been toying with the build options for a while now and all I've done so far is purchased a swivel base seat for the passenger chair (thanks Ray - 1der!!!) and sourced some LVT "wood" flooring.
There's probably another section to talk about my build plans so I'll leave it at that. I hope to be traveling by Spring of 2017 and look forward to being part of this community along the way!
Some photos from a trip to the Lost Coast: