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Old 08-11-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Advice on a '94 E250 V8 w/ Dog on its way to South America

I am a SMB newbie, looking to buy my first rig for a Central-South American road/surf trip with my girlfriend and dog.

1. Do any SMB owners with dogs have advice on traveling with your dog?
2. Also, can anyone give me advice on what the below vehicle should be worth? Or how much might it depreciate once I add 50k+ miles?

They are asking $28,000 for a 1994 Ford E250, RB30, V8 2WD with 97k miles.
Features include:
3000W inverter
Solar Panel
Hot water
Sliding Roof Rack / Ladder
Rebuilt front end
2 new batteries
PIAA lights
Lots of cabinets
Penthouse top w/ bed
12G water tank
Stove/Sink
Rear tow kit
19" Flat Screen TV
Fox Suspension w/ 4" lift
Kenwood Stereo, Pioneer Speakers

I am concerned about the mileage being near 100k (seems high), but I have read that these vans can potentially power on much further than that. Also it is scary to see that Blue Book value is closer to $2,500! Resale value is important to me. Thanks for any and all advice on this decision!

Also, if anyone would like to sell a rig that is similarly or better priced, please let me know.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:06 PM   #2
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Re: Advice on a '94 E250 V8 w/ Dog on its way to South America

got pictures buddy?
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:14 PM   #3
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Re: Advice on a '94 E250 V8 w/ Dog on its way to South America

dude
ck out sportsmobile.com
these are from there
also search Craigslist, ebay, auto trader, Rvt (rv trader)

as for resale
it is a niche market


when are you going?

have you studied Expeditionportal.com??

let us help you


From SMB website:

Van 2004 GMC Quigley 4x4
Miles 119,800 Price $ 19,500Engine 6.0 L V-8
Seats 6 Sleeps 1
Cabinets Wood Interior Brown
Top Contempo Interior Height 6'

Owner Wells
Possession Sportsmobile Texas Inc. Also Includes: Commercial Carpet, Day/Nite Shades, Curtains on Doors, 4cf Refrigerator, 12 Volt / 110 Starcool A/C, Attic Fan, LP Furnace, 110 Volt Water Heater, Microwave, Shower Tub, Marine Toilet, Onan 2.8 Generator, Custom Painted Stripes, Bumper Step, Tire Carrier on Rear Door, Trailer Receiver Hitch, Quigley 4x4, New Tires.

Van 1995 Dodge EB
Miles 140,000 Price $19,900
Engine 5.9 L V-8
Seats 6 Sleeps 2
Cabinets Brown Interior Green
Top Vista Interior Height 6'

Owner Cisco
Possession Owner/Austin, TX
Also Includes: Automotive Carpet, Day/Nite Shades, 4cf Refrigerator, Starcool 110 Volt A/C, Attic Fan, Propane Furnace, 2 Burner Stove, Microwave, TV/VCR, TV Antenna, Radio Switch, Abundant Overhead Storage, Drop Floor in Front Area, Vanity Cabinet, Paint Stripes, Fiberglass Running Boards

Van 2000 Dodge EB
Miles 93,090 Price $22,000 Reduced for Quick Sale.
Engine 5.9L, V-8
Seats 7 Sleeps 2 Upstairs / 2 Downstairs
Cabinets Woodgrain Interior Brown
Top Penthouse Interior Height 6' 10

Owner Randal
Possession Owner / Fredericksburg, TX Also Included: Commercial Carpet, 2CF Refrigerator, Microwave, Lots of Storage, Removable 3rd & 4th Captain Seats, Penthouse Bed, Factory, Rear A/C & Heat, Factory Window Van Package, Aluminum Running Boards. Interior installed in 2004. Very good condition.
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Re: Advice on a '94 E250 V8 w/ Dog on its way to South America

Thanks for the advice Bill. Here are photos of the rig I mention above.
We are planning to head off this fall, Oct/Nov.
Going to spend some time on expeditionportal.com...
Cheers!
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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Re: Advice on a '94 E250 V8 w/ Dog on its way to South America

4x4, or at a minimum limited slip differentials or lockers would be a great advantage in Central/South American roads, not to mention the beaches.


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Old 08-11-2010, 11:30 PM   #6
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Re: Advice on a '94 E250 V8 w/ Dog on its way to South America

No 4x4? Planning on sticking to paved roads? I'd think a winch might come in handy at least but I've never even been out of the US so hard for me to comment
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4x4, or at a minimum limited slip differentials or lockers would be a great advantage in Central/South American roads, not to mention the beaches.


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route?
budget?
emergency repair budget?
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:46 AM   #8
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There are still many uncertainties, though I am mentally committed to the trip. I am sure the route will take us up lots of hills and toward wherever we can find the best waves.
I'd like to keep the total cost of the rig under $30k, though I could go a bit higher.
Emergency repairs budget- $5k? I could dish out more if necessary.

I am checking out the 2004 GMC w/ Quigley 4x4 on the SMB website.

Here is another interesting one I found. It has more mileage but this one is a diesel 4x4 for $21k. The owner said the engine has 100k+ more miles to go, and would cost about $3k to completely rehaul when she's done:
4x4 E350 Ford diesel conversion RV van made by Sportsmobile in Fresno California 1993 - 190k. This rig has a sweet setup and runs good: Quigley 4x4, new injectors and pump, new complete rear end, new complete F/R brakes, transmission just completed, 4" lift (33x12.5x16), new tires and rims, line-X "rock" panel goes 12" high around bottom of entire van, 12V RV light system, solar charging system, awning, custom built F/R bumpers, warren wench, fog lights and spot lights, surf/snowboard rack, mountain bike rack -HD, new CD/Stereo, fridge, Onboard Propane System: Stove Top, Oven, Heater w/ Thermostate, Fresh Water System: 35 Gal Tank, Sink, Hot Water, Outside Shower Attachment. Plenty of storage area/closets/cabinets, PH bed. Traveled from Alaska to Chile and back.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:36 PM   #9
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Isn't it easier to find diesel down there or is it just as easy to find gas? If diesel is the prefered choice of fuels, I would stay away from the early 6.0's and look for a 7.3 Just my opinion.
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Thanks everyone. I'm close to moving on a diesel 4x4. Will post pics if it happens.
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