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Old 03-10-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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How long did it take you to get your new SMB?

I can't believe I am thinking about this, but I am actually giving some thought to buying a new SMB. It is tough to find a used one equipped the way I would like it. I am wondering how long people waited to get their new ones, and if SMB's prediction of the wait was reasonably accurate.



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Old 03-10-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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I picked our van up in April 06 after something like a 6 month wait. Our floorplan and setup was pretty basic so the wait was "relatively" short. The timeline was exactly as SMB estimated. Not sure what they are telling customers now.

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Old 03-10-2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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We don't have our SMB yet, so I can't fully answer your question, but I can give you the story thusfar...

We placed our order and put down a deposit in August of 2007. We knew going in that 2007 EB Ford Diesels were in very short supply and that the 2008 was not yet available, so we knew we had a delay right from the start. The original expected delivery estimate was for early April 2008.

At one point there was a thought that 2008s were going to be avialable early and that we might get finaly deliver in December. HA! that didn't happen.

The van was delivered by Ford to SMB CA in early December 2007.

We then waited on some redesign workon the SMB 4x4 compnents.

The 4x4 work finished in February 2008. The Van was delivered to SMB TX on 03 March 2008. We do not think it will be delivered by the end of April 2008, but are hopeful for delivery by end of May 2008.

Stay tuned for the rest of the story....

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Old 03-10-2008, 08:10 PM   #4
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Below is the schedule our van took.

Once the van was actually in SMB's possession and the schedule was under thier control, things happened very quickly. The intial estimate for production was 10-12 weeks, they actually took 8 weeks.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:11 PM   #5
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We ordered our SMB in Aug of 2006 but told them we didnt want to take delivery tell March of 2007. The Huntington plant worked it out so we got it the middle of March. So not sure if it could have been done sooner or not. Living in Wis. didnt want to drive to Indiana in a storm to pick it up. We lucked out and the day we went to get it weather was fine.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:21 PM   #6
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Our base was in stock, which definitely affected the amount of time from start to finish. Also, we did not do anything out of the ordinary with our van and the electronics were very simple. However, we did have a custom layout and a custom cabinet built.

Placed configuration order on June 26, 2007
Received van on October 19, 2007

So, for those that don't feel like doing the math...4 months (~17 weeks)
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:38 PM   #7
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A week shy of three months, and that is from order date to pickup. My bare van actually arrived to Fresno a month early. When does stuff like THAT happen to you!
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:08 AM   #8
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3 months from ordering to delivery. That included the time ordering the van from Ford.

We bought from Indiana because they could deliver in the time we needed. SMBW needed 9 months for a custom floorplan and Indiana said the floorplan made no difference - they are all custom.

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:12 PM   #9
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6 weeks from the time of order for Chevrolet to build the van
1 week transit from Chevrolet to Quigley
6 weeks for Quigley to convert to 4X4 (it sat for 4 weeks before they could get to it.)
1 week transit to Texas
1 week on Chevy dealer lot as SMB was closed for the Xmas holidays
6 weeks for SMB to complete the build & take delivery

21 weeks total
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:48 PM   #10
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7-19-05 to 12-19-05. The van was already ordered by SMB before I put my deposit down but was about 1 month late. Ford was supposed to ship to SMB in late August. It never made it there until mid to late Sept. Actual work started in late Sept to pickup date in Dec.

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