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Old 12-30-2009, 06:50 PM   #11
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Re: Life span of a SPORTSMOBILE

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Does anybody have any a SMB in Portland, OR or the Columbia River Gorge area that they would let me check out? I have not seen one up close and would like to check one out.
I'm not real close but if you are in NW WA sometime you can see mine in Bellingham. Some photos are here:

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Old 12-30-2009, 09:38 PM   #12
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Re: Life span of a SPORTSMOBILE

We're in Tillamook. If you're ever down at the beach, PM me.


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Old 01-20-2010, 08:05 AM   #13
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I'm not an accountant but I believe you can depreciate your sportsmobile and write off the gas if you buy it for work. You might check with a tax accountant.
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:19 PM   #14
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Re: Life span of a SPORTSMOBILE

The Ford vans are built primarily as commercial vehicles. Ford would not have the lead market in commercial vans if they were not reliable and cheap to fix for all the companies that buy hundreds each year. In my quest to find a good used RB Passenger Van here in Houston, I spent lots of time on commercial vehicle used car lots. I actually saw vans with 250,000 and 300,000 miles being sold for $1500.00. These vans looked like they had been in a roller derby race but they ran well. I asked where the vans come from with such high mileage and the commercial dealer told me they are all used as courier vans and are run with two shifts of drivers for years almost non-stop. Having driven Honda's most of my life I was initially worried about the reliability of the Ford Van but after having seen those vans I think good engine maintenance you can easily get a fully loaded SMB for at least 200,000 miles. I ended up buying a slightly used repossessed church van for conversion.


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