Hi all! My wife and I have been full-timing in our RB-50 for the last 3-years. We travel pretty much full time for our business and are in our van about 150 nights per year.
We are planning our dream trip down the PanAm to Chile and are debating on whether to purchase a new van or to retrofit ours.
We have a 2000 E-350 RB-50 7.3 Quigley 4x4 manual top with 165k miles on the clock. Mechanically the van is perfect. We have made some pragmatic upgrades to the van (RIP kit, water heater delete, solar, rear bumper box, hitch-swing, road shower, surf pole(s), ladders, 1up rack, TW200 moto, etc...).
We love our van but are thinking that for travel through the Americas we would love a fixed top where we can always be standing up. It is something we dream about often!
My question for ya'll is if you were us: Would you sell our current van and buy another? Or would you invest the money into a new top (CCV) or fixed top with our current vehicle? Ie....do you think our 7.3 base platform at our mileage is worth continuing to invest in?
If we were to sell and buy a new van we would be purchasing a used van. We dont need a beauty queen just something functional. We are kind of dreaming of a walk-thru layout with a fixed top!
I think that I have seen a van on here owned by a guy named Claus? Its the most bad ass fixed top I have seen!
Thanks for reading.