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Old 02-13-2011, 11:20 AM   #11
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

Van Specialties will have a NV for build/study purposes very soon.
There is a very cool pop top version like a penthouse top out there.
Darned if I can't find the pic anywhere.
It was also 4x4.
I'm not a Nissan fan but there will be an interesting version sometime in the future.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:43 AM   #12
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They should have made it flat front, gone old school instead of "let's remake Chevy Suburban". Something about having your feet in front of the front tires that can't be beat. Also, can you tell who was bored this morning?
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

Looks 63ish
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:54 PM   #14
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They should have made it flat front, gone old school instead of "let's remake Chevy Suburban". Something about having your feet in front of the front tires that can't be beat. Also, can you tell who was bored this morning?
Looks like it's father was a Sprinter, and it's mother was a Pug.


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Old 02-13-2011, 12:58 PM   #15
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

If you were going to build a sportsmobile with inner dimensions of a short ford-which is what the nissans interior dimensions are and wanted a bulit in high roof like a sprinter and did not want a diesel engine then I would definetely wait for the nissan.

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Old 02-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #16
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

Here's how I see it:

Cons:
-Ugly
-Inefficient design/use of space
-Larger turning radius & OAL

Pros:
-Can be had fully loaded for $32k, possibly less...backup cam, high roof, V8, Navi, etc.
-Integral high roof
-Straight sides & built in nuts make DIY fairly easy
-Reliable, cheaper to maintain than Sprinter. Cost of ownership should be much less.
-Much of the Sprinter package with $10k savings

My thinking is for about $45k I can have a pretty sweet, high roof touring camper, with lots of nice features. I don't need 4WD and don't care about looks(would rather save $$), so the Nissan may work for me.

I was pretty much sold on the Sprinter platform, but am waiting to order until I see the Nissan in person and drive one. My local dealers says he'll have a high roof on the 18th of this month, so I plan on driving it that day. I am also local to Van Specialties and plan on talking with them about the Nissans as well.

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Old 02-13-2011, 08:43 PM   #17
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

There is another possible advantage to the Nissan van - fuel filler location. We really want a propane refrigerator mainly because it is so quiet, but also to avoid running the engine to recharge batteries. We also wasnt an RB50-ish layout. The Ford and Chevy's fuel filler is located near the refrigerator for this layout, but safety standards require that the fuel filler be at least 36" away from any combustion air inlet. The Nissan fuel filler appears to be further back, so we would be able to put in the propane frig. It can be done with the Ford or Chevy, but the fuel filler has to be relocated at the cost of several hundred dollars, and the fuel won't fill as fast.

Not to mention the novelty factor of having a new model.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:03 PM   #18
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

I thought that I heard the whole excitement about the Nissan was that they would be putting a Diesel engine in it.

I have a Nissan truck with over 300k miles on it... BUT that reliability is a different motor.
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

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There is another possible advantage to the Nissan van - fuel filler location.
There was a van a while back...viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2246&hilit=fuel+fill

Namely this:
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1. The vents forward of the old fuel fill are indeed the vents for the 3 way fridge.

2. The fuel fill has been relocated rearward
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Re: Nissan Sportsmobile

So, I'm guessing that there is lots of evidence out there about the reliability of the Ford van. As a former VW camper owner, I was adverse to Fords and Chevys "back in the day" but hear that Ford has better reliability now. Any serious concerns about Ford since I'll be putting all this money into the interior?
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