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Old 01-18-2012, 05:58 PM   #11
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Re: SMB Provan Tiger comparison

I was deciding upon an Tiger or an SMB to primarily use as a tow vehicle for my trailer and an off-road adventure vehicle. I ultimately chose the SMB for many of the same reasons as above (smaller, better off-road performance, etc.) though I have to say that they guys at Provan especially Mark (the GM) and Joe (the salerep) were great to deal with - patient, gave me all the info I needed and were willing to do some customization for me (though not nearly to the degree of SMB). Follow-up, etc. was great - similar to my experience so far with SMB North.

From my experience, definitely a class act.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:29 PM   #12
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just my 2 cents, but any RV with the bed always "open" causes the need for extra size which is not always worth having. The ability to raise the top on a SMB and/or take the few minutes to make the bed, is well worth the reduction in size. Other thought is that riding in a van you seem to have better visibility.
Ironic, I just left a thread on ExPo where people were discussing how much they loved their SMBs, but traded to an ER to have more inside space:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/t ... ortsmobile
With three growing kids, I do need more interior space than I now have with the SMB.

My fix has been to export the kids to a tent, which fortunately they seem to think is great.

An earthroamer or GXV platform would be ideal. But I don't travel enough to make the numbers work and i really like the SMB on all other criteria except interior space. When we are empty nesters a bigger and more comfy vehicle will be the right choice.

But my wife is already on notice that the SMB stays and will be used on those rugged guy MTB, hunting and exploring trips.

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:28 PM   #13
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Can't trust those guys...

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I'd think a lot of small trailer and vacation time could be had for the differential between an ER and SMB. That and some ATVs. And a Harley Fat Boy for you. And a spare SMB.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #14
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...and some gas money
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #15
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Re: SMB Provan Tiger comparison

I currently have both, a 1995 Sportsmobile and a 1995 Tiger Provan XL AWD (based on the Chevy Astro van).

The interior space in the Tiger is far better than the SMB, especially when it comes to moving around, cooking, hanging out in the cold or packing up. Tiger has definitely done a good job with the design and layout, everything seems to fit quite nicely. While our Tiger has only seen Forest Service roads it has handled well and there was and still is no creaking or twisting. A newer CX might be a different question, especially since she has already found those online... You will get just as many questions with the Tiger as a SMB, we actually get more questions in in the Tiger.

On a side note our Tiger averages 12-14 mpg with the Chevy 3.4.



My wife prefers the Tiger however, we went with the SMB because of the heavier duty capability of the Ford, especially since our Tiger was based off the Chevy Astro van. Which btw our Tiger will be up for sale shortly.

And with regards to twisting, any vehicle that spends time on Baja washboard will develop creaking and squeaking. Just as our new to us 1995 SMB has already developed after one trip... That is the ultimate question make a vehicle whose cabinets, etc won't start to creak or groan after rutted washboard roads.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:42 PM   #16
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3.4 mpg hope that's a typo
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:48 PM   #17
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3.4 mpg hope that's a typo
I think he's talking about a 3.4L engine.


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10-4, thought he had a chevy SMB...makes more sense
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3.4 mpg hope that's a typo
Yeah, that would definitely suck!
I should have more clear, the Tiger Provan is based on a Chevy Asrro platform with the 3.4 liter V6 engine.













I won't go into how many vehicles I currently own, let's just say they are all being sold in favor of the 1995 Ford Sportsmobile...
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I should have more clear, the Tiger Provan is based on a Chevy Asrro platform with the 3.4 liter V6 engine.
Just to clarify for those who may not be aware, Provan used to offer Class B motorhomes based on the Chevy Astrovan. They had a raised top version and a pop top version. Around '95 they also began producing Class C motorhomes based on pickups. Around the turn of the millennium, they ceased production of the van based models and have expanded the pickup line. Their first truck model was pop top; that was shortly discontinued in favor of raised tops.
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