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Old 06-09-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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So Much for Sportsmobile

Unfortunately, my plans to have Sportsmobile North upfit my 2011 Sprinter have fallen by the wayside. Why? Because the planned start date has been postponed each time I have checked in to find out when they could get started. In January, I was told end of May. By February it was beginning of June. By March it was mid-June. By April, it was "check back in June, it should be done during July." Today I checked back and was told it would be done during August.

But the problem is that I need three and four day blocks of time to deliver and pick up the vehicle. My free time is during the summer, from mid-May to mid-August. Otherwise, it is absolutely impossible to make the trip, because my professional commitments cannot be cancelled or postponed for this sort of reason (and it would be foolish to lose a job that provides the funding for the project).

I have no desire to try to get the upfit NEXT summer. Aside from loss of a year and the ticking away of the Sprinter warranty, I have no confidence that a promised May/June 2012 upfit would not become another August, oh, wait, September 2012, snafu.

So now I'm looking for another approved upfitter in the East Coast/Midwest area. They're almost impossible to find. Hindsight tells me it would have been better to purchase a stock Sprinter (e.g., Roadtrek) and have someone rip out what I did not want and put in what I do want. I can't imagine trading the 2011 Sprinter for such a vehicle, so I'm totally stuck.

I thank everyone who responded to my earlier inquiries, and to those whose posts have been helpful to me during the past months. I will check back to see if anyone has any suggestions for me, but I doubt I will have any contributions to make in terms of "my sportsmobile" because I'm not going to have one.

Good luck to all of you.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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Re: So Much for Sportsmobile

Try Austin,13 hrs from St Louis.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:22 AM   #3
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Re: So Much for Sportsmobile

Were you asking them when they could fit your van in, or had you committed with a deposit?

Could there have been a misunderstanding on your level of commitment?

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Old 06-10-2011, 09:05 AM   #4
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Re: So Much for Sportsmobile

Why not have the vehicle shipped?
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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Re: So Much for Sportsmobile

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Unfortunately, my plans to have Sportsmobile North upfit my 2011 Sprinter have fallen by the wayside. Why? Because the planned start date has been postponed each time I have checked in to find out when they could get started. In January, I was told end of May. By February it was beginning of June. By March it was mid-June. By April, it was "check back in June, it should be done during July." Today I checked back and was told it would be done during August.

But the problem is that I need three and four day blocks of time to deliver and pick up the vehicle. My free time is during the summer, from mid-May to mid-August. Otherwise, it is absolutely impossible to make the trip, because my professional commitments cannot be cancelled or postponed for this sort of reason (and it would be foolish to lose a job that provides the funding for the project).

I have no desire to try to get the upfit NEXT summer. Aside from loss of a year and the ticking away of the Sprinter warranty, I have no confidence that a promised May/June 2012 upfit would not become another August, oh, wait, September 2012, snafu.

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So now I'm looking for another approved upfitter in the East Coast/Midwest area. They're almost impossible to find. Hindsight tells me it would have been better to purchase a stock Sprinter (e.g., Roadtrek) and have someone rip out what I did not want and put in what I do want. I can't imagine trading the 2011 Sprinter for such a vehicle, so I'm totally stuck.

I thank everyone who responded to my earlier inquiries, and to those whose posts have been helpful to me during the past months. I will check back to see if anyone has any suggestions for me, but I doubt I will have any contributions to make in terms of "my sportsmobile" because I'm not going to have one.

Good luck to all of you.


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Old 06-13-2011, 05:06 PM   #6
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Were you asking them when they could fit your van in, or had you committed with a deposit?

Could there have been a misunderstanding on your level of commitment?

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The date kept getting moved because vans coming out of storage needed minor repairs. No deposit, when I asked about that was told not necessary.
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Why not have the vehicle shipped?
I need to take the vehicle there so that we can go over the details. And I want to pick it up onsite so that I can check things out and have things fixed. The thought of having it shipped back to me and finding problems makes the scheduling issue pale in comparison.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:13 PM   #8
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Now we're back in play. We'll see. I'll let you know how things work out.
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Why not have the vehicle shipped?
Shudder...

I would too, recommend Austin. Only because they have more experience with Sprinters. Keep us up on how things go.
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