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Tapatio 05-18-2012 10:59 AM

Mitsubishi based Sportsmobile
 
Blurry picture on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/sportsmobile...type=1&theater

carringb 05-18-2012 05:47 PM

Re: Mitsubishi based Sportsmobile
 
Sweet StreetSweeper!

daveb 05-30-2012 08:34 PM

Re: Mitsubishi based Sportsmobile
 
I'll look at it if the econoline goes away.

witoke 05-31-2012 09:05 AM

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I have looked at these but what seems odd to me is that with a modern, moderate displacement, 4 cylinder, high efficiency turbo-diesel motor it is still only rated at 12.x mpg. (mpg from Mitsubishi website, 4wd). Unloaded it weighs about what an empty E van weighs. I realize it's a heavier duty vehicle and is not exactly streamlined but it still seems a bit out of whack? I get 12-13 from a 5.8 liter normally aspirated gas V8.

Tapatio 05-31-2012 09:24 AM

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I don't get it either. If you are going to develop a camper based on a cutaway chassis why not stick with Ford? :c3:

https://www.ford.com/commercial-truck...oryTab=viewAll

dig255 05-31-2012 09:39 AM

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+1
Quigly does a 4x4 conversion on the Ford cutaway.

BroncoHauler 05-31-2012 10:23 AM

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I would think SMB is just nervous based upon Ford's back and forth of the future of the Econoline based van platform. Twice Ford has announced it was going away, only to have Ford completey prove themselves wrong the first time, and the second time, Ford later came back and said the cut-away platform would be around longer (though I'm not sure Ford provided an absolute drop dead date).

If I were in SMB's shoes, I'd be very concerned about the longevity of the platform that makes up the majority of their business, and I'd be actively looking at options.


Herb

BIGVANS 05-31-2012 10:27 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by dig255
+1
Quigly does a 4x4 conversion on the Ford cutaway.


So does Advanced Wheel Drive, Northwest Quadvan, Salem Kroger, and U-joint Off Road just to name a few….
:c3:

bratworst 05-31-2012 12:36 PM

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Is Salem Kroger still in business?

BIGVANS 05-31-2012 12:54 PM

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I hear yes, but I stopped in there unannounced a few months ago and I had to almost search the property to find any one. They had 2 vans with no front ends on them in the work bay.

:b7:

daveb 05-31-2012 03:07 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BroncoHauler
I would think SMB is just nervous based upon Ford's back and forth of the future of the Econoline based van platform. Twice Ford has announced it was going away, only to have Ford completey prove themselves wrong the first time, and the second time, Ford later came back and said the cut-away platform would be around longer (though I'm not sure Ford provided an absolute drop dead date).

If I were in SMB's shoes, I'd be very concerned about the longevity of the platform that makes up the majority of their business, and I'd be actively looking at options.


Herb

Seems it might be their idea to use a cutaway that comes with factory four wheel drive over something converted although I don't know how any of these companies build their 4x4 systems...maybe they're all contracted out.

billwilson 05-31-2012 03:13 PM

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SMB could also go the way of the Tiger.......
Gives factory 4x4
full factory warrente

carringb 05-31-2012 03:14 PM

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Last I read, the vans will be continued through at least 2015, and the cutaways through 2019.

There is likely some parts commonality underneath the vans, between the E-series and T-series. And as S/K & WhiteFeather has shown us, you don't need any commonality whatsoever to stick a Ford front-end & T-case underneath a Sprinter. So I don't think anyone needs to worry about E-series conversions coming to and end. Not to mention, they last so long there is nothing wrong with converting a used van.

Steve_382 09-14-2012 07:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by bratworst
Is Salem Kroger still in business?


I tried to get on their website and a garbage site came up.

https://www.salemkroger.com/

Ford_6L_E350 09-15-2012 11:42 AM

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Salem-Kroger went out of business last year.

The new company with most of the same people is Whitefeather Conversions:

https://whitefeatherconversions2.com/

Craig Jackson is still the main contact.

Mike

Jeffrey 09-15-2012 03:59 PM

Re: Mitsubishi based Sportsmobile
 
I must have just fallen off the turnip truck, but what is a 'cutaway'?

Ford_6L_E350 09-15-2012 05:29 PM

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In van speak, a cutaway is van that has no body behind the cab. Frequently used in the RV industry. You didn't think they took van and 'cutaway' the body to make an RV, did you?

Mike

carringb 09-15-2012 09:31 PM

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Whoa. Those Sprinters sure look awkward with a lift. Somebody needs to stick bigger tires under it and get to work with a sawzall so the fender profile matches.

https://whitefeather4x4conversions.co...63-175x150.jpg

BIGVANS 09-15-2012 09:58 PM

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I must have just fallen off the turnip truck, but what is a 'cutaway'?




Basically the base model for building "Box Vans"
:b5:

BIGVANS 09-15-2012 10:00 PM

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And Ambulances....
:a4:

carringb 09-15-2012 11:09 PM

And the world's sweetest truck camper!:

https://www.ujointoffroad.com/images/860_V4_top_up.jpg

https://www.ujointoffroad.com/images/..._bed_w_box.JPG

BIGVANS 09-15-2012 11:18 PM

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Go U-Joint Off Road!!!!!!

:l1:

daveb 09-16-2012 12:06 AM

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The van cutaway is better looking than the pickups IMO...didn't know they based off a van.




SMB should be going that way.

carringb 09-16-2012 04:25 AM

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Originally Posted by daveb
The van cutaway is better looking than the pickups IMO...


Not to mention better approach angle, better break-over angle, better departure angle, better visibility over the hood, lighter weight......

daveb 09-16-2012 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by carringb
Quote:

Originally Posted by daveb
The van cutaway is better looking than the pickups IMO...


Not to mention better approach angle, better break-over angle, better departure angle, better visibility over the hood, lighter weight......

Big time! I want one.

Ford_6L_E350 09-17-2012 09:30 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by daveb
Big time! I want one.

Do you need Chris's phone number? He gave me a brochure for that van-a-thing earlier this year.

Mike

daveb 09-17-2012 04:40 PM

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Van-A-Thing...Van-A-Thing :b7: You don't think that vehicle is bad ass looking Mike? OK, maybe its not as nice as a lifted SMB but If SMB drops the E series that "thing" is lookin pretty good :a1:

bratworst 09-17-2012 04:47 PM

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The only downside I can see is that you can't park your pooch in the camper section while driving, and you have to exit the vehicle to access the camper. Otherwise, looks terrific.


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