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Forum: Member Classifieds 02-10-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 830
Posted By Herbie
Pricing help for GTRV Franken-Van?

Hey all,

I've been mostly lurking here while I eyeballed bigger vans and tried to squeeze Sportsmobile-like features into my midsized van. We've just purchased a new camper, so the time has come...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 08-18-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
Posted By Herbie
Leveling aside, are those 2x4's as bed joists? ...

Leveling aside, are those 2x4's as bed joists?

That has to be HEAVY.
Forum: Appliances and Interior 04-06-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,713
Posted By Herbie
Yikes, Jabberbox, that's scary. I'm glad you and...

Yikes, Jabberbox, that's scary. I'm glad you and pooch are OK.

I can't guess the exact cause, but since you smelled ammonia early in the "event", it seems like a leak in the ammonia line is a...
Forum: Appliances and Interior 04-06-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,564
Posted By Herbie
Until COVID, I was a Fridge-Off/Door-Open guy,...

Until COVID, I was a Fridge-Off/Door-Open guy, but we also have shore-power so our fridge has been on 100% as a backup/overflow fridge since March 2020.

Keeping food or beverages in the fridge...
Forum: Appliances and Interior 03-18-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,713
Posted By Herbie
Another vote for Truckfridge. We've had a TF-49...

Another vote for Truckfridge. We've had a TF-49 in our homebuilt van for about 5 years. Aside from perfect function during all our trips, it's been running non-stop in my driveway for the last 12...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 01-28-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,357
Posted By Herbie
Safety aside (and I really don't think sitting...

Safety aside (and I really don't think sitting side-facing is going to be a good idea in a front or rear-end collision), I can say from all the experience of my youth that riding side-facing...
Forum: Appliances and Interior 12-17-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,553
Posted By Herbie
Yep, can confirm. I put the smallest Truckfridge...

Yep, can confirm. I put the smallest Truckfridge (TF-49) in my van after seeing DOZENS of people on theSamba.com using them to replace the old absorption-style fridges on Westfalias. Danfoss...
Forum: Hobbyist Vendor Products 12-17-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,212
Posted By Herbie
A few years back I too was on the hunt for a...

A few years back I too was on the hunt for a really well-built Rock-N-Roll bed. I too looked to the UK, and was also daunted by the cost of shipping.

Rather than pay that amount, I went through...
Forum: 4x4 11-15-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,538
Posted By Herbie
As SteelheadJones notes, there are a few...

As SteelheadJones notes, there are a few different T-case swaps available, depending on your needs.

My Astro van now sports an NP233 (converted to manual shift), because I wanted the low range. ...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 10-01-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,304
Posted By Herbie
I was going to say the same thing. I would send...

I was going to say the same thing. I would send those photos to Aluminess. Even if they don't make it right with you, it will let the shop foreman know he needs to go smack the welders around. ...
Forum: Member Classifieds 08-17-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,249
Posted By Herbie
Ooh. I'd love to see more photos of the...

Ooh. I'd love to see more photos of the interior. I'm not sure I've ever seen an EB/RB50 layout with a 3rd captain's chair.

One of the things that sours our kiddo on Westy/xB50 layouts is that...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 08-13-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,266
Posted By Herbie
+1 on Airing down. Yes, it takes time and...

+1 on Airing down.

Yes, it takes time and can be a hassle to air back up. I'm mid-way through adding on-board air just to streamline that process a little, but EVERYTHING is better when we air...
Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 08-06-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,218
Posted By Herbie
That's sort of what I was hoping, but wasn't sure...

That's sort of what I was hoping, but wasn't sure if I'd end up needing to get fancy and make a large hole into a smaller hole.
Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 08-06-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,218
Posted By Herbie
So I wasn't looking for a new van... but I find...

So I wasn't looking for a new van... but I find this one has piqued my interest.

As it sits, though, it looks like a bit of a project. Has anybody gone through the process to remove a generator...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 07-09-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,292
Posted By Herbie
As far as sealing a pop-top roof against the van...

As far as sealing a pop-top roof against the van roof: This just came up in the GTRV owner's group. GTRV uses a bulb-seal that slides on to the end of the fiberglass roof. I shot a quick video of...
Forum: General Sportsmobile 05-29-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,089
Posted By Herbie
The upside of driving a lifted 4x4 van is that...

The upside of driving a lifted 4x4 van is that just about the only time I need jackstands is when I'm working on the axles or suspension.

Even a chunky boy like me can slide right under our van to...
Forum: 4x4 05-29-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,839
Posted By Herbie
Yeah, the pop-top (ours is a GTRV "V-top"), is...

Yeah, the pop-top (ours is a GTRV "V-top"), is the only thing that makes our van workable for a family of three. Kiddo sleeps up top, and the Mrs. and I sleep downstairs.

I've managed to pack...
Forum: 4x4 05-28-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,839
Posted By Herbie
This is an interesting and complex question for...

This is an interesting and complex question for me.

The reason being that I specifically chose our van platform (Chevy Astro) for the low cost of 4x4 conversion. Literally it cost me $500 + cost...
Forum: Member Classifieds 05-28-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,249
Posted By Herbie
How much work are you willing to do yourself? ...

How much work are you willing to do yourself?

When CCV got started, they were using junkyard high-tops and turning them in to pop-tops. In the long-run, the cleanup work required to cut a...
Forum: 4x4 05-20-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,893
Posted By Herbie
There's "service before the sale", and then...

There's "service before the sale", and then there's "burn up a bunch of someone's valuable time".

The margin on most kits is such that beyond a certain number of hours on the phone, they actually...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis 05-19-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,361
Posted By Herbie
Ditto. The bunk for the 3rd passenger feels like...

Ditto. The bunk for the 3rd passenger feels like so much afterthought. I particularly dislike that it effectively blocks the slider door. I'm the early bird of our family, and I'm often up before...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis 05-18-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,361
Posted By Herbie
Looks great. I hear La Mesa RV is enabling...

Looks great. I hear La Mesa RV is enabling buyers to pre-order or bundle the Agile kits with the Revel, so you can finance everything together... which is probably needed because Agile($) +...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 05-14-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,519
Posted By Herbie
My 31M Batteries+ Duracell was certainly an...

My 31M Batteries+ Duracell was certainly an East-Penn/Deka when I bought it last year, so I suspect REF is correct.
Forum: Member Classifieds 05-12-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,595
Posted By Herbie
Newer (but still aging) CL link: ...

Newer (but still aging) CL link:
https://rockies.craigslist.org/cto/d/edwards-x4-250-sportsmobile-camper-van/7108697020.html
Forum: Appliances and Interior 05-04-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,192
Posted By Herbie
Like I said, my battery charger serves this...

Like I said, my battery charger serves this function perfectly, since it easily provides more current than the fridge can ever consume, it's basically acting as an AC-DC converter for the fridge...
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