2007 SMB 4x4: Where ours has been...

My wife and I took delivery of our own customized Sportsmobile in September, 2007. In our case it took about a year of planning our build (including a trip to Sportsmobile West from our residence in Washington State). From the time the first deposit check was cut to the time we took delivery was 224 days. I made one mid-term trip to Sportsmobile West during our build to finalize our last remaining modifications. Since taking delivery of our Sportsmobile, we have driven back to Sportsmobile West in Fresno, CA one time in order to fix a few minor issues. Their service was excellent. I may be making another trip back to Fresno in 2011 for another systems check (yes, things do break).

The basics of our Sportsmobile are:
  • 2007 Dark Shadow Gray Ford E-350 Super Cargo Van
  • 6.0L PSD Diesel
  • SMB 4x4
  • No Propane
  • Diesel Heater
  • Diesel Generator
  • Solar x 2
  • Fridge, Microwave, Sink
  • External Shower
  • Cabin wide A/C
  • TBM (The Brake Man) Racing Brakes (front)
  • Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 (front diff)
  • Dynatrac 80 (full floating rear diff)
  • 4.56 Gears
  • 35x12.50x17 Toyo Open Country tires
  • ARB air lockers (both ends)
  • 12K winch (front)
  • 9k winch (rear)
  • Atlas twin stick t-case
  • Rear air bags
  • Onboard air compressor
  • Inverter
  • Powered top
  • Awning
  • Aluminess bumpers, roof rack, rear box, and front box
  • Baja Designs LaPaz 8" HID Racing Lights
  • Remote search light

We actively used our Sportsmobile for almost two years up until my wife and I were blessed with a new baby daughter late in 2009. Our Sportsmobile has not seen many miles since then - but it has been ready to go on a moments notice. 2011 may mark our return to boondocking duty (assuming our overnight camping tests with the whole family seem manageable).

Answers to common questions people have asked about our Sportsmobile:
  • What is it? (see above).
  • How do you like it? (We love it).
  • How much did it cost? (More than my house).
  • How long did it take to build? (About a year)
  • How many miles per gallon does it get? (14mpg is normal, 16mpg is good)
  • Where are you from? (Washington State)
  • Have you ever got it stuck? (Yes, two feet off of the side of a gravel road)
  • How much does it weigh? (12K lbs, loaded)
  • What is that thing up there - pointing to the center of the light bar? (remote operated spot light)
  • What is that yellow box under the rear? (Diesel generator)
  • How is the quality? (there are good bits and not so good bits, you need to be more specific).
  • If you could do it again, would you? (I cant afford to do it again).
  • Was the 4x4 package worth it? (Yes).
  • Would you ever consider selling it? (No).
  • Have you had any problems with the 6.0L diesel motor? (Yes, the IPR valve screen fractured and got lodged in the IPR valve. This caused the fuel pressure to go to zero valve was stuck open). Van died getting on the highway and subsequently was in a no start condition. Had to get towed back to my shop. After some time, I was able to successfully troubleshoot and replace the failed part.
  • Have you Bullet Proofed the motor (No, not yet).
  • (From my wife) How soon until we can go camping again? (tbd).

Following - I will post some images of a few of the places that our Sportsmobile has taken us (thus far).

For details regarding some of the places we have been - here are links to a few of our older trip reports:
SE Alaska, 2013
Oregon Coast, 2013
Banff/Jasper, 2012
Utah/Arizona, 2012
Banff/Jasper, 2011
California, 2009
Alaska, 2008
Washington, 2008
Canada, 2008
Washington, 2007
California to Canada Delivery Tour, 2007
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The tangible beginning of our Sportsmobile adventure started with - Delivery Day!


Sportsmobile West, 2007
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2007 Expedition Trophy Champion, Overland Certifie
Hey I knew that rig look familiar..
your pic was my Sportsmobile West Christmas card...very cool.

Ok now spill the beans on the second spare tire/pull pal holder on the back.
It looks like something that drops the tire low and out of the way of the doors...do tell more.
Don't forget you also came to our local meet and greet for Sportsmobiles at the end of the summer.... LOL. Mine is the white SMB next to twolost. His rig is very nice inside and out. I was meaning to ask you about the moto carrier when I saw you. Can you tell us a little about it. Did you get an extension to clear the box and spare or will it clear it without a hitch extension? I am looking at buying one for my SMB.



Dave Druck [KI6LBB]
Good seeing you over here on the portal TwoLost.. i remember oogling your photos back when we owned our SMB. Nice ride and spectacular photography!