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Old 09-24-2017, 7:51 PM
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Default Sportsmobile for sale Bay Area (not mine)

I wish mine was this color though. Damn!

2003 Sportsmobile: Penthouse Top, Agile Offroad 4x4, 7.3 Powerstroke Diesel

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I obviously know nothing of these vehicles because I was expecting like maybe $12k.

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Heck the dana 50 4x conversion was close to 10k by itself. 7.3 diesel and the other amenities. I could see at least $50 not that I have anything but these do go for a pretty penny.
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Heck the dana 50 4x conversion was close to 10k by itself. 7.3 diesel and the other amenities. I could see at least $50 not that I have anything but these do go for a pretty penny.
Pretty close! Conversions at Agile Offroad are $15,000-$18,000 depending on how much other work needs to be done. They always include a full tranny rebuild. E-series Sportsmobiles are definitely bringing a premium lately with the end of the Econolines in 2014 and the 7.3's are getting even bigger money since the last year for that motor was 14 years ago. Those are the real are unicorns.


With all this in mind, mine is now for sale for $39,999 (Just kidding, I would never sell mine)
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That must be a gen 5 glock.
How else would one explain the pricing on it?
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Whewww only 14yrs old & $75K

How in the H*** does this hold that kind of value ?
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No, but he'll clear $50k+ all day everyday.
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Whewww only 14yrs old & $75K

How in the H*** does this hold that kind of value ?
Supply and demand.
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People wont buy high mile vehicles for top dollar. They are tough to sell at low dollar.
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People wont buy high mile vehicles for top dollar. They are tough to sell at low dollar.
The market is there.

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^ Someone understands homework These things go for BIG money! Mine's a cheapo lifted 5.4 gasser. My buddy's van could go for $70,000 all day long.

I totally understand the skepticism, but this van will go for at least $70k. Last year of the 7.3 motor, brand new 4x4, etc. If I had the money, I'd lowball at $69,900.

A similar van sold last month for asking price in under a week. People buy these things online unseen, fly in, and drive them home, no questions asked. The market for vans like this is crazy right now.
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Off road capable vans command a premium. It is a very small market but it has been solid for many years. Worked at Spirit when they did the first TTB longer travel van conversion and getting 14" of travel out of the front end and getting 16" of travel out of the rear. Pretty awesome seeing a van get on top of the whoops.
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You can buy a brand new diesel pickup and a great used camper and not have something 15 years old that is way more practical.

One of my boys has a 2016 Dodge mega cab long bed and a 10 foot slide in camper that he has about 50 grand in and it is super practical. Takes 5 minutes to remove the camper. Seats 5. He travels to missions in Mexico all the time in it.
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If you think 130k is high mileage on a 7.3 you're not the demographic.
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I wish mine was this color though. Damn!

2003 Sportsmobile: Penthouse Top, Agile Offroad 4x4, 7.3 Powerstroke Diesel

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Not sure I like the twin I-beams on the front of this, it needs a DANA 60 on coils or leafs for that price.
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Look at Prices of anythingwith a 7.3 Powerstroke and you would be amazed . Add the Good options Crew Cab , DAna 60 front axle , 5 speed or 6 speed manual pre 97 no smog / smoke test , under 250k miles , your talking a $14k plus thousand dollar truck . And there's plenty of Buyers . I get notes left on my truck Weekly .
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Look at Prices of anythingwith a 7.3 Powerstroke and you would be amazed . Add the Good options Crew Cab , DAna 60 front axle , 5 speed or 6 speed manual pre 97 no smog / smoke test , under 250k miles , your talking a $14k plus thousand dollar truck . And there's plenty of Buyers . I get notes left on my truck Weekly .
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If I had the time and the experience, converting these things sure seems like a good market to get into. It reminds me of the VW Westfalias. Those things are stupid expensive sometimes. There's a company here that does only those I think. That would probably be more fun than what I do for a living.
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I had a 4x4 diesel 2500 pu and snugtop built for expeditions. I would choose the pu over the van any day. For 70k you can buy brand new with all bells w's
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If I had the time and the experience, converting these things sure seems like a good market to get into. It reminds me of the VW Westfalias. Those things are stupid expensive sometimes. There's a company here that does only those I think. That would probably be more fun than what I do for a living.
A retired Ford mechanic could make some serious dough with that plan.
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Look at Prices of anythingwith a 7.3 Powerstroke and you would be amazed . Add the Good options Crew Cab , DAna 60 front axle , 5 speed or 6 speed manual pre 97 no smog / smoke test , under 250k miles , your talking a $14k plus thousand dollar truck . And there's plenty of Buyers . I get notes left on my truck Weekly .
I'm surprised that the van did not get a straight axle dana 50 or 60.

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I was bummed when Ford stopped producing the Econoline. The Econoline was the car I cut my teeth driving daily as a teen and when I saw my first Sportsmobile in the late 90s I was smitten and have been lusting after one since.

Not so into the extended model or layouts with the big sideways bench like that though. She is a beaut for sure.
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I was bummed when Ford stopped producing the Econoline. The Econoline was the car I cut my teeth driving daily as a teen and when I saw my first Sportsmobile in the late 90s I was smitten and have been lusting after one since.

Not so into the extended model or layouts with the big sideways bench like that though. She is a beaut for sure.
Here's your dream 4x4 Sportsmobile for sale right now in Alameda!!

Standard length body, "50" layout with forward facing couch, Aluminess bumpers and ladder with winch, Espar water heater/furnace.

http://sportsmobile.com/inventory/ca...0l-diesel-4x4/





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If I had the time and the experience, converting these things sure seems like a good market to get into. It reminds me of the VW Westfalias. Those things are stupid expensive sometimes. There's a company here that does only those I think. That would probably be more fun than what I do for a living.
I thought a Westfalia would be cool. Buy one, do a few trips like Baja and the Alaska Highway. Almost **** when I saw the prices.
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If I had the time and the experience, converting these things sure seems like a good market to get into. It reminds me of the VW Westfalias. Those things are stupid expensive sometimes. There's a company here that does only those I think. That would probably be more fun than what I do for a living.
I was at Sportsmobile Frenso in July,. They have a 15 month waiting list for the buildout from the time you drop off the van to convert.

While there are a lot of handy guys who could do the interiors as a DIY project, they don't sell the poptops separately.
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Standard length body, "50" layout with forward facing couch, Aluminess bumpers and ladder with winch, Espar water heater/furnace.
Yeah, other than the 6.0 that one is a real winner for me, unfortunately I have not found success in selling the wife to fund this project...Looks like the only stuff I would want to add would be some solar and HAM radio...
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I was at Sportsmobile Frenso in July,. They have a 15 month waiting list for the buildout from the time you drop off the van to convert.

While there are a lot of handy guys who could do the interiors as a DIY project, they don't sell the poptops separately.
Colorado Camper Vans will sell you a poptop kit and, frankly, they're a lot nicer than the Sportsmobile poptops...but at a cost.

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Yeah, other than the 6.0 that one is a real winner for me, unfortunately I have not found success in selling the wife to fund this project...Looks like the only stuff I would want to add would be some solar and HAM radio...
Agree on the 6.0L but most owners seem happy after 'bulletproofing'. Rather have a V10 in that van myself.

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SEXY!!! Sportsmans are nice. Not a fan of the Mercedes blah blah thingy people are buying up.
Recently talked to a lady that has a SMB Sprinter and loves it. Then she started spending a lot of time in Baja. She's looking to sell it and buy a 4x4 Ford Econoline SMB.
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This setup actually works really well for vans weighing close to five tons. My buddy has driven vans with this new system from Agile Offroad and constantly talks about selling his Quigley conversion with the Agile RIP (Ride Improvement Package) for a van with this setup.
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Stupid expensive, though. It would be just like a toy for me, though. Impossible to justify, and financing it would be dumb.
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^ You don't have to spend $70,000+ to have fun in a SMB. I bought my '03 gasser for $20,000. Then I added the lift kit, wheels, tires, solar panels, outfitted the interior, etc. I'm only in it about $30,000 and it'll go about 90% of the places that a 4x4 will. My buddy rarely uses the 4x4 on his. Good tires and ground clearance are very important though.

And, you can always sell the lift kit later if you decide to pony up the $15,000+ for a 4x4 conversion. I bought my lift kit from a guy upgrading to 4x4.
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^ You don't have to spend $70,000+ to have fun in a SMB. I bought my '03 gasser for $20,000. Then I added the lift kit, wheels, tires, solar panels, outfitted the interior, etc. I'm only in it about $30,000 and it'll go about 90% of the places that a 4x4 will. My buddy rarely uses the 4x4 on his. Good tires and ground clearance are very important though.

And, you can always sell the lift kit later if you decide to pony up the $15,000+ for a 4x4 conversion. I bought my lift kit from a guy upgrading to 4x4.
Agree on the 4x4 and your thoughts on pricing.
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$30-35k is about all its worth. He will never get $70k+
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Old 10-08-2017, 2:47 PM
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This setup actually works really well for vans weighing close to five tons. My buddy has driven vans with this new system from Agile Offroad and constantly talks about selling his Quigley conversion with the Agile RIP (Ride Improvement Package) for a van with this setup.
Why choose a weaker system, serious wheelers use straight axles.
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Old 10-08-2017, 4:09 PM
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Serious wheelers that want a good ride use TTB. Nothing weak about the system.
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