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Old February 15th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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Talk me Down- D90 vs Sportsmobile?

I have a 95 Arles SW that I've had for 2 years now and I have it just about where I want it for camping/biking/fishing trips. I have never been able to figure out an acceptable sleeping option other than a tent which has caused problems in the past when camping with my wife and dogs. I love my 90 and have a 72 SIII and 2 previous Discos. Now the scary part.

I have been looking at the 4x4 Sportsmobile Ford diesels conversion vans. I seems to fit the bill for camping and backcountry access but I'm terrified that if I sell the 90 I'll regret it. After all, I'd be going from something with soul and personality to a Ford. I don't do any dedicated rockcrawling- only 4x4 roads in the Colorado high country and make frequent trips to Fruita and Moab so highway manners and fuel consumption are of concern.

Any other perspectives would be appreciated. I've got one foot over the railing!!
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Old February 15th, 2007, 12:48 PM
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I've looked at the Sportsmobiles and really like them. I'd like to have one to tow the D90 with. I hear they have quite a large & loyal owner group, too. I wouldn't sell my D90 to buy one...but I know what you mean...tent camping is losing some of it's appeal as I get older. If you decide to do it, you still have the Series...or you could ditch the Series & keep the D90.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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My Brother has been looking hard at the sportsmobiles for a couple years now, but he just can't quite bring himself to pull the trigger on one. Depending on what your pursuits are, it could be hard to argue against them........

Here's your deal breakers:

Chicks don't slow down to look who's driving a VAN.

That's alot of cash to plunk down for a shag wagon!!!!!

(others are welcome to add to the list)

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I've been thinking about this. Look at the name of it. Sportsmobile...... they intentionally left out any part of the word VAN. Do you think you'd be looking at these if they called them a Sportsvan? You buy this thing, and you'll be hauling groceries in it. Think about that.

Repeat after me: It's a van, It's a van, It's a van, It's a van, It's a van.


The horror.....the horror....
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Old February 15th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Too funny

It's got more machismo than my current Chysler Town & Country that I drive now (DISCLAIMER: Company car- for work- company paid- "Money-van"- ie free)!! I will miss the panty patrol driving the Defender around town though but can't get by the brute functionality of the Sportsmobile.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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There used to be that earthroamer guy that was converting pickups into camping machines. Last I saw he had a shop in Broomfield. At least that way you are driving a truck instead of a van..
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Old February 15th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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Old February 15th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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I have looked at the Earthroamer. It's really cool, but it's also over 200K. I might just sell my house, buy the EarthRoamer and tow my Rover.

http://www.earthroamer.com
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Old February 15th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Since I can't quite afford the Sportsmobile, I am thinking about a slide in camper for the F250 shop truck.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 07:30 PM
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Why not invest in one of the sporty off-road trailers that turns into a tent, with kitchen and bathroom/shower. That might solve your problem.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 08:44 PM
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If the Mystery Machine was a sportsmobile, Scooby doo and Shags would have landed themselves into WAY more trouble! Just think of all the caves and haunted mansions that are currently inaccessible by paved roads that they could have gotten lost and stumbled into.

Oh ya, and do think the villian dressed up as the abominable snowman would have been intimidated by a VAN?
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Old February 15th, 2007, 09:49 PM
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LMAO!!

The Mystery Machine was boss!!! I can't believe I forgot about it.

I must relent, Adam. You have my blessing. Pitch the D-90 and buy the Van, err, Sportsmobile.


Scooby-dooby-doooooo!

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Old February 15th, 2007, 11:42 PM
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Dirty

Why do I feel so dirty even talking about this?! I feel like the Cheaters camera crew is going to jump out any second now!
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Dude, why has no one mentioned the A-Team van yet? That thing truly was boss, and I wanna say it was the earlier version of the Sportsmobile.

You could always get a Doormobile, then you'd still have a landy.
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Why not invest in one of the sporty off-road trailers that turns into a tent, with kitchen and bathroom/shower. That might solve your problem.
Have the same issue, but I just can't get rid of the D.

I vote the Campa off-road trailer. For cooking & camping could actually be a bit more comfortable than the van. I looked at one here in CO when the company's owner was in town. Very beefy and well designed.

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Old February 16th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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My only issue with the trailer would be going over the divide here in CO. The 90 with the stock 3.9 has me in the slow lane a lot of the time as is and with a trailer I'd imagine loaded schoolbuses would be passing me. Then again, for the cost of the Sportsmobile, I could put in a 4.6 and call it a day!

Any other offroad trailer recommendations?

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Just thought of something else.

We would using this vehicle to travel throughout the western US, Canada, and Alaska where they have grizzlies. I'm not too keen on sleeping several feet above the kitchen. Heck of a way to wake up with something gnawing on your foot.

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A Sportsmobile painted up like this- over the top??
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Old February 16th, 2007, 11:37 AM
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Wow, the mystery machine! I got wood from that. Thanks for the pic.

I think when you pop the top on the Sports(van)mobile, you are still left with soft sides directly above the kitchen.

There are precautions a person might take when traveling in such regions.

I plan to take similar trips in the not to distant future and have the same dilema. My 90 is too small and my 110 is gray.

I'd suggest a Forward Control but I think they're a little slow. Hell, I may end up with a shag wagon some day too.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 08:22 PM
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Did you look at the 'sleep and store' options under CUSTOM MODS on this web page? I especially like the second sleep option in the Red D90. Very creative. Dogs would have to be outside I guess

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Old February 16th, 2007, 09:06 PM
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There is a 100% chance that I would be outside before the dogs!!
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There is a 100% chance that I would be outside before the dogs!!
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Old February 19th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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I thought about buying a tall car hauler and converting to dual purpose trailer.
You could pull out the d-90 and sleep/cook in it. Maybe a fold down bed or loft over the hood area
But it requires a good tow vehicle
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