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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:47 PM
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This is on my Christmas List:

http://orvis.com/landrover

Someone can buy it for me from the comfort of their own home.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:50 PM
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I was ready to buy it for you, but it already sold. So sorry. Don't ask me to buy a different one, the mood has passed.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 10:05 PM
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Old October 21st, 2009, 09:08 AM
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looks like you can still buy it for 65K

I found this funny...

This particular restoration project has been in progress for a year and involved the complete disassembly of the vehicle and a total rebuild to its original state with all original parts on a new galvanized aluminum frame. Every detail in this car is functionally new.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 10:22 AM
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Old October 21st, 2009, 10:29 AM
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The picture is not a Dormmobile but a standard tropical roof.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 10:38 AM
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it has dormobile seats! leave it to an ad copy writer to get it all screwed up...
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:01 AM
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True, but not every Martin Walter Dormobile got the pop up roof. If you didn't want one you didn't have to buy it that way. Granted it is not really the ultimate Orvis lifestyle rig without it.

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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:07 AM
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I know that truck and it is in fact a correct Dormobile.
We started the restoration on it (we did the frame, paint on the main body and galvanized parts) and then the owner ran out of money. So it sat, years later he got Lanny to do it up for cheap so it finally got back on the road, but we had all the literature and it was set up just like that, other than it was pastel green originally.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:09 AM
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The price of mine just went up 45k.

Yes, some came without the roof so that is at least plausible. Also, not only does it not have the roof, but it seems to only have the seats. Does not look like it has the stove or the wardrobe or the curtains or anything else that a dormobile would have.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:15 AM
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The price of mine just went up 45k.

Yes, some came without the roof so that is at least plausible. Also, not only does it not have the roof, but it seems to only have the seats. Does not look like it has the stove or the wardrobe or the curtains or anything else that a dormobile would have.
Dormobile made anything you wanted.
I have seen the original bill of sale with this car and had my hands all over it, right down to taking the Martin Walters ID tag off the back for paint. It was built by Martin Walters, no doubt.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:18 AM
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Dormobile made anything you wanted.
I have seen the original bill of sale with this car and had my hands all over it, right down to taking the Martin Walters ID tag off the back for paint. It was built by Martin Walters, no doubt.
Did the bill of sale reflect that it had the wardrobe, stove and curtains originally? If you still have copies, please send to teri ann for the dormobile website.

edit: Mike, I have no doubt on your story, but I have never seen a dormobile, with "just" the seats, so I would assume it had at least the rest of the interior at some point even if it did not have the roof. I have seen ones (usually, 109 regulars) with just the roof.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:23 AM
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Did it have the wardrobe, stove and curtains originally? If you still have copies, please send to teri ann for the dormobile website.
Nope, seats only. Had the Martine Walters invoice from when it was built giving the Martin Walters ID # and what was installed. I think it was a 1964 if I recall (not sure it was a long time ago).
Doubt I kept copies of all that stuff, it was back in the mid-90s. I think at that time the only copy machine I had was a crappy fax machine.

I used to head the US side of the Dormobile owners club before I sold my Dormobile to John Hess. This truck was fully documented to the club back then.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Interesting. Seems like someone sent it to dormobile two years after it was made for seats. Thanks for the info!
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Interesting. Seems like someone sent it to dormobile two years after it was made for seats. Thanks for the info!
Really?? Where did that info come from??
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Old October 21st, 2009, 11:51 AM
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I know that truck and it is in fact a correct Dormobile.
We started the restoration on it (we did the frame, paint on the main body and galvanized parts) and then the owner ran out of money. So it sat, years later he got Lanny to do it up for cheap so it finally got back on the road, but we had all the literature and it was set up just like that, other than it was pastel green originally.
Was the above project documented on your web site? Thanks
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You guys at ECR know Lanny well?

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I know that truck and it is in fact a correct Dormobile.
We started the restoration on it (we did the frame, paint on the main body and galvanized parts) and then the owner ran out of money. So it sat, years later he got Lanny to do it up for cheap so it finally got back on the road, but we had all the literature and it was set up just like that, other than it was pastel green originally.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 12:44 PM
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Was the above project documented on your web site? Thanks
No, it was before we had a web site.

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You guys at ECR know Lanny well?
Nope.
We used to buy parts from him when he worked at RN, but since he left there have had no contact with him.
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Nor do I. I am sure you know more than me.

Only reason I know Lanny is because I am really good friends with his daughter. He is a great guy.

Here is his site; www.lannyclarkrovers.com


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Really?? Where did that info come from??
Well the ad says it is a 1962 and you said that you think (with caveats) the work from dormobile was done in 1964 so I did the math and since you were going off your recollection, I said "seems."
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