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Gooseberry

Explorer
Ok just was on the phone with rawhyde and this is way more then a Sportsmobile weekend. You have group events and training along with entertainment and food for the event. They do a great job on the moto side to get people out using the bike and now are doing it for off road vans. Yes you do not need to have a Sportsmobile to attend but a want to have fun.


https://rawhyde-offroad.com/events/adventure-days/adventure-days-sportsmobile/


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Does that bench/couch seat fold up to become part of the bed platform? If so that's an INCREDIBLY slick idea and I'm going to have to try to reverse engineer it. Nice rig!
It does in a way slide out. The bench seat stays put and a shelf slides out and has a single footer to hold it up in the middle. Under the bench is storage for tools, shovel, axe and a few other miscellaneous items. When in bed mode it will support us both perfect. We are not that heavy and the dog is 11lbs(our cat ways more than he does). Most of the bad area was made with Birch so it smells amazing in the van right now. The flooring was a used Pergo from habitat for Humanity store. I do not have the talent this gentleman has so I would rather pay the talent then ******** it in some ************ way. Now I need to lift the rear a bit more as she’s sagging almost two inches more then the front. 1B817892-323E-493C-9C53-DAB3A34F802C.jpeg
 

6door74

New member
Here's my 2006 E350 V10

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It's a 2WD with LSD but I'd like to make it a little more capable to leave the pavement. Nothing crazy but just something to venture a bit. I'd really like to do some beach driving but it doesn't look like that's possible without having 4x4.

This was us loaded up in the Smokies this past summer
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This was our first van which we bought to drive from NY to NV in 2012. We were taking a family vacation and wanted to do something different than Disney. Plus I promised my daughter I'd take her to Vegas next time i went. Accidentally ended up in Moab as we were just checking out sites along the route making it as much of a real road trip as we could. Knowing what I know now and having somewhat more resources, (to include time and $$) I'd like to get out and do more of this but planned. My 2 oldest are in college and my youngest in HS. My wife and i became parents in HS so I feel like we're trying to make up for lost time with them. Even if they have no interest or are too busy for us, we still want to get out and see the world. Make up for a little lost time of our own. I still have the van and am considering if it's possible to make this 4x4. That way if i mess it up, at least it's not the "new" van.

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Jumped out at a red light just to take this picture. I bet i looked silly back then. Today, not so much. :ROFLMAO:
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I'm down in the DMV area now. If anyone knows of trails or sites that i can get to in the Ford, feel free to let me know. We just picked up a 4x4 Jeep Compass so i think we can at least do beaches in Assateague or Outer Banks with that. I've got some A/T tires on order as I write this. We weren't able to get the travel trailer yet and the van is just sitting in the driveway most days. Would like to put it to use whenever I can. It only has 62k miles!
 

86scotty

Explorer
That is a most handsome V10 wagon. I love them just like that. I'd be tempted to convert it to 4x4 but that just opens the floodgates of conversion. You can get on the beach with it. Get a compressor to re-air your tires and drop them to 15 or so PSI and give it a go, just use common sense.
 

6door74

New member
That is a most handsome V10 wagon. I love them just like that. I'd be tempted to convert it to 4x4 but that just opens the floodgates of conversion. You can get on the beach with it. Get a compressor to re-air your tires and drop them to 15 or so PSI and give it a go, just use common sense.
Thank you. Can't wait to really put it to use. The beach in Assateague require 4x4 as do the outer banks i believe. I'm not even familiar with other beaches I can drive on and I definitely won't be the one to just try one i come across. That will most certainly not end well! Based on what i've read in the forums, a compressor is certainly on my list of must have when traveling. I'd also like to get a spare tire carrier for the back but i'm not sure if my bike rack will still work with one.
 

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Abitibi

Explorer
I know one or more of you may have already done this, but say someone wanted to “graft” in a camp shell like one of theses....https://www.autohomeus.com/roof-top-tents/maggiolina-grand-tour/
I seem to remember a ambulance build from Canada that did this?
Sounds like mine for sure but I've also seen another ambo with a custom popup roof. Here's a link to mine.
https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/ambuland-build-thread.103768/

The info about the popup roof is probably 3/4 down the build thread.

Cheers
David
 
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