Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-31-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
Platinum Member
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Sarnialabad, The Newly Elected People's Republic of Canuckistan
Posts: 3,215
Default Sportsmobile options, split from E-Trek topic

Admin edit: I moved these posts from the E-trek topic: http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...art=286#p16404 to this new topic.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sounds like Sportsmobile's business model. Ala carte equipment in custom camper vans, built to order and priced accordingly.
Too bad they're relatively small in terms of physical locations to actually meet the builders, and discuss what you'd like to see in your perfect RV, with the guys with the assembly ideas and knowledge.

There is one near me, though. May have to do a day trip down there sometime, and see what they can come up with, new or used.
__________________

__________________
It's not a sprint(er) (unless you make it one), it's (hopefully) a marathon.
RV - 2018 Navion 24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 973
Default Re: New Roadtrek RS E-Trek

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike
Sounds like Sportsmobile's business model. Ala carte equipment in custom camper vans, built to order and priced accordingly.
Too bad they're relatively small in terms of physical locations to actually meet the builders, and discuss what you'd like to see in your perfect RV, with the guys with the assembly ideas and knowledge.

There is one near me, though. May have to do a day trip down there sometime, and see what they can come up with, new or used.
I live about four miles away from a Sportsmobile factory, and after taking a tour, I was pretty impressed in what they can do. If there were a company which can get close to what an European "B" has, for fit/finish, it would be SMB. Their laminates are not the highly polished ones of an Airstream, but they can do some very cool stuff, such as a vehicle similar to a Roadtrek E-Trek (no propane whatsoever), except where the stove (which exhausts all combustion gases to the outside of the vehicle), water heater, furnace, and generator are all diesel fueled.

Plus, there are some cool custom things such as a pipe to recirculate water between the water heater and the fresh water tank, running alongside the other plumbing to keep it warm.
__________________

mlts22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
Platinum Member
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Sarnialabad, The Newly Elected People's Republic of Canuckistan
Posts: 3,215
Default Re: New Roadtrek RS E-Trek

I like the Sportsmobile marine shower/toilet combo. If I understand it correctly, you get a porta-potty style toilet which sits in a shower stall while you're in motion. When you want to shower, it can then be removed and placed in the aisle, and then there's more usable square footage in the shower stall. Clever and simple. Not sure whether it disconnects from fixed plumbing, or whether it's truly a hand dump potty, but I like the way you can declutter the shower floor area, by moving the toilet. Nice, as a feature.

Speaking of custom Sportsmobile Sprinter conversions, I saw this while looking for Sprinter based RVs and it sounds like a really well equipped (for off grid camping) custom class B camper.
I found it last night on RVTrader,
http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2011-Sp ... -110897643
but I also found it for sale here
http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/f53 ... 32943.html
with links to the E-Bay auction site.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2011-Spo ... v4exp=true

I'm wondering if it's legit, as it does sound too good to be true.
__________________
It's not a sprint(er) (unless you make it one), it's (hopefully) a marathon.
RV - 2018 Navion 24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2013, 03:08 AM   #4
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 973
Default Re: New Roadtrek RS E-Trek

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike
I like the Sportsmobile marine shower/toilet combo. If I understand it correctly, you get a porta-potty style toilet which sits in a shower stall while you're in motion. When you want to shower, it can then be removed and placed in the aisle, and then there's more usable square footage in the shower stall. Clever and simple. Not sure whether it disconnects from fixed plumbing, or whether it's truly a hand dump potty, but I like the way you can declutter the shower floor area, by moving the toilet. Nice, as a feature.

Speaking of custom Sportsmobile Sprinter conversions, I saw this while looking for Sprinter based RVs and it sounds like a really well equipped (for off grid camping) custom class B camper.
I found it last night on RVTrader,
http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2011-Sp ... -110897643
but I also found it for sale here
http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/f53 ... 32943.html
with links to the E-Bay auction site.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2011-Spo ... v4exp=true

I'm wondering if it's legit, as it does sound too good to be true.
I liked the shower stall option for maximizing space, but they do have the standard bathroom/sink/shower/toilet that is fiberglass (make sure to add in the window and vent options) which would be what I'd go with.

A good Sportsmobile layout takes some thought because there are a lot of options and compromises. They don't have the pull-out sink of the Roadtrek SS Agile, so if you get a 20' Sprinter, you will need to go with a transverse bed layout, so a 22' Sprinter is probably the ideal length for a "B" unless one wants the two extra feet for storage.
mlts22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2013, 03:35 AM   #5
Platinum Member
 
Davydd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,498
Default Re: New Roadtrek RS E-Trek

I have gone through the design your own with Sportsmobile but found it lacking in that it seems a kit of parts that they have that you can put together any way you like. But if they don't have a part you want, are you SOL? Sounds that way when you say they don't have a pull out sink for instance. Or let's say, just for an instance, they have a 24" wide wardrobe unit but I want a 21" wide unit they don't show. Could they accommodate that?
__________________
Davydd
2015 Advanced RV Ocean One Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Previous Class Bs:
2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter
2005 Pleasure-way Plateau TS Sprinter
Davydd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 973
Default Re: New Roadtrek RS E-Trek

I've checked the Sportsmobile forums, they can do custom work, so if one wants a wider wardrobe, it can be done.

I am guessing the fiberglass bathroom is one assembly from a mold that can be expensive to remake, so a sink modification to make it slide in is probably doable, but might take some expense. That is why I'm trying to stick with a stock plan for the most part if I go that route, except with a few custom additions.
mlts22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2013, 02:53 PM   #7
Platinum Member
 
markopolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 7,814
Default Re: New Roadtrek RS E-Trek

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike
.................................. Speaking of custom Sportsmobile Sprinter conversions, I saw this while looking for Sprinter based RVs and it sounds like a really well equipped (for off grid camping) custom class B camper.
I found it last night on RVTrader,
http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2011-Sp ... -110897643
but I also found it for sale here
http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/f53 ... 32943.html
with links to the E-Bay auction site.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2011-Spo ... v4exp=true

I'm wondering if it's legit, as it does sound too good to be true.
I think it is legit. Is the current price around $65,000?

It looks ideal for long term travel by a single person. The lack of windows will cause some potential buyers to skip it.

It may be fine for two people. I mentioned a single person above because I'm not sure how much of the aisle gets blocked by the gaucho bed when fully opened. The test would be to see how easy it is for the inner person to get out of the gaucho bed for middle-of-the-night bathroom visits.

The owner would be able to explain how it works and provide photos if needed. It has a diesel genset, massive battery bank & solar..........
__________________
Two bikes on sliding cargo box: https://www.classbforum.com/forums/m...icture206.html & 1997 GMC Savana 6.5L Turbo Diesel Custom Camper Van Specifications: https://www.classbforum.com/forums/f...vana-5864.html
markopolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #8
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 973
Default Re: Sportsmobile options, split from E-Trek topic

I just looked at that. $65k is pretty good, especially a 2011. A basic Sprinter with decent options costs $40 or so, and you add things like the $7000 diesel generator, the expensive Webasto furnace, and so on, and the upfit can get into the $40k range, although there is no toilet in the rig (it appears to use a shower and portable toilet.)

I was looking at something not as well insulated, but with a complete diesel upfit, solar panel, and other gewgaws, I was flirting with $120k or so for prices.

As for the gaucho, for one person it would be decent, since it is in the front of the rig, it is further away from the Powertech generator which is mounted just up from the rear hitch, so one would feel/hear the vibrations less, especially with that much insulation.
mlts22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 08:59 PM   #9
New Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 5
Default Re: Sportsmobile options, split from E-Trek topic

I would say they are fairly flexible. I have one on order. We opted for a combination diesel stove/heater which is not a standard option. We needed a 3rd seat and we did not have room for all the equipment so the shower was reduced from 36" to 33". We had them add two more batteries for a total of 400 AMP.
Sailordive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2013, 03:31 AM   #10
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 973
Default Re: Sportsmobile options, split from E-Trek topic

I'm curious what diesel stove/heater you bought. The Webasto one?

One wrench that may get thrown in the works for Sportsmobile is the fact the 2014 Sprinters have a lower ground clearance than previous models. This might cause problems with things mounted underneath like tanks. The ProMasters also have that problem because Fiat only is selling the FWD models here. However, since the gasoline generator is shorter, it might still fit on the Dodge gasser models. Similar with the Transits.

Other than generators (due to Texas heat), there are some nice custom things Sportsmobile can do which are hard to find elsewhere. I like having custom cabinet latches (was debating between Southco M1 latches that lock, although they all use the same key, versus latches like in Airstreams that deadlock when pressed in, so if if the button is in, I know they are locked and not going to spring open on the road.) Another thing I am looking to get installed is a macerator pump (so I can use a "clean-out" which is slightly uphill of where I park.)

What will be interesting will be the ProMaster upfits. The van is small as it is, although a few inches wider than the Sprinter. However, SMB states to expect furniture to be 10% smaller. This pretty much means one either goes with a transverse bed (which isn't good for two people, as one person has to climb over the other to use the bathroom), or has a shower in the back.

So far, the strangest SMB upfit I've seen was one that didn't have a bathroom unit, but it had a shower in the back by the doors, and a toilet mounted back and center. For one person, it would be fine, but for two people, there would be much, if any privacy if using the toilet.
__________________

mlts22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.