Here’s a great looking 2008 Sportsmobile RB-50 4×4 with all of the bells and whistles, available now on eBay in Euless, Texas. The camper’s got less than 40,000 miles and is powered by a 6.0 liter Power Stroke V8 diesel. Highlights of the equipment list include an Old Man Emu suspension, 12,000 lb. Warn winch, Sportsmobiles’s wonderful Penthouse Popup roof, an Espar diesel heater with flat plate hot water system, 46 gallon fuel capacity, and tough-looking Aluminess bumpers. You can visit the Sportsmobile website and work out comparison prices for these vans brand-new, and see what used vans are available as well. While I didn’t take the time to work up a comparison price, the auction’s Buy It Now price of $99,449 seems somewhat steep to me. If you’re in the market for a Sportsmobile though, you’re probably more aware of pricing than I am and can make a more educated offer.
As an aside, I have to wonder what’s going to become of Sportsmobile’s reputation for rugged, expedition-worthy 4×4 campers now that Ford has decided to cease production of the traditional Econoline after 2013. The new full-sized Ford Transit, like the Sprinter, will probably not lend itself to relatively simple 4×4 conversions the way the older body-on-frame Ford does, nor do these vans seem to tolerate the added height of a true off-road suspension and larger tires. I’ll ignore, as should we all, the existence of the Nissan NV-series ‘vans’, which apparently Sportsmobile is now working with. I have nothing good to say about them, nothing at all. I really do think the Sprinter/Transit form factor is the future and makes for a far more spacious, comfortable RV than the older Econolines ever did, and I’m excited to see what companies like Quigley and Sportsmobile come up with.
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Back to the subject at hand… this Sportsmobile camper is exceptionally well kitted-out with solid surface countertops and sink, a Norcold 3cf 12v refrigerator, portable stove, microwave, Hella map lights, a full Kenwood XM/CD/DVD/GPS/iPod/Bluetooth entertainment system, 15″ HDTV, KVH TracVision mobile sat antenna and DirecTV receiver, secure under floor storage, and a porta-potti in a hidden compartment. Even the upper bunk is equipped with multiple 12v power points and iPod inputs. The camper also features a Starcool III 12 volt air conditioning system for use when driving or when parked.
The van itself has been upgraded with an AGM auxiliary battery, a Trip-Lite inverter, Hello horns, Fiamma awning, Aluminess swing-away tire carrier, Dynamat sound deadening, Hella fog lights and backup lights, Bushwacker flares, and remote tire pressure monitoring, among other things. Check out the ebay auction for the full list of upgrades, even more photos, and a walkaround video of the vehicle. Overall, the van looks pretty amazing, although I could probably do without the murals, but hey, that’s just me.
Source: eBay Auction Listing