Ford doesn’t make the classic boxy E-Series vans anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a brand new camper van based on one. The vehicle starts with a Ford cutaway body and then fits it with steel reinforced fiberglass shell. The penthouse top sits down flush with the top of the van when rolling and pops up to give more headroom when camping inside the van.
The 4×4 system that Sportsmobile can add gives the 2020 Sportsmobile Classic 4×4 serious off-road performance and includes a laundry list of robust components to make the van an overlanding dream. The system uses an Advance Adapter Atlas II All Gear Driven transfer case, Dynatrac Pro-Roc 60 front axle, Dana 60 Rear axle, and Fox 2.0 Performance Series shocks. The buyer can choose open, limited-slip, or locking differentials.
The van has numerous heavy-duty components for the driveline and lifted suspension with front sway bar quick disconnects. To handle stopping, the 2020 Sportsmobile Classic 4×4 uses F550 rotors and beefed up calipers. Buyers wanting locking diffs can add front and rear ARB air lockers if desired along with an on-board air system.
The 2020 Sportsmobile Classic 4×4 offers 16.5 inches of ground clearance, departure angles of 32 degrees and an approach angle of 44 degrees. Front-wheel travel with the sway bar disconnected is 22 inches. The van can be had with a V8 engine, but the engine Sportsmobile wants you to use is the 6.8-liter V10 paired up with a 6-speed automatic. The 6.2-liter V8 will save you only $350. The base E350 extended body starts at $32,580.
A recommended options package is $1,950 and adds insulation, power windows and locks, headliner, and cloth captains chairs. The options list is very long, and none of the options are particularly costly. The required Classic Body with Penthouse top will set you back $36,195 and includes Line-X paint and Bushwacker flares.
The 4×4 conversion will tack on another $20,945. It’s not clear what pricing options for the interior are or if the base prices include an interior at all. The list of options for the 4×4 conversion is a long one and gets expensive; the required rear bumper costs $4,130. Ford unveiled the Big nugget camper van in Europe not long ago, but that van lacks any off-road capability.
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