Sunday, January 25, 2015

I bought the prototype EarthRoamer ER2K or as I like to call it, The ExploreMoreMobile

I won't write much about it here, just a teaser picture and link to the new blog for the ExploreMoreMobile.  Go there to see yet another rebuild and the most amazing expedition vehicle to date for me.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The van is for sale. 6-3-12

The van has been sold to a really nice guy in Germany.  I hope he continues to have many adventures with it.  

It's been a great vehicle.  As you can see by the blog, many adventures.  A few mishaps here and there too.  Nothing to hide.  The price is $44k.  93k miles.  contact me by email.
Pictures after the descriptions.

I'm the second owner, bought it with 40,000 miles on the odometer. Maintained by myself
based on the requirements in the owners manual. It was professionally converted to 4x4
by Crossed up OffRoad in Tucson, AZ. The four wheel drive components are from an F-250
which had 22,000 miles on it. It now has 93,000 miles. I'm the sole operator of the
vehicle and know it very well. In the 5 years I've owned it I've had one major
mechanical problem. The rear pinon seal went out. The vent tube was blocked with dirt
causing the failure. Other than this one incident the van has been rock solid, always
starting and running like a top. This is a very dependable van. Everything works as it
should. The only negatives this vehicle has are minor flaws here and there from normal
wear and tear. I've kept a blog since getting the van. It is unedited and a true account of owning the van. I still have a few items I'd like to finish before I show including refinishing the pop top. The listing is starting a little early due to the emails I've received after posting to TracyAZ. I'm somewhat flexible on the price. It's tough to know how to price these based on all of the options. Many more pictures on request.

Ford Factory Options include:

Heavy Duty Alternator

Power Steering

Front Airbags

Dual Batteries

Air Conditioning

Dual Electric Horn

Power Door Locks

Remote door entry with alarm

Key in ignition warning chimes

Power Mirrors

Power Windows

Cruise Control

Tilt Steering

10,000lb Tow Hitch

Tinted Glass Throughout

Console Engine Cover

Engine Block Heater

Full Floating Rear Axle

Sportsmobile Factory options include:

In 2001 it was the RB52 package, today it's closer to the RB34

Wall panels with insulation

Commercial Loop Pile Carpet with padded Subfloor


Windshield Curtains

Overhead Cab Module

Door Panels Upholstered

Van Door Compartments


Fire Extinguisher

Floor Mats

110v Exterior Inlet w/25' Weatherproof Cord

110v Electrical Panel 30amp System

30amp Power Converter and Charging System

GFI Protection

Electrical Cord Adapters

110v Wall Outlets

2 Extra 12v Batteries (New 2011)

Battery Isolator

12v Outlet (extra added in the rear)

12v Electrical Panel

Lights – Hi/Lo/LED & Swivel (5)

Light, Cab Ceiling

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Norcold 2 Cubic Foot Fridge

Sink, Faucet, Fresh Water System

10 Gallon Water Tank

12v On Demand Water Pump

Waste Water (grey) Holding Tank

City Water Hookup w/Pressure Regulator

2 Burner Stove with Heat Shield and Cover

Propane System with 28lb (6 gallon) Tank with auto safety stop fill, gauge and 2 stage


Propane Detector

Recessed Wall Panel (makes Goucho 3” wider)

3 Slider Windows with Screens

Coat Closet

Starcool Air Conditioning System

Trace 2000 Watt Inverter

Microwave with Seperate Circuit

Two Way wiring for Van Entertainment System

Privacy Curtain to Partition Interior

Under Rear Floor Storage Compartment

Hinged Counter Top Extension

Awning 7' x 10'

Exterior Light with Inside Switch

Manual Penthouse Expandable Top with bed

Matching Paint for Penthouse

Swiveling front seats

Other Items

4X4 Conversion

Coil Spring Front Suspension

Deaver Springs Rear

Dana 60 Front Axle with 3.73 Gearing

Locking Hubs

Cross Over Steering

Upgraded Braking System (F-250)

Rebuilt Transmission 4R100 (40K) with 4x4 “short shaft”

Rancho Shocks

New Front and Rear Driveshafts

NV271 Transfer Case

46 Gallon Fuel Tank

New Rear Axle Gearing 3.73

Rear ARB Air Locker

Extreme Air on Board Air Compressor (100% duty cycle)

5 Mickey Thompson Classic II Wheels 10 x 17

New Toyo AT Tires 7000 miles (33.8” tall)

Full sized spare with matching wheel

Rear Wheel Spacers for True Tracking

240 Watt Solar System with Blue Sky 2000e Controller

Custom Rear Bumper with Swing Out Spare Tire and Storage Box

LED Backup Lights

Backup Camera

Auxillary Refridgerator fan with thermostat

Forced air furnace

Water filter

Outside window cover for front doors and windshield

Removable Thule roof rack

Indoor outdoor thermometer

4" turbo back exhaust

Bully Dog performance computer

40 Channel CB Radio

6” LightForce Front lights

Flex Shades for Front Windshield

Weathertech Window Louvers

12'000lb Mile Marker Winch

Custom Front bumper with compartments, one locking

Fantastic fan mounted vertically

Rear shelving

New vehicle batteries 2011

Entertainment System

Kenwood DNX8120 Multimedia System including:

• 6.95” Color Touchscreen Display
• Built-in Garmin Navigation With USA, Canada, PR, Alaska, Hawaii Mapping
• Built-In Bluetooth Technology
• New GUI with Changeable Skin and Customizable Start-up
• Fastest Access to iPod Audio/Video with High-speed iPod Control
• 5.1 Decoding/Playback with (5V) RCA Preouts (L,C,R, LS,RS,Sub)
• 2 Relay Control Outputs for garage doors, lighting, trunk, etc.
• SAT Ready (Requires CA-SR20V + Sirius SC-C1 Tuner or KCA-XM100V + XM Mini Tuner)
• HD Radio Ready
• Remote Control Included

DVD Player with in Dash Screen and Additional Rear 13” Monitor and Surround Sound

Plays all CD's or DVD's CDRW, DVDRW, MP3, WMA, JPEG, etc.

Card Reader

USB input (play your music directly from your usb stick)

High Resolution TFT Monitor Front and Rear

Front Monitor is Touchscreen Controlled

Dual Zone Function (listen to FM in front, watch DVD in rear)

500 Watt Rockford Fosgate 4 Channel Amplifier

500 Watt Rockford Fosgate Single Channel Subwoofer Amplifier

Center channel speaker with seperate Amplifier

Speakers upgraded to infinity, component up front

1 Farad Subwoofer Capacitor

Kicker L7 10” Extreme Square Subwoofer

Touchscreen Navigation with Voice Prompt and Re-Routing

Navigation system is by Garmin which enables the ability to use topo maps with terrain.

Ipod Controlled Through Multimedia Interface or remote

2 Infra Red Stereo Headphones

Aux Input in Rear for Xbox, Movies, Music, Etc.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Had to wrap the new exhaust because of transmission temps rising.

Here is a shot of the new 4" exhaust coming off the turbo.  Big pipe, barely fits in there.  Can't say enough about how I like this 4" exhaust.  Except for one problem. 
If you look carefully you can see where the exhaust actually rubs up against the transmission for about two square inches.  Perfect for transferring those hot exhaust gasses right into transmission temp increases.  When I'd pull up a long grade the transmission temps would rise to 220+. 
I hope this will be the solution.  I wrapped the pipe from the turbo down past the transmission.  I was also able to bend, bang, and knock, the exhaust away from the transmission.  I now have the wrap on there and a quarter inch of clearance. 
I haven't pulled a grade yet to test it.  Confidence is high.  Looks kind of cool wrapped up like that. 

Travel Pictures. Where I've been the last two years.

I just wanted to share some photos of where I've been in the last two years.  I've spent a lot of time traveling in the van.  This last year I've lived in the van more than out of it.  This is La Ventana, Baja 2010.
On the course of the Baja 1000 in 2010.
Moab 2009 exploring slot canyons.
Utah 2010.  Back way to Escalante.
Moab, Utah.  Riding motorcycles.  Slick rock trail in the background.
Utah 2010 more motorcycle riding.
Utah 2010, too cold here, heading back to AZ.
Somewhere in Colorado 2010.
Colorado 2010.
Alta Lakes, Colorado 2010.
Alta Lakes, Colorado 2010.
One more picture of Alta Lakes in Colorado.  My Dad in the process of catching a trout.  This is the perfect sportsmobile camp spot.  It's up a dirt road which keeps RV's and most people out.  It's free, and absolutely beautiful.
Imogene Pass, Colorado.  2010
Mogillon Rim, Arizona.  2011
Mt. Hood, Oregon.  2011
Mt. Lassen, California.  2011
Mud Lake, near Tonopah, Nevada.  2011
Mud Lake, 2011
Mud Lake
One more Mud Lake.