|Fords. They’re crafted from regular- or extended-wheelbase RV-prepped one-ton chassis that are shipped directly from the manufacturer to Quigley Motors’ Manchester, Pennsylvania, factory. The vans are then converted to four-wheel drive or sent to Sportsmobile for its own 4×4 system. Quigley uses a Dana 60 front axle geared to match the OEM rear, upgrades the coil spring suspension, installs a BorgWarner two-speed, 2.60:1, part-time transfer case, Spicer driveshafts, F-350 steering and brakes, and adds a|
three-inch rear and four-inch front lift. Sportsmobile uses a Dynatrac 60 front axle, Advanced Adapter Atlas gear-driven T-case, and a reverse-shackle front suspension with a quick-release anti-roll bar.
The vans are then shipped to one of three regional Sportsmobile factories in Indiana, Texas, or California, where the interiors are completed according to the individual owner’s requirements. Common features from a list of over 80 options include a patented pop-top sleeper, cabinets, sink, hot water and heat, stove, toilet, shower, marine flooring, gel batteries, and custom audio/video systems. Upon completion, a Sportsmobile becomes a Class-B motorhome that can cost from $45,000 to $80,000.
Sportsmobile West used its last Park City rally to show off its highest priority, the Atlas T-case-based 4×4 system. This time, the company introduced its latest interior configuration, the Transformer. Like the kid’s toy of the same name, the interior of the Transformer can be quickly reconfigured to meet a variety of needs. Only the combined
sink/refrigerator/electric powercabinet is fixed, with the bench seat and rear bed platform are easily removed to create a fully open interior. Equipped with an industrial rubber floor, it can be the work truck on weekdays that’s easily transformed into the weekend watersports hauler or camper, ready for work Monday morning.
This year’s rally featured an increased number of off-road trailers, many made by Sportsmobile. Equipped with articulating hitches, van-matching tires, and a heavy-duty suspension, they’re customized almost as much as their tow vans to carry kayaks, canoes, or bikes. One was set up as a mobile communications center with a motorized Internet satellite dish, and a few were South African-made safari rigs, complete with trailer-top tents, propane ovens, freezers, and even the obligatory English tea set.
With seven successful events to date, each in a spectacular location, the one question on everyone’s mind was, “Where are we going for number eight?”