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Brand Spotlight: Sportsmobile

Brand Spotlight: Sportsmobile

The #vanlife is a trendy thing to do these days. People jump into this trend headfirst with everything from custom-built homebrews to professionally built adventure-ready rigs. One company that has been at the forefront of providing custom-built, adventure-ready platforms is Sportsmobile. The company was founded in El Paso, Texas, and now has three different locations located around the United States. If you don’t know, they specialize in customizing vans to fit your travel needs. Early years found the company customizing VW vans at the port of entry. Later the company ...
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M416 Overland Trailer Build - Part 7

M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 7

We are now on the home stretch! Bedlining of the trailer went smooth. I used six bottles to get good coverage. I used two to three coats to make sure it would help up for a while. I let it sit for about a week to give the Raptor Liner time to cure fully. Then I got to work remounting the RoadShower and the Rooftop tent. I also installed the key cam locks for the drawers. I started wiring up the inside of the tongue box which houses the Goal ...
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M416 Overland Trailer Build - Part 6

M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 6

There comes a time in every man's life, when he does something so stupid, he can't help but laugh. This is not one of those times. This time, I cried. While out on the boat with family, I jumped into the lake with my phone in my pocket. My phone decided to swim to the bottom in 20' deep water. So needless to say, I lose every picture of my build along with with a TON of other pictures and $2000 in cryptocurrency. Live and learn, I guess. Luckily, I had ...
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M416 Overland Trailer Build - Part 4

M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 4

The warmer weather is gone, and the cold and snow are back again, but that didn't stop me from spending a couple of days in the shop. I was able to get quite a bit done over the weekend. My buddy dropped off some of the brackets I had him cut for me, so I was able to get started on the scissor jack mounts. A bunch of adjusting got them in the best spot I could find where they were accessible but out of the way. I used four, ...
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M416 Overland Trailer Build - Part 3

M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 3

We had some warm weather over the weekend, so I was able to get quite a bit done. I started out cutting the new steel for the new tongue. I got the new 2x3, and 2.5x2.5 welded in, drilled for the new articulating lunette, got the chains welded on, and got it all put in place. I set the tongue box in place as well to try and get an idea of how I plan to mount it. I started working on the tailgate again. I got the hinges attached ...
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M416 Overland Trailer Build - Part 2

M416 Overland Trailer Build – Part 2

In his second DIY article, Ryan provides us a rundown of his homebrew trailer build. Taking an old M101A2 military trailer from rundown to something functional and usable on the trails. [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#f15a29"] Parts, Parts, & More Parts 2/20/19 - I am sort of stuck waiting on parts to arrive, so I figured I'd write a post about some of the parts I will be installing. I have been receiving gifts from UPS, Fedex, and UPS almost daily. I am still waiting on the plate steel my buddy over ...
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