Vans are back in style. And our country’s prior obsession with conversion vans added to with our current appreciation for 4×4 rigs made a place in the market possible for Sportsmobiles. What exactly is a Sportsmobile and why in the heck would a van be called that? Sportsmobile is considered one of the oldest van conversion companies in history and over the years their brand has become synonymous with Ford Econoline vans with camper tops and 4×4 conversions.
Why wouldn’t you just buy a Jeep or maybe some type of RV? I found the most succinct response to this question on Sportsmobile’s site:
“After having used a variety of Class A Motor Homes and after having owned several off-road vehicles (Jeeps, D-90, Range Rovers, Hummers, FJ Cruiser, etc.), we wanted a self-contained adventure vehicle that we could use to explore this great country. We looked at various concepts but mutually decided on the Sportsmobile 4×4 Ford van.”
To truly appreciate these collosal creations, it’s a must you take a peek inside. The video below provides a detailed walk-around from the good folks at Overland Bound:
The most interesting fact about the Sportsmobile community is even though the company is called Sportsmobile, it seems to be all Ford Econoline 4×4 camper conversions are loosely considered Sportsmobiles regardless if Sportsmobile did the conversion or not. This is head-scratching to say the least and if you want to travel even further down the Sportsmobile wormhole, check out their forum.