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Old 08-15-2017, 06:45 PM   #29
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I don't understand why so many people use pickup trucks? A van makes much more sense! Room to spare! I like the window van because you can see so much more around you.
Sure, everything but LEGroom. Same reason I won't go back to a B van (been there done that), or B+ based on Transit, Chevy or the dodge thingy, although Sprinter is acceptable. My Chevy truck suits my legs.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:16 PM   #30
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Sure, everything but LEGroom. Same reason I won't go back to a B van (been there done that), or B+ based on Transit, Chevy or the dodge thingy, although Sprinter is acceptable. My Chevy truck suits my legs.
We have tons of leg room, I even added air ride seats so we can ride on a cushion of air for hours.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:22 PM   #31
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Legroom can be as much a body shape problem. I wear a 36" inseam, but sit closer to the wheel than most. Up high.

Now, those vans designed in 1973, yeah, it was a problem. Like the Volkswagen bus, your legs were part of the integrated crumple zone.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:04 PM   #32
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I pull my 2018 Tommy Bahama 27FB with my Sprinter 4x4. I do have a WD hitch that was set up by Andy at CanAm. It pulls beautifully.

I'm currently in Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park. No problem going through the mountains or long days on the interstate.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #33
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As others have mentioned, the Transit and Mercedes are uni-body construction. Not sure about Mercedes, but Ford recommends not using a weight distribution hitch on the Transit.

For OUR needs a Chevy / GMC or Nissan NV was the only choice. The Nissan might be a great vehicle, but we couldn't get past the looks.

We bought a Chevy 1 ton about 6 months ago. It has the gas 6.0 engine. The larger 6.6 Duramax is no longer available. The power for us is adequate, but if we lived or drove in the rockies frequently we would probably want more. MPG towing averages around 10 and up to 17-18 empty. Ours has a Quigley 4x4 conversion so not sure how much that affects mpg.

We haven't been across scales yet, but with all our toys; bicycles, dual sport motorcycles, kayaks... we would be over the weight limit of the Transit or Sprinter.

We are using an Equal-i-zer hitch. Once set up properly it tows great.

Someone mentioned legroom. At 6'3" I agree that more legroom would be nice.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:54 AM   #34
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We bought a Chevy 1 ton about 6 months ago. It has the gas 6.0 engine. The larger 6.6 Duramax is no longer available. The power for us is adequate, but if we lived or drove in the rockies frequently we would probably want more. MPG towing averages around 10 and up to 17-18 empty. Ours has a Quigley 4x4 conversion so not sure how much that affects mpg.
We have the same setup but 2WD and get ~12 towing and ~19 empty so the 4x4 didn't hurt it much. We have the extended van so we put the kayaks inside with all the rest.
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:17 AM   #35
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Nissan NV 3500 high roof

We towed a 27fb Airstream with a Nissan NV 3500 high roof full time for a year. Aside from aesthetics (lots of people didn't like it's looks, and frankly we didn't either) it was an excellent tow vehicle. Lots of power, tons of room, etc. We had a motorcycle, 5 bicycles, 2 inflatable SUPs, tools, accessory AGM battery, fishing gear, ALL inside!!! It towed like a boss. 16,000lb GCWR. 10000lb hitch, transmission cooling, extendable mirrors.
We decided looks didn't matter. We felt incredibly safe and loved the handling. My husband has pulled boats and trailers forever, and drove city buses commercially...so I'm saying he is a credible judge of capability here....and he had nothing by positive things to say about the NV.
We have pics and info on our conversion at www.epicdetour.com
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:31 AM   #36
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We towed a 27fb Airstream with a Nissan NV 3500 high roof full time for a year.....
We have pics and info on our conversion at www.epicdetour.com
I also posted a review on the forums here under Nissan NV 3500
I just checked out your website, nice! You guys are living the dream.
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Thanks and keep those cards and letters coming. I really do need something like a ramp or low steps to get up into the cab and cargo area. A super comfortable driver's seat is also a must. Id like the front passe ger seat to also be high end. For the rest, cargo space.

I've done a little upholstery and awning work with my heavy duty sewing machine.. who knows? It might become a handy sideline.
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Thanks and keep those cards and letters coming. I really do need something like a ramp or low steps to get up into the cab and cargo area. A super comfortable driver's seat is also a must. Id like the front passe ger seat to also be high end. For the rest, cargo space.

I've done a little upholstery and awning work with my heavy duty sewing machine.. who knows? It might become a handy sideline.
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Sadly the tow vehicle I had in 2005 was a 2500 Burb. Guzzler for sure - 12.5 not towing, 12.0 towing. It looks like I'll be keeping the 10 Metre Avion so a half ton burb is out.

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Old 08-18-2017, 04:57 AM   #40
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Sadly the tow vehicle I had in 2005 was a 2500 Burb. Guzzler for sure - 12.5 not towing, 12.0 towing. It looks like I'll be keeping the 10 Metre Avion so a half ton burb is out.

Paula
We had a 4WD one with the 8.2L gas engine as well, it got 10 mpg towing or not, but it could easily tow whatever you put behind it.
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I just checked out your website, nice! You guys are living the dream.
Thanks Dan!! We're going into year 3 and still loving it!
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I don't understand why so many people use pickup trucks? A van makes much more sense! Room to spare! I like the window van because you can see so much more around you.
We have some in our pool vehicle fleet. They are great vehicles but I guess I'm still young enough that looks kinda matter, and I can't get past the looks of any van. Ironically if I was forced (and it would literally have to be at gunpoint) to drive a van it would be the NV3500. They are nice looking. I just can't get past that weird rear end on the GMC.
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