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Old 06-16-2016, 11:37 AM   #15
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Don't think for a minute that you won't get stuck with 4 wheel drive. May be More likely to with, than without because you will attempt to go places you shouldn't.

A Van has got to know it's limitations.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:13 PM   #16
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And when you get a 4x4 stuck, you're really stuck.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:17 AM   #17
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Anyone test drive both the Interstate 4x4 and 2016 model with Air Suspension?
The air suspension was extremely smooth handling but we were wondering if its worth it to wait for a 4x4 given that we live in Oregon and will travel in mountain passes that get winter conditions.

Would love to hear what you give up and gain with the 4x4.
We are on the same track - ordering next week from our Bend, Oregon home. Please touch base at 225-5354 area code five four one.

We can compare notes

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Old 06-26-2016, 12:49 AM   #18
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I own a 2016 4x4 AI and I am extremely pleased with it. I have spent the better part of the last month putting 4000 miles on it while hitting national parks. We have done much forestry / unpaved roads and the extra clearance is a lifesaver. I'm actually thinking about adding the sprinter store rear spring assist kit to get another 1" in the rear. The ride is fine as long as you have some weight in the rear.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:09 AM   #19
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Thank you for your road-report!

If you get a moment, it would be great to discuss some ideas at my number above.

Thank you,

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Old 08-29-2016, 03:53 PM   #20
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4x4 drive

Just got home off 2000 miles in 3 days driving my newly-acquired Interstate Grand Tour Twin 4x4 home to Colorado from Tampa. I insisted on 4x4 due to our home being at 8500' elevation, up a 1.5-mile VERY steep dirt road. That being said, the TIRES are more important than the number of wheels driven. We use Blizzaks in the winter on all our cars, and there are Blizzaks in a 215/85-16. There are also some all-terrain Kumhos I see on Tire Rack that are very highly rated by user reviews, and also have the snowflake-on-the-mountain symbol for severe winter use. I think I may invest in a set of these and use them year-round, though I am tempted to just get a separate set of Blizzaks for winter.

I think the ride-height issue is easily the biggest draw for me in getting the 4x4. It is weird, though, that the front is raised 1.2" more than the rear. It definitely shows, too, with a nose-up stance. This still creates a big opportunity for dragging that long overhanging tail section. I am also looking into the helper leaf springs VS. the Boss airbags on sprinterupgrades.com.

The ride on my trip, mostly Interstates, was rough. I was mainly bothered by a terrible wheel-balance issue (front and rear) but I'd have to say the bumps were very harsh as well. That's the price you sometimes pay for control. However, there could be room for improvement in shocks.

I also experienced the widely-mentioned "soft brake pedal" issue. By the end of the trip I was pumping up the brakes a stroke or two every time I needed to use them, in order to get a higher, firmer pedal. One should not have to do this. Any suggestions on brake improvements would be welcomed.

Anyone try the Boss airbags or the helper leaf springs yet?
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super single

A super-single tire arrangement would also be better for snow and offroad situations. I hear it MAY be possible, but the tires selection is next to none.
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