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Old 07-27-2012, 07:17 PM   #29
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I daydreamed about having a Sprinter too - and wondered if one was made hefty enough to tow my 25 FB SE. I just wanted the bare shell Sprinter with 4 seats and a lot of storage space, not an "Airstream" sprinter. Thought it would look cool if I had what looked like an Airstream towing an Airstream. Then I found out that they're basically not made to tow regularly at all! One member here did tow with his for quite a while before his transmission broke.

I'll go do a search and see if I can find the thread before edit time runs out. BTW there's a Sprinter forum too.

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Yep, here it is... Read #4 "Lewster" - it kicked my butt right off of fantasy island!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...mpg-92950.html
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:22 AM   #30
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Just for the sake of argument, towing a Mini will be much less taxing than towing an Airstream, unless you get carried away with a big enclosed trailer.

Side note, if you can stomach the price and you want an enclosed trailer get one of these:
BRE: BRE Aerovault Trailer

I think it would look fantastic behind a Sprinter!

Anyhow, you can read about failures on any forum for any vehicle. To me, towing a heavy load without an auxiliary transmission cooler and getting 100k out a transmission is about par for the course on any vehicle. I think the Sprinter makes a great tow vehicle, just keep the towed weight in the 5k ballpark to have a margin of safety on the 7500lbs towing capacity (2011 model 3500 and newer). Add an aftermarket trans cooler to increase your safety margin.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #31
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Just for the sake of argument, towing a Mini will be much less taxing than towing an Airstream, unless you get carried away with a big enclosed trailer.

Side note, if you can stomach the price and you want an enclosed trailer get one of these:
BRE: BRE Aerovault Trailer

I think it would look fantastic behind a Sprinter!

Anyhow, you can read about failures on any forum for any vehicle. To me, towing a heavy load without an auxiliary transmission cooler and getting 100k out a transmission is about par for the course on any vehicle. I think the Sprinter makes a great tow vehicle, just keep the towed weight in the 5k ballpark to have a margin of safety on the 7500lbs towing capacity (2011 model 3500 and newer). Add an aftermarket trans cooler to increase your safety margin.
Thanks . Cool looking trailer. I bet it would look great behind a vintage AS RV too.

Regarding towing... I am not too worried. I would get an aux cooler and the weight would only be about 3000 lbs with a dolly.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:57 PM   #32
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I daydreamed about having a Sprinter too - and wondered if one was made hefty enough to tow my 25 FB SE. I just wanted the bare shell Sprinter with 4 seats and a lot of storage space, not an "Airstream" sprinter. Thought it would look cool if I had what looked like an Airstream towing an Airstream. Then I found out that they're basically not made to tow regularly at all! One member here did tow with his for quite a while before his transmission broke.
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I wonder if you had such a basic sprinter setup that the towing would not be such an issue? I mean the AS Interstate is pretty hefty but a barebones setup might be fine.
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I towed a 34 to the Region rally in PEI with a Sprinter a few years ago. It handled the 34 quite easily. It was a shorter length sprinter. We have a couple of customers that use them for commercial use and tow extensively and so far they have had no trouble. The engine is detuned somewhat so it should have lots of reserve and the 5 speed tranny is designed for much higher power outputs . We have noticed that the parts prices for them are rather exhorbitant but they don't seem to need them very often.

Next year you will be able to buy the Ford Van from Europe with either the echoboost or a diesel.

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Oops. Sorry I did not see your last post before replying. Bummer. Well, you can always buy a basic Sprinter and build you own. Or can you even buy a Sprinter up there?
I am leaning towards the custom Sprinter customization option. Something with a combo rear gear/washroom area like the OutsideVan Earthromper2. Something with a more open interior without any tall cabinets, large queen sized bed/dinette, diesel heat/generator, compost toilet (no black water) and larger water/grey tanks:
Earthromper 2 by Outside Vans

From what I have read I may have issues using a US conversion company which is probably fine... Outside Van do not respond to my enquiries anyways. I found Get Away RV Centre Ltd. in British Columbia can do the customizations that I want and they are doing some interesting work, like using local Vancouver diesel air/water/coolant units. They also didn't seem to be scared away when I asked about having some ceiling/wall sections in aluminum sheeting instead of plastic or fabric.

What I am finding is that most Class B conversions from the large companies are designed for retirees or for people who drive from hotel to hotel. They often have tacked on lower body kits or steps and the interiors are terrible outdated. They also just don't have the flexible use that I am looking for and they are way to "RV" looking.

And yes we can definitely buy the various versions of the Sprinter vans in Canada (or I could import one from the States if it is cheaper and worth the hassle).
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