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Old 09-17-2016, 08:05 PM   #29
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I have a 2010 Chevy Express van with an Explorer conversion that had the 5.3 L motor and has 6600 pounds of stated tow capacity. I have towed my SOBs 30,000 miles behind two of these vans. I couldn't be happier driving a van and believe that I will always be a van guy. The one mistake I made was that I had 1500s for both of them. If you buy new that won't be an issue because they don't make the 1500s anymore; they only make 2500s and 3500s. They're available in both long and short wheelbase. The 2015's were the last year that the 2500s were available with double doors on the driver side. My next van will be at least a 2500 of which has a tow capacity of 10,000 pounds. The 3500 also has the same 10,000 pound tow rating so I'm not certain what the differences between them. I will definitely go with this choice because the 6.2 L motor would do a much better job at towing my 4700 pound dry weight trailer through the mountains.


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Old 09-17-2016, 08:21 PM   #30
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Another downside: nowhere to put your genny. I put mine inside, and if I change elevation, the whole van reeks of gas. I've got to start siphoning my fuel bowl and tank, I can't ha flexible the fumes.
I am looking at van options myself and didn't consider that elevation changes might be an issue with a generator.

Correct me if I'm wrong but don't you have the Yamaha 2000? Does yours have an open/close position switch on the gas fill? Mine does. Maybe that would help? How about putting it in a plastic container with lid?
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:21 PM   #31
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Short thanks for another positive post and review.

I'm hearing that van towing is quite a successful choice.
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:28 PM   #32
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This is a timely post for me as just yesterday I went to look at the Nissan NV Passenger. Why no love for that here? Seems to check all the boxes except 4wd and maybe aesthetics. I actually like the boxy look, particularly in the regular roof model. But am concerned about 2wd, which seems to be an issue with any modern van.
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If you're OK with a used one, GM DID make an all wheel drive version in the 1500 van. I have three kids and the seating comfort is just amazing when we're going on our long trips! Later on in life I can certainly envsion bringing bikes and kayaks in place of my kids. In fact hopefully I'll be able to do all of that and bring along grandchildren as well.


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Old 09-17-2016, 08:41 PM   #34
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We tow our 22 Sport with a Nissan 2013 3500 HD High Top. No sway hitch needed. We had all the cargo window added, then I finished the inside so my cats & I can take a nap while on the road. Except for the ceiling cabinets everything else can be removed in a few minuets or I can add a small captains chair/ along with another floor cabinet. Van with a full tank of gas weighs around 7200 pounds. Quite/comfortable ride with its 5.6 V8 having no problems pulling our 22 Sport up steep grades.
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as far as Ford diesels go, I'd stay away from the 6.0. Sure, they can be modified to be fairly reliable, but the old 7.3L is the one to get.
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I am looking at van options myself and didn't consider that elevation changes might be an issue with a generator.

Correct me if I'm wrong but don't you have the Yamaha 2000? Does yours have an open/close position switch on the gas fill? Mine does. Maybe that would help? How about putting it in a plastic container with lid?
yup, I have the yamaha 2000. Even when I run the fuel out of the float bowl (i.e. turning the fuel knob to "off" and running it 'till it shuts itself off from lack of fuel) and the vent switch on the fuel cap to "off" I still get a lot of odors. Lately I've been sandwiching a ziplock between the fuel fill cap and the threads, and that helps a little, but I still get some bad fumes from time to time. I wish I could figure out what it was.

We met a fellow streamer with the same generator, and he siphons all the gas out of the tank when he transports it, then stores it in a rubbermaid to keep odors down. We may have to try that.

My van will be for sale soon, as we are looking to get a transit. (we're 95% sure about this choice). We'll lose out on a ton of towing capacity with the E350, we'll lose 4x4, we'll lose ground clearance, but we'll gain more room to stand up in, and more room to store the bikes.
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:16 PM   #37
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Short we're also thinking gear and grandkids.

Scott, in time the extetior aesthetics might grow on us, but for now it still makes we wince, but the interior and appointments are great

Cole that is a great representative with pictures of what that can accomplish for you. Very nicely appointed.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:03 AM   #38
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The real upside of towing with a van like the Sprinter/Transit/NV with the high roof is the protection it gives your AS from stones/gravel and the occasional low branch or shopping mall low height beam. It would be far easier and cheaper to fix the van for chips, dings and dents than the AS, that's for sure. It would be worth the extra fuel for a mint dentless AS resale point of view.

We have a high top NV at work; can't say I like the looks and even though the maintenance has been sketchy at best, it runs like a tank. $40 for an oil change from Nissan and that's about all (first model year to boot). If you get all the glass and a colour version, say in the mettalic gray or brown, it actually looks pretty classy.

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Thoughts on that generator thing.

Next time you are out and about someplace that has food trucks, take a look at the back end and see how they manage their generators.

Basically these all seem to have a strong bumper that is about 1 foot deep. And they typically have a Honda 2000 on each corner, running in parallel to run the rooftop AC on the food trucks.

As long as this could be integrated so that the hitch projection was not compromised for turning with the trailer attached, there may be a way that someone with more practical experience than I have could fashion something like this added to the back of a van or truck.
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Thoughts on that generator thing.

Next time you are out and about someplace that has food trucks, take a look at the back end and see how they manage their generators.

Basically these all seem to have a strong bumper that is about 1 foot deep. And they typically have a Honda 2000 on each corner, running in parallel to run the rooftop AC on the food trucks.

As long as this could be integrated so that the hitch projection was not compromised for turning with the trailer attached, there may be a way that someone with more practical experience than I have could fashion something like this added to the back of a van or truck.
That's not a bad thought. Maybe it's just easier to affix it to the battery lid on the trailer while traveling? once you get to the destination you can throw it back in the van as pressure should be equalized.
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Going back several years, I towed both a 31' & 34' A/S with a Ford 1 Ton / V10. It performed very well living at 10,000' in CO. Due to the short distance from the rear bumper to the rear axle, control was improved over a typical truck. The only problems I had was both engine noise, driver compartment comfort & it road like a buckboard on the 13 miles of dirt roads I traveled one way to reach home. Currently I pull a 2000 34' A/S with a 3/4 T GMC diesel. WOW, it is a beast in the mountains with terrific comfort for all!!
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Going to have to look at the Nissan someday again. We feel that over time that front end profile will soften or out eyes will get used to it. Lots of positive postings on the Nidsan thread

Will give the good trucks a peek again next time to see how this storing their generators. Although they not traveling far in their trucks they are preparing food in them so we'll look to see how they are storing.

Been very impressed with the positive responses in this thread so far.
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