Even if the Transit can tow a 25ss by the time you add a similar shelving/storage/bike rack set up and put all that gear in there will it be enough? That storage system and everything in it must add some weight. I understand your concern with the bikes but I didn't realize you had a pull out shelf for the bikes which is very convenient. Removing the front wheel and turning one of the bike's handle bars doesn't seem such an obstacle and shouldn't cause any wear and tear compared to running them up and down rough trails
For those who are in the market for a new vehicle, there are a couple of other things we should probably include about the NV.
First, of all it probably has an image problem because it's being called a van. What is it really? Vehicular Frankenstein's Monster, complete with flat top and bolts on the neck (rear-view mirrors.) To be technical, it's more of a pickup with a built in topper. The passenger model happens to have heat and AC. It also has a 110V outlet in the back which allows you to travel with a mini-fridge or plug in a shop vac. It does have a built in converter to run that outlet.
Nissan solved some of the Van's issues by putting the NV on a Titan chassis and keeping the big nose. The front wheels are under the nose, just like a pickup. No wheel wells under the dash. There is plenty of leg room up front, a good bit more than our Expedition had.
Oops, forgot to mention handling. There is nothing chintzy about how the NV handles. It's very solid. But the heavy-duty pickup chassis does make it a bit stiff. Drive on bad roads, and you will feel it a bit. That may or may not be a deal breaker for people, though long-time pickup owners might not blink an eye. If a dealership allows you to test drive it yourself, take it down the not so nice roads or streets so you have idea if you can live with it.
As mentioned earlier, this is our only vehicle now. Bumble goes on errands and does other daily living stuff. Cozy parking lots can be problematic, but Karl is a disabled vet with the parking permit. Those extra wide spaces can come in handy, though not always perfect either when the space is shortened by concrete barriers. We try not to put the big guy in tight spots when there is a choice. Otherwise, we make good use of the camera and those dandy rearview mirrors. Exercising a bit of patience doesn't hurt either.
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Originally Posted by SCOTTinNJ
Just a point of note, but you can only get the high roof version in the cargo van, so no side windows, no rear seats, and no a/c in the rear. I did give some thought to going this route, but I'd have to add a couple seats and then build out the back to at least get some sound insulation and a little comfort back there. It's an option, but when you get the passenger version that is all done for you.
I just built a NV high roof cargo with factory glass in the rear and glass in the sliding door section with privacy glass on drivers side. Maybe new option?
As others have stated, the one really great thing about the NV as a van is the motor is out front under a hood, so servicing it is pretty easy for the tech.
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Our 2016 NV is a flat-top. He was already on the dealership lot and purchased as is. We haven't added anything, but we did take out all the seats we currently don't need. This is one of our favorite photos from a drive thru the SD Badlands.