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Old 08-24-2010, 09:17 AM   #127
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the sprinter chassis is grossly UNDER capacity for this purpose...

and while smokeless' has crafted a FINE LOOKING combination...

how many MILES have been logged towing with it?

the only person here with MANY reported miles on the "sprinter as tow vehicle" had issues, a lot of them.

see post #9 here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ate-46110.html
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i met a couple towing a safari with a sprinter b van conversion...

they would drop the safari at a rv park

then use the van for excursions into wilderness areas and LIKEed that combo.

keep in mind the sprinter is 2 wheel drive

and handles REALLY POORLY in snow or loose off road stuff or even rain soaked highways.

and the repair/reliability records for the sprinter...

are VERY much below average even when NOT used for towing.

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:51 AM   #128
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the sprinter chassis is grossly UNDER capacity for this purpose...
It did look cool.

And, there are truck manufacturers besides Ford, GM and Dodge—don't any of them have something that would fit the proposed combination?

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the op proposes towing 7,000lbs WHILE carrying 2-3000 lbs...

that clearly puts the mule in the one TON range (except for the unique f150 noted eariler)

the manufactures providing true capacity for BOTH of these requirements...

make for a short list.

trading the diesel option for a new stronger gasser gets MORE payload by ~500 lbs.

but the vehicle options are still essentially true 3/4 or 1 ton trucks and vans.

unless the reqirements/variables change to LESSER weighing mobile shelters.

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Old 08-24-2010, 12:18 PM   #130
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For the work your asking of the tow vehicle I would definitely look to the diesel engine truck. That is a lot of weight your carrying around and diesel engines excel at working hard. Modern gas motors have come a long way from what they once were but I would definitely go diesel if you can swing it.
While the cost is higher on the front end it will pay dividends in a higher resale value should you ever sell it - I have been looking into used 3/4 ton trucks that are approximately 2 years to 7 years old - there is a BIG difference in the values of a diesel/gas - often $10,000! WOW!
Personally I would be a bit leery of the 1st generation Ford engine. They are probably fine but would give them a year or two to get the bugs worked out. There is a lot of bad feelings of the poor souls who were burned by the first generation 6.0 Power Stroke engine. Ford paid dearly to get this fixed.
If your buying right of way I would look to the GM or Dodge pickup with proven power plants. I know a general contractor with a 98 one ton Dodge/Cummins - 475,000 miles of work pulling excavators, bobcats etc.. used hard and put up wet daily and has been through only one transmission thus far.
If your not brand biased I would pick the one with the best warranty and curb appeal - They are all good trucks they will all do the job.
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