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Old 09-09-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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We are in the process of beginning RV'ing. Have read this forum for several months and really appreciate what we have learned. I would really appreciate advise on using a Dodge sprinter van in the 3500 dually series as a TV. It looks like it would pull a 30 footer but is anyone out there doing this? It would sure give us the storage we need for a Suzuki Burgman scooter we really want to keep.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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.... I would really appreciate advise on using a Dodge sprinter van in the 3500 dually series as a TV.....
The advertised towing limit for ANY Sprinter van is 5000 lbs.

That puts you in the range of a 19' or less if you go with a new airstream.

I know that is not the answer you are wanting to hear, but certainly the engineers and corporate group put that limitation (5,000 lbs max) on the series for a reason.....no amount of shouting, waving, or pulling of ropes will increase the rated tow limit put on the unit by the manufacturer.
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...looks like it would pull a 30 footer but is anyone out there doing this?
hi chris

i was keen on the sprinter too when the new version appeared, here are some points...

the 3.0L 6 c diesel has no better hp or torque than the 5 c it replaced. this was primarily an emissions upgrade.

a 3.5L v6 with the same torque but 100 MORE hp is now an option, but it's a gasser, withOUT the same mpgs...

the DUALLY version of the 3500 has more payload but LESS interior space and is still just rated for 5k towing.

i suspect merc/dodge just didn't do the work to get a higher towing rating, because they are rated higher in europe.

it's sort of a 'rams for towing, sprinters for hauling' thing...

Dodge Ram Versus Dodge Sprinter

IF you really wanna max out the towing side a cab-chassis model is available, see it on the sprinter website.

the van body style is HEAVY which eats into the ratings and performance data.

this is 1 of the few vehicles that really could safely handle more with the right modifications,

but the ratings wouldn't change.

IF you really wanna van 4 towing a 30, look at the 3/4-1 ton fords or ge'ems...

good payload AND adequate towing specs.

attached is a pic of a nifty version that would be nice for towing and rving...

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The advertised towing limit for ANY Sprinter van is 5000 lbs.

That puts you in the range of a 19' or less if you go with a new airstream.

I know that is not the answer you are wanting to hear, but certainly the engineers and corporate group put that limitation (5,000 lbs max) on the series for a reason.....no amount of shouting, waving, or pulling of ropes will increase the rated tow limit put on the unit by the manufacturer.
You left out the lawyers...

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