Originally Posted by chris97141
...looks like it would pull a 30 footer but is anyone out there doing this?
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'
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...