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Old 06-19-2013, 09:43 AM   #85
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Not long ago, we owned a dually, purchased as a TV for our 15,000# fifth wheel. MPG was atrocious towing or not! We now own a '13 Ram 2500 SB and it tows the same wt. as the dually (!) with obviously better gas mileage. There seems to be little difference between driving one or the other, given that we have a ProPride hitch properly readjusted for the 3/4 ton Ram, however it is rewarding to achieve ~20 mpg when not towing! Dually? Nah....just over kill. And we have easily "redistributed" all that "stuff" in the dually truck bed into the SB.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:53 AM   #86
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20mpg when not towing...you talking mixed city/highway miles? "get outa here?!"

oh, what does "SB" stand for?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #87
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Ugly but functional = GEEK what more could you ask for in a van.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:58 AM   #88
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"geek" is a relative term....

we geeks like to try and look cool from time to time...we fake it as best we can...
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:09 AM   #89
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You want UGLY get one of those new Nissan vans. Get a van a paint it to look like the Mystery Machine.

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:32 AM   #90
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:46 AM   #91
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im serious, that van is so ugly/functional...its beautiful...wow..is that a prototype?
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #92
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No I think it is in production. The ceiling height is so low I would say it is an SUV as opposed to a van. It looks like it is about the size of my Excursion in volume. They are that ugly in person. I passed one the other day.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:19 AM   #93
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im not crazy about the aesthetic of a utility type van...not that this precludes selection of it as a TV per se...but it is a factor I will admit
I like the idea of the van - but the aesthetics of a work van leave something to be desired. A modern pickup in one of the higher trim levels is a very pleasant place to spend some time on a road trip.

I don't think you can get heated/cooled seats in a cargo van...
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Not long ago, we owned a dually, purchased as a TV for our 15,000# fifth wheel. MPG was atrocious towing or not! We now own a '13 Ram 2500 SB and it tows the same wt. as the dually (!) with obviously better gas mileage. There seems to be little difference between driving one or the other, given that we have a ProPride hitch properly readjusted for the 3/4 ton Ram, however it is rewarding to achieve ~20 mpg when not towing! Dually? Nah....just over kill. And we have easily "redistributed" all that "stuff" in the dually truck bed into the SB.
20 mpg , at 62 mph, with two 17' sea kayaks mounted on roof racks, on 200 mile journey, loaded with aux. gear. Driving around town= 16-17 mpg. Check it out!
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@ zigidachs...going to test drive on monday

What is SB?
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You can haul almost anything with an F250. I used to haul 8 tons of hay out of the mountains with an F250 Powerstroke. I use 10 ply Cooper tires which cost about $900 for 4. A dually requires 6 tires. If you are in mud a dually will always have flat inside tires. It's a drag and unnecessary unless you are hauling a huge load of hay or horses.
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Now I have a 2000 F350 Powerstroke. 18mpg on the highway without a trailer.
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An E250 or E350 van is not a bad tow vehicle and you have plenty of room. The big problem with those is finding one with seats in it that is not a cargo van.
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I love the idea of the E350 as an option (I believe the tow rating is north of 10,000 lbs with the beautiful V10). The awesome rig might be to find a panel van version of it, but customize it with windows for a second row, consisting of two captain's chairs for ride comfort. Behind that is a cargo bay wall/bulkhead of some kind separating the passenger "compartment" from a rear-entry cargo spot, either for hauling toys or as a great spot for generators, chairs, bikes, grills, and other outdoor gear that you don't want cluttering up the Airstream interior.

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