Originally Posted by Mike Steele
How about a long term report on how the NV is doing as a TV?
Hi mike!! Here's the Updated NV 3500 report (via my husband "the driver"):
(Note we are towing 7000lbs full time, about 5000 miles so far)
Braking- when coupled with our tekshona brake controller, capable of stopping quickly in traffic if needed, downhill braking is solid, feels "safe"
Transmission- love the tow mode, auto shifting is fluid,holds RPMs for climbing, simple and quick manual shifting. Transmission cooler kicks in as needed, no engine heating issues.
Acceleration- above average, power is there if you need it
Fuel economy- as expected. 11.5mpg if running RPMs around 2100. Negative is small fuel tank- only 25 gallons!! We seemingly stop all the time for fill ups.
Comfort- seat and driver's cockpit are very very comfortable (upgraded comfort package), we removed the center console as well. The high roof is awesome. We soundproofed the entire cabin which makes it very quiet and nice. It is a LOUD metal box without it.
Handling- steering is responsive and quick, sure footed, easy to maneuver the airstream due to short wheelbase even in tight spaces, "A+"
Stability- Quite stable, especially given the high roof. Winds and passing semi's barely affect the rig.
Climbing- easily capable of running any pass we have ascended in the Rockies so far. Steep grades run the RPMs around 4000.
Tires- OEM Firestone tires okay in rain, quiet. Bad in mud (lol). We will probably switch out to Michelin Ltx-ms2
Suspension- We are carrying 1200lbs (motorcycle + gear) over the rear axle, feels solid and beefy, stiff + probably 700lbs on the tongue. Big one ton is not overkill.
Towing- overall "A" rating. The NV is stout and capable and makes towing easy.
As you can tell we are happy and satisfied with the NV. We know it looks a little funny but we don't care, it has been perfect for what we are doing. We have the conversion pics on www.epicdetour.com.
Let me know if you have specific questions!!