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Old 07-28-2012, 12:39 PM   #15
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Do you mean your were surprised that there was no room at the site or not surprised? I figure such a setup might be a little tight at some sites and most places would not have room for the rig + trailer + car unhitched/removed. But I suppose the car could be "parked" every night on the truck.
I wasn't surprised they didn't have space - it was huge.

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It would be a full time live/work setup for an extended period of time. As I don't yet have the truck, trailer, RV, etc. I have flexibility to consider all options.
Okay, then the rigs you're considering make somewhat more sense. You could always park the truck in the overflow lot or whatever; many (but not all) campgrounds have them. Putting the car on the rollback every night would get old very quickly. On the other hand if you don't move around much a regular pickup plus shipping the car as needed might be much cheaper.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:14 PM   #16
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But way less fun.
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Look at the wheelbase of that tow vehicle. And the swing length. Backing a trailer with one would require quite a lot of room.

A 5500 Dodge would be my choice in this category, but a TV to carry a car seems the wrong direction to take, overall.
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Interesting thanks REDNAX for your suggested links. I still think my preference would be a customized Sprinter 3500 towing the car. It would be smaller and the sprinter would be a great stand-alone vehicle for weekend getaways when/if we settle down.
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Forum revival... Still thinking about this...

Something like Smokeless Joe's setup (photo below using previous generation Sprinter - now for sale BTW), but with a current generation M/B Sprinter 3500 Chassis Cab, MINI JCW and A/S 25FB.

The current generation of Sprinter with more powerful engine could probably handle a MINI or some other lightweight car under 3,000# along with ~7,000# trailer, car bed/ramp modifications and gear. The Sprinter after-market Curt hitch can handle 10,000# with 1,000# tongue using weight distribution. GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) of the Sprinter is 15,250# and max payload is 6,226#. The latest Sprinter will soon have 4x4 available, but NOT on the Chassis Cab versions. Angling the car bed higher near the car could reduce the length of ramps needed for loading... and not having a generator behind the cab like Smokeless Jow would allow slightly longer cars to fit and still allow room for a tire rack above/behind the headache bar.

Alternatively a Ford Super Duty F-350 Chassis Cab, for example, has a similar bed length with the Regular Cab (Super and Crew Cabs would probably be too long - reducing rear bed length) as the Sprinter... but a much higher capacities of GCWR 30,000#, Payload 7,872#, 16,000# towing... and of course very high torque diesel engine AND available 4x4. However, the F-350 appears to be almost 4' longer than the Sprinter - pretty significant (The Fords seem to have very long engine bays vs. Sprinter).

With respect to the overall length of the TV and maneuverability around smaller sites, I suppose a work-around for this issue could be to purchase a 12V trailer dolly to handle the baking-up of the trailer into a site.
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However, the F-350 appears to be almost 4' longer than the Sprinter - pretty significant (The Fords seem to have very long engine bays vs. Sprinter)..
Can't edit anymore but 170" WB (wheelbase) Sprinter is 270" versus F-350 200.8" WB at 286" overall length which is only 16" difference. Oops.
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