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Old 10-18-2016, 03:07 PM   #15
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They have exhaust/emissions issues. And lots of little sensors. There are 2-3 generations of sprinters and they all have different issues unique to that generation.
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Old 10-22-2016, 04:43 PM   #16
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I'm definitely not a transit expert, and I highly recommend test-driving for yourself, but here were our thoughts:

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Old 10-23-2016, 07:20 AM   #17
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Decent video. Keep the cute driver. The big guy is usually selling fishing boats at Cabelas, right?

Vans are quick off the line as they're primarily urban metro vehicles. But, once loaded, it won't be the same. Don't expect too much once loaded and hitched when it comes to passing power. Drive smart, instead.

A van would be my choice, overall. I'm very impressed with how well the modern ones drive (my first experience was with a 1966 Ford with a 240-I6 between the seats, and a bolt action transmission). Electronic stability control, etc, is a comforting factor.

It's not a car. One doesn't "keep up" with traffic. Takes a period of adjustment to use it well. Let it tell you what is best. Biggest change for most folks is braking before turns. Any braking pressure still being applied into a turn is a FAIL.

Same for posted speed on ramps and such (yellow). That's max safe speed. Get used to using that whether solo or towing. Life is easier with new habits.

That out of the way, can we look forward to the cute driver (and her sister) doing more videos on other brands of modern vans?

One request is to include a little more tech info. Wheelbase, power plant, and door sticker info (axle ratings).

Thx to you both for the trouble to which you went in making the video.


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Old 10-23-2016, 08:44 AM   #18
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We won't be doing many other van comparison videos. It'd be fun to test every box van out there (sprinter, promaster, nv) but we dont have the time, energy, or bandwodth. We were only interrsted in transits due to our budget and a few other factors. We filmed a few more transit test drives, but that's it. We like the 4x4 sprinters, but tge 8 month wait, the $58k price, and the tales of costly repairs that only a sprinter dealer can make turned us away. We ultimately decided to keep our 7.3L E350 since it'll tow 10k, gets 16 mpg, and is extremely reliable and dirt cheap to fix.
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:03 PM   #19
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We won't be doing many other van comparison videos. It'd be fun to test every box van out there (sprinter, promaster, nv) but we dont have the time, energy, or bandwodth. We were only interrsted in transits due to our budget and a few other factors. We filmed a few more transit test drives, but that's it. We like the 4x4 sprinters, but tge 8 month wait, the $58k price, and the tales of costly repairs that only a sprinter dealer can make turned us away. We ultimately decided to keep our 7.3L E350 since it'll tow 10k, gets 16 mpg, and is extremely reliable and dirt cheap to fix.

I'm also tempted by the vans. But my 2004 Cummins is too easy to own (knock on wood). Good luck with the Ford. And, thanks.


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my buddy put a 2013 cummins in a 2013 4x4 Ford E350. Talk about the best of both worlds! But I'm plenty happy with my 7.3L 4x4 E350.
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:57 PM   #21
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my buddy put a 2013 cummins in a 2013 4x4 Ford E350. Talk about the best of both worlds! But I'm plenty happy with my 7.3L 4x4 E350.


While I'm torn on which interior is best; I've always maintained if someone would marry a Cummings and an Allison it would be a hell of a truck.
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he has an allison in it too. It's pretty amazing. He just got the engine working last week.

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Follow you on you tube. I work for a freightliner dealership. They are everywhere. As far as repair cost, it is an hourly rate from $115-150 an hour. It is comparable to any repair shop from a dealer. Here is a link http://www.freightlinersprinterusa.c.../find-a-dealer I moved from cali to tampa, and we are a sprinter dealership, matter of fact, #1 in the country, according to my sales team.
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Old 11-04-2016, 07:22 AM   #24
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I drive T-350 long wb. med. roof, 3.5 ecoboost,quigley 4x4

I have a T350 long WB, med. roof, wd hitch & Quigley conv. In past I have used a 95 F250, and a full size Bronco. My new TV. is quite simply a dream to tow with. In the past 3 months I have towed my 2016 FC bunk over 9000 miles. These miles were all over the country, I drove to Boise, and drove my AS back to Pa, loved its potent manners, Then with a 400lb moto. on back bumper. I drove round trip to Desert Trip near Palm Springs, Ca. on the return trip we had another couple join us as far as Albuquerque, NM. The TV. was masterful, I used the 4x4 once to get up a steep incline, dirt road once again the T350 was a champ. I can not tell you how much I love this combo and the T350.
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I have the 3.5 ecoboost with tow package and blue ox wd hitch. the moto. was on the AS back bumper. The T350 has one 3 place back seat installed and carried a large generator as well as a large 10 ton jack.
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Old 11-04-2016, 09:44 AM   #26
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What size/weight is your 2016 Flying Cloud? Got any pics of your moto carrier?
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It's a 30' FC I was told that it is 6500lbs WET, and @5500 DRY, the dealer said its hard to reach the quoted wet weight. All together the overall length is about 50'. I am not computer literate so the Photos will not be forth coming, my apology.
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Old 11-04-2016, 10:47 AM   #28
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It's a 30' FC I was told that it is 6500lbs WET, and @5500 DRY, the dealer said its hard to reach the quoted wet weight. All together the overall length is about 50'. I am not computer literate so the Photos will not be forth coming, my apology.
According to the sticker on my 2014 FC 30' Bunk the dry weight is 6569 lbs (with awning package) and the max weight is 8800 lbs. You should have a sticker on yours as well.

My guess is that your trailer is very similar to mine, probably 6500 dry and 7500 lbs wet.
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