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Old 01-30-2013, 10:39 AM   #2476
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Its been a good read Geek!
My wife and I have been coveting a Sprinter for a few years now, I don’t have the kind of patience or time that you do to build one myself over time or to plan and figure it all out so hats off to you! We will most like go the Outside Van route when the time comes but will have to make some modifications as none of their designs fit the bill exactly
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:41 AM   #2477
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Great Van!

If you needed to pull a 10k# camper.. Which cargo van would you have chosen?
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:28 AM   #2478
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Dear Geek...
Not a van, but awesome: Livin_Tiny_640x360MASTER.m4v (video/mp4 Object)
(Via http://www.outdoorresearch.com/video)
Also, have you ever seen Mickey's camper?
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:21 PM   #2479
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Great Van!

If you needed to pull a 10k# camper.. Which cargo van would you have chosen?
Tough call. Not many deisel options. My V10 Ford does OK with a 9k # trailer, but more torque would be great.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #2480
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If you needed to pull a 10k# camper.. Which cargo van would you have chosen?
Pardon my stepping in Geek, but...




http://www.gmfleet.com/chevrolet/exp...cargo-van.html
"SELECT OPTIONAL FEATURES....
Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel with 260 hp, 525 lb.-ft. torque and B20-Diesel compatibility"


I drove a new 2013 4500 cutaway w/ box and the same engine/trans combo, but pushing a LOT more air, from Milwaukee to New Orleans. Total weight with the equipment in the back of about 12-13,000 lbs. Pulled strong, nice 6-speed auto, felt like it would handle a trailer also (which it will need to do on occasion) w/ no problem.

I think a 3500 with that drivetrain would be a sweet toy hauler.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:00 PM   #2481
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Pardon my stepping in Geek, but...




http://www.gmfleet.com/chevrolet/exp...cargo-van.html
"SELECT OPTIONAL FEATURES....
Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel with 260 hp, 525 lb.-ft. torque and B20-Diesel compatibility"


I drove a new 2013 4500 cutaway w/ box and the same engine/trans combo, but pushing a LOT more air, from Milwaukee to New Orleans. Total weight with the equipment in the back of about 12-13,000 lbs. Pulled strong, nice 6-speed auto, felt like it would handle a trailer also (which it will need to do on occasion) w/ no problem.

I think a 3500 with that drivetrain would be a sweet toy hauler.
What was your fuel mileage like?


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Old 02-28-2013, 08:14 PM   #2482
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What was your fuel mileage like?

I think the readout said 14.5 mpg. I run on their fuel card , so the only reason I pay attention is to gauge my range for fuel stops. It had a 50-sumthin' gallon tank.

Disclaimer;
My job is to move the equipment around the lower 48 and Canada as needed, I drive a different truck or multiple trucks interstate every week. But this is what I remember.
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This was a new 4500 w/ 7xx miles on it when I picked it up, 17xx when I dropped it off. Mileage might improve w/ break-in.
It had a wide box on the back, but did have the "aero roof" above the cab.
Don't remember the axle ratio, but I think it was the "lower" one. That's what they usually buy.
Highway speeds, 65-70 all the way, but since I was running down the Mississippi Valley on I-55 it was mostly flatlands.
But I do remember it pulling well through the southern Missouri hills before I dropped down into Arkansas.
The 6-speed auto was sweet. Shifted well and at the right time. Didn't hunt, hold too long, or hesitate.

My guess the 3/4-ton w/ the same drivetrain would do 20 mpg. Might be some reviews out there with actual mileage seen on the 3500 standard body diesel van.

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Old 03-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #2483
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Geek, I think between your thead and haydukes, you guys have made me want a van instead of a trailer. I've already been buttering up the wife to the idea. Keep it coming.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:42 PM   #2484
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Geek, I think between your thread and haydukes, you guys have made me want a van instead of a trailer. I've already been buttering up the wife to the idea. Keep it coming.
You'll want both.. Base camp with the amenities. And the van to take you further..

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Pardon my stepping in Geek, but...

http://www.gmfleet.com/chevrolet/exp...cargo-van.html
"SELECT OPTIONAL FEATURES....
Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel with 260 hp, 525 lb.-ft. torque and B20-Diesel compatibility"


I drove a new 2013 4500 cutaway w/ box and the same engine/trans combo, but pushing a LOT more air, from Milwaukee to New Orleans. Total weight with the equipment in the back of about 12-13,000 lbs. Pulled strong, nice 6-speed auto, felt like it would handle a trailer also (which it will need to do on occasion) w/ no problem.

I think a 3500 with that drivetrain would be a sweet toy hauler.
That would be sweet but my budget is around 20K and a 4x4 van with a duramax would be around 30K
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:51 AM   #2485
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sick van geek...well done!!! you could do that type of assemblys for living...;)

enjoy your trips....live the life!!

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Old 03-02-2013, 01:32 PM   #2486
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And he just figured out FIAT = Fix It Again Tomorrow
I always heard " Fix It Again Tony!"
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:48 AM   #2487
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Sorry.. I've been too busy to update this thread in forever. The van is approaching 40k miles.

Nothing mechanically to report... a headlight went out.. replaced simple H7.. 4 days later other headlight went out
I'll replace them as a set from now on


Here's one cool thing:

The fridge in the van has a plastic latch top and bottom. I broke one of them.
I was going to take a file and band saw and waste the hours away trying to make a good enough copy....

A client of mine recently got a 3d scanner and a 3d printer.

Voila! More fridge latches than I'm ever going to need




As spring starts to spring.. I'm going to be making a push to take the van to the next level so there will be updates to this thread hopefully soon - but not this weekend - I'm headed to Moab again with the 500 in tow
I'm really looking forward to sleeping in the van in the 75 degree desert for the next 3 nights.

Current priorities:
Overhead cabinet on passenger side
Counter tops and drawers
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #2488
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better than the snow last time

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:22 AM   #2489
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Glad to hear no mechanical issues. I was getting worried cause there hadn't been any updates. Got my powder coated wheels done, they look great. Van supposed to be here April 25. Wish I was heading to Moab.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:28 AM   #2490
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This may be an odd question but do you have a cost of maintenance over the 40k miles?
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