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Old 03-24-2013, 05:00 AM   #2566
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Footnote: if I were not using this van as a daily driver for my business (i.e. a dedicated play toy) I would buy the 170".
I think that would be the only one that might allow me to walk upright in it, rather than like a cave man.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:08 AM   #2567
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My current vehicle is a 2001 at 235,000 miles, and my new one is a 1999 at 62,000 miles. I applaud you on the miles even though you use it for work more than pleasure sometimes.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:45 AM   #2568
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I think that would be the only one that might allow me to walk upright in it, rather than like a cave man.
170 is the length Sam... all the Sprinters talls are 76.4" height inside... there's no hope for your 6'8" self

...there is a "mega roof" version of the van available.. but they are hard to find. Its interior height is 84"
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:46 AM   #2569
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that's salesman chatter.
It is the same for european and domestic.

Fact about all sprinters:

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The bottom of the NCV3s (the stuff out of sight) is completely "gooped" in a kind of rubbery soft rhinolining'esque coating that nicely protects all of the underside. I don't know if the T1Ns have this or not.
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p.s. full disclosure: I've not bothered to wax my van (the damn thing is as big as a house.. it'd take 2 days ). A good wax coating would completely stop/fix my issues with gravel pitting leading to rust flecks.
The T1N series (2002-2006) -at least mine- has the heavy duty glop on the undercarriage. And the craptastic cheap white paint on the topside.

I ought to wax mine too, here in the midwest rust belt.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:46 AM   #2570
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I thought I'd share this with you guys...

I just got back from my local tire shop. I replaced all four tires with new ones.

All sorted out now. These ones are LT rated - Firestone Transforce AT.
Very nice tires. I use the Transforce, in a E rating, on my work truck. They ride nice on the road, don't make too much noise, last as well as any others I've used, and do pretty well off road. Overall I like them and am I think on my third full set of 6. I work them hard, the truck is a Dodge 1 ton weighing in at 10,580lb ready to roll and usually tows a 9000lb trailer with up to 15,000lbs on board.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #2571
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170 is the length Sam... all the Sprinters talls are 76.4" height inside... there's no hope for your 6'8" self

...there is a "mega roof" version of the van available.. but they are hard to find. Its interior height is 84"
Yep it's official... you short people SUCK! 84", that is 7 feet, so I would have about 3 inches of room (Shoes), I guess I better be carefull on my selection of hat.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:59 PM   #2572
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Spartan adventure van...

My first *mod*. The mighty Sprinter is ready to haul a bike now. I took a wheel chock that I had in the garage. I replaced the front support bar with a piece of 1/4" angle aluminum. I bolted through to anchor points in the logistic track that were already in the floor. I drilled a couple extra holes in the front support bar so that the chock can be repositioned laterally. There won't be many occasions when I need to transport more than one bike. I'll need another solution for that. But this will get me to the track for the first vintage races in May.





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Old 04-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #2573
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In the hopes that this helps someone else:


I spent a bunch of time looking for "Interweave Fabric" (i.e. what Outside Vans calls it).

It turns out if you look for "Duramax Fabric" or "Contract Fabric" or "Church Pew Fabric" ... it is much easier to find.
It appears companies like to rename it to make it their own...



We have a dozen color samples inbound as we still haven't found the right color.


Here are the fabric's specifications:

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:34 AM   #2574
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Windows:

We basically have 4 options in the back.
1) no windows like now
2) some sort of non-sprinter specific window
3) CRL windows (which are aftermarket "Sprinter shaped windows - but you can only get an opening one for the driver's side and not the passenger side)
4) Mercedes full glass non-opening windows like we have in the front.

After lots of changing our minds.. we've decided on option 2.

The happy thought of sleeping above Crested Butte at 9000 feet, rolling over and opening a little screen window next to our faces and breathing in the fresh-mountain-air... is just too much to resist.

Next sourcing issue: Finding the right window.

We want small, *openable*, screen'd windows by our heads when in the bed.
I'm sure if we lived in Florida.. or somewhere near the ocean where they build boats.. we could go to a boat-window-store and pick out exactly what we want. As it is, we live about as far from an ocean as you can get in the USA.. so we're once again stuck looking at pictures online and making guesses (man... you'd think website retailers in this day and age would get it - but they still don't. I'm not going to drop $400 based on a 130 pix thumbnail image ).

I was looking at Outside Vans website last night (they've added some stuff since last time I looked!) and sure enough - they're now doing something exactly like what we were thinking:



...time to start surfing the yachting websites again...
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #2575
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We want small, *openable*, screen'd windows by our heads when in the bed..



I hear you on picture quality and size...

One suggestion is to look for hinged windows, I found they're better to use in rain (i.e., you flip the window up and can keep it open without worrying, even when driving). The downside is not as much airflow, unless you get couple or more.


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Old 04-03-2013, 12:02 PM   #2576
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Ko: I appreciate what you are saying

The issue being the same reason CRL doesn't make a passenger side awning window - you have to clear the sliding door (which when open goes all the way to the back of the van).

Because of that, sliders are a bit more practical (and less likely to get snapped off )
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #2577
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Any specific reason for a window? I would think a powered vent might be better for "smell." Then concentrate on some sunroof thingy.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #2578
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Considering this:



...is an average camp site for us.. wouldn't you want to look out across the moonlit mountains?

We were considering a sunroof when we were sleeping higher up in the van - but now with the new bed location side windows make far more sense.

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Old 04-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #2579
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I still want opening portholes.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:05 PM   #2580
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Ko: I appreciate what you are saying

The issue being the same reason CRL doesn't make a passenger side awning window - you have to clear the sliding door (which when open goes all the way to the back of the van).

Because of that, sliders are a bit more practical (and less likely to get snapped off )
It's been so long since I had a van with a sliding door

What's the clearance, how far does the door go out when open? I'll have to measure the windows on my van, but I don't think the opening is more than 2" for the small ones.


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