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    Sprinter vans

    What do you folks think of Mercedes (aka freightliner) Sprinter vans for MTB adventure vehicles?

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    Ideal I would think, lots of room and good fuel economy being diesel. I can tell you that Benz service is not the cheapest, at least here in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Ideal I would think, lots of room and good fuel economy being diesel. I can tell you that Benz service is not the cheapest, at least here in Canada.
    Problem is that there is not AWD option. I wonder if any forum members can share their Sprinter bike setups?

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    Quote Originally Posted by End_User View Post
    Problem is that there is not AWD option. I wonder if any forum members can share their Sprinter bike setups?
    There are plenty of Sprinter 4x4 conversions. Here's one Sprinter 4x4

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    I have heard nothing but good things about those vans. A friend of mine's cycling team has one and he says it has a great turning radius and are very fuel efficient. I always thought that they look like a roll over waiting to happen but according to my buddy they are stable and he's driven in high winds just fine.
    I think it would be and excellent choice for what you are looking to do.

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    They are great

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    I think the Sprinter would be the ultimate cycling vehicle - tons of space and great mpg with the diesel engine. I have a Ford Transit Connect (poor man's Sprinter) and it is nice but much smaller and gets no better mpg than the Sprinter.

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    We have a couple of these at the company I work for, set up as ambulances though. Spent a good amount of time driving these and I rather enjoy the experience. I think it'd make a great team vehicle. front seats plus 1 bench row with some side wall mounted hooks and a bench/fridge setup would be killer.

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    One negative...I don't think MB galvanizes the bodies on these! Living as I do where we have winter and road salt I notice that many of them are turning into rust buckets as they age Bummer because they are not exactly cheap!

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    Does a sprinter allow you to do things other vehicles can't? For example, I am thinking you can use a 144" wheelbase sprinter to seat 5 people (1 row of seats behind driver), and still be able to store ~6 bikes fully assembled with front wheels attached. The bikes would be secure and clean to boot. Are there ANY other vehicles that can do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    One negative...I don't think MB galvanizes the bodies on these!
    Underbody has a PVC coating, pretty tough, but the paint is kinda lame on them, at least the white paint on 2002-2006 models. I would not want to own one back east seeing how the paint on mine has failed out west.

    Quote Originally Posted by End_User View Post
    What do you folks think of Mercedes (aka freightliner) Sprinter vans for MTB adventure vehicles?
    Pretty aesome for sure, I have an 03 158" wheel base high roof.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Ideal I would think, lots of room and good fuel economy being diesel. I can tell you that Benz service is not the cheapest, at least here in Canada.
    The only way to own one is to work on it yourself IMO, I don't let anyone else work on any of my vehicles though.

    As far as MPGs go, I am a geek when it comes to keeping track of that stuff..

    No wind, 65 MPH = 25 MPG

    No wind 74 MPH = 21 MPG


    I got my van used with 72,000 miles on the clock, right after I got it I had to spend $1000 on parts and a rebuilt high pressure fuel pump, if I had paid for the work from a dealer it would have been ~$5000, thankfully I have a nice set of tools and know how to use them

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post

    Pretty aesome for sure, I have an 03 158" wheel base high roof.

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    Got any pics of your setup?

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    None handy, I can get some tomorrow, it's set up pretty well right now, electric fridge, solar panel, stove, running water, inverter, full size super comfy bed with a ton of storage underneath...

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    I always thought that they look like a roll over waiting to happen but according to my buddy they are stable and he's driven in high winds just fine.

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    Those who have the sprinter van with the diesel always brag about the great mileage. My only problem is I need 4x

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