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Old 01-23-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Anybunny in additon to McBrew tow with a Sprinter?

What are your thoughts?

We've been toying with the idea based on the mpg even so I think they're all ugly as sin. I could be persuaded to overlook that, though, considering I was also once totally against an egg. (sorry, it's true, but I was converted by a passing Casita when we were camping at Edisto State Beach (SC) over Thanksgiving.)

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Old 01-23-2011, 06:03 PM   #2
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Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder they say!

I love my Sprinter!

I get 26 m.p.g. or so around town,better on the Highway and over 20 easily while towing.
It isn't speedy towing but it is tough.
The ride is very nice as the truck is heavily suspended and the stability is good too.

Mine is the "Baby" one:short wheelbase and low roof but it still looms over the roof height of the Egg.
It is also a passenger version with windows all the way around and a more finished interior than the cargo versions.

There is enough room inside mine to fill the bed of my Tundra 4 or 5 times over and I can stand fairly well stooped over inside too.

I have made some shorter runs under 200 miles towing but have not gone any great distance yet counting instead on my Tundra which is proven to me and more comfortable for long trips.
I plan on using the Sprinter more this year.

I am on the road now in fact with the Tundra and Casita and I get under 15m.p.g. towing this way,way under!

Mine is one of the few with a factory tow setup but they are easy to add too.
They also run for a lot of miles if maintained and I just like driving it.

There are at least 2 others I know of with Sprinters but I am not sure if they hang out here or just on the Casita Club site?

Ted in K.C.
and Bobinelym

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Old 01-23-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
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What is the towing limit for the Sprinter vans?

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Old 01-24-2011, 12:33 PM   #4
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I believe ours is 5,000 pounds non WD and 6,000 pounds with WD. I have towed our boat, which is about 6,000 on the trailer. It towed beautifully. Ours is the largest, tallest cargo version. Non dually.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:34 PM   #5
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I'm just asking, have you priced a sprinter yet?
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:16 PM   #6
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They seem to be rated at 5000lbs but I have also read as high as 8000lbs so who knows?
I feel comfortable with a loaded 17' sd for sure.
The problem would be power I think not suspension?

Sprinters made thru 2006 are the T1N model sold in North America and though they are a Mercedes built machine they are not easy to confuse with a Mercedes Sedan.

From 2007 to now they are a whole different beast and to me have left behind a lot of what appeals to me on the older model.

The price is certainly part of it.

I NEVER buy new anyway though and the T1N are now available for what I consider a reasonable price considering the capabilities and competition.

I paid 1/5 of what a new one would be and it had around 100k on it at the time.
These are designed to be 500k machines and last that long or longer if maintained.
There are a few in America with 800k on them.
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I'm just asking, have you priced a sprinter yet?
Yuh...'scuse me whilst I picks m'jaw up offada floor....suckers are NOT cheap even not so gently used.

Shooeee...they shore do like their van's.

Got to figure if the increased mpg would make it worth the extra buckarinos in the long haul.

More research.

UH...mcbrew....does your 13 fit IN the tug???? Thatza lot of Sprinter for the trailer.

Thanks for the feedback, I'd be interested in anything else anyone has to say about these vehicles as tow vehicles....good, bad, anything.
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Ok, don't get upset I just looked at 42 Sprinters on Ebay and I figure if you spend that much money on a tug you really don't need the egg, just live in the tug.
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Ok, don't get upset I just looked at 42 Sprinters on Ebay and I figure if you spend that much money on a tug you really don't need the egg, just live in the tug.
For the record, I don't pull my camper with the Sprinter. I pull it with a Scion xD. The sprinter is for work and hauling Home Depot stuff. I rarely tow with it.

I bought it new I'm 2003 for around $33k. I've got 100k relatively trouble free miles on it now. Just spent about $1500 getting some things straightened out. It can do a lotore than the chevy van it replaced. There is no comparison.

Most big car companies make similar vans in Europe, including Ford. VW, Peugeot, Renault, Fiat, etc. Most of them are 4 cylinder. I rode in a 23 passenger Sprinter bus in Czech and it was a 2.2L engine with a manual trans.
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Well it looks like someone is thinking of maybe towing with one. Personally I think my $500.00 Toyota 4Runner will do just fine.
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When this thread started price was not even mentioned?
Sort of assumed you already had looked around a little?

That said,exactly how are Sprinters any different than other vehicles on the road pricewise?

Every one has their own requirements in a vehicle and for me 10K for a 100k mile Sprinter did not seem too bad.

Look at used Ford vans for cheap,available brute force if that is the main criteria?

The 4runner is really a great one too,have you looked at the price of them both new and used?
I would be reluctant to tow with any $500.00 car but that is just me.

Another interesting observation for me is how my customers have reacted to my Sprinter.
I am an Electrical Contractor and every one who sees the beast remarks how much more seriously they look at me and my business now.
Clearly getting the right tool for the job!
Beauty is a lot more than skin deep too.

Over on Sprinter-source.com there are lots of conversations about these and an entire forum just for camping and conversions,a good resource.

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When I started this thread I had only minimal knowledge of the Sprinters and was looking for thoughts from those who had driven/towed with them. The Mr. & I will start out using a not so very gently used workhorse of a 1995 Chevy S-10 extended cab 4x4 pick'm'up to tow our 16 footer. We will need something a mite newer and more reliable by the time we hit the road on a full time basis. (she's given her very best since we've had her & I'm most grateful she's still on the road at all) We currently pull a 450 # tenter with a loaded to the gills 2007 Pontiac Vibe that gets upward of 35 mpg empty and still gets us about 29 mpg under tow in the Blue Ridge Mts. We know we can't expect that with a heavier rig and bigger tug. Itza a nice dream...but notta reality.

We're looking for reliability, reasonable gas mileage under tow and space to carry all our "stuff" which will, by the design of being on the road for lengthy periods of time, be more than one season's worth. We don't want to overload Li'l Scamp and look to the tug to provide some of the space we will be wanting. The vehicle will not likely be new so having an idea of a manufacturer's long term reliability is important to us. Ed, like you, we are looking for rough and ready more than speedy. We intend to begin our travel headed west to the Rockies. If it can take on Pike's Peak without lugging under the load I will be one happy girl and won't worry one whit about where else it goes. The Sprinter's seem like a vehicle worth researching.

The price of the Sprinter's was surprising to me as p/u's, SuV's and such tend to lose more of their value over the years. The 2006's and older that came up had higher mileage and cost compared to trucks & SUV's of the same year. Forgetting for a moment that they are basically built as commercial vehicles I was a mite stunned. On the other hand, it is, perhaps, not such a bad thing that they do hold their price over time. It leads me to think they would tend to be very reliable vehicles at the long haul and might be worth the expense in the end. As I said....research.

Ed, your tug took me by surprise as I was not aware they made something more traditionally van-like that still had such a high towability rating. Thank you for the pictures and your experience towing with the Sprinter. I will check out the link in your last post. If we can find a 100K Sprinter for around the $10K mark...that might just be the same reasonable expense that you determined yours to be. I appreciate your thoughts.

Sorry this is so long. I wanted to clarify what we were intending and why. Y'all have been very helpful.
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I didn't mean to upset anyone with my $500.00 4Runner. I also have an $800.00 F150 And a $1.00 Toyota p/u Really I do and I would drive any of them anywhere. I just realized a couple of years ago that I will not be a slave to a vehicle or a home for the rest of my life. You can get rid of most of your overpriced junk and enjoy life, I do.
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I didn't mean to upset anyone with my $500.00 4Runner. I also have an $800.00 F150 And a $1.00 Toyota p/u Really I do and I would drive any of them anywhere. I just realized a couple of years ago that I will not be a slave to a vehicle or a home for the rest of my life. You can get rid of most of your overpriced junk and enjoy life, I do.
Dude, if I could find a reliable rig at that price I'd drive it till it wouldn't tow any more. I'd sure be interested in the story of how you came about these little bargains.

I once owned a 1979 Toyota no model pick-up with a 30R engine innit that laid at the bottom of a lake for over a year. They drained it, cleaned it out with kerosene, put the sparks innit, hooked it up to a battery and she turned over first flip. That little truck had over 150K when I paid $500 for it and had 500K when the rear axle derusted itself from the bed of the truck on a swampy Louisiana backroad. Hubby yanked it out, scrapped the truck, tucked the engine behind the seat of his older brother's dodge van, drove it back to SC and gave the 30R to his middle brother who dropped in anudder truck. She ran 2 more years until his daughter's neglect of it's oil requirement seized the engine, melted parts of the camshaft, drizzled metal into places it din't belong and it had to go to scrap heaven.

As for my junk...well...the house junk goes but the good camping stuff stays...hence the need for storage.
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