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Old 09-04-2013, 12:15 PM   #29
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I am really hoping to get the van going, but I have not ruled out a different van. My wife has already rejected the Sprinter. I think they are nice, but if they can't tow, they are not for me.
I am looking, but I keep finding the same van I own, kind of:

Red, but the same conversion company as mine:
1997 GMC Savana Vantage Signature LXE Raised Roof Travel Van - Alberta Cars For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.

Same year, and same conversion company:
1996 Chevrolet Express Travel van - Alberta Cars For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.

In Ontario, and a Ford, but same idea. Low Miles:
1995 Ford LA West Conversion Van - Ontario Cars For Sale - Kijiji Ontario Canada.

Also in Ontario, $24000, but a 2005:
2005 Chevrolet Express Executive Travel Van Explorer Edition - Markham / York Region Cars For Sale - Kijiji Markham / York Region Canada.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #30
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I cant wait til the movie comes out. Might beat Chevy Chase's Vacation.


You cant even begin to make something like that up. Good read..
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #31
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We were out the other day and noticing the Japanese, etc. vehicles.
I told her that I don't know what it is but it seems Japanese manufacturers
stick with their "Godzilla" designs..............
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:29 PM   #32
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Your first expenditure trying to fix your van costs more than my tow.

I know you're in a lot more comfort with that TV than I am with mine, but I would have left mine on the side of the road and bought another.
I don't have a computer in mine.

Terrible vacation is right! Hope you get it (van) going and NEVER have another problem with it!
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:29 PM   #33
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That corrosion is horrible on such a sensative part. If you look at the pin connectors they at least seem to still be clean. Alot of these type computers and sensors are voltage sensative and at a certain voltage will drop out to protect the system. The engine may still crank but nothing is going through the sensors. Watch for proper voltage while the engine is cranking. One big issue I see with all of these multiple system failures and this much corrosion I would be chasing grounds and making sure everything has good grounds. Without alot of fooling around in the middle of noplace I would just run a clean ground strap from the battery negative to the body/chassis and another ground to the engine block and a clean ground from the computer to the chassis if it needs one. The computer sends voltage to the sensors and reads the voltage comming back to tell it what to do. It doesn't send the ground which is the other half of the voltage, if you have a bad ground the system is seeing false values.
My sister had a Chevy van that was having multiple issues and would stop dead on the highway. After alot of tows and multiple dealer issues it ended up being a tow truck driver that fixed it. Cause: sheet metal screw rubbed through the wiring harness shorting out the systems. Some liquid electrical tape and some real electrical tape and a few tiewraps solved the issues that high paid techs and a million dollars worth of equipment couldn't solve.
it was a nightmare for all involved but at least it was under warrenty and Chevy had to pay the bill.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #34
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The Nissan NV is ugly because of the long nose, but that nose is a deliberate design feature to accommodate a large engine in an accessible bay for servicing and without intruding into the interior like a typical short-nose van. This was seen by Nissan as the combination of features to attract private owners, although it is a commercial vehicle. A pickup truck is similar, and would look as awkward with the tall roof.

The Sprinter can certainly tow any Trillium, but their GCWR is not very high because they are designed to efficiently carry cargo, rather than pulling it.
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I hope such a tale will not discourage any of our newbie towers..........
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I hope such a tale will not discourage any of our newbie towers..........
I think David should sell the rights to the movie and buy a new TV with the proceeds.
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I cant wait til the movie comes out. Might beat Chevy Chase's Vacation.
You cant even begin to make something like that up. Good read..
Oh Boy! What a movie that would be, especially if they add a wacky redhead and a long long trailer into the mix!
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Oh Boy! What a movie that would be, especially if they add a wacky redhead and a long long trailer into the mix!

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I cant wait til the movie comes out. Might beat Chevy Chase's Vacation.

You cant even begin to make something like that up. Good read..
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #40
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Sorry to hear about all your bad experiences on your vacation Dave

As a mechanic I find the diagnostic ability of most (and I do use the word most, not all) mechanics very poor. They are trained to use the diagnostic tools and scan tools which identify sensor parameters which are outside defined specifications, but lack the skills to diagnose items outside of the electronic systems. Often these system scans will not find hard faults, intermittent problems, ground feedback issues or plain old mechanical problems (like a faulty relay in an electrical circuit), these need to be diagnosed through fault tracing and perseverance.

If you find a good mechanic who takes pride in there work, listens to the customer, asks questions to help identify the problem or the condition that causes the problem let them know their skills are appreciated.
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The Sprinter can certainly tow any Trillium, but their GCWR is not very high because they are designed to efficiently carry cargo, rather than pulling it.
That is what I was thinking, the 2013 is listed as having a tow capacity of 5000 lbs.
Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 Standard Roof 144" WB Specifications
Might be different for earlier models.
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I know exactly what the issue is most likely, also the most obvious and the only item not looked at it seems. You need a new cap and rotor. How do I know this you may ask? I went through the same thing with my 1990 full size jimmy, my dad replaces the one the 92 suburban every other year.

What happens is moisture condenses inside the cap and corrodes the terminals. Just at random it will quite firing. Chances are now with all the gas that has been pumped in, you will need an oil change and new plugs too. With as many miles that are on it, replace the front O2 sensors and watch your mileage return.
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