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#1 1220brown

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 07:10 AM

I  have a 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe and live in it full time.
 
I would like to take it off road, over high mountain passes all the while loaded with 2 passengers, 2 mountain bikes, perhaps 2 Enduro Trail bikes and all gear. So, I need a TV with alot of power and room.
 
I considered a van, but, the Chevy express is Rear Wheel only, and the conversions are expensive. Thus, I have narrowed it down to a 2014 Ford 150 SVT Raptor 4x4 with a 31" cap, or, a Mercedes Sprinter Van 3500 4x4. I prefer the truck as I feel it has more off road capabilities, but, the Sprinter does have alot of space. Not sure if I can fit everything in the truck; if not, the Enduro bikes will stay home. 
 
Below are what I estimate to be my total weight (5,040), and, the specifications of each vehicle.
 
I like to  have ALOT of "room to spare" in my tow capacity, thus, based on below, I would be at 37% or 30% of my tow capacity. 
 
Which vehicle would you recommend as a tow vehicle, and why? Also, am I being realistic with my estimated "Weights"?
 
Thank you very much.
     
Weight
2014 Casita 17' Spirit Deluxe (Axle Capacity 3500) 2,480
2 people                                                                      370
2 Mountain Bikes                                                         200
2 Enduro Trail Motorcycles                                         500
ARE TW 31" Truck Cap                                              190
Gear                                                                        1,200
 
TOTAL WEIGHT                                                     5,040
 
2014 Ford F 150 SVT Raptor Crew Cab 4X4
 
Max Tow Capacity                                   8000 #s
Towing "Lee Way" based on 5,040          37%
Engine Type                                             6.2 V8
Transmission                                            6 spd.
Horesepower                                           411 @ 5500
Torque                                                     434 @4500
Price                                                        $50,000 Used, 50,000 Miles
 
2015 Mercedes Sprinter 3500 High Rise 4x4 144' Wheel Base
 
Max Tow Capacity                                    7500
Towing "Lee Way"                                     30%
Engine Type                                              3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC diesel engine
Transmission                                             5 Spd Automatic
Horesepower                                            188 @ 3800
Torque                                                      325 @ 1400-2400
Price                                                          $55,00 New

Edited by 1220brown, 27 September 2015 - 07:22 AM.


#2 C.FiberglassFreedom

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 08:50 AM

 

I  have a 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe and live in it full time.
 
I would like to take it off road, over high mountain passes all the while loaded with 2 passengers, 2 mountain bikes, perhaps 2 Enduro Trail bikes and all gear. So, I need a TV with alot of power and room.
 
I considered a van, but, the Chevy express is Rear Wheel only, and the conversions are expensive. Thus, I have narrowed it down to a 2014 Ford 150 SVT Raptor 4x4 with a 31" cap, or, a Mercedes Sprinter Van 3500 4x4. I prefer the truck as I feel it has more off road capabilities, but, the Sprinter does have alot of space. Not sure if I can fit everything in the truck; if not, the Enduro bikes will stay home. 
 
Below are what I estimate to be my total weight (5,040), and, the specifications of each vehicle.
 
I like to  have ALOT of "room to spare" in my tow capacity, thus, based on below, I would be at 37% or 30% of my tow capacity. 
 
Which vehicle would you recommend as a tow vehicle, and why? Also, am I being realistic with my estimated "Weights"?
 
Thank you very much.
     
Weight
2014 Casita 17' Spirit Deluxe (Axle Capacity 3500) 2,480
2 people                                                                      370
2 Mountain Bikes                                                         200
2 Enduro Trail Motorcycles                                         500
ARE TW 31" Truck Cap                                              190
Gear                                                                        1,200
 
TOTAL WEIGHT                                                     5,040
 
2014 Ford F 150 SVT Raptor Crew Cab 4X4
 
Max Tow Capacity                                   8000 #s
Towing "Lee Way" based on 5,040          37%
Engine Type                                             6.2 V8
Transmission                                            6 spd.
Horesepower                                           411 @ 5500
Torque                                                     434 @4500
Price                                                        $50,000 Used, 50,000 Miles
 
2015 Mercedes Sprinter 3500 High Rise 4x4 144' Wheel Base
 
Max Tow Capacity                                    7500
Towing "Lee Way"                                     30%
Engine Type                                              3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC diesel engine
Transmission                                             5 Spd Automatic
Horesepower                                            188 @ 3800
Torque                                                      325 @ 1400-2400
Price                                                          $55,00 New

 

 

 

Sweet Geezus....  If you've got money lying around I don't see how you could go wrong with either.  ....  :wow:

 

  The truck will give greater clearance for taking your Casita down into the boonies,  but the van offers so many options for storage and full-timing.   If you're simply gonna take it out to the rallies and aren't a merchant I'd go with the truck or if you desire to go down some dirt roads.



#3 1220brown

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 11:29 AM

Good point about the clearance. Hadn't thought about that. Thank you!

 

I'm not too interested in rallies; I'm more interested in being in the boondocks as far away from civilization as possible...with the comfort of my Casita! Ha.

 

And, yes, it's true. These prices are frickin' ridiculous.



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Posted 28 September 2015 - 05:37 AM

MikeA had a Sprinter tow vehicle and sold it for a truck. He told me he had a tough time while on the road finding places that could work on it. You don't find Mercedes dealers to be as plentiful as Ford or Chevy, etc.

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 03:39 PM

Why a Raptor? It is optimized for high speed off road travel. Many of the modifications would reduce the towing ability. A stock 4x4 with some modifications might be more appropriate and cheaper. For the money you are considering, I would better define my needs. Perhaps spend some time at the Expedition Portal forum to get ideas about off roading at a more sedate pace.

If vans intrigue you, talk to u-joint. Their 4x4 van conversions are nice and they may know of something that is available.

Of course the cheaper option is to go around...

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 07:07 PM

For going over 4-WD passes you are going to have to raise the axles to keep from tearing off the black and grey water plumbing.



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 03:38 PM

Eileen,  So true! I hadn't thought of the importance of finding places to work on my vehicle. A perfect example of situations that do not occur to us newbies. 

 

PCsteve,  I will check out those recommended sites immediately! You ask, "Why the Raptor?". Well, only because I'm new and am learning. I was looking for something I thought would "go major off-road" and take my Casita with it,  but, I  see you are correct; that ability limits other important factors, such as towing.  And, yes, I could "go around", but, the idea of going over all of those huge, beautiful mountain passes, especially on dirt roads, is so exciting! 

 

EdKH, Another good point!  And, a hugely important one. So, I assume that means the axles can be raised?  That will be my weekend research project.

 

Thank all of you so much. Your advice and goodwill is priceless.

 

Barbara



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 03:48 PM

Oh my gosh, that Ujoint website if frickin' awesome!!







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