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Postby Macua85 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:45 am

I've been posting here for a while, well, since AO2018. It's the first year we have been, and I got to have a chat with quite a few of the members who were there. Thought it about time I introduced ourselves.

We're Anthony and Beth, and currently in the process of converting a mercedes sprinter 516 4x4 to an expedition ready camper. A photo attached of where we are up to so far. The externals are pretty well there, and the interior build out is in progress. If anyone is interested in the spec it's posted here on page 2: https://expeditionportal.com/forum/thre ... 150/page-2
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Re: Hello

Postby DaveS » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:05 am

Welcome! Nice to see another 4x4 Sprinter on here :-)

Interesting - just read your thread on EP - how are you finding going from a Vario to a Sprinter? We've been debating going the other way, to get a more useable internal space (conscious that the Sprinter is narrow, and tapers to the top). Admittedly ours is the previous gen Sprinter and a MWB/low roof - be very interested to hear your thoughts on a LWB/high roof Sprinter compared to the Vario. Cheers.

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Re: Hello

Postby Brian-reynolds » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:44 am

Hi Anthony and Beth, a big welcome to our little group of very knowledgeable people... and me!

An excellent bunch here, very friendly with all sorts of different vehicles! Great.

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Re: Hello

Postby sparks101 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:31 pm

Hi guys and welcome to the group, get some and spread some.... knowleadge

cheers

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Re: Hello

Postby Macua85 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:33 am

Hi Dave,

The Sprinter is certainly a far more challenging space to build out, but we're digging it over the Vario. The modern dash/cockpit is nice to have (and aircon!), and it's generally a much easier/smoother drive. The sprinter just seems more managable, and the wife is prepared to drive this one so we can get far further on trips.

Our Vario was 2x4, and we got stuck a couple of times. Not sure on the capability of the 4x4, but imagine Sprinter/Vario are very similar. Neither are true offroad vehicles, but rather good for rough road and occasional off road.


DaveS wrote:Welcome! Nice to see another 4x4 Sprinter on here :-)

Interesting - just read your thread on EP - how are you finding going from a Vario to a Sprinter? We've been debating going the other way, to get a more useable internal space (conscious that the Sprinter is narrow, and tapers to the top). Admittedly ours is the previous gen Sprinter and a MWB/low roof - be very interested to hear your thoughts on a LWB/high roof Sprinter compared to the Vario. Cheers.

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Re: Hello

Postby DaveS » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:54 pm

Interesting. Our older T1N 313 4x4 is pretty capable even in deep mud, with ATs fitted, but it has centre and rear diff locks, which make a big difference. We're looking to build up a 4 berth (the current one is essentially a 2+2 which is... "cosy"!) as the kids are getting bigger and I'd like a fixed bed and dedicated toilet facilities.

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Re: Hello

Postby Macua85 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:34 am

I guess it depends on what you are doing with it and the definition of offroad. It's mainly the ground clearance and departure angles which hinder any vans offroad. I've never owned a 4x4 van before this Sprinter and am yet to take it offroad, so i'm not really qualified to talk about it; my opinion is formed from what i've read online. What have you done in yours? Have you found the 4x4 useful?

The Vario has solid axles, so i'd say a more robust 4x4 system overall. For me though, proper offroad requires unimog/man/DAF chassis.

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Re: Hello

Postby DaveS » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:04 am

Aye, to be fair we've not regularly done off roading in ours - think more bad roads than off road - gravel tracks and the like.

That said, a handful of times we have had to use it in anger (including at the War and Peace show a few years ago when the whole site was chewed up by tracked vehicles!) the van has worked well. I've always been amazed how easily trucks and vans can get stuck, especially FWD vans, so its good to have the added security of 4x4 when you might need it. its also meant a few times I've tackled dirt roads that I would probably think twice about in a normal camper van.


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