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Old 11-12-2017, 10:18 AM   #11
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snip....... Also, I don't really like keeping the generator, fuel, extra propane, etc in the van while traveling.....snip
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Also, a 2500/3500 van obviously rules out towing a 'future' 5th wheel and parking in standard garages. May require interior mods to increase travel comfort and reduce noise.

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Old 11-12-2017, 11:33 AM   #12
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Also, a 2500/3500 van obviously rules out towing a 'future' 5th wheel and parking in standard garages. May require interior mods to increase travel comfort and reduce noise.

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My Mercedes is the "low roof" model and is just under 9' to the top of the roof AC. So close in fact, that I don't even risk going through a 9' drive through lane at a fast food joint.

We use our van for traveling quite a bit. We have to make sure that the location has surface lot parking available. It simply will not fit in to any parking structure.
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:16 PM   #13
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I just looked up the transit and as long as you get the two seater cargo version it can be rated to tow 7000-7500 lbs.
I agree about the benefits of enclosed storage for some things.
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The payloads I am looking at are for Ram and Mercedes drivetrains and chassis. Like the Transit, the base model Ram and Mercedes won't get it, but the 2500 and 3500 models have impressive payloads, especially with dual wheels.
Out of curiosity, I was just glancing at the RAM page, puzzled why the promaster 2500/3500s still quote 5100lbs tow capacity "when properly configured" with such large payloads. Are they front wheel drive? That would certainly make a difference. Appears it is on the Cargo/Window/Chassis models, tow capacity stays the same. Not sure from the images I am seeing a driveshaft to the rear axle.
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We carry a lot of stuff, so our best solution was a PU with a (cab height) truck cap, and a Bedslide to make loading/unloading a breeze. We love the thing, and so many comment on it when they see it in action. No dog in this race, just my .02 worth.
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I have this Amp Research step and like it as well or maybe better that the Ford step that is built into the tailgate.
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Pickup vs. Van for TV

The pro master is in fact FWD.

The bedslide idea is great. I have a homemade one that I use in the winter- cost me less than $100 and a few hours. I plow snow commercially so with the tonneau cover and the sliding whole bed box I can access all my tools/fluids/etc.


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Get a Ford with the tailgate step and maybe a topper- problem solved.
the step is NOT compatible with a topper... I know I had one...
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I think the one thing to keep in mind is that it is impressive payload OR impressive towing capacity, but generally not both. The problem with a van is that, with all that extra interior space, it is really tempting to load it up. But that takes away from what is available for the GCWR and the available tongue weight for the TT. My SUV has a CCC close to many standard PU's (1600lbs). but if I get anywhere near my 8 passenger capacity (or equivalent gear), then my towing is reduced to near zero.

If you don't plan to load the interior of the van too much, then it should easily handle a good sized TT and would be a pretty good option.

I'm currently pondering a Colorado for our small trailer because it has more overall towing capacity. But with a lower payload capacity than my SUV, I'm pretty sure it won't work. Not ready to spring for a HT or HD PU yet as I know that big trailer is still 5-10 years in the future.
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