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Old 10-01-2018, 06:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Hersbird View Post
I don't think there is a 4x4 version, the regular ones are FWD..........
Sprinter, Transit, Ram..............none of those have 4WD versions?

I had not looked into it, not even sure if they offer Diesel in the US.

The Diesel-Hybrid electric I was pondering is to the best of my knowledge not offered by anyone (yet). However I can see having a rechargeable battery pack for energy storage onboard as a camping asset, electric heat at night as in a heated floor anyone?

There are some Cab-Over-Engine (COE) 4WD offerings on the market, but I'm told sitting on top of an engine over long distances can be a problem, plus the weight of those vehicles is going to kill mpg no matter how aerodynamic the skin is. It's just overkill in other words.

Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
Instead of pushing it straight up, have it on 4-bar linkages so it goes up and back. Telescope longitudinally.

Then a rear step that hinges down under the overhang.
I'm going to have to see a sketch of that, I'm just not getting it.

EDIT: Related info............

The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion

I did see on the road a couple of days ago a Winnebago based on one of these newer European van formats, it had all the typical condensers and shat on the roof that perhaps could have been tucked under the vehicle between the frame rails...................or is that a bad idea?

Also found this:

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4

For now I'm going to assume all the major manufactures offer a front of cab only version for their commercial customers, and that one or more offer 4wd, one or more offer Diesel, one or more doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

The starter shell does not have to be a Ram, that just happened to be the dealership I was passing while I had some time to kill. This is a study in form, a concept, and a chance to discuss some of the mechanicals of getting an aerodynamic cap to raise.

On the cut-sheet collage you will notice that the heavier rated commercial truck has much larger side view mirrors...........I'm going to assume this is to accommodate an ungodly box perhaps wider than the cab some customers will be adding. Those huge mirrors have to go, as I understand it the larger RV's have video cameras all over them making the mirrors redundant, so smaller may not mean less safe.



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