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Old 02-13-2018, 04:11 AM   #101
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Grant,

I like the bay beach pictures.

Where is this beach located?

Can anyone purchase a beach permit and drive on the sand? I'm curious if 4WD would be necessary.

Have you spent the night on the beach in your new van?
pretty much most of the east coast of florida you can.

I will be camping on the beach next month. Still a bit too cold to enjoy it. Going to the Amelia Island Concourse de Elegance. Happens the only place in northeast florida to camp on the beach is right by it.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:34 PM   #102
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Hey thanks for the quick response. I guess I should have specified the Taco + FWC. I'm thinking of making the jump from a Tundra + FWC, but kind of as you point out above.. I'm really not sure if it's worth it. Seems like the determining factor is how much time you actually spend hanging out in the van (or camper).
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It rides much better IMO. It is smooth and has more power even with more weight. It gets 5mpg better. The trans doesn't hunt like my 3rd gen did. 5th to 3rd all the time going up hills. Garbage.


do i think it is worth 62,000. And at this point like 85,000? No. But there isn't much else to do what it can do. I mean, 2018 and a factory headunit isnt touchscreen? Pure Garbage.

But the systems in the van are well thought out and seem to be quite robust. The ease that everything is accessible to build is great. The addition of the extra diesel port, and second battery terminal under the seat and stuff is a great touch.

Overall, super happy with the swap. Will be taking it for its maiden voyage this weekend in the woods. Pretty excited.
You are going to have a blast!! I agree that the aux diesel line and battery equipment are both great pieces of kit. Simplified my heater and electrical install and provides a clean integration without much headache.

I think of the van cost like this:

Time with family + the opportunity to leave on adventure at a moments notice + not having to pack everything + comfort wherever we go + ability to get off the beaten path + a bigass 4x4 van that is universally cool = priceless.

$90K+ is <<< priceless therefore the cost is justified.

I also just look at it as paying for a decades worth of vacations upfront.

My experience transitioning from an f-150 is admittedly a bit different. The truck was quick, even when completely loaded down, though I was often over GVWR, and the select shift 6spd is a stout, time tested tranny with good logic controlling it. I cant say I get better mileage in the sprinter unfortunately. Its hard to beat the 18mpg or so I averaged in the truck. I miss how coffin quiet the truck was in comparison to the van. Otherwise, the van is proving to be a stout and reliable mule for camping, travel and adventure. I would not go back, and that is coming from someone who kept his truck for 6 months after buying the van and ultimately decided that the van was good enough to not need/want the truck anymore.

ril - its more than how much time you spend hanging out in it, its how much time you spend driving it, how much time it takes to get ready to go, the distance you can travel and length of time you can be away versus the FWC. Being able to park and go to sleep without getting out of the van is great when pulling in late at night. So is having enough storage for the things you want on longer trips without severely overloading the vehicle.

For us it has become more than a camping vehicle, its the vehicle we take anywhere over about 100 miles because it makes everything so easy. We have small children though and the upsides of the van with small kids over a truck with camper are innumerable.

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Old 02-14-2018, 02:37 AM   #104
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I have a 4x4 crew arriving in May (or so they say). I am enjoying the build log Grant, I will use it as inspiration for my van build this summer.

OffroadHamster, I also moving from a F150 to the Sprinter. I agree it is very quiet riding, especially for a truck, which i will miss.

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Old 02-14-2018, 06:13 AM   #105
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Grant, your van looks awesome.........

I need one!
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