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Old 02-27-2019, 02:02 AM   #41
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We will be at Advanced Fest this year.

I’m not interested in a 3rd or 4th passenger seat but have designed the front end where it is not cramped with cabinetry right up against the turned around cab seats. I’m dealing with extra space with a bunk bed arrangement that takes up only 25% of floor space left as made up beds as opposed to 60% of floor space with a standard sofa/bed arrangement that has to be converted to either stay up or turn down for sleeping. 100% of our travel is just the two of us. We had all our grandkids give it a go with thousand mile trips and now they are older.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:12 PM   #42
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Here is Advanced RV's video on Sue Valentine's Buckingvan Palace 144" WB 4x4 Sprinter. You are going to like it as told by the owner, a full-timer. :)

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Old 03-27-2019, 02:17 AM   #43
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[QUOTE=Davydd;754239]Here is Advanced RV's video on Sue Valentine's Buckingvan Palace 144" WB 4x4 Sprinter. You are going to like it as told by the owner, a full-timer. :)

Thanks David - I was waiting for this video...

Bucky has a lot of neat features. I look forward to seeing it at the Fest in May.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:58 AM   #44
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We spent two grueling non-stop days in meetings this week to finalize our shorty RV at ARV. First we had to get the van weight as upfitted delivered under 7,400 pounds upfitted. The base cargo van delivered from MB is about 4,500 lbs. The 7,400 lbs. does not include filled freshwater, grey and black in the tanks in the delivered poundage and it is assumed the diesel tank would be filled in that number but none of that doesn't count in the total. That will leave me 1,650 lbs. (9,050 GVWR) to spare. After we take possession we can add attached features. In order to get the weight under 7,400 lbs. I had to forego EP Levelers (185 lbs) and VB Air Suspension (135 lbs.) That's an odd requirement because after I take possession ARV could then do them after market as long as I stay under 9,050 lbs. total including us and all our equipment and freshwater. The 3500 Super Single (9,990 GVWR) still had to be kept under 7,400 lbs. delivered but weighed more than the 2500 which left less for upfitting improvements. So it is a 2500 144 WB diesel van and a go. The A50 reinforced front axle I am getting doesn't factor into these figures and doesn't change the 9,050 GVWR.

We picked all our materials and colors and selected all our options. We had our own design which is totally and radically different than any of the six shorty vans they've built so far and those six as well had nothing in common with each other in layout design. We are going with the Valence lithium battery option at a total of 828ah and the Delco second alternator.

There will be no solar panels. We were out today with batteries down to 33% battery capacity with our current 800ah lithium battery pack and 100% recharged them in 2 hours of driving with the Delco second alternator. That's over 530ah recharging. Solar would be insignificant with that charging efficiency and there isn't much real estate on our roof for solar given a Maxxfan, air conditioner, and two skylights.

Our shorty order of 7,400 lbs. is 2,000 lbs. less than our 170 Extended body ARV on upfitted delivery.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:44 AM   #45
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I assume you will be starting with a cargo model, you could consider a passengerís model rear suspension. I think it is CF4 package, at least it was for 2013/14. https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...&postcount=324
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It starts out as a cargo van. Changing the suspension package doesn’t change what ARV is allowed to build in weight. As I mentioned I could add VB Air Suspension for instance after I take possession at an additional 135 lbs. as my build is calculated now it stands just under 7,400 lbs. by just 33 lbs.
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Would you mind sharing what you design is going to be. Always interested in seeing what others are doing and their great ideas.
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Would you mind sharing what you design is going to be. Always interested in seeing what others are doing and their great ideas.
I will in time. I think I may have to figure out the best way to present so as not to duplicate my effort. Until this week I didn’t know if it would be a reality.
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It starts out as a cargo van. Changing the suspension package doesnít change what ARV is allowed to build in weight. As I mentioned I could add VB Air Suspension for instance after I take possession at an additional 135 lbs. as my build is calculated now it stands just under 7,400 lbs. by just 33 lbs.
Sounds about right. I looked up the empty weight of the Airstream Interstate 19 (144" Sprinter). It is 7,346 lbs., just 54 lbs. under the curb weight limit of 7,400.
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We spent two grueling non-stop days in meetings this week to finalize our shorty RV at ARV. First we had to get the van weight as upfitted delivered under 7,400 pounds upfitted. The base cargo van delivered from MB is about 4,500 lbs. The 7,400 lbs. does not include filled freshwater, grey and black in the tanks in the delivered poundage and it is assumed the diesel tank would be filled in that number but none of that doesn't count in the total. That will leave me 1,650 lbs. (9,050 GVWR) to spare. After we take possession we can add attached features. In order to get the weight under 7,400 lbs. I had to forego EP Levelers (185 lbs) and VB Air Suspension (135 lbs.) That's an odd requirement because after I take possession ARV could then do them after market as long as I stay under 9,050 lbs. total including us and all our equipment and freshwater. The 3500 Super Single (9,990 GVWR) still had to be kept under 7,400 lbs. delivered but weighed more than the 2500 which left less for upfitting improvements. So it is a 2500 144 WB diesel van and a go. The A50 reinforced front axle I am getting doesn't factor into these figures and doesn't change the 9,050 GVWR.
Can you explain this 7,400lb upfitted weight limit? Is this due to some external factor such as workshop lift capacity or vehicle transportation trail weight limit?
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