Which makes them no different than anything else on the road today.
Since the T1Ns were one of the first to go to all computer they are probably not as well protected as the newer models.
You run the risk of frying expensive stuff any time you mess with the electrical system.
...don't forget to read the entire thread where the above post is located.
I don't think there's anything wrong with jumping it. When you're in the middle of nowhere, you don't have the luxury of pulling the battery and charging it. If you are going to do it, like any electrical item you encounter and/or work on, being sloppy will surely zap something.
Don't be sloppy, learn the right way of jumping a vehicle, and you and your Sprinter will be ok.
I do not understand why it would be such a PITA to disconnect the battery, even in cold or sub freezing weather.
A 10 mm combination (box/open end) wrench on the clamp screw of the rear (negative (-)) terminal of the battery, a quick twist to get the clamp terminal off the battery post, and you have effectively disconnected the entire battery.
Reconnection is as simple as putting the clamp terminal back on the post and a couple of quick turns on the clamp nut (10 mm).
Shouldn't take more than a minute to connect or disconnect.
Taking the battery out and moving it indoors to charge would be a PITA, but I'm not sure you
would gain alot by doing that over simply running an entension cord to the front of the van and putting the charger under the hood while charging up the battery.
The plastic cover over the top of the T1N 5 cyl engine is flat enough and has clearance for most small battery
Hope this helps,
it's only a problem if you jump start from one car to another, with the good car's engine running
the problem is if you have your ''jump car's'' running, and jump leads connecting it to your sprinter, when you start the sprinter up you have 2 alternators putting out power, and have some sort of power spike, which can fry computers etc...
it's easy to work around, just make sure the good car's engines isn't running when you start the sprinter
if you're worried there might not be enough power there, keep the car's engine running for 10min with the jump leads connected, but then shut it off just before you start the sprinter