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Old 01-13-2013, 11:08 PM   #5851
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Shots from a road trip to Vegas last week:

Very tempting road....




Even the Sprinter looks small out here...




Did real well chained up...

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:39 AM   #5852
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I hear Death Valley is nice this time of year.



Only if you pick the right weekend and the last one wasn't it. At least it didn't rain.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #5853
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Meandering through Youtube trying to find some Dakar footage that ASO hadn't taken down yet, and I came across a film featuring this bit of inspired lunacy.



Action shots are in here somewhere ...
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:01 PM   #5854
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What are the thoughts on an 11,000 lb RV on a 3500 Sprinter chassis... in the snow? Chains good enough? Studded tires better? Neither, just stay at home?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:20 AM   #5855
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What are the thoughts on an 11,000 lb RV on a 3500 Sprinter chassis... in the snow? Chains good enough? Studded tires better? Neither, just stay at home?
Typically a 3500 chassis maxes out GVW at 9900Lbs for a single rear wheel. So with 11k you are running a dual rear tire?

Just load enough food so when you get stuck you can be at home and live in it until thaw
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:44 AM   #5856
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What are the thoughts on an 11,000 lb RV on a 3500 Sprinter chassis... in the snow? Chains good enough? Studded tires better? Neither, just stay at home?
Chains trump studs... I'd run winter tires or aggressive tires, and if in danger to get stuck throw on the chains.

+1, pack enough food Kidding aside, if it's not backcountry I wouldn't worry.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:45 AM   #5857
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Meandering through Youtube trying to find some Dakar footage that ASO hadn't taken down yet, and I came across a film featuring this bit of inspired lunacy.

Action shots are in here somewhere ...
nice...

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:52 AM   #5858
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What are the thoughts on an 11,000 lb RV on a 3500 Sprinter chassis... in the snow? Chains good enough? Studded tires better? Neither, just stay at home?
Studded ice radials and chains only if needed ie: 4' of snow going up or down a mountain. A good ice tire even without studs is vastly better than an all-season!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:28 AM   #5859
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Yeah it's a dully. 2012 model. So if I go studded winter tire, the next dumbass question would be front and back? And do I have to go with both on the dullies? Proly a stupid question, but I don't know jack about dullies... 6 new tires may determine my "need" to use it in the winter. :down::down::: thumbdown::down:

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #5860
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Front and back . And all 4 on the back I'd say. There's less weight per square inch back there so stud em up.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:22 AM   #5861
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it got pretty deep near Mammoth Lakes, Ca.....





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Old 01-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #5862
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That looks like track territory.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #5863
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it got pretty deep near Mammoth Lakes, Ca.....





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That looks like the field closet to green chuch hotsprings.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:04 PM   #5864
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We've been shopping again, and still come up wanting something not available here, unless we buy a $printer. I just am not ready to buy into the Mercedes parts problems, not to mention the cost of the thing. Whoa.

Maybe Ford will stop pushing back the release of the new full size Transit.

Maybe Nissan will offer the longer wheelbase NV.
+three feet. Still can't fit plywood and passengers.
Maybe Dodge will bring in the Fiat Ducato.


One way or another, I am ready to stop dumping money into the old Ford E350. I don't want to spend another few grand putting a solid axle in, only to change vehicles in a year.
Give me something I can put an ARB in the rear, and at least a little bit of a lift please. I hate getting stuck in the desert.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #5865
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That looks like the field closet to green chuch hotsprings.
it seemed like a good idea at the time.....
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