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  1. #876
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    Quote Originally Posted by climberevan View Post
    He's burning roughly twice as much fuel as a Sprinter, too.
    What does a Sprinter conversion get for real world mpg? I'm getting 14-15 mpg in my '04 E350 and it's a lifted brick with a high top. Can't imagine a Sprinter camper is getting 30...are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conundrum View Post
    What does a Sprinter conversion get for real world mpg? I'm getting 14-15 mpg in my '04 E350 and it's a lifted brick with a high top. Can't imagine a Sprinter camper is getting 30...are they?
    I'd guess lighter converted sprinters get around 20. Do you really get 14+ in a high top 350? Diesel, I assume? That's way above what I've heard most people get with full sized vans.

    My GMC 3500 work van gets 12-13 with a 6L gas engine, and I drive like a grandma. My 22' Winnebago gets 12, diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climberevan View Post
    I'd guess lighter converted sprinters get around 20. Do you really get 14+ in a high top 350? Diesel, I assume? That's way above what I've heard most people get with full sized vans.
    Yes. I always hand calculate, start full on a trip, fill up when home and divide miles driven by the amount of fill up. Also track along the trip if I fill up. A 46 gal tank gets me pretty far though. 6.0L with some bulletproofing and an economy tune. If I go over 70, mileage tanks. Best I've done is 16.5 doing 55 in OR. Worst I've done is 11 going 80 on the freeway to NM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    If he had Jerry cans and rescue treads he could win this contest

    The one less sprinter sticker is a little bit ironic dontcha think?
    He does have a jerry can, fastened to the right of the one less sprinter storage box. Quite the capable off road shuttle rig, space for 7 bikes? Was hoping I saw the dude so I could ask him where he shuttles folks, and how much all those purdy accessories + 4x4 conversion cost compared to the sprinters he hates so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Was hoping I saw the dude so I could ask him where he shuttles folks, and how much all those purdy accessories + 4x4 conversion cost compared to the sprinters he hates so much.
    His van probably cost $100-200,000 less than a new sprinter conversion with 4x4 and those bumpers/accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Not quite a Covid-19 response team sighting but at least I found one less sprinter

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    Where was this spotted at? Pretty sure I saw that van a lot at trailheads in the Tucson area this winter.

  7. #882
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    The 4 cyl diesel 2WD sprinters with 7 spd can get an honest 25 mpg real world hwy. the 6 cyl diesel AWD sprinters had a 5 spd and with typical upsized AT tires get 16-18 hwy depending on size (tall roof). My short WB diesel transit got 24 mpg when it was stock and partly built out. Now, with 2” lift and part time 4WD and bigger AT tires and 1100 lbs or so of fully built out crap, 21-22 typical tank (mostly hiway).

    The modern vans are efficient but then people throw on roof racks and shit and aerodynamics get worse.

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    Prolly thought he'd save the tow and dragger to the nex exit

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    i was afraid i would not spot one.... but finally one appeared in front of me : ) i felt like a hunter

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    only two points
    but this guy loves digging wholes, just hope he wears sunnies for safety

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    I was intrigued an apartment could be called blackhome

    But then I realized there’s a vagina in the name

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    Quote Originally Posted by nordekette View Post
    i was afraid i would not spot one.... but finally one appeared in front of me : ) i felt like a hunter

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    only two points
    but this guy loves digging wholes, just hope he wears sunnies for safety

    new suzuki jimmy in pearl white and of course from Munich
    I can't see the front. Snorkel?

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    Bonus points for the vanity license plate and creative traction board attachment? Snorkel and gas cans out of view on the right. Couldn't tell what the red handled tool next to the jack was, shovel or something more serious.
    Quite pleased with my first catch I must say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boissal View Post
    Bonus points for the vanity license plate and creative traction board attachment? Snorkel and gas cans out of view on the right. Couldn't tell what the red handled tool next to the jack was, shovel or something more serious.
    The red handle is the Hi-Lift jack handle.

    Bonus points to you for getting "29.7 mpg" in the same photo as the Jeep!
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    The red handle is the Hi-Lift jack handle.

    Bonus points to you for getting "29.7 mpg" in the same photo as the Jeep!
    Ha. Should know better, my FIL is way into jeeping and probably has one of these mounted somewhere on his...
    The lesbaru is doing fairly well with the MPGs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boissal View Post

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    So jeepers enlighten me...

    Whats the point of an exoskeleton rack on a hard top jeep? Seems a little redundant redundant absent a soft top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseknuckle View Post
    So jeepers enlighten me...

    What’s the point of an exoskeleton rack on a hard top jeep? Seems a little redundant redundant absent a soft top.
    So you can remove the hard top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    So you can remove the hard top.
    And watch through open air as the 300 lbs of stuff up there sways and shakes and slowly busts welds and strips bolts on the rack if you actually offroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conundrum View Post
    And watch through open air as the 300 lbs of stuff up there sways and shakes and slowly busts welds and strips bolts on the rack if you actually offroad.
    Bonus!
    Is it radix panax notoginseng? - splat

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseknuckle View Post
    So jeepers enlighten me...

    Whats the point of an exoskeleton rack on a hard top jeep? Seems a little redundant redundant absent a soft top.
    You can't structurally mount all the gotos on the hardtop even if you never plan to remove the top anyway.

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    Gotcha - thanks for the feedback.

    I assumed all that shit went on a roof rack that mounted directly to the hard top. Looks like a real chore to get top off with that contraption around it. Only ever seen them on soft tops before. Live and learn.

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    So jeepers enlighten me...

    What the heck is this on the door?

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    Hinge step. Part of it folds down for roof gotos access.

    When you run out of things to bolt to your Jeep, the Jeep elves design more stuff.

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    Wall mounted bottle opener? The tops fall into the hole...

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    Thats it...its time to play G.O.T.O.S.

    This is a few years old. Among other things, theres a box of firewood up there and a skinny Thule box
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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    This is a few years old. Among other things, there’s a box of firewood up there and a skinny Thule box
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    Epic fail.

    But sweet rig. I miss having a tailgate. Damned soccer moms killed it.

    But that rear cargo is full. And now you have a nice seat bench to put on ski boots or just chill.
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