Super High Mega Roof and Super Single option for Sprinter Vans – Questions and Answers.

More options – more ways to build a new Sprinter Van- But More Questions!

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Yesterday I announced the new Sprinter 3500 Cargo van with single rear wheels – the Super Single! There have been some questions come up, so I thought this will be a good place to address these as well as questions about the Super High Mega Roof option.

First the Super Single

Is the same price as a dual rear wheel 3500 with the 9,990 GVWR Pkg

It is available on all three body lengths, 144″ wb, 170″ wb and 170″ wb Extended Body.

Super Single is available with either the 4 cyl or V6 diesel engines. Rear Axle Ratio is the same whether a Dual Rear Wheel or the Super Single, 4 cyl only come with the 4.18 axle ratio, the V6 can come with either the 3.92 or 4.18 rear axle ratio.

The Super Single CANNOT be ordered with the 4 wheel drive options.

Wheels and tires – The wheels on the dual rear wheel model are steel wheels 5.5×16 with 215/85 R16 tires on all 6 wheels. On the Super Single the wheels are Steel Wheels: 8.5×16 Rear & 6.5×16 Front with Super Single Tires Rear 285/65 R16 and 205/65 R16 tires in the front.

Cargo payload capacity for the Super Single is as follows

144″ wb = 4,739 lbs
170″ wb = 4,352 lbs
170″ wb mega roof = 4,341 lbs
170″ wb Extended = 4,188 lbs
170″ wb Extended mega roof = 4,177 lbs

Cargo floor width between the wheel wells – 53 inches on 2500 model, 48 inches on 3500 Super Single and 38 inches on 3500 Dual Rear Wheel.

Towing capacity is the same as a Dual Rear Wheel 3500 van. 7,500 lb trailer with a 144″ or 170″ wb and 5,000 lb trailer on a 170″ wb Extended Body.

Super High Roof Option, (Mega Roof)

Only available on Cargo Vans, 2500 or 3500 in the 170″ wb and the 170″ wb Extended Body.

Retail price for the option is $2500

Super High Roof is made of a fiberglass reinforced plastic roof shell.

NOT AVAILABLE with the 4 wheel drive option.

It is not available with the X14 Mobility Prep Pkg but is available with the C07 Cargo Protection Pkg.

Mega Roof adds an additional 6 inches to the interior height, to 84 inches or 7 feet high

Increases the exterior height between 10 to 12 inches from the normal high roof van.

Dimensions at the side and rear door openings are the same as the High Roof models.

You may have more questions or would like more info about anything Sprinter van, please use the contact box below to send me your question or request.

 

Just a few notes about Sprinter 4×4

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I’m sitting in airport waiting for my return home flight and thought I would pass along some info about the new 4×4 Sprinter van.

First thing, the first orders will go to the factory this November for January production. That should have the first units showing up in late March for Crew and Passenger models, and late April for Cargo vans.

It will available in all 2500 model Cargo, Crew and Passenger models, and 3500 Cargo vans only with the 11,030 GVWR option. Will not be available in Cab Chassis in the beginning.

Will be available in 144″ and 170″ wheelbase and Extended body’s. V6 only with the 5 speed automatic transmission.

4″ in the front and 3″ in the rear increased height to give it a better approach angle.

The system is a Military grade system that is 2 wheel drive with a push button switch to activate the 4×4 system. You must be going under 6 mph to activate.

The power is split 65% rear and 35% front at that point. Our current ESP system will direct power to the wheel with traction automatically.

The other option is to have a High and Low range option that will cut the speed by 42% to be used in off road situations. Again this is activated by a dash button.

No price yet, but their target was to be under $8000 for the option, not sure if that is for the high range only, but expect a difference of a couple thousand to get high/low range feature.

There may be more info that I can pass along, but they are calling my flight. More to come this weekend.

Dave

Just for all of my Tech-ie Sprinter folks, here is everything you ever wanted to know about a Sprinter Van

I know some of you may not need or care to find out all of the technical side of Sprinter vans, but I know many of you will like exploring this site.

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Click this link to be directed to the MB Sprinter USA website page that is dedicated to the Sprinter Upfitters that convert the Sprinter vans for all kinds of uses.

Here you will find, the Body Builder Book that has 141 pages of info directing the upfitters who do work on Sprinters to make sure they do everything per Mercedes Engineering specs.

Also you can click the link that says Equipment Book, that gives you over 400 pages of info and specs about each model, every option package and option code for our 2015 Sprinter models.

Do you need 2D or 3D drawings, it’s all here on this link for you to download.

So like I said, there may be no interest in any of this but for some of you, well have a great time exploring all about our Sprinter vans.

For more help or info, please give Dave, the Sprinter Guy a call at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

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Attention all DYI’ers – how to install a roof top solar system on your Sprinter Van

This source is a wealth of information not only for this subject, but for just about anything Do-it-Yourself Sprinter van stuff!

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I have read many of the posts from the Sprinter RV Guy and have learned a lot about how to do Sprinter conversion upfits. But here was a great article about adding a roof top solar system on your Sprinter van.

I have had customers who paid thousands of dollars to have someone do this, but this looks like something most anyone can do yourself. Especially with the help of the Sprinter RV Guy.

Here is the post.

And with November starting this years Winter Event, you can save a bundle on your new Sprinter Van from the Sprinter Guy.

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I just had a very happy Sprinter 4 cyl owner visit with me this morning!

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He already has over 100,000 miles on his 2014 Sprinter with the 4 cyl twin turbo and 7 speed automatic transmission.

But here is the best part of the story, he says, the best fuel mileage he has obtained was 28.2 MPG and the worst was 22.5 MPG. He said he was on one run in the eastern US, in the mountains, with a 2000 lb cargo load, over the hard equipped cargo equipment that he has built in, and over a 400 mile trip he averaged 24.7 MPG.

He said he will probably get a 2016 Sprinter and will definitely get another 4 cyl. And by the way, this is his second Sprinter van, the one he replaced was a V6 that he was averaging 150,000 miles per year.

I am getting more Sprinter 4 cyl owners who are saying how great the new van is and how satisfied they are with the performance and especially the economy.

This is the annual Mercedes-Benz Winter Event and the Sprinter Guy has some special offers for you on new 2015 and 2016 Sprinter Cargo, Crew and Passenger vans. If you would like more details about some of the great special offers for this Winter Event, just complete the response form below and I will send you more info. Or just give me a call at 512-930-6158.

 

Super Single Is Now Available!

You have been asking for this for the past 5 years, and here it is, Sprinter 3500 with single rear wheels.

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More details will follow in the next few days but here is the basic info.

We are excited to announce the availability of package X31 – Super-Single Tires for all 3500 Sprinter Cargo Vans, effective immediately.

Combining high payload with single rear wheels that offer a usable cargo bed width of 48.3” inches between the wheelhouses, we believe that this option will be quite attractive to many of our customers.

Package X31 – Super-Single Tires, includes the following individual codes:
RH9 Super Single Tires Rear 285/65 R16 C
RS5 Steel Wheels: 8.5Jx16 Rear & 6.5Jx16 Front
XA4 GVWR 10,140lbs (4,600kg)
C36 Rear Springs adapted for 10,140 GVWR

We can get your order placed and have it here in 4 months.

Give Dave a call at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

Have you 10 minutes to watch a video? Sprinter production facility in Dusseldorf

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Take a look at this 10 minute video of the Sprinter production facility in Germany.

There is one item I would like to add as I watch the video. In the past two years, Mercedes-Benz has made huge improvements in the paint process, such as….when you see the part of the video where the guy is painting the white van a black color, what you did not see is the whole body is dipped in a vat of white primer first.

Also they are using more non corrosive metals and further corrosion protection methods to insure your new Sprinter van will look great and with proper care will stay that way for many years to come.

If you have any questions about anything Sprinter Van related, please just send me an email or give me a call. I enjoy talking with everyone about Sprinter Vans. That is why they call me the Sprinter Guy.

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The Excellent Fuel Economy Reports Keep Coming In – 28 to 30 mpg!

Talk about a Very Happy New Sprinter Owner – Darren is that Guy!

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He purchased his new 2014 Sprinter 2500 170″ wheelbase high roof with the 2.1 liter twin turbo diesel 4 cyl engine, on a Saturday a short while back. He left Sunday on a cross country trip from Austin Texas to Asheville North Carolina, going through Tennessee and the Great Smokey Mountains. He had about 2000 lbs of cargo in the van.

He said he was able to keep his speed just under 70 for much of the trip, and he said he used the cruise control which kept the engine rpm’s very consistent through the trip. He was very pleased with the power and performance of the engine.

Now remember this is a brand new van with not even close to being broke in and here is what he was able to get for fuel economy on two stages of the trip.

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I have many happy Sprinter owners with the very efficient 4 cyl twin turbo diesel engine with similar reports. That is why you should consider getting a new Sprinter Van from the Sprinter Guy, so you can give me reports of fantastic fuel economy, great load carrying capacity, unbelievable handling and a timeless style that shows you made the wise decision to own the best full size van available.

 

Here is our First 4×4 Sprinter Van – Congratulations Mike K.

Finally after all these years of waiting, the very first Sprinter 4×4 has arrived!

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But sorry everyone – Mike K. ordered this beautiful Flame Red Crew Van back in November.

If you would like to place your order for a 2016 Sprinter 4×4 van we should do so very soon. All of the 2015’s that could not get scheduled for 2015 production are going to be moved to 2016 production that begins in July. Those vans will start arriving in late September or early October.

There will be still a limited number of 2016 Sprinter 4×4’s available for production so if you want one you should get your order in the system asap.

I have 16 sold orders in the system for Sprinter 4×4’s that are scheduled for 2015 production. IF BY CHANCE, one of these becomes available, someone decides they cannot take it for what ever reason, I will then first offer it to one of the other 7 folks who placed their order with me, that their order will be a 2016. If they do not want the van then I will post the van on SprinterGuy.com with first to respond with a deposit able to pick it up. This will make it very important for you to be following my blog so you get notice with everyone else that any of the 2015 Sprinter 4×4’s would be available.

To get an email notification of my postings, if you are not getting them now, just click the link on the right side of this page to sign up.

On another note, we are making fantastic deals on the remaining new 2014’s in stock. If you want to know what the deals are, just complete the form below.

And finally, I was able to snag a few more 2015 Passenger Vans for sale, most are 144″ wheelbase standard low roofs, but there are a couple of high roofs and one is a 170″ wb. They are all listed in my Current Sprinter Inventory list.

 

This is an update for previous post – What Sprinter Van would be BEST for a Conversion?

I get asked this question many times from prospects looking to custom build a Sprinter Van into their personal Luxury or RV van.

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I wrote this post about three years ago and it still holds true today. There are a few items that I will address here today.

It’s July 2017 and we have just started receiving the new 2017 model year vans. We now know that 2018 model year will be a carry over from the current model, but not sure when production will begin on the 2018’s.

It looks like the 2019 model year will be the new Sprinter that will be built in our Ladson South Carolina facility. There has been many incorrect internet stories saying the new van will be here in 2018, so hang on there a little while longer to see the new Sprinter.

For now all we can get are the V6 3.0 liter diesel engine with the 5 speed automatic transmission. The 4 cyl diesel we hope to see again in 2018.

Since my last posting we now have a 3500 one ton model called the Super Single. It gives you about 4000 lbs of payload with single rear wheels in the rear. This gives you 48 inches on the floor between the wheel wells instead of the 38 inches on the dually. You can get up to 5000 lbs of payload with the dual rear wheel 3500 and the 11,030 GVWR option.

Many of you have inquired about the Sprinter 4×4. I have sold 42 Sprinter 4×4’s since production began 2 years ago. Certainly having the 4 wheel drive capability for some serious off road driving makes it a must have for some conversions. But, it adds about 4 inches to the height of the van, and of course another $7500 to the price, but if you are driving in the snow country or some off road situations, well it’s worth every penny of the difference. The only real issue is you have to wait to get one. The Sprinter 4×4’s can take 8 to 10 months to get. Take a look at this Sprinter 4×4 that is here in stock for sale today. It is a 2500 170″ wheelbase extended body cargo van.

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So send me an email, dave@sprinterguy.com with any questions you may have about a Sprinter van to be converted, or to get your van ordered. I have one van you might consider for a conversion, it’s a new 2016 Cargo 144″ wheelbase high roof with factory rear roof air, rear heat and the X14 Upfitter Prep package that gives you all of the factory tinted windows and the complete interior like a passenger van, but no rear seats. Here are a couple of pictures.

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One other important item in your plan to build a custom van is which comes first, the van or the conversion? Actually you need to be working on both, but here is what I believe is the best way to proceed.

Normal production time for 2 wheel drive vans is 3-5 months from when we place the order to when it arrives here. 4×4’s will take between 7 to 12 months from order to arrival, so either way you have lots of time to be finalizing your conversion specs. Most of the conversion shops are telling prospects anywhere from 4 months to as long as a year to get in their production schedule.

So once you have decided the size and model of the van you plan to start with, you should get the order placed with the Sprinter Guy as soon as possible to get your order in the order queue. Once that part is done, you can work with your conversion shop or your own design to finalize the conversion.

But truth be told any of our Sprinter models could be excellent vans to begin your custom build. There are some options though that might just make one of these vans YOUR PERFECT SPRINTER.

But first some basics about a Sprinter van for a custom conversion. I would say either of our diesel engines will do a great job for you in a Sprinter conversion. I am a big fan of our 4 cyl twin turbo diesel with the 7 speed automatic transmission. Plenty of power and fantastic fuel economy which is one of the reasons you are considering a Sprinter in the first place.

Windows, some of these have either windows in the sliding side door or rear two doors, and a couple have windows all around. If you want more windows, the conversion shop can add whatever you want in windows. Just remember the factory rear windows are fixed and do not open.

Swivel bucket seats, from the factory are great, but if one of these does not have them we can have them added, no problem.

Some of the following examples have the optional HD Suspension package. This gives you heavier duty front and rear stabilizer bars which help keep your van from leaning in hard turns or when you come off of curbs or driveways. All Sprinters have stabilizer bars, the HD just adds thicker bars.

I have many conversations with customers in regards to rear air conditioning. Some of the vans I have listed below come with the factory roof rear air. This system is great for a rear air while the engine is running, as it has its own compressor on the engine, separate from the front air conditioning. The only negative is the van engine has to be running for you to get rear air with the factory system. Our conversion shops can add rear air units, sometimes mounted on the roof, but sometimes mounted under the rear of the van to give you a cleaner and lower roof. These units, and there are many to choose, can run from the engine or from a separate 12 volt or 110 volt electric system. The electrically operated system allows you to run the rear air conditioning without having to run your vans diesel engine. You will need some type of electric power system which can be additional batteries, roof solar panels, generators or 110 volt shore line power.

Finally in the options department, there are a couple of the following vans that have the factory Variable High Idle package. What this can do for you is when the van is parked, and you wish to run the vans engine to power either your roof air or other electrical items, you can boost the vans idle speed in increments of 50 rpm to increase the performance of the alternator to power these accessories and to recharge your batteries. The normal idle speed for a Sprinter is around 600-700 rpm. In order to get more juice from the alternator you should boost the idle up to 1200 to 1800 rpm.

When it comes to discussions about the size of your Sprinter for your custom conversion, it is a tough decision sometimes as to which van to choose. 2500 or 3500, pretty much I suggest you stay with the 2500 as long as you are not going to have over 3000 lbs of total cargo. That is the conversion, plus your personal stuff as well as fuel and any water in holding tanks. If you are over the 3000 lb weight, then definitely you need to be in the 3500 with the dual rear wheels. With a 3500 and the 11,030 GVWR you can carry about 5000 lbs of cargo. Down side, you have 6 tires to replace instead of 4, you will lose a little fuel economy and you lose a little floor space as the distance between the wheel wells on the floor on the 3500 is 38 inches, compared to 53 inches on the 2500.

On the 144″ wheelbase you have a choice of either the standard low roof or the high roof model. All 170″ wheelbase vans are high roofs. The low roof van is 8 foot high outside height, compared to 9 foot high on the high roof. Add to that any roof mounted air conditioning system that typically will be about 9″ to 10″ additional. On the inside, the low roof gives you 5′ 4″ of inside stand up height compared to 6′ 4″ on the high roof. Usually neither will go into normal size home garage or parking structures. I find I can drive the low roof models through most all of the food drive-throughs, high roofs will normally not fit the drive-throughs if you have a roof air unit.

Then we get into the interior cargo length. a 144″ wheelbase gives you 10 1/2 feet of length from the back of the drivers seat to the rear door. The 170″ wheelbase gives you 14 feet of cargo floor length. If you get the 170 Extended body Sprinter, you get an additional 15 inches of cargo room or almost 15 1/2 feet from the back of the drivers seat to the back doors. You can access on some of the conversion company websites, their floorplans to see how much room it gives you when you start adding seating, toilets, kitchens and sleeping areas. I can also assist you with determining how much room you will need to do what you want with your custom conversion.

So now let’s look at my top picks out of my current inventory that I suggest you consider for a custom Sprinter conversion. Click the following links to open the PDF showing the options and retail price for each van, and click the photo to enlarge it for easier viewing.

2014 2500 144 low roof Pearl Silver Met 4 cyl $44,230 #E5874848
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This low roof 144″ wb would be a great van to add a Sportsmoblie poptop to, or one that can tow your boat or small travel trailor, and still have plenty of room inside the van for your “STUFF”

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2014 2500 144 high roof Pearl Silver Met 4 cyl mobility prep pkg rear roof air $55,080 #E5914080

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With the Mobility Prep package that this van has, you get full windows all around, interior trim like the passenger vans, but no seats. This also has the factory roof rear air and front swivel bucket seats.
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2014 2500 170 Pearl Silver Met. 4 cyl $51,020 #E5867472

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Active Safety Pkg, in dash GPS/Nav along with rear camera, heated front seats, allow wheels, variable high idle pkg, HD stabilizer bar pkg and windows in side and rear doors. Perfect start for a full RV or luxury passenger conversion.
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2014 2500 170 Brilliant Silver 4 cyl $51,715 eta early September

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Factory trailer tow hitch and wiring, additional bracket to add a second air conditioning compressor on the engine, cold weather pkg, Nav and back up camera and active safety, loaded and ready to convert.
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2014 2500 170 Arctic White 4 cyl rear roof air $55,160 #E5879741
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This van was ordered for a customer to be converted, and his business failed and now it is available. Has factory rear roof air and heat in a 170 cargo van. Has the variable high idle pkg, safety Plus pkg, nav and rear camera.
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2014 2500 170E Extended Body Arctic White 4 cyl $56,130 #E5935509 eta mid July
This van is due in any day now. Has it all, full extended body 170″ wbase, rear roof air, rear heat, active safety pkg, cold weather pkg with heated seats adn windshield, high idle pkg, lighting pkg with bi-xenon headlights and more.
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2014 3500 170 Brilliant Silver V6, fleet window, dual sliding doors $53,765 #E58577232014 2500 170E Extended Body Arctic White $44,630 eta early September

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I bet you won’t find too many like this van, sliding doors on both sides. Windows all around, front buckets swivel, HD suspension, V6 and the heaviest load rating on this 170″ wb 3500.
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2014 3500 170 Extended 9,990 gvwr brilliant silver 4 cyl fleet window $49,510 #E5889192

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3500 with extended body, dark tinted windows all around, trailer tow pkg, additional aux battery, high idle pkg and second bracket on the engine for another air conditioning compressor. Perfect for a fully equipped luxury RV conversion.
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Every one of these vans I can get converted by one of our conversion vendors, or assist you in doing it yourself. There will be a special sale price for each of these vans, just send me an email with what van you are interested in and I will give you the Sprinter Guy sale price.

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