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Thread: Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 CrewCab Expedition Build in Canada

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    Our departure angle is not only for more clearance, it's also for looks. We find a box with angle can be a bit longer and still lock balanced and blend in with the truck a bit better.

    Thanks for the info on the other truck builders. But we own our own truck body company and looking forward working our own lightweight materials that are designed for this usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puiumeu View Post
    This is exactly the road we want to take but with an overcab bed. Vario is also an option but my wife would need to up her driving licence to 7.5. We are a family of 4 (Kids 6 and 4) and we want space for long term travelling, DoKa so the kids can see when we are moving and not stuck in the back. We are in Germany so Vario 4x4 is easier but would like to see what can be done with a sprinter DoKa base. We also need the cabin 4 season and secure so interested in your build. Following with interest.

    Al.




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    Hi Al,

    The selection you have in Germany is amazing! We where also looking into former fire trucks, something like the MB1019 crew cabs. Pricing is very attractive and around the 10.000 euro mark. Those trucks have an amazing payload capacity and don't have any fancy electronic system. Only downside is the top speed. I'm aware that there are many people using them for travelling around the world, but if most of your travels are in developed countries you want something to take on the highway all day long.
    Our Sprinter will be a "bad road" capable RV that will mainly drive on highways to get to the place we like to explore. If we wanted a "true" off road camper, we would have bought a Unimog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victorian View Post
    Hi Al,

    The selection you have in Germany is amazing! We where also looking into former fire trucks, something like the MB1019 crew cabs. Pricing is very attractive and around the 10.000 euro mark. Those trucks have an amazing payload capacity and don't have any fancy electronic system. Only downside is the top speed. I'm aware that there are many people using them for travelling around the world, but if most of your travels are in developed countries you want something to take on the highway all day long.
    Our Sprinter will be a "bad road" capable RV that will mainly drive on highways to get to the place we like to explore. If we wanted a "true" off road camper, we would have bought a Unimog.
    I would love a Unimog but DoKa's are hard to find and not sure if I would want to drive them for long on the road.

    Our goal is off road capable but would like to get right away some times. We plan to do no more than 100km per day max, so we can compromise a little on on road manners but we also need some level of fuel economy.

    I still think a Vario is the way to go, and really think we need 7500kg to live for extended periods (6 months plus) but I am eager to see what could be done under 3500kg as this will make shipping and road tax much more economic..

    I love the fact the Sprinter has single rear wheels without conversion. What type of suspension and tyres do you intend to run?

    If I can assist with anything from Germany, just let me know.

    Al.

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    Thanks for your offer! I'm originally from Germany and will be visiting in a week :-)
    No idea about the tire sizes yet. Will probably drive those ones to the ground first. The suspension should be fine, as the truck has a almost 2 ton load capacity according to the fahrzeugbrief.
    I think the Varios are cool. Good luck!
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    Here is the company we are using to ship the truck. So far amazing customer service. http://www.globaltransportamsterdam.com
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    The camper planing is in full swing. One question that is not easy to solve: Demountable or fixed? The truck already has a well build flatbed that could serve as the ideal carrier. Downsides: Weight and overall height of the camper. Plus side: We could use the truck as a pick up when needed and safe $$$ by not needing a dedicated subframe.
    On the other hand, installing it permanently would mean that the center of gravity would improve and I believe it would look better. Overall I calculated the camper sitting ~10" lower.
    But keeping the truck available without the camper would also be awesome. The demount could happen with normal camper legs.
    Either way, the camper is already constructed to mount fixed or detachable.

    What would you do?
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    Here is a bed idea for smaller campers. I quite like it. Slide out bed.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victorian View Post
    Either way, the camper is already constructed to mount fixed or detachable.

    What would you do?
    Depends on how you handle vehicle insurance in Canada, what's covered, what's not, when the camper is mounted to the truck and when it isn't.

    http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/q...per-insurance/

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/155133-How-to-insure-a-custom-truck-camper
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    Shipper just send me pictures before loading the Sprinter into the container. Can't wait!
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    Following with interest! Very cool!!!

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