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tbr2015

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Posted: 06/13/22 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are looking into "downsizing" from our 31 foot 5th wheel / 2500HD diesel set up to a Sprinter based class "C" with a flat towed vehicle. Are there any out there that have made this transition? Wondering about your experience. It is a lot to think about (licensing, insurance, swapping truck for a towed vehicle, towbar/braking solutions, etc.). It sounds like weight will be a bigger factor that current set up because of the limited cargo carrying capacity of these motorhomes?

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Posted: 06/13/22 03:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weight is part of the transition.
You have a cab chassis that has a GVWR of 11,030lbs including the upfitting and OCCC, with a 5,000lb towing capacity, and the combined weight rating for Sprinter based motorhome plus towed, all loaded for travel, should be kept under the GCWR of 15,250lbs. - It can be done.
I went from a 2016 Sunstar 26HE to a 2018 Navion, and we pull a 2016 JKU Sahara Wrangler 4 down with no problems. All Blue Ox equipment used to setup for towing, and has performed well.
Our average GCW loaded for travel is usually about 150lbs below the 15,250lb max GCWR.
EDIT: We average around 15mpg solo at freeway speeds. Slowing down does increase that number. We average around 13mpg towing the 4500lb Wrangler. Same speed scenario.

* This post was edited 06/13/22 03:53pm by MDKMDK *


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Posted: 06/13/22 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

did this long time ago. we have a 2007 LTV on a sprinter frame. made a small trip last week ,only logged 19mpg . you,ll get used to down sizing. we pull a 12ft box trailer with golf cart and dog equipt. no problems. mpg drops 16mpg.its not a fifth wheel but does a great job and parking is great.

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Spend some time researching various Class C chassis.

Personally, I would shop for a small Class C on a Ford E350 chassis, especially it you plan on towing a vehicle.

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Posted: 06/13/22 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also ask yourself, with a Sprinter based RV, do I really need to tow a vehicle? They're pretty nimble and fit into a lot of places. Although based on an E450 Ford chassis, when we had our Pleasure Way Excel we never took a car with us -- no need to. Sure it takes a little planning ahead so you don't end up all hooked up and then decide to go somewhere, but it's a pretty easy learning curve.


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Posted: 06/13/22 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you considered a smaller 5th wheel or bumper pull and keeping your truck?

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I went Ford. My MB car dealers and my two rv dealers told me they would not touch a Sprinter. It has to be a network Sprinter dealership or repair center. I got scared off. I really wanted to try a Sprinter but im very happy with my Fords 4000 lb payload and 7500 tow capacity. Its extremely difficult to overload a 24’ E450.

Your toad will be your cargo trailer as well. Don't worry about lack of storage as long as you are towing a car.

Have you driven a C ? My C is rv number 11 . We get so much more use from our small C than any of our trailers . We use it year round for family visiting, shopping, events etc. Hospital security gave us a special spot while caring for family in rehab. The beauty of a 24’ C.

Have you driven one ? Its not the same as driving a fiver with a rock solid, smooth , quiet pickup. Its a different ride. You can hear the rattles of the coach and everything inside it. Something you DON’T hear when towing a trailer. It will take time to use foam waffle sheets to quiet things down. The trim around my microwave drove me nuts until i discovered that rattle.

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Posted: 06/13/22 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went from a TT to a 2006 LTV but didn't tow anything. After a few trips we decided it was too small, lacked storage and the DW couldn't warm up to the wet bath.

We sold it to a friend in 2013 and she still uses it mostly solo. She tows a small enclosed trailer.

We moved from the Sprinter to a 30' FW and are happy with this setup.


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some one said only a mb dealer can do repairs? I live in ohio have a great service shop just down the road, not a mb shop.

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Posted: 06/13/22 06:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Went from a 28 ft 5er and truck to the sig C. Don't need a toad to go into town or wherever except for going from campground to the swimming hole we like where the C is too big to park. Mostly just take the whole C to wherever.

Do need to "mark" our campground site with a sacrificial folding chair and a plastic bucket while we are gone in the C, because the campground guys are a bit slack in setting their "occupied" signs. So far so good on that. Nobody swiped the chair and bucket (yet).

Lots of space in the bigger C so don't miss the 5er for room for "stuff"

We did have a smaller 5er that was too small for two of us (got the bigger 5er) and dogs, so that might be a problem with a Sprinter, don't know. The TC we have is too small for the two of us and the dogs for sure. It is just for DW and the dogs to go to dog events. For actual RVing it the C for that job.

You need to sit in one for a while or rent one and try it out before buying (that is a lot of money!). I suspect a bigger C would do you better, toad or not.


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