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Old 06-21-2018, 11:35 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
Looking to purchase a Class B, but as I plan on driving on some rough, unpaved roads to get to remote campsites, I'm concerned with van ground clearance. Obviously a 4x4 will provide greater clearance and better traction (but with less MPG), so is this the best (or only) solution?
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:40 AM   #2
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Winnebago Revel. 4x4 sprinter 144 chassis
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For a more capable off road van than the Sprinter 4wd you can look at Econoline or Chevy vans that have been converted to 4wd. Sportsmobile and others do camper conversions on these.
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Not quite a class B but a Tiger is built for use on poor quality roads. We love ours. Our previous RV was a Roadtrek 190 - too low for the roads we wished to travel on.



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We have a short sprinter (144" wheelbase Roadtrek SS Agile) with 2WD. We've driven hundreds of miles of unpaved roads, some of them quite rugged. The clearance has been adequate for all we've done. The shorter wheelbase also helps.

My two cents: I wouldn't want to take a fully uplifted van on any worse roads than we've been on, even if we had 4WD, because the van body flexes as you drive on squirrelly roads. I wouldn't trade our fuel economy for 4WD.
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I have a 4x4 Sprinter, full sized. 4x4 is nice for traction (snow/sand). Extra clearance really helpful on rough and rutted roads. But, definitely not a off-road vehicle: too high, too wide, too long, too long between axles and too much expensive stuff mounted underneath.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:25 PM   #7
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You just might check with Advanced RV in Willoughby, Ohio. They have a great off-road model.
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Unless there has been a recent change, ARV only builds on a single platform, the long wheel-base Sprinter. Definitely not an "off-road" vehicle.
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You may be right. I just remembered reading in one of their newsletters they had set up one of their models with higher suspension, 4 wheel drive, etc. and tested it in a mud field. Good luck with your research and happy trails.
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Unless there has been a recent change, ARV only builds on a single platform, the long wheel-base Sprinter. Definitely not an "off-road" vehicle.
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You may be right. I just remembered reading in one of their newsletters they had set up one of their models with higher suspension, 4 wheel drive, etc. and tested it in a mud field. Good luck with your research and happy trails.
Advanced RV's is outfitting at least 4 short 144 WB 4x4 Sprinters at this time. They have been building on the 170 WB 4x4 Sprinter since 4x4 became available. There video was a test in an extremely muddy field before the Sprinter was converted into an RV. They do build four season capable Class Bs and they do build in VB Air Suspension in their 4x4s. They call their model the EcoRanger.
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Thank you all for your helpful responses to my question!
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I happened to checked with Advanced-RV to confirm the following:

Advanced-RV started building on the Sprinter 4x4 chassis as soon as they were available from Mercedes-Benz. Since then more than three quarters of Advanced-RV custom builds have been 4x4 models mostly on the 170 wheelbase but there are at least a half dozen unique, off the grid, lithium battery, high fluids capacity, rugged, 144 4x4 models in production. They are equipped with high capacity fresh, grey and black tanks but some are designed with combined grey/black tanks with macerator toilets and others are using composting toilets. Some have internal tanks to maximize ground clearance.

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I hope this gives you additional help in choosing which rv you need for your travels off road.
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Sportsmobile of California. They still use Econoline e-350 chassis-which is still made- mated to a fiberglass shell to simulate the old e-350 ford van.

they have the tooling to make it 4x4 and it is the best for off road rocky territory

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In my opinion, The Revel is absurdly overpriced and under-equipped. You'd be far better off ordering a custom Sportsmobile, Advanced RV, etc. on the 4x4 Sprinter chassis. It might cost a bit more, but it'll be configured exactly as you want it.

The more I look into class B vans, the more I realized that buying a custom build is the way to go. Even if it costs a bit more, I think it's worth it because it's the only way to avoid compromising too much on the features you want. I haven't yet found an OEM van that has most of what I want, and doesn't include a bunch of what I don't want. And given what these things cost, it's just not worth compromising too much and being disappointed, not even to save a few bucks.
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You certainly couldn't have said it any better. Build how you want it, not accept what "they" have configured into their model. Personally, I like the available options Advanced RV has available and feel they go out of their way to make certain you are satisfied. Great post.
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The Sprinter 144 4x4 is probably the most available platform at the moment.
but I don't like diesel, and I don't like the cost and difficulty of maintaining a Mercedes.

YMMV
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My wife and I flyfish and float rivers in Water Master rafts. For the last 14 years we have been camping out of a 16 foot scamp trailer. We pick up a 2013 Pleasure Way Pursuit this coming Monday that we will be taking into the back country along the Idaho/Montana boarder. I will report about our adventures with this Pursuit.
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The Sprinter 144 4x4 is probably the most available platform at the moment.
but I don't like diesel, and I don't like the cost and difficulty of maintaining a Mercedes.

YMMV
I often wonder about a custom build on Freightliner's version of the Sprinter. Is service on these any more reasonable at Freightliner shops ? They're certainly a bit less garish / more "stealth" w/o that big Mercedes star on the front grill...
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