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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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Old 06-22-2018, 04:01 PM   #3
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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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Old 06-27-2018, 05:21 PM   #6
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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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You just might check with Advanced RV in Willoughby, Ohio. They have a great off-road model.
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Old 06-27-2018, 09:17 PM   #8
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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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