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Old 11-09-2016, 04:07 PM   #21
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Dakar Rally Class B by Roughtrek or Punish-Way..?
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:49 PM   #22
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I'm pretty much convinced I want a 144"wb 4x4 2500 sprinter for my conversion. Reasons:
It is small enough to drive and park in town.
It has single rear wheels.
A little more ground clearance can come in handy.
It gives me a little more confidence should the dirt road I'm camping on get slippery overnight. (It is not a real 4x4 - more like an AWD)
Unfortunately prebuilt options are limited, and wait time for a custom conversion is over a year. Still thinking . . .
I might spring for the roadtrek agile ss with ecotek option (no propane).
But I'm not wild about all those tanks under the van. I need to see one in person to decide if that would be a deal breaker.
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Old 11-10-2016, 02:07 AM   #23
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Boo Ya! I'm in.
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:37 AM   #24
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Are you saying the Sprinter is not 4WD? It looks like a real part-time 4WD system to me. i.e. don't drive it on non-slippery surfaces, stop to engage the 4WD, etc.
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Old 11-10-2016, 05:24 AM   #25
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The Sprinter 4x4 is a part-time four wheel drive. (with low range)
It is not a full-time AWD.

You need to stop the van to engage the front axle.
This is Mercedes Benz truck class old school four wheel drive.
You cannot use the 4-wheel drive mode on pavement,
it is strictly for offroad use only. (or to get out of slippery surface)

There is no locker, but they have brake assisted anti-slip.
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The Sprinter 4x4 is a part-time four wheel drive. (with low range)
It is not a full-time AWD.

You need to stop the van to engage the front axle.
This is Mercedes Benz truck class old school four wheel drive.
You cannot use the 4-wheel drive mode on pavement,
it is strictly for offroad use only. (or to get out of slippery surface)

There is no locker, but they have brake assisted anti-slip.
Interesting. Thanks for the information. I was thinking it had a highway 4wd drive mode and a low off-road mode. Good to know.

Just read the info on MB site. Says 4x4 version has ETS controlled by a push button on the dash. Low 4x4 mode for off-road type stuff.
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This is why you want a 4x4



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Old 11-10-2016, 06:44 PM   #28
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Are you saying the Sprinter is not 4WD? It looks like a real part-time 4WD system to me. i.e. don't drive it on non-slippery surfaces, stop to engage the 4WD, etc.
I'm pretty sure the USA spec sprinter has selectable AWD. The manual has no caution about using 4wd on non-slippery surfaces. Yes, you have to stop to engage it.
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Sprinter is part Time 4x4
The M-Class SUV is full time 4x4

https://youtu.be/KlM6CcYLeHE?t=167
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yes it would be very nice if the Sprinter was offered with the 4x4 / 4 cylinder configuration as most people I have asked who actually drive sprinters say the 4 cylinder is a much better vehicle - no double this is a huge compromise as all it takes is one time getting stuck on an easy icy grade or dirt and your in trouble- camping and rving is a balance of compromises for sure
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I have to agree, if MB was making the 4x4 in the 2.1 L 4 cylinder/7 speed trans I would be buying.
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This is a good thread...


Things to know before you Buy a 4X4 sprinter

Things to know before you Buy a 4X4 sprinter - Sprinter-Forum
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