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MDKMDK

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Posted: 04/25/20 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Once again, what type of Winnebago motorhome were you looking at? Besides the Era/Boldt/Revel class Bs, which could easily pull your Ranger, there are only the View/Navion, and Vita/Porto class C models built on 3500 Sprinter cab chassis.


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We have a Winnebago View. We really love..
Propane generator runs very clean, especailly compared to deisel. We tow a Daihatsu ROCKY, with never a problem. We use less than 2 gal of propane on a weekend.
The Turbo diesel V6 MB engine has plenty of power.
We get 15 MPG. Towing at 65 MPH, non-towing at 65 MPG.

* This post was last edited 04/26/20 11:11pm by Gonzo42 *   View edit history


MOTHER SHIP Winnebago View 24H (2007 Dodge Sprinter 3500 Chassis, 2008 Body)3.0 L M-B Diesel V6 bought used with 24K miles. Toad: ROCKY the Flying Squirrel.

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The manufacturer of the propane generator will probably have a spec for how much propane it uses per hour. Our Onan is a diesel generator and per Onan it uses approximately .4 gal/hr at full load. Look around, you can probably find the spec.

Sometimes we tow a 3500# boat, sometimes a 2011 Ford Ranger that weights in right at 4050# per scale. In the mountains both slow things down. On the flats with some interstate hill we do not notice the boat, with the Ranger it will drop down a gear. We travel on the interstates at 60-65 mph.

Many times we will not pull anything, Our Thor FourWinds is very agile, parking has not been a problem.

Good Luck.

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Posted: 04/28/20 10:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MDKMDK wrote:

Once again, what type of Winnebago motorhome were you looking at? Besides the Era/Boldt/Revel class Bs, which could easily pull your Ranger, there are only the View/Navion, and Vita/Porto class C models built on 3500 Sprinter cab chassis.


I am looking at the Vita and Porto models right now mainly because of the larger over the cab bed. Not that I’ll use it as a bed, but it makes for a great storage area since the outside is limited, especially for over sized items like chairs and golf clubs.


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Beware that overhead cabs are terrible from an aerodynamics standpoint, and sap a lot of power. This might be difference between maintaining a reasonable speed while towing, to being relegated to the truck lane, since the Sprinter only make 188 horsepower.


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Posted: 04/28/20 11:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

msmith1199 wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

Once again, what type of Winnebago motorhome were you looking at? Besides the Era/Boldt/Revel class Bs, which could easily pull your Ranger, there are only the View/Navion, and Vita/Porto class C models built on 3500 Sprinter cab chassis.


I am looking at the Vita and Porto models right now mainly because of the larger over the cab bed. Not that I’ll use it as a bed, but it makes for a great storage area since the outside is limited, especially for over sized items like chairs and golf clubs.


I see. You might want to do a little homework on using that cab over bunk as a closet for your "stuff". The View/Navion are OCCC challenged models, in that when loaded for travel, they don't always have a lot of room left over in the GVWR/GCWR "weight budget" for extra things, particularly heavier items. You might want to investigate that aspect of your search, particularly if you're also going to push the combined envelope by towing a heavier towed, like your Ranger. It all adds up.
We didn't like the beluga whale look of the cab overs when we ordered ours in 2017, and deleted it on our 2018 Navion (that isn't an option on the newer models, you have to have the cab over on the View/Navion in 2020). That increased our aerodynamic front profile, and removed almost 200 lbs of weight, by not having the cab over. It worked out for us.
I think you'll find that OCCC is a problem for some of the Sprinter based chassis units, as they aren't as "robust" in that department as their Ford counterparts.
I have no experience or knowledge of the OCCC/GVWR/GCWR specs of the Vita/Porto models, but as they are shorter than the Veiw/Navion you might be OK, if the shorter length has also increased the OCCC capapcity, and improved the GVWR/GCWR numbers.
With or without the cab over, you'll have no problems towing, if the numbers are all within spec. The 3.0L V6 turbo diesel has plenty of power for towing.

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MDKMDK X2.

OP, why do you want a Sprinter if you plan to load up an rv . ?


pros n cons thread :

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29503089/page/2.cfm

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Posted: 04/28/20 07:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Holy cow guys, I said over sized items like chairs and golf clubs. I’m not going to be carrying bags of concrete in the overhead bunk.

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Posted: 04/28/20 08:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We find the over cab bunk works great for storage.
The advantage of having it block the sun while driving is
seldom mentioned but certainly easier on the eyes.
It probably does rob some fuel efficiency, but then
that wasn’t the reason for buying a class c.


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Posted: 04/28/20 08:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

msmith1199 wrote:

Holy cow guys, I said over sized items like chairs and golf clubs. I’m not going to be carrying bags of concrete in the overhead bunk.


That's good about not carrying concrete bags because if you're towing a 4500lb Ranger, the golf clubs might put you over the OCCC available under the 15250 LB GCWR. It's simple math. If the total weight of the fully loaded vehicle exceeds 11030 lbs solo, or the combined loaded weight exceeds 15250 lbs towing, you're over weight.
Just sayin'.....

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