Sarah the Sprinter
Our van is a 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 with a 2.7 L inline 5-cylinder diesel engine producing 154 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. It has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 8,550 lbs, a maximum payload of 2846 lbs, and the towing capacity is 5,000 lbs.
The wheelbase of the van is 158″ (13' 2"). It is 263" (21' 11") long, 104" (8' 8") high, and 76" (6' 4") wide.
It takes diesel fuel with a capacity of 100 L. When the reserve light comes on there are 10.5 L remaining which is good for approximately 100 km. It is not a good practice to run this low as sediment in the tank may get sucked into the fuel system, damaging the injectors or pump [reference].
It has 16" wheels and rims. See here for more details.
The hitch is rated Class III and for this installation has a maximum tow weight of 5000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 500 lbs.
Sprinter Vans - General
Sprinter Reference Sites
Sprinter-Wiki - https://sprinter-source.com/wiki/index.php/Sprinter
(See this section for details)
Service and Owner Manuals - http://www.diysprinter.co.uk/reference
Sprinter - Things to Watch
The front suspension consists of a single transversely mounted composite spring with shocks mounted near each front wheel. In some cases, the composite spring is known to sag over time. A steel replacement is available. (https://sprinter-source.com/wiki/index.php/Sprinter#Chassis)
Drain holes need to be cleaned regularly? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYuQAoHpN9Y&ab_channel=RestlessSoul
Stuff To Buy?
Propane produces too much moisture (1 L per hour!). A 5 kW diesel heater is preferred for this application.
Canadian Tire (Motomaster Eliminator AGM Group Size 49 (H8/L5)), ($272, 850 CCA, 5-yr wty)
Costco (Energizer - Group H8-AGMAbsorbent Glass Mat) ($270, 900 CCA 5-yr wty)
Gas struts similar to this to lift the bed?
See also Princess Auto
Linear actuators similar to this to lift the bed?
Tank heaters for water tanks and batteries