Sarah the Sprinter

Overview

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 model designation is T1N, which ran from 1994 to 2006 and it uses the OM647 engine. It has an electronically controlled 5-speed NAG1 transmission with a lock-up clutch in the torque converter.

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

Tires

The stock tire size on the 158” wheelbase is LT225/75R16/E. According to the Michelin site, the tires pressures are:

  • Front: 55 PSI

  • Rear: 80 PSI

To buy:

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

Van Build

Van Build YouTube Channels

Stuff To Buy?

Solar Energy Sites

  1. How RV Solar Works

Water System

  • When connecting to city water, use a pressure reducer such as this one

  • This water pump was recommended in a video and this website

  • Carry some "carry bags" for carrying the toilet cartridge to a public restroom to empty

  • Water filter?

Batteries

Can be warmed with RV water tank heaters [video]

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