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    Sprinter Size.....

    How often do you Sprinter owners use that extra space for a 3rd skid?

    I'm in the process of buying one and I'm trying to decide between the extra long unit (3 skid and a reasonable bunk space) or the long wheelbase only (3 skids very small bunk or 2 skids and a reasonable bunk.

    I'm thinking the super long unit might be a bit of a pain because if you only have 1 skid, you have to slide it forward to get it over the axle, plus it might be a bit big in the city?

    Thoughts...........

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    I own a 2007 Sprinter with the 170" wheelbase and it is the hight top, extended van version. I do not have a bunk in mine so I have access to the whole back end with approximatelt 15' 6" of floor space. I don't have any problems getting getting around urban areas with it and the van handles like a full size van or pick-up truck. As far as hauling 1 skid ahead of the rear axle, I carry a tow strap so the forklift operator can pull it back to unload.

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    i have same set up as tom but 12.4 of cargo space with a small sleeper behind seats. for city driving no prob.
    i would say 2 or 3 times a month i get ill 2 loads in 1 trip which is nice

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    I'm mentally building one now on the extra long extra tall 3500. It would have a false floor to be full width above the wheel wells and should have around the same cargo height as the older model tall roof. The 3500 chassis will allow a nice sleeper and still do the 2500 pounds required. In mine I'd have the large bed Midway sleeper version and however much cargo space that left. I believe it's about 9.1 feet. I know it goes against what a lot of the veterans think but I'd forego a load a month for the difference between comfortably living and uncomfortably cramped existing while out for weeks at a time.
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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    While I don't own one now, I wouldn't have anything but the 170" wheelbase and the highest top. No permenant bulkhean but a good seperation from the cargo to keep heat up front in a minimum of 56" of sleeping area that can quickly be folded for full floor use when needed.

    I will be buying one of these or a aircell unit of some type, but it will be the longest highest available that can be used without logging. Ive got a 47 in wide bed now in a cargo van so a sprinter would let me have a double bed if i wanted it.
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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    I don't ever use the extra space for a third skid ..... well, at least not like you mean it - I have a permanent bunk installed (36" width), along with a refrigerator, and microwave ... and that only leaves 9' of length for cargo.

    However, I did install E-Track on the sidewalls and I carry two aluminum load bars for the E-Track. I actually have four of them, cut down to fit the Sprinter - just need to build a couple of mounts to hold the other two on the back of the bunk.

    The load bars are used primarily for securing pallets (fore and aft) - but I have, on occasion, used the load bars to carry a third pallet, over the two on the floor, using the extra height.

    This can only be done with light weight skids, as the the E-Track is secured into the sidewall body framing - but I have had some loads where I needed to do this. One was three skids of recently painted or coated custom metal control boxes for equipment that could not be stacked.

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    We live out here.

    Expediting is "hurry up" and "wait". And the wait can be quite long at times.

    Having a nice sleeper with some personal space makes the wait time less stressful.

    Looking at the load boards over a 30 day period, maybe 1 in 100 loads called for 3 skids.

    What I am seeing are loads with stackable bins. Last week I took 4 plastic bins 48 x 48 x 36. The 72" box height seems to be more profitable than 12' of length.

    I'd say get the longest and tallest you can, but use the space to build some comfortable living quarters.
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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    Well what do you feel comfortable with in size of sleeping arrangement??? Work that out and then get the length that fits best.

    I've hauled a lot of 3 skid loads but quite often one or two skids are shorter or narrower so turned sideways etc I make them fit. Or do the stacking thing as I had to do when I went to SKF and had to pickup all the skids the route driver for a customer refused to grab (6 skids no wonder).

    Personally the more length the better with smallest sleeping arrangement possible for comfort, utilizing the height of the van for storage etc., makes the most sense to me so if the third skid comes up then you can cover the load easily. What about skids with over hang?? I get a few of those a month. So be creative in how the bed and partition and maybe movable to accomodate the third possible skid etc. Think outside the box!! mine was collapsable and lifted to the roof area so low skid under if needed.
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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    Will be taking delivery of a 170"WB Xtra long with a 6 foot roof this week.

    After doing this with a short bed pickup, its going to feel like an aircraft carrier!

    Thanks all for your advice!!!

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    i have the long sprinter set up for city del to hampton road's area
    and i leave out every day with 4 pallets in and stack as high as i can

    this is my second sprinter the first one was 03 and this one is 07

    different is 12" longer and taller and 3" wider
    i have mind set up with roller in floor and i makes its so much easier to move freight in out
    if you look back in sept 03/04 and see the set up
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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    I have the 170" extended, the long and tall one, and I don't have any trouble with city driving. It really handles like a smaller vehicle. That whole third skid thing is debatable. I have mine set up with 12' for cargo, but since I'm independent I get a lot of unconventional loads that use the space, like carpet rolls and what not. For the average leased on operator, there aren't too many times you would get that third skid. It might make for an extra couple loads a month. I'd say just weigh your options and what is more important to you and go with that. If you think a little more comfort is worth those extra couple loads a month, then go with the comfort.

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    I have 9 feet for cargo, mainly 8 for cargo and the extra foot to secure it or get in front of it when necessary. I looked into it pretty thoroughly, and like Charles said, for the average leased operator it's not that much of an issue. Those with the space keep pointing out all the 3-skid loads they get and go, "See, see?" But mainly they get 3-skid loads cause they can take them, and the two-skid loads are given to someone else, not so much because it's a 3-skid load or no load at all.

    For the most part, I may miss out on a 3-skid load only to get the other available load, a 2-skid load, instead. It may be 4-6 times a year that I'll get no load at all because I can't carry that 3-skid load. Not enough to give up my permanent bunk for, that's for sure.

    Now, if Panther paid $.77 for two skids and $.87 for three, things might be different. But they don't.



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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post

    Now, if Panther paid $.77 for two skids and $.87 for three, things might be different. But they don't.
    Amen to that. Likely you'll just see carriers quit hiring vans that aren't Sprinter sized. Hope that day is a long way off but I can see it going that way.

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    In my experience the advantage of the Sprinter is the height. I haul a lot of tall stuff that can't go in a smaller van, a lot of good paying c unit stuff.

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    Re: Sprinter Size.....

    Been reading in the Sprinter threads do to potential running for an O/O. Never seen inside a Sprinter, so I'm trying to get a visual. Let me get this straight? O/O states there is no partition and front seat is a hassle to remove. Now.....have little doubt the O/O is being rightfully cautious in allowing a brand NEW driver to make modifications early in the game. One needs to run for a bit to learn what he needs anyway?

    Is it possible to create a movable partition in the event one would get a 3rd pallet?
    How about building a framework station around the passenger seat? Small fridge, laptop surface?
    What is the recommended inverter size? I'm looking at 750-1000?

    Realize this an older thread but it's short and may as well bring it back from the dead....rather than start a new one. Any answers? Thanks in advance.

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