load capacity of 4x4s.

Submitted: Saturday, Sep 14, 2002 at 00:00
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In my travells I find the common 4x4 cannot carry enough gear.
Mercedes benz make a 4x4 ute dual cab with a very good diesel and a tray of 3 different lenths 1.8m 2.1m and 3m. I ordered one from Germany but the Ausralian office wont let me bring it in. The reason they give is that the cab only has 3 doors and they dont think that is acceptable in Aus. When I asked the factory to fit another door they said there is no demand for this vehicle in Aus. What do you think about that statement? The Mercedes would be cheaper than Defender130 which is the only thing remotaly like it. The only thing that detracts from MB is it has 15inch wheels, given the rediness most have to fitting bigger wheels to everything that can be overcome. If you want to see the specifications and picture of the machine go to www. Mercedes_benz.com.au then sprinter4x4 then flatbed.-
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Reply By: John - Sunday, Sep 15, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 15, 2002 at 00:00
Have looked and looked and can not find any mention of 4x4 sprinter on Australian or German sites? Only 4x4 was Unimog if you discount cars.
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Follow Up By: Macca - Thursday, Sep 19, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Sep 19, 2002 at 00:00
took a while but maybe this is the beast?
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Reply By: Member - Sam - Monday, Sep 16, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 16, 2002 at 00:00
What did they mean by "not acceptable". I've seen conversions done on Troop Carriers to have an extra door fitted on the passenger side to allow easy access to the 2nd row of seats (such as in the 5 seater RV model). Is it an image thing they are worried about?
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Reply By: mudgutz - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2002 at 00:00
how easy will it be to get parts for the thing when it breaks down in the pilbura or up on the cape....this is a valid consideration......buy a troopcarrier 995kgs of gear no worries.......buy an rv trooper for the rear seats and get the third door fitted.
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Follow Up By: Eric - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2002 at 00:00
I already have a troopy and a prado and a triton plus a 3ton 4x4 truck.The troopy is uncomfortable The prado is to small the tritons back seat is to small for adults for long trips and the truck is slow and thirsty.
In my work I wont one vehicle that will cover all the uses of the above. The sprinter may be the answer. It can carry 5 people in comfort as well as 1 ton of gear at 110kph+ and return about 9 l/100k. As far as parts is concerned the 2wd sprinters are used in the pilbara by brits and are covered by 24 hour roadside assistance anyware in aus. Telstra has 25 4x4 sprinter vans set up as mobile workshops in WA. Victoria has 100 sprinter ambulances. The only problem is this door on the dual cab.
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Follow Up By: Colin Watson - Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 30, 2002 at 00:00
Eric, would really have to question your figures on the triton fully laden i bet it doesnt get those figures unladen city driveing
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