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Old 02-25-2015, 11:14 PM   #1
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Hi guys, looking for some help setting up a new high roof 2500 sprinter. It's the 144" wheel base one. I'm looking to do a rack where one side is a drop down for an extension ladder and the other side is a fixed rack for an A frame ladder with a conduit carrier in the middle. Any fellow sprinter owners on here?
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Hi guys, looking for some help setting up a new high roof 2500 sprinter. It's the 144" wheel base one. I'm looking to do a rack where one side is a drop down for an extension ladder and the other side is a fixed rack for an A frame ladder with a conduit carrier in the middle. Any fellow sprinter owners on here?
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How about this...

http://www.americanvan.com/sprinter-...acks-3779.html
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I'm jelly. That sprinter is the bees knees!
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I would run away from that thing.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:21 AM   #6
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Thanks guys
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I have the 170" high roof and I'm able to keep my 24' extension ladder inside on top of the shelves. So Im not much help with racks unless you have not bought it yet.
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Thanks John, yes I already purchased the 144", haven't had a chance to measure the back to see how long it actually is inside, brochure says 126" but it's got a factory bulkhead so I'm not sure if that is correct. Thanks for the reply.
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I have a jet rack to hang a six footer on the ceiling. Works well.
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Thanks nrp, I will look into that.
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Is anybody using Slick Locks on their trucks?
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Imwired, you bastard, you got the nice wheels, you're just trying to make me look bad

Congrats! I just celebrated a year with my Sprinter, I love it more everyday. I got the 4 cylinder engine, I am still get 21.5MPG with it fully loaded. I'm very happy.

I too got the factory bulkhead. Down the center at the floor there is about 10' 10.5". Almost 11'. That is great because my 10' extension ladder 10'6" fits with extra space. My 24' extension ladder fits on an upwards angle (both pics below). I don't normally carry my extension ladders because I do mostly service work and I always have my Little Giant 22'. I also keep a 4' and 2' ladder on the bulkhead with the Little Giant.

BTW, I very rarely have anything on the floor, these pics are directly before or after jobs.


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If I need more than a 24', I'm calling in a bucket truck

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Mine is such a pigsty right now. Need a whole day to clean it. Have to find a warm place to pull into and just purge...
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Thanks Hack and NRP, I'm coming from an E350 which I absolutely love, bought it new over 18 years ago! But it is showing its age. Biggest reason in going with the Sprinter was the ability to stand up in the cargo area. I went with the 6 cylinder and the lowest axle ratio they have, I anticipate being pretty close to max payload weight once it's all set up and stocked with tools and materials. Dealer is saying it needs $600 service every 20,000 miles, is that what you guys are doing?
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Mine is 08. I do oil changes every 10000. Fuel filter and usually a tire rotation. Mine is a 170 wheelbase and if I get another, I'll go for the extended length version. I have so much crap I carry.
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The cool thing about the short wheelbase model (144") is that it's still longer than most vans. The passenger area has plenty of room with the factory divider, yet there is still almost 11' in the back. You can lay pipe in without jamming it in on an angle, and you saw what I did with the extension ladders.

If you are set on a roof rack, I would go with American Van. They have great products. You can get the single side fold down model.
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Thanks again guys, as soon as it warms up outside I'm going to start working on setting everything up, I carry a lot of ladders, so the roof rack is my first mission.
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Remember the main thing about a high roof van is that you have 50% more storage space on the shelves- but only if you buy higher shelves. I see many people in high roof vans using low shelving units and wasting all that upper space.

American Van has really nice Sprinter shelves that I wish were available when I got mine setup last year: http://www.americanvan.com/maximum-c...roof-vans.html
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Absolutely, I was leaning toward Weather Guard but now that I found out it's no longer made in the USA I probably will go with American Van. I see they have two locations in New Jersey so I will definitely check them out. Thanks for all the info Hack!
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In my state they made it illegal to have any snow on the roof. Any rack up there makes it almost impossible to get it clean. So if you can get your ladders inside, I would go that route. Noes NY have that law too?
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