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Old 04-09-2018, 09:38 AM   #1
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What is the Tip-Over Angle for a Sprinter?

We have had Flint leaned over pretty far a couple of times and it is an uncomfortable feeling.

The picture below is not my van, it was copied from a link found on the Sprinter Forum. I printed it and measured the angle as best I could, that is my note saying 28 degrees in the lower left.



I have looked and have never found any documentation as to the measured tip-over angle for one of these rigs. I understand that speed or a wheel on a rock can change things quickly, but this is a base-line number I would like to know.

Bouncing around off road, 20 degrees is about as far as I want to push it.

Anybody have any input as to what the "real/documented" number is? Please include sources. Beyond that, how far are you willing to go?

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Generally, the tipover angle is past the point where you chicken out.
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Ha! Fitz, I would love to know too. I bet it's a good bit higher on an unmodified Sprinter (no roof racks or much added weight on the top) than it is on anything domestic. I'm not happy about a lot of the ways German carmakers are doing some things nowadays but I do believe they are better engineered safety wise.
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Generally, the tipover angle is past the point where you chicken out.
Well said!!!! I have hit the “chickened out” point a couple of times, it goes along with “puckered up”.
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There is lots of good information here, but inmate Ridge provides the most useful analysis. He pushes his rigs harder and further than anyone I've ever seen.


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At Overland Expo West last year, I was talking to a couple that were camped in the SMB Village and they said there was some company that had some sort of an outrigger setup where you could actually find out what the limit was on an individual vehicle. I think they were from Sacramento and the company was local to them. It wasn't a product for sale, more of a service, or perhaps included in some 4x4 training course. Wish I had got more info from them.
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We have had Flint leaned over pretty far a couple of times and it is an uncomfortable feeling.

The picture below is not my van, it was copied from a link found on the Sprinter Forum. I printed it and measured the angle as best I could, that is my note saying 28 degrees in the lower left.



I have looked and have never found any documentation as to the measured tip-over angle for one of these rigs. I understand that speed or a wheel on a rock can change things quickly, but this is a base-line number I would like to know.

Bouncing around off road, 20 degrees is about as far as I want to push it.

Anybody have any input as to what the "real/documented" number is? Please include sources. Beyond that, how far are you willing to go?

Thanks.

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Old 04-09-2018, 01:32 PM   #8
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Old 04-09-2018, 01:38 PM   #9
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R for run away?

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Old 04-10-2018, 06:41 AM   #10
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Info direct from SMB Texas in response to the question (same day response, BTW):

“Sorry MB will not give a official tip over angle. Too many variables with conversions, center of gravity and weight above and below center of gravity. 20% is all I would go.“

I’d still like to see something data based (testing lab or similar) just to satisfy my curiosity. I know 20% meets the “puckered up” test and that’s what really matters.

artictraveler, thanks for the link above, good information there. Not sure how I missed that when I was looking previously.
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