RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-05-2009, 07:50 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,762
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Quote:
Originally Posted by WOOT
What about Side Wind issues? I understood that the Springers are more acceptable to the side winds. Any Cruiser tops having this issue?
Woot
i have 1000 miles on my cruiser top, most freeway miles
passing a big rig i can "feel" the air bubble he is pushing
but i dont "sway" out of the way
(EB 350, quigly 4x4, pretty freaking tall)

i have No experiance with cross winds

For me the Crusier top is about Our comfort
If it got too windy, will stop, read a book or watch a movie
__________________

billwilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2009, 07:07 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
JoeyNick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: New "Yawk" City
Posts: 245
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Quote:
Originally Posted by WOOT
What about Side Wind issues?
I've been in some serious side winds crossing NYC bridges during storms. I'm guessing 40+ mph, to the point where tractor trailers were not allowed to cross but they let me go with the van.

At that point, you definitely feel the wind pushing but if you slow it down, it's no big deal.

In regular cross winds, you can feel it a bit but nothing a minor steering correction can't handle. Same thing with the "air bubble" from tractor trailers.
__________________

__________________
2005 Ford E-350 Diesel Sportsmobile
EB 102 Voyager top, 3.55 rear, Mobil 1 all around
270 amp alternator, billet water pump, coolant filter kit,
aluminum radiator, X-Monitor with pyro, trans temp, boost
+ Scan Gauge & SCT Live Wire (Economy)
JoeyNick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #13
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 10,000
Garage
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Here is a cruiser top bed that is stowed...not sure it's what you're after. This is just one design and I'm sure others have a different setup. I think the beds can be broken up into several pieces to suit your needs.
Attached Thumbnails
Inside crusier DSC00562A.JPG  
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2009, 10:46 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

perfect. that's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
vandweller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 9
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

How about a picture (preferably voyager) with the bed set up, and maybe a person in it?

People are saying it is tight up top, but I am trying to get a good idea of just how tight. The only pictures I have been able to find so far are of the bed stacked and stowed.
VANquisher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2011, 11:56 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
carringb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 4,857
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewST
The 4WD stuff on the Sprinter is available for a while now in Europa and has been tested by mercedes and daily use.

The independent wheel system is not as strong as a solid axle (ford) but strong enough for offroading as long you dont go into extreme...

The negative part is that if you break a part, it will not be available locally but being mercedes parts, they are always available from the factory and also over time. May just need more time to receive.
I would be more concerned with how the chassis holds up with serious off-road driving. The Sprinter just strikes me more as an AWD type vehicle, even with a 4x4 transfer case. I've spent plenty of time in Sprinters, and the chassis is not near as rigid as the Ford vans. It's amazing how much the Sprinter flexes over bumps when you leave the sliding door cracked.
__________________
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon
carringb is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2011, 10:52 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
jage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Franktown, CO
Posts: 7,602
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Quote:
Originally Posted by carringb
It's amazing how much the Sprinter flexes over bumps when you leave the sliding door cracked.
So don't leave the door open?

My Ford driver door is noticeably out of alignment but it still shuts OK. When twisting recently to measure droop I noticed that the body was twisted enough that the door stuck on open/close, which is no doubt where my misalignment came from.

__________________
and then
everything changed
jage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2011, 09:18 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
carringb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 4,857
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Quote:
Originally Posted by jage
Quote:
Originally Posted by carringb
It's amazing how much the Sprinter flexes over bumps when you leave the sliding door cracked.
So don't leave the door open?

Well, that's the obvious answer.

But I wouldn't want to rely on a sliding door to provide necessary chassis stiffness, especially since moving parts on doors tend to wear out over time. And I don't mean some body twist while driving off-road. Just some rough highway will give the sprinter a case of the Jello jigglers if the side door isn't closed tight. I've never experience chassis flex that bad before (although, my Camry is only slightly better).

A unibody vehicles that isn't designed to take the rigors of off-road driving, will most likely suffer early fatigue failure as spot welds pop apart. The European 4x4 Sprinters are designed for slippery weather, not rock crawling. That kind of driving just doesn't happen in most of Europe. Maybe in Iceland, but those guys don't run Sprinters:
__________________
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon
carringb is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
AndrewST's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Switzerland soon back to Oregon
Posts: 733
Re: Upper Bed with the Fixed Tops

Quote:
Originally Posted by carringb
A unibody vehicles that isn't designed to take the rigors of off-road driving, will most likely suffer early fatigue failure as spot welds pop apart. The European 4x4 Sprinters are designed for slippery weather, not rock crawling. That kind of driving just doesn't happen in most of Europe. Maybe in Iceland, but those guys don't run Sprinters:
That's why I took a Ford and not an european van...
__________________

__________________
2009 E350 window RB 6.0 PSD Quadvan 4x4 with EB pop top
2003 E350 ambulance 7.3 PSD Quigley
2007 Jeep JK for local offroad
AndrewST is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×