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I've been operating a 2007 utility body 4dr pick-up truck for 5 years. The Knapied utility body construction has let me down (door gaskets leak, locks failing, bins holding water after a hard rain, etc.). Overall fuel economy peaking at an ugly 10mpg. Time for a change. Wonder how the 5.6L, V-8 will fare in fuel milege. The NV has caught my undivided interest. Seriouisly looking at the lowtop SV 5.6 liter V-8. Don't really nead the technology package but all other options are a must and the SV package offers it all. Cost comparison to the Sprinter Van fares well. My last cargo van product (huge dog house up front, offering no leg room) does no compare to the NV offering and pick-up like ride.Report it
Mikeprs: I am assuming you have the low top? I do not know the height limitations of a car wash.Report it
With the ladder rack on the low top model the use of an automated car wash is not an option. Fuel "ecomomy" is certainly better than my previous work vehicle. Loaded (Adrian Steel bin system, safety partition, 3-bar ladder rack, tools and ladder, I am getting 14.0 mpg (mostly stop-n-go and some short jaunts on the interstate). Smooth ride for sure. The 5.6L, V-8, NV2500SV HD is well appointed and worth ever penny. Bin system was well thought out by Adrian Steel as there are countless items that can be added overtime in order to meet ever changing storage needs. I optioned for gray exterior. Very nice. Everybody seems to go with the ever popular "white" service van. Customers and fellow contractors are curious and very impressed all in the same. Advice - go dealer hopping to work your best price because the Sprinter van is about the only competing work van at the moment and they cost more and are not nearly as comfortable a ride.Report it
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