Long story short...Im considering getting an NV 3500 HD and going with the Quigley 4x4 Conversion, and then doing a bit of custom work to do a sleeper/camper conversion to it. For now it will mainly just be used to drive out the desert and then Ill use it as a sleeper at night. In the future it will probably be used for towing every now and then, but nothing too heavy (probably something like a Baja Bug or a small powerboat or something).
Concerns...The Quigley 4WD conversion leaves the NV at the stock height...And from what I can tell in pictures and vids of the NV 3500, it seems that there isn't much ground clearance on these vans (as far as off-road applications). Granted, I won't really be off-roading the van, but I do plan on driving it out on off-road trails meant for the likes of 4WD toy haulers and such. So while not severe as far as off-road standards go, I will have to pass over some dips, bumps, and berms that are quite a bit more than what the van would encounter on normal roads.
So does anyone have any feedback on how an NV (with stock height) does on light off-road applications...maybe someone who uses one as their toy-hauler? I would assume that if I were to drive slow and careful enough then it would be fine, but I want to be sure, since this would be a big investment for me.
Also I plan on fabricating up a custom bed frame for the back end of the van...I plan on either just bolting in a permanent fixture to the floor of a Cargo model, or getting a machine shop to build me a removable frame that uses the seat anchors to latch into place to a Passenger model. I'll probably go with the passenger model, so I can use the van to haul ppl from time to time, getting more use out of my investment...However If I am able to easily bolt in a rear bench behind the driver, and still have room for a full length bed behind that, then I might go with that since it would end up being cheaper.
So if anyone knows the following dimensions to the van, then I would be happy to get that info from you:
1) Length from the back of the front seats to the rear doors...for both Cargo and Passenger if different
2) Interior width (ignoring the wheel wells since the bed frame would raise the mattress above them anyways)...for both cargo and passenger
Edited by Hoss, 01 August 2013 - 10:01 AM.