Please go easy on me, I'm not (yet) a NV owner as of now.
I am still researching options for a 4x4 camper-van and the NV+Quigley combo is winning for now. I am considering Transit+Quigley, the Sprinter 4x4, and the V8 NV2500 or 3500, all in high roof versions. I intend to add a 2nd row seat and a removable 3rd row with the intention of having some flexibility in family camper vs extended family road-trips.
These are the facts that swayed me towards the Nissan (winner for each in bold):
Recalls (all model years, per NHTSA website) - 22 Transit, 40 Sprinter, 7 Nissan
Total Cost for my 4x4 config - $57k Transit, $57k Sprinter, $48k Nissan
Construction - Unibody Transit, Unibody Sprinter, Body-on-Frame Nissan
Conversion Done by - Quigley Transit, Factory Sprinter, Quigley Nissan
4x4 component donors - 1/2 Ton Transit, Unknown but factory Sprinter, 3/4 ton Nissan
Max Tire Size without body mods (per owner forums) - 33" Transit, 31.5" Sprinter, 33" Nissan
Of course there are more details but these are the main hitters.
I am still continuing to research and today I discovered a rather disturbing fact. I studied the Nissan documentation and body builders guide in detail, and did some rough calcs to figure out weight distribution etc. I am finding that with the Quigley conversion, and just 2 occupants in the front seats, the front axle GAWR (gross axle weight rating) is exceeded! This will obviously get a fair bit worse when camper equipment such as large AGM batteries, kitchen cabinets, beds, etc are added. Since the proportion of weight for all of this junk is not 100% on the rear axle.
General consensus is that GAWRs are not to be exceeded, whereas exceeding GVWR by a small amount for short periods isnt that big of a deal (I am not sure of legalities, I'm only talking from a vehicle durability perspective).
This is the main reason I decided to post here. I would like to hear from owners who have done the Quigely conversion if they have noticed any adverse effects on the front suspension. Such as uneven tire wear, shortened life of front struts, bushings, etc or anything unusual.
Your comments are appreciated!
Edited by systemic_anomaly, 11 October 2018 - 02:25 PM.