With fuel for our new gasoline vans currently priced at or below $2.00 per gallon the subject doesn't come up much anymore, but Orton had calculated his Sprinter customization at adding roughly 2,000 pounds to his empty van.
Anybody have a guess as to the MPG decrease of a 1000 lb vs 2000 lb conversion to the base Transit cargo van? Saving weight where possible is great, but just curious how much it affects a rolling vs flying machine. One guy I know put in a few thousand $ in material and several hundred hours of labor in order to lighten up the interior of a seaplane by 54 pounds! He said being able to take off from smaller lakes as a result was well worth it.
We're not trying to slip the surly bonds in Transits, so is the weight reduction attempt designed to save fuel, improve handling qualities, step forward to the challenge, or just 'cause it's the right thing to do?
'15 T-250 HR LWB Ext Silver Cargo
3.5 3.31 LS
Priv Glass w/4flipouts Alloys TrTowPkg Premium Pkg Dual AGMs HD Alt Cargo LEDs User Defined Switches Keyless Entry+3 more, Powered Short Arm's Rear Camera RevParkAid PATs PerimTheft Run'n Brd, Inverter, Map Lights & Rear 12V PP.
Replaces our '08 170" HR Sprinter as Family Travel Van/Stealth Camper/"Event Transport"
Aftermarket:25% tint front sides, 2 Fantastic Fans, Marinco 15 amp 110 V receptacle, BlueOx bypass for cargo LEDs,Sway Bar