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that's odd, I'm 5'10 and I can stand just fine in my van. You must have a passenger van with the raised floor.
No, it was a midroof cargo van I stood in and there were only a couple inches to spare.

Did you put a floor and ceiling paneling in your midroof? That's my plan and so I wanted more space.

I bought the high roof cargo van.
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Every time I start the debate in my mind, "what would I do if I had to do it again?", I usually start off with thinking I'd get the mid-roof. I initially went with high because I thought I might put an RV AC unit on the roof. That didn't happen, I have solar panels up there. I like the exterior look of the mid-roof better, too.

But then I think about interior space, and I like the extra room for overhead cabinets. I like the spaciousness inside. I've also been thinking about eating up a few inches doing a better-insulated ceiling and floor too...

So I go back to thinking maybe I'd stick with the high roof after all...

Regarding wind, I guess I got used to it with past vans (E150s) at work. Yeah, it gets pushed around some. Never really bothered me much. I've had one time where the crosswind was strong enough to get the downwind door whistling, that was quite a ride and as it was very gusty I occasionally got shoved over a bit but I never worried about control.

Granted, I've not gone driving in 60+ MPH winds (it can be windy in Oklahoma but usually tops out around 30-40 except during major storms) and I try not to drive ANY vehicle when there's snow and ice on the road so...!

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No, it was a midroof cargo van I stood in and there were only a couple inches to spare.

Did you put a floor and ceiling paneling in your midroof? That's my plan and so I wanted more space.

I bought the high roof cargo van.
factory cargo mat, and I put my ceiling between the ribs instead of over them.
If you're going to be full-timing, you will want a HR. You can put more insulation in it (you probably won't need to, but that hasn't stopped a lot of people from obsessing about it), and there is more room to store crap.
MR is a good multi-use van, most people can stand in it. Unless they get nutz with their insulation.

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I like the exterior look of the mid-roof better, too.
Personally I think the mid roof long wheelbase is the most aesthetically pleasing of all the configurations, followed by the high roof extended dually. I find the dual rear wheels visually improve the look of the huge overhang versus the single rear wheels.


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Yeah, it gets pushed around some.
There's no denying that it gets blown around pretty good in crosswinds, but I wonder how much of that sensation is from sitting almost on top of the front wheels, and being higher up than a car as well.
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Personally I think the mid roof long wheelbase is the most aesthetically pleasing of all the configurations, followed by the high roof extended dually. I find the dual rear wheels visually improve the look of the huge overhang versus the single rear wheels.









There's no denying that it gets blown around pretty good in crosswinds, but I wonder how much of that sensation is from sitting almost on top of the front wheels, and being higher up than a car as well.


It’s more than a sensation when you are half-way (or more) into the next lane before you know it.


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Solar mounted on a high roof will provide more power than on a medium roof.


Because the panels are closer to the sun.












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Exclamation Tendency to dent high roof.

The Transit high-roof seating is no higher than the mid-roof. As a result the van roof extends much further above your eye level than the mid-roof.

When driving it is difficult to judge low hanging clearances. Tree branches, car washes, service garage doors. This is a particular problem if you hand someone else the keys. High roof Transits tend to get dents on the leading roof taper.

I'd estimate the top of a high roof van is 3 feet above your eye level. If you add a roof rack and Thule box (or a boat), the top of your van is another 2 feet higher than that. This is a recipe for damage for the untrained.

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Washing the **** thing would be easier if it wasn’t a high roof.
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Question about washing a high-roof -- are commercial truck washes a viable option for a Transit? I see them locally, places where a semi truck driver can take his/her rig in for a wash. They're huge. Has anyone tried that?
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Question about washing a high-roof -- are commercial truck washes a viable option for a Transit? I see them locally, places where a semi truck driver can take his/her rig in for a wash. They're huge. Is this an option?
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Question about washing a high-roof -- are commercial truck washes a viable option for a Transit? I see them locally, places where a semi truck driver can take his/her rig in for a wash. They're huge. Has anyone tried that?
Probably. There are also those self-wash booths that have super high ceilings, for RVs.
In my experience, just spraying water/soap on a surface never cleans it, you need to use a cloth or sponge to dislodge the dirt and oil.
For my Sprinter and now the Transit I use a car washing mop on an extended handle that the hose attaches to. I can stand on a 6' ladder and scrub the entire roof only moving the ladder once. I also am not too concerned about having a dirty van, so it only gets washed about 4 times a year. It keeps people from thinking that I'm important; or from thinking I'm so poor that I derive my public identity from the vehicle I drive.

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