Upgrade a Mercedes sprinter 416 GVM

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  1. Patrick

    Patrick Read Only Funster

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    Does anyone know what I would have to alter on my van to upgrade a Mercedes sprinter 416 GVM

    The last owner had it up to SvTech and had the GMW lifted to 4950 kg but this with full water/gas and us both in the van only leaves 490 Kg. I have had rear air fitted since but think it will be down to brakes, and wheel size.

    Any thoughts?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
     
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    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Hi Pat, Can't see it going much above 5250kg. Have you tried ringing sv tech and asking? They will give you the info of what they can do and what you need to do without you actually paying anything.

    When I used SV tech tehy were very helpful. :thumb:
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Just had SvTech uplate ours, cost £282, we also have the air suspension fitted by Phil though would say that it`s more down to the wheels, tyres and brakes.
    Phone SvTech on 01772-621800 they are very helpful people.

    Cheers Rob n Chris
     
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    You need an Rv mate:Doh:
    Go on your worth it:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I should think you are already very close to the limit for a 416, since it was a nominal 4.5 tonne chassis. One thing you might need to consider is the capability of the handbrake (parking brake). On the heavier-rated 616 chassis it is powered by air. My motorhome is on a 316 (rated at 3,800 kg) and 18 months ago I had an advisory warning on the handbrake at MOT. It has to be capable of stopping the vehicle in an emergency. The tester said that, in his opinion, Sprinter handbrakes were not really up to the job and anything over 3,500 kg should have an air brake. My handbrake was sorted out by the service garage, before the next MOT, but the reason the 616 has an air parking brake is that the hand-applied version used on 316 / 416 is not capable of applying sufficient arresting and parking force for the heavier chassis.
    So, even though you may be able to up-rate the 416 chassis beyond 5 tonnes, it may still fail an MOT because of the "weedy" handbrake.

    Philip
     
  6. Patrick

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    Thank's guy's

    Just phoned Svtech his workds....Buy a bigger truck! it cant be done Boo Hoo...well thats decided it for me, the front pulldown bed is getting removed...it weight is 200 Kg.
     
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    490 KG is as near as dam half a ton :BigGrin: why do you need more ? drive with almost empty water tank that will give you more :thumb: You have more payload than 9 out of 10 vans even when they are empty- most only come with around 400 kg when new :Eeek:not inc passenger or water etc
    terry
     
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