Ok fine I surrender. Rwd Mercedes van are the best thing ever. Can't wait for mine.
I would be willing to try one. We get 10 ply tires. I use 4WD about 8 months out of 12, heavy 4WD vehicles still won't work. I guess if I'm stuck someone will come pull me out, a dozen times a day?Do you know?
Cause the tires are 8 ply
The turning radius is super good
I get the skepticism, but cmon.
This is the best thing Rural’s have seen in years and people automatically have negative comments
I never said you don’t have your say, just that why does everything have to be negative on them... drive wheels have traction because of the weight over them. You can have just as good of traction in rear wheel drive w some weight over the wheels... they already sent lists of routes and management had to reply, part of that was does the route vehicle need to be 4 x4?Ok fine I surrender. Rwd Mercedes van are the best thing ever. Can't wait for mine.
Doubtful, they said something to tune of less than 25% non pavement....While I would certainly like to get one and retire my wrangler, I’m sort of skeptical of its endurance.
my route is 95 miles with only 6 paved. The rest is gravel when you can find it, county roads. I run 10ply geolanders and get in the neighborhood of 20k miles on them. I change brakes every 8k, and have been through 4 sets of rotors in 160k miles. My tie rod ends have fell out while on the route, and my draglink ball joints are next as they are already loose, and all 4 shocks have been replaced twice. Not to mention 2 transmission rebuilds (and 2013 Jeep wranglers have Mercedes transmissions according to my rebuilder).
My jeep is literally beat to hell and needs a break, just not sure the metris can stand up to my route. I’ve already told my pm when she told us about them that if my route gets one, I’m getting rid of my Jeep and my backup, and breakdowns will be 100% her and maintenances problem while I cash in on wait time.
Looking at the criteria.... Auxy Rt's and over 108 miles.... I'm doubtful my 70 something mile route will get one.... but I actually think I'd like one.... other than they'll likely be picky about anybody putting a scratch on them, and crap like that....Dates are listed in the news release from the NRLCA. Between now and 2022.
They’ve called and asked if we had room for one in the parking lot, but did say it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re getting one. But if they’re thinking adding a vehicle, that means the city and aux rts are keeping theirs.Doubtful, they said something to tune of less than 25% non pavement....
Or something along those lines
Your route won’t be getting one.While I would certainly like to get one and retire my wrangler, I’m sort of skeptical of its endurance.
my route is 95 miles with only 6 paved.
I can't see these vans going to any routes where the USPS DOESN'T spend $ on ema but not all miles driven, or given only to routes under 40 miles. Why would they give one to a route 108 miles long and not to a route 24 miles long that they pay for driving 40 miles (the minimum ema pay)?
we had an aux route that was 4 miles long with a pov. if there paying the 40 mile minimum of 28.40 (currently @.71) it is costing $7.10 a mile. all paved city street, so with their own vehicle, it probably would take 2 gallons of gas a week, at an ema cost of $170 for a pov, a week or $640 a month. they can buy the vehicle for less than the ema cost.Why would aux route be getting vehicles when the EMA costs are much higher on non aux routes, it would seem like a better use of a vehicle on f/t routes.
Aux routes are not paid the minimum. So many seem not to understand this. We get .71 per mile or an hourly rate of $7 something/$8?, whichever is higher.we had an aux route that was 4 miles long with a pov. if there paying the 40 mile minimum of 28.40 (currently @.71) it is costing $7.10 a mile. all paved city street, so with their own vehicle, it probably would take 2 gallons of gas a week, at an ema cost of $170 for a pov, a week or $640 a month. they can buy the vehicle for less than the ema cost.
the ema costs may be a lot higher on full time routes, but the expenses are greatly increased as well.
does anyone know- it says eco start/stop - is that where it shuts off, everytime you come to a stop. then restarts as you press on the gas? the odd size tires 225/55/hr17 - plus i cringe everytime i see turbocharged 4 cly. - about the same highway mpg as a wrangler. i get about 14-16 on route, depending on a/c use.At $32,500 for a bare bone model.
here is link for specs... MPG for 4 cylinder is 21mpg without our stop ang go. …..
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