I priced out a Transit recently and adding AWD wasn't too bad... ~$4k I think. I also noticed that the cutaway saves you around $10k if you want to build your own box.This is good advice ,but there are two new vans that come with AWD or 4x4 . but you need pretty deep pockets .
$4 grand is not bad I think when i looked it was the same old dealer game . the one they had in AWD also had many other options and was 12 thousand more then a base van in two wheel drive . I think the Transit will prove most useful in the snow ,you can give it a good workout , but your not beating up the van . I have a Sprinter dully ,just put new mud/snows on .2 wheel drive or 4 depends how you look at it . i am interested to see how it performs in the snow . couple more mouths to wait .I priced out a Transit recently and adding AWD wasn't too bad... ~$4k I think. I also noticed that the cutaway saves you around $10k if you want to build your own box.
No low range, but if you opt for low ratio plus the 10spd you have pretty low gears. Then with a 2" lift and bigger tires you can get decent ground clearance. Ground clearance is the biggest limitation on these.
Tipping over is certainly possible, but it takes more of an angle than most believe, and a little sense and skill can make a big difference even then. Low tree branches? That's why you don't have a bunch of fragile stuff on the roof.
Tools I got. Spare parts? Well, I always have a backpack stowed away, a water bottle, and a good pair of hiking boots. Figured that can always get me spare parts, in a much more adventurous way!With your rigs I think mechanical breakdown is the biggest concern... bring plenty of tools and spare parts!
Were you able to get to places where they fear to tread...?I just returned from a multi-week backroads trip in Utah and Colorado. The number of Winnebago Revels that cost $100k+ (in 2021, they start at $175,000) I saw driven by people who looked to be under 40 was astounding.