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I'm interested in buying a mini van like the NV200, ford transit, city express, etc. I have a mountain cabin with 7 miles of dirt road access. One mile is sandy wash. I am wondering how the NV200 does in sand and rough dirt roads. I don't drive it daily, but at least once or twice a week, and occasionally in winter.
I drive a mini FWD VW rabbit pickup and it does great on the road and has done great for a dozen years.
I also use the pickup for flea market sales and pull a very small utility trailer 3' x 5'.
I asked similar questions on the ford transit forum and they said the transit was built on a small ford car chassis and probably wouldn't do well off road. What kind of chassis is the NV200 on and do you think it will hold up. I like nissan as I also have a 83 nissan 4x4 truck and it loves the mountain dirt road. Thanks for info in advance.
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I drive my NV200 all around Southwest Utah. I have no problems on the gravel roads around me. There was one time on a very rough turn off I did rub a large rock on the bottom of the van, no damage, no other problems. It has 6 Ĺ″ of ground clearance, with the stock tires. You could put larger tires on it. It seems most people will either be in favor or against putting larger tires on. Mainly because of the weight rating, but just make sure you do your math and don't exceed their rating if you do go larger.
I bought mine new and probably will put larger tires in a couple years.

The only issue I could see if pulling the trailer, people seem to do it. I don't know much about what the actual towing capacity is. I did put a receiver on mine to install bike rack, specifically a Kuat NV2.0 with the 2bike add-on totaling 4 bikes and the Kuat Pivot which is a swing out for the entire thing.
The only issue I have had is ground clearance off the rack it's self.
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