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Old 03-29-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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Wish list for 2017 Interstate

Having decided an Interstate is the Airstream in my future, and spending a lot of time researching, glad I am retired so I have time, here are a few things I would like to see in the 2017 models. Please feel free to add yours.

I have been told there will be a 6% price increase-that is pretty steep. Here are a few things they could do to take some of the sting out of that-

Michelin tires
Tire Pressure monitors
more fuel types
more tow weight
3 way refridge

Not having driven one yet, I am sure there are other things but you have to start somewhere. Chime in!!
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One thing that would make the AI unstoppable is an upgraded solar/battery combo sufficient to enable boondocking for more than a weekend. I don't like having to constantly monitor battery charge for fear of going below 50% and damaging the batteries.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:26 PM   #3
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One thing that would make the AI unstoppable is an upgraded solar/battery combo sufficient to enable boondocking for more than a weekend. I don't like having to constantly monitor battery charge for fear of going below 50% and damaging the batteries.
Since you mentioned it, I just last week completed a new Grand Tour with an 800 amp/hour lithium bank, 400 watts of solar and a Magnum 3000 watt hybrid inverter/charger, along with multi use Cradlepoint cell/WiFi amplifier and a few other goodies. The roof A/C or microwave will easily operate for 5+ hours without the use of the generator during the solar day and will also operate quite nicely while the engine is running with a significant boost from the Sprinter's alternator system.

Not a cheap system, but it definitely expands the usable possibilities of the coach!
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Sounds like the ultimate urban (and rural) assault vehicle! Does it have to drag a grounding chain on the rear bumper?��
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Sounds like the ultimate urban (and rural) assault vehicle! Does it have to drag a grounding chain on the rear bumper?��
Interesting concept …..but thankfully….NO!
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I have been told there will be a 6% price increase-that is pretty steep. Here are a few things they could do to take some of the sting out of that
Wrap the macerator pump with heat tape and wire it into the tank heater circuit so that the danged thing doesn't freeze during winter camping. Last time I went winter camping and the temperature dropped below freezing I had to drive 300 miles to warmer climes just to dump the waste tanks!
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:19 PM   #7
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When will the upgrades on the 2017 be announced?
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In just the last few minutes, a dealer told me the factory meeting with dealers was late May, I believe the 24th. I believe that is when they introduce the new line. He actually read the options sheet to me and nothing he read was anything new. Do the know, or do they not?
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Seriously disappointing. That's about I can say, except that Jackson Center seems to be operating in a vacuum. A long rant about the competition's ability to respond to the market and spirit of innovation would be lost on them I'm afraid. Cosmetic changes will not do................decision time.


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Hmmmmm maybe I'm not in the "target market".....
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Since you mentioned it, I just last week completed a new Grand Tour with an 800 amp/hour lithium bank, 400 watts of solar and a Magnum 3000 watt hybrid inverter/charger, along with multi use Cradlepoint cell/WiFi amplifier and a few other goodies. The roof A/C or microwave will easily operate for 5+ hours without the use of the generator during the solar day and will also operate quite nicely while the engine is running with a significant boost from the Sprinter's alternator system.

Not a cheap system, but it definitely expands the usable possibilities of the coach!
I am impressed that you could squeeze the batteries and solar into the available space. Approximate cost for these upgrades? And what part of the AI warranty is affected?
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I am impressed that you could squeeze the batteries and solar into the available space. Approximate cost for these upgrades? And what part of the AI warranty is affected?
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Since you mentioned it, I just last week completed a new Grand Tour with an 800 amp/hour lithium bank, 400 watts of solar and a Magnum 3000 watt hybrid inverter/charger, along with multi use Cradlepoint cell/WiFi amplifier and a few other goodies. The roof A/C or microwave will easily operate for 5+ hours without the use of the generator during the solar day and will also operate quite nicely while the engine is running with a significant boost from the Sprinter's alternator system.

Not a cheap system, but it definitely expands the usable possibilities of the coach!
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I have a 2016 Grand Tour and want that upgrade--how do I contact you?
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