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Old 06-08-2019, 10:22 AM   #61
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Airstream of Chicago did inform me of my build month start (May) and estimate of delivery (mid June). I was then contacted when the AI 19 was being shipped to the dealership.

So here is where it gets complicated. The day I was contacted letting me know the van was being shipped was also the day I had a contract in hand for a used 2019 Interstate GT Slate Edition for just a bit more than the new AI 19. I agonized over the decision and I went with the Slate.

I must say Steve Koch at Airstream of Chicago was very, very gracious about my decision. I still feel like a chump. He has now received the AI 19 Tommy Bahama and encourage anyone looking for one to contact Steve. He really has great prices, good dealership and is a great guy.
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Airstream of Chicago did inform me of my build month start (May) and estimate of delivery (mid June). I was then contacted when the AI 19 was being shipped to the dealership.

So here is where it gets complicated. The day I was contacted letting me know the van was being shipped was also the day I had a contract in hand for a used 2019 Interstate GT Slate Edition for just a bit more than the new AI 19. I agonized over the decision and I went with the Slate.

I must say Steve Koch at Airstream of Chicago was very, very gracious about my decision. I still feel like a chump. He has now received the AI 19 Tommy Bahama and encourage anyone looking for one to contact Steve. He really has great prices, good dealership and is a great guy.
Congrats on your purchase. There is no shortage for a 2019 AI GT Slate Edition and it the price is close to a 2020 AI 19, there must be a pretty steep discount considering the Slate is about $20,000 more on the MSRP.

I'm sure Airstream of Chicago understands your position and the Koch's seem like good people.
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So I finally found a VIN decoder that could identify the options... And the answer is: Yes, the platform includes some of the Active Driver assistance features... including Distronic, and Active Lane Keeping Assist. But as noted before, the MBUX is the 7 inch option. This is a very long list of features, but for those who want the details... One surprise, the Acoustic Package (gives laminated glass which reduces noise.) And Oh yes, it was made in Germany!

Colour NO CODE DESIGNATIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (9775)
Production Date 2018-10-16
Order Nr. 7974045266
Production Nr. 6413929


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740L No Code Designations Currently Available
9775 No Code Designations Currently Available
AR2 Axle Ratio I = 3,923
BA3 Active Brake Assist System
BE2 Handbrake Lever, Folding
BH1 HOLD Function
BH8 No Code Designations Currently Available
BK4 No Code Designations Currently Available
C6L Multifunction Steering Wheel
C72 Bumper And Corner Bumpers, Paintable
C907 No Code Designations Currently Available
CB7 Stabilisation Level I
CL1 Height And Rake Adjustable Steering Wheel
CL3 Leather Steering Wheel
CM9 Detachable Parts Painted, Pure White MB 9678
CN2 Radiator Grille Frame In Vehicle Colour
D03 High Roof
D93 Omission Partition
E07 Hill-Start Assist
E1B Stowage Box/Tray For Smartphones Incl. Wireless Charging
E1C Audio 25
E1E Navigation
E1G Live Traffic Capability
E1U 5 V USB Socket
E2N No Code Designations Currently Available
E30 Battery Main Switch Single-Pole
E3J Preinstallation For Switch Panel
E3M MBUX Multimedia System With 7-Inch Touch Screen
E40 Trailer Socket, 7-Pin
E46 Plug Socket In Cab
E5M Expansion Of PSM Standard Contact
ED1 AGM Battery 12 V 70 Ah
ED5 Parameterisable Special Module
EK1 Terminal Strip For Electrical Connection
ES0 Starting Aid Contact
ES5 Charging Package, Dashboard
ET4 Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
EX9 Free Map Data Updates For 3 Years
EY5 Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call System
EY6 Breakdown Management
F43 Side Windows In Rear Laminated Glass
F61 Rear Mirror Inside
F64 Electrically Folding Exterior Mirrors
F68 Exterior Mirror Heated And Electr. Adjustable
F907 No Code Designations Currently Available
FF5 Shelf Above Windscreen
FG8 Cup Holders Front
FI1 Remote Control Key System Frequency 315 MHz
FJ1 Hinged Lid For Stowage Compartment
FJ4 Stowage Compartment Under Cockpit
FK3 Chrome-Plated Radiator Grille
FKA Panel Van
FM3 WET WIPER SYSTEM
FY7 Multi-Button Radio Remote Control
FZ9 Two Additional Master Keys
G42 7G-TRONIC Plus
H04 Heat Insulation
H15 Seat Heater For Front Passenger
H16 Seat Heater For Driver
H1I Front-To-Rear Outlet In Instrument Panel
H21 Heat-Insulating Glass W.Band Filter On Windscreen
H22 Back Pane Heatable
HH2 Electric Warm Air Auxiliary Heater
HH9 Air Con., Semi-Autom. Controlled, TEMPMATIC
IC1 No Code Designations Currently Available
IE0 No Code Designations Currently Available
IG4 Standard
IG5 Basic
IH7 Head Unit For North America
IK0 Complete Vehicle
IL5 Left-Hand Drive
IL6 Metallic Paint
IR4 Wheelbase 3665 Mm
IT9 4.0 Tonner
J11 Speedometer (Mph And Km/H)
J2W No Code Designations Currently Available
J55 Seat Belt Warning System For Front Passenger Seat
J58 Seat Belt Warning For Driver's Seat
J65 Outside Temperature Display
JA7 Blind Spot Assist
JA8 Crosswind Assist
JA9 Traffic Sign Assist
JB4 Active Lane Keeping Assist
JB7 Parking Package With Reversing Camera
JF1 Rain Sensor
JH3 Communication Module (LTE) For Digital Services
JI9 Starting Distance For Maintenance Interval 20,000 Miles
JK5 Instrument Cluster With Color Display
JW8 Attention Assist
K56 Filler Cap, Diesel, In Red
K60 Exhaust Straight To Chassis Rear
KB7 Main Tank, 93 Litres
KL1 Sender Uni (Fuel) For Auxiliary Heater
KL5 Fuel Filter With Water Separator
KP6 SCR Generation 3 Exhaust Gas Cleaning
L No Code Designations Currently Available
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L22 Partial LED Tail Lights
L65 Interior Light(S), Load/Pass. Comp. Wi. Door Cont.
L94 Omission Parking Lamp
LA1 High Beam Assist
LA2 Headlamp Assist
LB5 3rd Brake Light
LB9 Exit Lights
LC4 Comfort Overhead Control Panel
LG7 LED High-Performance Headlamps
LX7 North And South America
M46 Alternator 14 V/220 A
MG5 Engine OM 642 DE 30 LA 140 KW (190 Hp) 3800 Rpm
MI0 Engine, Low-Emission, ULEV
OC0 No Code Designations Currently Available
P47 Front Mud Flaps
P48 Mud Flaps, Rear
Q11 Longitudinal Member Reinforcement
Q24 Trailer Cross Member NAFTA, Towing Capacity 5000Ibs
R91 Omission Of Spare Wheel
R92 Deletion, Spare Wheel Carrier
RH0 Tyre Brand Kumho
RH8 Tyres LT 245/75 R16
RM0 All-Season Tires
RM9 Make Of Tyres As Optinal Extra
RS3 Steel Rims 6.5 J X 16
RY2 Tyre Pressure Monitoring At FA And RA, Wireless
RZ1 No Code Designations Currently Available
S22 Armrest For Driver's Seat
S25 Armrest For Co-Driver's Seat
S87 Driver's Seat Frame, Low
S88 Co-Driver's Seat Frame, Low
SA5 Airbag, Front Driver's Seat
SA6 Airbag, Co-Driver
SE4 Lumbar Support For Co-Driver's Seat
SE5 Lumbar Support For Driver's Seat
SF1 Driver's Seat Electrically Adjustable
SF2 Co-Driver's Seat Electrically Adjustable
SH1 Thorax/Pelvis Side-Impact Airbag, Driver
SH2 Thorax/Pelvis Side-Impact Airbag, Front Passenger
SH9 Windowbags For Driver And Front Passenger
SK0 Convenience Head Restraint, Driver's Seat
SK1 Convenience Head Restraint, Co-Driver
SK2 Seat Occupancy Recognition, Driver's Seat
SR8 Swivel Base For Driver' Seat
SR9 Swivel Base For Co-Driver' Seat
T16 Sliding Door Right
T55 Electrical Operation Of Sliding Door, Right
T74 Handle For Entrance
T75 Grab Handles For Driver's And Co-Driver's Doors
V93 Omission Wooden Floor
V94 Cable Duct On Side Wall
V95 Cable Duct On Rear Portal
VA7 Stow. Comp. W. Net In Rear Doors
VF4 Fabric Caluma Black
VL4 Load Compartment Floor With Different Paint Surface
W02 Van With Panorama Glazing
W16 Window Front Left, Fixed, In Sidewall/Sliding Door
W17 Window Front Right, Fixed, In Sidew./Sliding Door
W27 Fixed Window, Rear Left
W28 Fixed Right Rear Window
W54 2-Wing Rear-End Door, 270 Degrees
W61 Window In Tailgate / Rear Hinged Doors
W70 Black-Tinted Rear Windows
WB9 Control Code Plant
WD8 Control Code Plant
WV0 Control Code Plant
WW8 Control Code Plant
X64 Signs/Block Characters, English (US)
X90 Deletion Of Sales Designation "Sprinter"
X93 Omission Of Model Plate
XC8 VIN Visible From Outside
XL2 Weight Variant 4.100 Kg
XM4 Acoustic Package
XO5 Digital Owner's Manual
XQ1 VIN Encoded Vehicle Data With Check Digit
XY9 Model Year 9
XZ0 Model Generation 0
Y10 First Aid Kit
Y43 Hydraulic Jack
Y45 Warning Lamp
Z44 Registration Of Vehicle Not Possible In EU
Z4V Production In Düsseldorf
Z5U Vehicle Class, Incomplete Vehicle (49 CFR 571.3)
Z90 Deletion, Underfloor Preservation
ZB6 Production Parts Kit
ZM0 Panel Van
ZU8 National Version For USA
ZZ4 Brand Content Mercedes-Benz, North America
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:02 PM   #64
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Here's an article about the newer Safety features... of particular note is the difference between the Sprinter Lane Keeping Assist and that of a Mercedes Car/SUV. Not a deal breaker, but I would have preferred the steering assist I have gotten to know and love in our E-Class wagon. And I really am not a fan of the hard emergency braking common to both, but it is what it is, and I just hope they account for the extra weight of an RV in the programming of the Sprinter. I am sure the brake design is up to the task.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2...tech-hands-on/
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:33 PM   #65
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This may have already been posted but I see PleasureWay is using the 10.25" MBUX. I agree with a previous poster, once Airstream gets alot of request for the 10.25" MBUX, the future models will have the larger display.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:23 AM   #66
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I have yet to see a PleasureWay Ascent (the 2500 chassis model), other than a video of what appears to be an pre-production model. I did notice that it did not have the upgraded LED headlamps. As was often the case in prior years, PW reserved most of the chassis upgrades to their larger, B+, models. It's too bad, because i simply prefer the 2500 chassis for a number of reasons...
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I stand corrected. I see one up in Brainerd that has both the 10.25 inch screen and LED headlamps. THe Ascent is a whole lot less stealthy than the Interstate, with lots of logos and vent grills and such. Then there is the clunky under cladding. But if you want White, it seems to be the way to go. It also appears to have the alloy wheels, and I believe the 19 has the painted steel wheels per the VIN decoded above. https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/202...-TS-5008063768
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After searching for similar makes of Sprinter 2500 chassis RVs, and running the VINs through the MBDECODER app, it appears that we are beginning to see the first units with a manufacturing origin of "Charleston" beginning with May, 2019 dates of manufacture. And while a lot of units are out there with October 2018 dates, these are all listed as German origin but indicating assembly from kits (no doubt in Charleston).

The good news is that there apparently no shortage of parts in Charleston. Case in point, early Pleasure-Way Ascent TS models now appearing at dealers have a variety of configurations, with some having 7 inch screens, and some lacking LED headlights and some without Distronic. A latter build that just popped up on RVT has all of the desired features such as 10.25 MBUX screen, Distronic, and LED Headlights (@ Giant RV in California). Interestingly, the earlier models without the upgrades seem to be priced similarly to the fully equipped model. PW, or at least their dealers, apparently are looking to sell less well equipped models at a premium with the demand for the new chassis, albeit lacking the things we really were waiting for.

Perhaps this will be the case for the Interstate 19 as well, with the 10.25 screen appearing in the latter units. We have yet to see a standard (non-TB) model so maybe they are awaiting their allocation of new Charleston build units...
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I went to see one this past weekend when we were driving back from Siesta Key, FL... I have to say, that TB was beautiful... Pretty sure that I can make it work, but my wife is not willing to do so. She was very vocal in wanting to stay with the EXT for the added storage.

It did have the smaller screen...

Really liked the shades as they blackout the inside when down... and still give that look of wood blinds like the ones we have... not completely of course, but the color makes it seem like they are wood blinds... I wonder if I can install those in mine... it would save me time from having to install inserts to black out mine...

Also took close-up of the LP filling door. Nice and higher than before. Cool.

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Appears that you may have to remove the hinge pins and then remove the LPG fill door to use the remote LPG port. Not ideal, but at least they raised the fill box.
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I placed my order in February. Original "offline" date was May 30. Now due by end of June.
7/19/2019 Just thought i would update my order status. Unit is due "shortly". Also a few comments on other related topics. There seemed to be no shortage of 2019 Sprinter Chassis available for Tommy Bahama models and rvtrader shows a different US RV company having numerous 144" Sprinter models with the 10.25 in dash display on dealer lots.
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Virtually all of the 19 TB chassis' were built in 10/2018 in Dusseldorf, and imported. Airstream apparently chose this configuration and I do not believe there was any shortage of parts. Most of the newer Sprinter RVs are showing a build as recent as last month, and a build location of Charleston. That said, I believe the 19 has the most complete safety option configuration of any of the upfitters, if you count LED headlamps as one of the safety options (I Do). I've said before, I prefer the 10.25 screen, but the smaller screen is not a deal killer. It's still MBUX. I have two late model E-Class cars and neither has a bigger screen nor MBUX. It will likely not be available on the E until 2021.

BTW, you can use this VIN decoder to check any Sprinter's configuration:
https://www.mbdecoder.com/ Be sure to check the "I'm not a robot" Captcha box. Build date is in the first section and location near the bottom.
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I love this thread, I am picking up my shorty tomorrow, retire now and after 8 years of hitching and unhitching my inner sense is telling me to get the 2020 19 ' AI, the dealer Airstream of Virginia has 1 in the show room I just lay down the deposit and move forward. I hope I am doing the right thing, but just me and my dog, how could I be wrong. Will be more than happy to share the experience, plan to head to Key West this summer.Keep going south until no one knows my name, I heard that somewhere before. It's the 2020 AI, 2019 MB 2500 chassis made in Charleston SC.BTW the HOA would not answer me if I could park this jewel in my driveway or hide it in the shed in my backyard, sad!
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I love this thread, I am picking up my shorty tomorrow, retire now and after 8 years of hitching and unhitching my inner sense is telling me to get the 2020 19 ' AI, the dealer Airstream of Virginia has 1 in the show room I just lay down the deposit and move forward. I hope I am doing the right thing, but just me and my dog, how could I be wrong. Will be more than happy to share the experience, plan to head to Key West this summer.Keep going south until no one knows my name, I heard that somewhere before. It's the 2020 AI, 2019 MB 2500 chassis made in Charleston SC.BTW the HOA would not answer me if I could park this jewel in my driveway or hide it in the shed in my backyard, sad!
Good Luck. I did my first AI test drive at that Virginia dealer.

Regarding the HOA - asking for permission never works because the leadership won't make a decision. Check your HOA documents close. Mine doesn't allow RVs, but has an exception for passenger vans. My AI seats eight so it's a passenger van. I park mine in driveway behind my townhouse.

I assume you live in Maryland. If your development has public streets you can always park it on the street. We also have a Winnebago ERA and Pleasureway Plateau in my neighborhood parked on the street. One is right in front of the community center.

Some people complained, but HOA found they could do nothing about it because they are parked on the streets, controlled by the county, which allows parking vans on the street.

The AI 19 is a touring van with same foot print and seating capacity as a Ford F-150 crew cab pickup truck. That's why my next van will be a shorty.
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Good Luck. I did my first AI test drive at that Virginia dealer.

Regarding the HOA - asking for permission never works because the leadership won't make a decision. Check your HOA documents close. Mine doesn't allow RVs, but has an exception for passenger vans. My AI seats eight so it's a passenger van. I park mine in driveway behind my townhouse.

I assume you live in Maryland. If your development has public streets you can always park it on the street. We also have a Winnebago ERA and Pleasureway Plateau in my neighborhood parked on the street. One is right in front of the community center.

Some people complained, but HOA found they could do nothing about it because they are parked on the streets, controlled by the county, which allows parking vans on the street.

The AI 19 is a touring van with same foot print and seating capacity as a Ford F-150 crew cab pickup truck. That's why my next van will be a shorty.
That's interesting about parking on the street. Correct, the street belongs to the state not the HOA. I have already asked the HOA, and already know the answer. So, I wouldn't bother with that. I am just going to park in my backyard until they send me a certified letter, will see what happened.
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That's interesting about parking on the street. Correct, the street belongs to the state not the HOA. I have already asked the HOA, and already know the answer. So, I wouldn't bother with that. I am just going to park in my backyard until they send me a certified

letter, will see what happened.

Don't ask, don't tell. My HOA has similar restrictions, but so far in a year and a half, no one seems to have noticed my Airstream Avenue (19 Shorty layout on a 20 ft. '2012 Chevy Express). In Texas it has auto license plates, is not as long as many 250 & 350 pickups on my street, and I removed the conspicuous AIRSTREAM badging.

If they say anything about mine or yours, it will be just one more reason why I think HOA's suck.
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That's interesting about parking on the street. Correct, the street belongs to the state not the HOA. I have already asked the HOA, and already know the answer. So, I wouldn't bother with that. I am just going to park in my backyard until they send me a certified letter, will see what happened.
Oh - I just noticed you are in Virginia. Even better because yes, the streets are controlled by VDOT. I remember that from my time living in Virginia in the 90's.

Here in Maryland local roads are controlled by the counties, Howard county in my case.
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BTW the HOA would not answer me if I could park this jewel in my driveway or hide it in the shed in my backyard, sad!
MCINTOSH MD - Before we bought AI, I was unsure it would fit the garage opening coz I only had 2" height clearance on paper. Did not know the VB Air helps give me an additional + 4" clearance when slammed. I was afraid I had to park on my driveway (which was long enough 45 ft. to fit it or sideyard) and then HOA would drive me out. I emailed HOA with pics of rv taken from AS brochure but only those pics that did not expose the house A/C and R/S utilities & cutouts. Sent big pics of the MB front end & rear end especially with the 3-pointed star. Highlighted the text (s) that described it as a 9 passenger van conversion, instead of references to it being an rv. For some reason, I was able to convince them to pre-approve it in writing to being parked on driveway. But luckily VB Air saved my height concern and I only had to punch out the rear wall a few feet to accept the length and all that pre-approval headache was not really needed. But now, I have the pre-approval in my back pocket if when it sits outside a day or two or even weeks when we have to use everyday. It is a pain to keep pulling in/out of garage daily coz it's bulk takes lots of almost 2 spaces inside. So I only keep inside when in long-term storage.

I would explain to them that at this price point and height, it would help you decide if this "Mercedes Benz Sprinter Interstate conversion van" would be acceptable or not. I stayed away from references to Airstream (yeah, lying by omission). Also, try to ask nicely if the AI is not acceptable, what vans are on their list that can transport x-number of passengers because you would like to consider buying those instead of this (even if you know there ain't no such list). In other words, if you push them into a corner, they may be forced to answer. You may get lucky, but you may also get a "Heck, NO" as their default safe answer. Either way, you increase your chance of some answer.
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