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Old 10-15-2014, 10:22 PM   #29
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Hi Ron! Just saw this thread and saw that you did another big trip. Glad all went well for you!
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:44 AM   #30
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:27 AM   #31
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Hi Ron! Just saw this thread and saw that you did another big trip. Glad all went well for you!
We have done a fair amount of exploring since we got our van and have enjoyed every day / mile. We recently took a quick trip to San Francisco and back and love the manuverability. We were able to easily pull off to the side of the road and check out a couple sea otters playing in a small marina in Moss Landing. Drove through San Fran twice (didn't see any Class A or Cs) and like being able to do U Turns too. But you already knew that
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:57 AM   #32
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haha!!! Every time husband pulls a u-turn (frequently), he says, "Let's see the bigger rigs do that!"
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:51 PM   #33
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I discovered the hard way that when the Garmin lady says make a legal U-turn, doesn't mean that it's necessarily legal at that intersection. Ouch!
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:47 AM   #34
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I discovered the hard way that when the Garmin lady says make a legal U-turn, doesn't mean that it's necessarily legal at that intersection. Ouch!
Although the Airstream came with an in-dash gps I added an RV specific, large format Garmin RV-760LMT to our RV and I couldn't be happier. It has similated, photo realistic junction views to show freeway junctions and off ramps, it has lane assist to show all junction and exit lanes and highlights the one you should be in and last but not least: traffic alerts which often warn over 40 miles ahead of traffic delays, usually due to construction, and in the event of a long delay, it calculates and offers the option of a faster detour. Exit and junction alerts are a mile ahead which is important in an rv. It also give an audible and visual alert of school zones at about .4 miles ahead. The big plus is you can plan your routes on your computer and download them into the Garmin. It will store 15 seperate routes. I have it mounted to the right of the steering wheel with a ProClip mount. I keep the installed GPS set to display whatever media or Sirius station I am listening to. Garmin lady can still give bad instructions ocasionally. I do use mine on Automobile mode though because in RV mode, it tends to reroute you as if you were in a large motorhome and I like to stay with the route I planned.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:49 AM   #35
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I also run a second navigation solution on my iPhone using an App called Copilot, that does not require cell data. I'm also using a ProClip holder. The Copilot App cost me about $30 and is much faster than the Garmin inside the Kenwood unit provided by Airstream. I've found that the Garmin is too slow to recalculate your route if you make a wrong turn in city traffic.


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Old 10-17-2014, 09:35 AM   #36
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I also run a second navigation solution on my iPhone using an App called Copilot, that does not require cell data. I'm also using a ProClip holder. The Copilot App cost me about $30 and is much faster than the Garmin inside the Kenwood unit provided by Airstream. I've found that the Garmin is too slow to recalculate your route if you make a wrong turn in city traffic.


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Yes, the slow recalc speed was one of the reasons I chose to go with a dedicated unit. The 760 saved me time and hassle more than once on our last trip. Ocasionally I will use the in-dash unit for an off route destination although the RV760 lets you add stopovers such as gas stations or restaurants to your current active route.

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We had problem with automatic step closing. Behind the sliding door is the switch. When the door is closed, thus switch makes contact with the door. When it doesn't the step acts erratically and the door sensor reacts. Our dealer installed a plate on the door contact to make a better connection. We still have difficulty slamming the sliding door consistently enough to avoid "open door" messages. It was the "stay centered in lane sensor" that bothered us until we got used to it. Just completed out 1st 2000 miles and love it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:07 AM   #38
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Curious how cool the rear A/C kept the interior w/o the chassis A/C. I can't keep the rear of the RV cool w/ both going when temps over 85* and I even mounted two 9" fans to blow the cold air from the front to the rear.
Not sure if this comment will add anything, but here goes. Mercedes Benz (MB) told me last month that Sprinters will lose freon over time (mentioning this because yours is listed as a 2011). This used to be the case with pretty much all vehicles - charging freon was routine - but we've gotten spoiled in America in the past decade or so because they largely solved that problem (e.g., I had a Toyota Sienna Gen 1 for a dozen years, never put a speck of freon in it, and the a/c was every bit as cold on my last day of ownership as it had been on my first).

We bought our 2007 AI with the seller's explicit representation that all systems had been checked out and were operating normally. Three days after purchase, I took the thing to MB after noticing that the a/c didn't seem to be functioning properly, because I was intended to use MB's findings as 3rd party corroboration in asking the seller to pay the resulting repair bill (I actually had noticed the issue prior to purchase). MB did an overnight leak test using dye, and could identify no leaks. Despite this, the thing proved to be short one full pound of freon (!). Apparently it had escaped slowly over a period of years. I asked the rep if this kind of thing was normal for Sprinters, and he indicated that it was. He said that I might go another X years without needing another freon charge, but eventually I probably will.

But keep this in mind if you have a/c issues or even suspect you have a possible a/c issue. I would not have guessed this old-style freon loss to be the case with ours.

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Not sure if this comment will add anything, but here goes. Mercedes Benz (MB) told me last month that Sprinters will lose freon over time (mentioning this because yours is listed as a 2011). This used to be the case with pretty much all vehicles - charging freon was routine - but we've gotten spoiled in America in the past decade or so because they largely solved that problem (e.g., I had a Toyota Sienna Gen 1 for a dozen years, never put a speck of freon in it, and the a/c was every bit as cold on my last day of ownership as it had been on my first).

We bought our 2007 AI with the seller's explicit representation that all systems had been checked out and were operating normally. Three days after purchase, I took the thing to MB after noticing that the a/c didn't seem to be functioning properly, because I was intended to use MB's findings as 3rd party corroboration in asking the seller to pay the resulting repair bill (I actually had noticed the issue prior to purchase). MB did an overnight leak test using dye, and could identify no leaks. Despite this, the thing proved to be short one full pound of freon (!). Apparently it had escaped slowly over a period of years. I asked the rep if this kind of thing was normal for Sprinters, and he indicated that it was. He said that I might go another X years without needing another freon charge, but eventually I probably will.

But keep this in mind if you have a/c issues or even suspect you have a possible a/c issue. I would not have guessed this old-style freon loss to be the case with ours.

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I assume that you're talking about the Sprinter chassis A/C. That works fine on mine but just doesn't keep the rear cool even w/ the two fans I added over the galley. Automotive A/C systems have a lot of places to leak. The rotary seal on the compressor and the joints that are sealed w/ O-rings are primarily the culprits.

The rear A/C doesn't produce the specified temperature drop across the evaporator. I contacted Dometic and they said that while adding freon might help, they didn't recommend it as it was a sealed system (no high or low pressure ports like automotive or residential A/C) and it would leak after installing a port to add freon.

If I ever have a custom Sprinter RV built, it will have the chassis rear A/C for starters. Since we don't camp in it, don't need an AC powered rear A/C.
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