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Old 12-22-2013, 06:51 AM   #29
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:09 PM   #30
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This new Interstate is exactly what I've been waiting for. Very Happy that Airstream decided to incorporate the newest technology. It is this that differentiates it from all other B conversions and especially the Winnebago and Navion chassis conversions. While I like the Navion IQ, it simply can't keep up with these new features (doubt you can even get that chassis with the safety package from MB).

I have a 2014 E-250 and the updated interior has many similarities to my Benz (particularly the steering wheel which is very ergonomic... especially the little thumb notches.. you have to try it out to know what I am talking about.) Glad they stuck with the 3.0 diesel. I have the 2.1 4 banger in my car and it is great, and I regularly top 45 MPG, but have doubts it could power the Van very well. Besides, I want the reserve power for towing. I also have all of the bells and whistles and "Nanny" features on my car except for the "active" features (I prefer to keep control of the steering and brakes myself, thank-you), so this Van corresponds very well to my preferences.

Looking forward to test driving one! May be selling or trading in my 23ft Safari SE LS for one of these.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:24 AM   #31
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Just discovered the updated LTV on the updated 2014 Sprinter chassis. Like the Interstate, it has the new safety features like BLIS and Lane keeping. They also offer an option for the 4 cyl 2.1L Inline Diesel engine (same as I have in my 2014 E-250). The 6 cyl costs additional. I really like the Free Spirit TE model.

What they do have that AS does not, besides the 4cyl option, is an optional roof trim piece that surrounds the awning and acts as a fairing for the other roof mounted components, and makes the entire roofline look more aerodynamic (whether it has that desired effect I do not know) and just cleaner and less like an RV which could make it more "acceptable" to HOA's.

I also like the screen door.

Hope to compare to the new Interstate this weekend over at the Tampa SuperShow.

BTW, Fuelly now has an entry by a 2014 Sprinter owner who has the high roof model and the 4 cylinder diesel. He's getting on average, 22.4 MPG. Not Bad.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:04 PM   #32
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22.4 sounds good but then so does 19+ with ample hill climbing power.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:00 PM   #33
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22.4 sounds good but then so does 19+ with ample hill climbing power.
I am with you there. Esp if you care to tow at all. Contrast his 22.4 to my 45 MPG with the same engine in my car. I have plenty of passing power and acceleration... not so sure about the van. I was pleasently surprised how weell it did compared to my E-320 CDI inline turbo 6. The 2.1 is a Biturbo modl with two inline turbos for additional boost. Passing Power is important for safety and while the 2.1 has a 7 speed, sometimes all that translates to is downshifts and higher engine reving with little boost in power. Thats where the bi-turbo comes in.
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:58 PM   #34
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I feel the same way. I normally leave my V6 sprinter in cruise control and it pulls grades just fine while maintaining set speed. I picked my 2014 up last June however had I known my 2013 trips would be cancelled I would have waited for a late 2014 model to get the new technology and 15k service intervals.
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