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Old 11-04-2013, 05:48 PM   #15
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I can speak from experience that the rear a / c unit is not up to the task once it gets over 90 degrees out. To help with this I installed two 9 inch fans to blow air from the front to the back. However I have not had a chance to see how much this will help because it has it been hot since I did this.

I can also attest to the ride quality in the back. At Disneyland, it would definitely be an E-ticket ride.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:44 PM   #16
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I find riding in the rear a bit challenging......you definitely feel the tork and sway. It is basically a cargo van, after all.

Fortunately, I seldom ride back there unless the grands need attention or we are with friends and I am visiting. I have, however, been known to make pb&j in the galley for the kids.....while we are moving, feet planted firmly and well apart. You get used to it.

Ever ride a train any distance? Sit in the club car and try to type on your laptop, write a postcard, etc? Same issues.....movement equals sway.

Our grands read, listen to storybook cd's, play highway games with each other, etc., and don't mind the sway a bit. It's fun for them, just to be in "the motorhome", going somewhere with us. Any time, anywhere. They save coloring and drawing for when we are stopped.

We hated the pedestal table in the back, pulled it and left it in the garage after the first long trip. There it remains, and we have easily done without it.

Personally, we do not expect our Interstate to carry us as if we are not in a vehicle, in traffic, dealing with winds, other vehicles, etc. I think that to expect it to ride as if it is something it is not is an exercise in frustration.

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:52 PM   #17
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Thanks for bringing us back down to earth. Anyone that expects a one ton chassis to ride like a limo has never driven a one ton truck.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:10 PM   #18
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I personally have never had the opportunity to ride in the back as I'm the chosen driver, but I have heard it gets bouncy.

My kids love it and actually look forward to the 'larger' bumps. But then again they are also so busy on trips that they forget about it or get used to it.

My wife also says it actually quite soothing sitting back 'there' so much so she's taken naps back there on long hauls.

But then there are those family members who say not only is it bouncy but it's hot back there as well. Oh well, they don't get many invites anymore......
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Jeff, would you recommend the Komi shock, strut and sway-bar upgrade on the AI?
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:20 AM   #20
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Jeff, would you recommend the Komi shock, strut and sway-bar upgrade on the AI?
Absolutely. In my personal opinion it brings the ride from miserable to not great.

To really appreciate the difference, put 5k miles on the AI before you upgrade.


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Old 11-21-2013, 01:53 AM   #21
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I have seen more Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans on the road. Many are passenger vans used for airport shuttles, tour vans...etc. I wonder if the ride on the back of these van is better than in the AI because they are not converted to Class B Motorhome.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:09 AM   #22
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I have seen more Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans on the road. Many are passenger vans used for airport shuttles, tour vans...etc. I wonder if the ride on the back of these van is better than in the AI because they are not converted to Class B Motorhome.
Might be as most of those are usually 1/2 or 3/4 ton models.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:44 AM   #23
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I wonder if the ride on the back of these van is better than in the AI because they are not converted to Class B Motorhome.
Sprinter passenger vans are only built on the 2500 chassis, not the 3500 chassis. Seats 12.

On the other hand, they do offer a minibus on a 3500 chassis, in four different seating configurations: Hotel shuttle (seats 15), airport shuttle (seats 18), commuter shuttle (seats 15), and paratransit (handicapped) shuttle (seats 14).

The passenger and minibus models have the same suspension as the cargo models that are normally converted for RVs, but since the weight distribution is different, the ride might be different, too.

I'm actually surprised that none of the Sprinter-based Class B's uses the minibus doors, which seem much more practical for an RV than the sliding door:
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:21 AM   #24
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...or use the minibus door opening to put a regular house door...
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:40 AM   #25
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...or use the minibus door opening to put a regular house door...
I'd use the minibus door as-is. Better fit under the awning. Unlike the sliding door I've got now, that has to be closed in order to extend or retract the awning because the awning would snag on it otherwise.

But I would replace the all-glass door panels with half-glass.
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I wonder if the minibus doors are too "leaky" - that is, they just let in too much warm/cold air (depending on the season). Also, the curtains for those would be...interesting!
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The minibus doors also might be setup to be opened and closed by the driver instead of at the door.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:47 AM   #28
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The minibus doors also might be setup to be opened and closed by the driver instead of at the door.
Product literature indicates electric bi-fold doors, with a keyed remote. Doors are 80 inches tall, with a 35-inch opening between the doors. Plus, it would eliminate the need for that danged retractable step, since the bottom sill of the door is at only 10 inches off the ground. Two steps up inside, each 10 inches tall.

One might have to mirror-image the floorplan to put the bathroom on the driver's side and the galley on the passenger side next to the door because of that extra interior step, but that's really better anyway, so that someone cooking is looking out toward the entertainment side, not the service side.
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