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Old 04-23-2012, 07:25 AM   #113
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They are still making these vans, why would there be no windows available?
One reason why they might not have windows available, even if the windows are the same for MB Interstates as for Dodge or Freightliner Interstates, perhaps they buy the windows as a set, not as individual pieces, and don't want to end up with a partial set they may not be able to use after selling one window?

Or maybe not; that reason would only work if they NEVER break a window while trying to install it at the factory.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:48 AM   #114
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Have an early am appt. with our local dealer on Monday, when we can leave it for a couple of days disassembled. Have to have this fixed before next Thursday, when we are taking 3 grand kids camping.

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Well, the inner latch is broken. That door has been open and shut a lot the past 5 years.

Part will be $26 and labor about $40. Will have it back tomorrow afternoon. Yeeeaaayy!

Took 4 grands to Brookfield Zoo in the Interstate this past weekend, and had a blast. As expected, climbing in and out of the rear door was fun for them. Grandma did so less nimbly, but got it done with just minor assistance from hubby. Good for my knees, anyway.

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Took 4 grands to Brookfield Zoo in the Interstate this past weekend, and had a blast.
Did you also bring them back, or leave them as an exhibit?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Did you also bring them back, or leave them as an exhibit?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
Funny.

They are really great kids. Grandma is pretty firm with them (Grandpa is the softy), but they don't need much more than a stern voice to stay in line. Two sets of very loving and conscientious parents. Lucky children, lucky us. .

We use the Interstate to cart them anywhere, as our other vehicle is a Toyota matrix. Spent Friday night at a hotel in Oak Park, not far from the zoo, then came home Saturday evening. Perfect.

They love the travel time as much as anything else. Are starting to talk about a couple of weeks west with them, when they are a bit older and not so vulnerable in a tent. There are just too many crazy people out there. .


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Old 04-23-2012, 05:10 PM   #117
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Are starting to talk about a couple of weeks west with them, when they are a bit older and not so vulnerable in a tent. There are just too many crazy people out there.
What kind of awning does your 2006 have? I ask because the 2012's have a Fiamma F65 awning, and I just noticed in the FiammaUSA catalog about an enclosure that they make for the Fiamma F65. A privacy room on the side of your Interstate would expand the living space, without being as vulnerable as a tent for the young'uns.

I'm thinking of getting an enclosure for my own awning, though not until I'm ready to retire. When my camping is just a few days at a time, an enclosure is more trouble than it's worth for just me. If I were to camp at one site for a week at a time and want to set up more stuff, then there would be more advantage to an enclosure.
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What kind of awning does your 2006 have? I ask because the 2012's have a Fiamma F65 awning, and I just noticed in the FiammaUSA catalog about an enclosure that they make for the Fiamma F65. A privacy room on the side of your Interstate would expand the living space, without being as vulnerable as a tent for the young'uns.

I'm thinking of getting an enclosure for my own awning, though not until I'm ready to retire. When my camping is just a few days at a time, an enclosure is more trouble than it's worth for just me. If I were to camp at one site for a week at a time and want to set up more stuff, then there would be more advantage to an enclosure.
Ours is a Fiamma, I believe. Where to store a privacy room?

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They are still making these vans, why would there be no windows available?
Here's the company whose name appears on my 2011 MB Interstate windows. Don't know if you could deal direct w/ them or not.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:19 AM   #120
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Ours is a Fiamma, I believe. Where to store a privacy room?
Receiver-mount cargo tray? I just bought a cargo tray for mine, so I'll have a place to carry spare cans of diesel as well as bulky items if I have to evacuate for hurricanes. When I get the privacy room, I'll be able to carry it on the tray as well.

The one I bought (at Camping World) is an Everthere X12, even though the manufacturer has gone out of business, simply because it's made of aluminum (only weighs 30 pounds) and folds up small enough to store it in a closet at home when I'm not using it. I'd probably have gotten a different model if I was going to leave it attached full-time, but the last thing I need is something that makes my Interstate even longer when it's parked at my apartment complex.

Anyway, when folded out, the cargo tray has 9 square feet (42) of space, and holds up to 400 pounds. Just have to make sure whatever I carry on it doesn't obscure the license plate; it's narrow enough I don't have to worry about obscuring the taillights. And, when the tray is mounted on the vehicle, I can see it in the rearview camera, so few worries about the extra length when backing up.
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I had an aluminum receiver tray om mine. It worked fine and allowed me just enough room to access the switch for the dump valve. Mine had a full aluminum box on it, making it easy to carry fuel cans etc. I* could open the doors just far enough to reach the valve switch so there was no interference with normal camping. The additional length was never a problem. I moved the licence plate to the carrier and made a plug for the to go to the trailer plug in the bumper. jim
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Bought mine from United Welding Services. It is the hitch carrier and added hitch box, all aluminum and very light. I can easily carry the combo. Check out their website, not cheap but I can not remember the prices. jim
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We have one of those trays, also a really nice, waterproof bag for it. Used it last year when we drove with 4 grands to SC. Stored their clothes, sleeping bags, pillows, etc., in there. We stayed in KOA cabins on the trip out. Just couldn't put them out in a tent in a strange place.

We only use this rack when camping with the grand kids and hauling wood to a rally. We wouldn't want to add the length on a regular basis. Defeats the benefits of the 22' Interstate.

I was thinking of more permanent storage. There is simply no room inside for an outdoor room, but it's a great idea.



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I left the rack on all the time. The box was lockable and almost looked like an AS accessory. 2 extra feet---I backed into most parking places. The extra storage was invaluable when on the road for more than a few days. jim
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I left the rack on all the time. The box was lockable and almost looked like an AS accessory. 2 extra feet---I backed into most parking places. The extra storage was invaluable when on the road for more than a few days. jim
Nope. Not for us. .

We don't want to deal with the extra length on a daily basis, and have traveled for up to 12 weeks at a time using just our interior storage. Plenty of clothing for different temperatures and all else that we need to be comfortable.

We could teach a class on taking just what you need and maximizing use of small storage spaces.


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broken latch in cargo door

Sam Leman Autobody in Bloomington ordered the part and had this fixed in just over 24 hours, for a grand total of $40. They also replaced the bulb in a rear turn signal at no charge. Love that kind of customer service.

Aaaaaaahhhhh---(sigh of relief)



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