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Old 02-18-2017, 09:21 PM   #855
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I liked the galley area when I saw it and the result for me was the galley space was better without the window.
I had the same impression. Elimination of the (pretty much always shaded in our case) window made the galley area into a more complete unit. The things I can do with that extra space excite me.
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:11 AM   #856
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LOL - there again is a manifestation of the fact that each person has his or her own taste and emphatic opinions.

I *love* that galley window which is one of the few signature pieces that Airstream was able to take from their trailers and successfully incorporate into the Interstate. I find that they are straying into dangerously-generic design territory without it.

Additionally, it is the galley window that I use for blind spot checks when lighting and/or weather conditions steer me away from relying exclusively on our side camera system. There's often no substitute for direct eye contact with whatever is on my right side. Given the degree to which I navigate choked freeways in a metro area of 6.5 million people, having that window is extremely important to me.
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:51 AM   #857
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Additionally, it is the galley window that I use for blind spot checks when lighting and/or weather conditions steer me away from relying exclusively on our side camera system. There's often no substitute for direct eye contact with whatever is on my right side. Given the degree to which I navigate choked freeways in a metro area of 6.5 million people, having that window is extremely important to me.
It depends on the year and model whether that window is useful.

The galley window in my IA is the middle window on the street side, behind the second row seats. There is no way to use it when driving; I can't even see it through the second row chair back. When standing erect at the galley counter, I am pretty much looking down through it at the service pedestal and sewer pipe. I find it pretty useless.

I do find the RS window right behind me useful and I open that blind while driving for that reason.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:45 AM   #858
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I hadn't thought much about the different layouts at first.
My galley window is also on the passenger side, and there are windows all along that side. I like The open feeling and also looking over the shoulder like IB. Although I live in a small town and avoid traffic as much as possible.
The bathroom is it behind the driver, but I can see out the drivers window and mirror, even look out the window if I need too.

So I wouldn't want to give up the window myself. Heck, I'd like even more windows! I wish the bathroom would slide down into itself when not in use, allowing another window and perhaps more space wirh bathroom not in use.

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Again, it's so user-specific. 'Live in a small town and don't drive in traffic' couldn't be farther from our typical experience. We had a family function on the other side of town last night - Saturday night, bad time to be in the big city with an Interstate because there are so many drunk and reckless and sometimes downright violent b@stards on the roads. If it hadn't been for family, there's no way we would have ventured out. We had the Interstate here and my car was in the storage locker. My husband was under the weather and so taking his car was out of the question (I don't like driving it). So, Interstate it was.

Coming back across town after dark, I was literally making split-second lane changes because I was left with no choice under those conditions. You'd barely believe a Sprinter could even move that fast. If not for the galley window, I simply wouldn't have been able to do about 50% of what I did. My feverish husband, who had been trying to rest in the back during this harrowing ordeal, stepped out in our driveway and said, "It was only 31 miles, but it sure wasn't restful."
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:37 PM   #860
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Actually, I find that the windows are too high to be much use in traffic. The sills are above the roof level of too many of the vehicles on the road.

Fortunately, my 2014.5 has blind spot detection that works quite well. It displays in the mirrors and gripes at me if I turn on the blinkers with someone in the blind spot.
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:25 PM   #861
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Solar and power upgrade photos as promised. 4(100 watt) solar panels, 3000watt hybrid inverter, cell booster, Jack TV antenna, switches for solar array-battery disconnect-alternator charging.......works like a charm!
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Hmmmmmm photo upload seems to be lost in space........
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:38 PM   #863
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Oops forgot the 480 ahrs of lithium batteries
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:13 PM   #865
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:00 PM   #866
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Battery Upgrade to Compliment Solar

Finally got all the parts and tools together to swap out my two 80 amp hour batteries for four GPL-4CT's. Took me both weekend afternoons. Total storage now at 440 to match the 400W solar I put on the roof earlier this year. Had brackets made to hold two batteries in the same place as the originals on the driver's side behind the rear wheels and two in the same place on the passenger side. Now the batteries will last more than one night.

Next project is to design/build/buy a high idle stick so I can put the bulk charge in during breakfast while idling and let the solar do the absorb and float for the rest of the day. Anyone have any experience with idle sticks? The MB needs the high idle.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:31 PM   #867
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Next project is to design/build/buy a high idle stick so I can put the bulk charge in during breakfast while idling and let the solar do the absorb and float for the rest of the day. Anyone have any experience with idle sticks? The MB needs the high idle.
That is what I thought until I measured the batteries getting over 100 amps of charge during idle on mine! No high idle needed. The 220 amp alternator that is standard in the newer sprinters is a high-output one that provides such performance. Indeed I charge my batteries just like you say.
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Not concerned with the amount of amps, I am very happy with the alternator charging. I'm referring to MB not wanting idling, I think for the reason of something to do with the DEF system or prevention of carbon build-up, can't remember right now but heavily discussed on the Sprinter Forum. They offer a factory installed High Idle kit which I do not have nor want to install. Roadtrek used to offer it, not sure if they still do. I think the stick should be fine.
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