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Old 09-18-2013, 10:35 AM   #15
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Nice M6. Yeah, that s85 is a thirsty engine. I can totally understand and relate to liking it to going green with the Mercedes.

Ive been able to get 24 mpg in my M3 with highway travel. On track it gets 7mpg

Since I get all my kicks on the track, the desire to go fast is gone. When I got into RV travel I found peace at 60mph. Its so nice to slow down and watch the world go by.
Funny, that's exactly how I feel! I now know the meaning of "taking it easy" The M6 got 12mpg on my 30 mile (each way) freeway commute to my office next to LAX. But to be fair, it was rush hour traffic. And what's great now is that I'm not anticipating getting any speeding tickets! Furthermore, the insurance on the Airstream is not even half of what it cost for the M6. Talk about going green
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:17 AM   #16
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OK, I can't resist. Here's the BMW I tow to the track behind my Interstate! It's no V8 or V10 but I did swap in an S50 (1995 M3 motor) so it's a little quicker than it started out in life. It excels in the corners more than the straights though, at 2800 lbs and with big slicks shoehorned under the fenders I like chasing down the guys with the big horsepower and crowding them through the twisty bits.

Oh and I get mid twenties on the interstate out of my hot rod, though on track it's single digits for sure.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:42 AM   #17
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Oh sorry, to address the original posters question, our Interstate is silver and here in the Oklahoma heat the rooftop air barely makes the RV tolerable. I would not consider black for that reason. Window shades go a long way (including reflective shades shoved in behind the blinds on all the RV windows) to keeping the heat out but also make the interior cave like in it's darkness.

As far as extended vs. non ... mine is non and as much as I would like the additional storage I would not go long because at the shorter length I can just squeak into parallel parking spaces and such. The extra 18" (ish?) would be just a bit too long for a lot of places I go.

And I would not want to give up any towing capacity, which the extender version does. I have an aluminum flatbed that I bought specifically for the Interstate to keep my towed weight down. Trailer with track car, spare tires, jack, air compressor, Honda gasoline powered generator (quiet and I can fill it up at the track or anywhere for that matter), four 5 gallon gas cans, cooler and misc I am guessing puts me in the 5500 lbs range . . . tows great! I have occasionally put my wfie's Range Rover on the trailer when going to drop the RV off at the shop (Rover pulls the trailer home so I have my own ride without involving the wife) ... that puts the trailer around 7000lbs and it is OK but I would not want to tow any great distance like that. Note: I did add an external transmission cooler which I highly recommend though ironically it would probably void my Sprinter's powertrain warranty ... but I"m planning on the 100k+ plus longevity of the transmission since I don't expect anything to hurt it in the first 36k.

As far as getting a deal on a leftover, the year newer unit will always have at least a couple of grand greater resale (if not several thousand) so you get some money back on the back end if you get the newer one. The Magnum inverter is worth a grand more than the TrippLite in my opinion ... so my two cents is get a 2014 non-extended in a light color ... if your needs are identical to mine anyhow.

However you go congratulations and enjoy your new ride!
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:04 PM   #18
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Hi Russ,

I agree with you on the 2014 vs 2013 and with the std length version. I also wanted the std version but my local dealer only had the ext version. I was very close to flying out to Tx for a std one, but my local dealer made me a deal on their ext version that I couldn't refuse. I also agree with you on the lighter color (silver is a classic color for Mercedes, i.e., silberpfeil, and for Airstream), but I must admit that the black one looks absolutely wicked

I also love your ride. The M6 was my get to work car and would not have made a good track car because of the weight. If I had more garage space (and if I weren't on a fixed income now that I'm retired), I'd love to get a BMW 1M. I envy you guys with track cars. So much fun!
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #19
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What was the topic again...? Or are these Beemers good TVs?
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What was the topic again...? Or are these Beemers good TVs?
Well, Russ240's Beemer is a toad… sort of.
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Those would be bimmers, not beemers. Beemers are motorcycles. Bummer, jim
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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Russ,
Thank you for the feedback. After much discussion my wife and i decided to stick with the std length in black.

Killer e30 as well. I used to own a brilliant rot e30 318is which after I donated to a friend became one of the more successful Lemons cars.
I am now in Watkins Glen and will be here for three days of driving, coaching and instructing.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:32 AM   #23
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Russ,
Thank you for the feedback. After much discussion my wife and i decided to stick with the std length in black.
Tiato,
FYI, be careful with 2013s that's been sitting on a dealer's lot. My dealer didn't keep the house batteries in my Interstate charged adequately or have been discharged to a point they were too badly damaged to be of any use. My dealer ended up replacing both house batteries. If this happens to you, insist that they replace both batteries with Lifeline AGM batteries. Otherwise, you will be pouring over all the battery-life posts on this forum Good luck!
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:21 PM   #24
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Russ,
I am now in Watkins Glen and will be here for three days of driving, coaching and instructing.
Very jealous! I've never been to The Glen but always wanted to. Some day ....

I think the M42 powered E30's may have been the best of the breed. All the handling potential of the E30 M3 with out the constant threat of a $10k motor rebuild associated with the S14. If I have any regret about my motor swap it's that the car is still just as nose heavy as it was stock. You had one of the good ones!

Enjoy your track weekend!
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The glen rocks, but demands respect. Definately a bucket list track. In the BMW club race, one e30 M3 got destroyed and two others popped their S14s.

This past weekend was also good for selling a lot of old race parts and my 24' enclosed ATC trailer. Sold enough stuff to offset the purchase of a trailex 8045 and a little guy teardrop camper that the Interstate will be pulling in the future.

Taking delivery of my 2013 interstate on Wednesday.
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I am now an excited and new owner of a 2013 Interstate. The vehicle totally exceeds my expectations. Also interesting to note is that until driving it home, I had never driven one. From someone that appreciates the feel and dynamics of a vehicle, Mercedes did an amazing job putting this chassis together. Makes my old class C feel like a lumbering sloth. Best of all 60 miles at nearly 21mpg.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #27
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Tito,

What a great day. Hope to get our new rig by mid October from Colonial. How was the service and were you satisfied with the orientation?

congrats

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Old 09-25-2013, 06:00 PM   #28
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Tito,

What a great day. Hope to get our new rig by mid October from Colonial. How was the service and were you satisfied with the orientation?

congrats

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Mine was a 2013 left over so they had it available.

I have had a previous experience with colonial and it was so nice and stress free I went back. It was a surprise that they were the folks who were helping Airstream work the Hershey show. That's where I reconnected with Pat.

Spoke with them for a few hours as well as Airstreams sales manager and Airstreams VP. All stated that colonial is top notch. Those comments validated my prior experience. Made a deal for my 2013 at the show.

Colonial allowed me to come down last night with me Winnebago, which I traded, and before they I even gave them all of the documents, let me stay in the Interstate overnight. Of course I explored the coach and killed time browsing the rest of the many interstates and Airstreams in their lot.

The orientation, despite me knowing a lot about the coach systems, still took an hour and a half. Kevin is a nice guy and takes his time explaining everything. As a matter of fact, knowing I was spending the night, Kevin prepped the table, converted the couch into the bed, fitted the cab night shade, filled the water tank and turned the AC on to cool the coach down for my arrival.

My second deal with Colonial mirrored the first. Low stress, efficient, friendly, thorough, respectfull. Highly recommend them.
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