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Old 03-09-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
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Lack of activity here; what's up?

The most recent post here (Sprinter and B-van Forum) is almost 6 months old and I'm wondering why. I know there are relatively few Interstates (and B-vans) on the road but the Interstate is currently in production. You would think a few owners would be having some problems or questions.

What am I missing?
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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they must be alot better than a trailer,no shell off for frame repair or bad axles, leakes, wireing repair, clear coat repair, polishing,floor replace,plumbing, holding tank repair, etc.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:13 PM   #3
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this is primarily a trailer site, moho's use other sites
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:57 PM   #4
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this is primarily a trailer site, moho's use other sites
Granted, most Airstreams are trailers, and most Airstream MH's are classics or argosy's (I think). Even fewer are Land Yacht /Legacys, Flat-Fronts and Sprinters/B-Vans. So the vast majority of threads do focus on the trailers and way less on the MH's. However, if you are in need of help with an issue on your MH/Interstate, there is usually someone who speaks up and responds. Otherwise, have fun surfing the most recent threads and posts on the portal page.

We have a 2005 Land Yacht with Slide and I agree that there is way less activity on the Land Yacht MH Forum. Nonetheless, I still enjoy sharing info on many topics with other AS owners.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:41 PM   #5
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The most recent post here (Sprinter and B-van Forum) is almost 6 months old and I'm wondering why. I know there are relatively few Interstates (and B-vans) on the road but the Interstate is currently in production. You would think a few owners would be having some problems or questions.

What am I missing?

This site has more posts and is generally more fun to read.


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Old 03-10-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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they must be alot better than a trailer,no shell off for frame repair or bad axles, leakes, wireing repair, clear coat repair, polishing,floor replace,plumbing, holding tank repair, etc.
I interpret the lack of activity as the B190/Sprinter motorhomes having few problems.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:43 AM   #7
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We went from a 28' CCD to a Westfalia last fall. I now frequent the Sprinter Forum, Yahoo AS Sprinter Westfalia Group and the Air Forums.

With only 250 or fewer Westies on the road the Yahoo group is sparse and the topics tend to be boring and technical.

The Sprinter Forum is very technical and is not lady friendly. There are a lot of ungentlemanly posts. Westy specific posts are few and far between.

Air Forums is still my favorite. I enjoy all the variety of the threads. I am an Airstream fan and am proud that my Westy bears the name. A lot of Westy owners do not identify with the brand and even de-brand their units. It is my connection until our camping needs change and we return to the iconic aluminum model again.

I wish there was a larger B-Van filling on Air too.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:45 AM   #8
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I interpret the lack of activity as the B190/Sprinter motorhomes having few problems.

This is also true.

Once factory-install issues were corrected, it has been smooth sailing for the past four years.

We love our Interstate, and couldn't be happier with it.


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This site has more posts and is generally more fun to read.
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I agree. I like to read all the different forums.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:18 PM   #10
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Our Mercedes dealership was just awarded Sprinter franchise so I am about to learn alot about these rigs. So far we are very impressed with the design and functionality. They really seem bullet proof.

I think is nice to see the Sprinters here..

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Old 03-11-2011, 09:44 PM   #11
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Our Mercedes dealership was just awarded Sprinter franchise so I am about to learn alot about these rigs. So far we are very impressed with the design and functionality. They really seem bullet proof.

I think is nice to see the Sprinters here..

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Let me begin by saying that I am a Sprinter fan and have just replaced my '04 Sprinter with a new '11 Mercedes Sprinter.

Let me also enlighten you to the fact that THEY ARE NOT BULLET PROOF!

I have spent many thousands of dollars over the last 6 years to keep the '04 running, and that does not include the regular maintenance done at or before requirements. Turbo, alternator and transmission at 115K along with other out-of-warranty components, and the last straw, the #2 piston failing at 160K requiring a new engine, which I opted not to replace and instead, replaced the entire van.

A unique, multi-purpose vehicle that is currently alone in it's market niche in the US....DEFINITELY! Bullet-proof........DEFINITELY NOT!
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Let me begin by saying that I am a Sprinter fan and have just replaced my '04 Sprinter with a new '11 Mercedes Sprinter.

Let me also enlighten you to the fact that THEY ARE NOT BULLET PROOF!

I have spent many thousands of dollars over the last 6 years to keep the '04 running, and that does not include the regular maintenance done at or before requirements. Turbo, alternator and transmission at 115K along with other out-of-warranty components, and the last straw, the #2 piston failing at 160K requiring a new engine, which I opted not to replace and instead, replaced the entire van.

A unique, multi-purpose vehicle that is currently alone in it's market niche in the US....DEFINITELY! Bullet-proof........DEFINITELY NOT!
Hmmm, sad to hear that.

We do routine upkeep religiously. Ours has a Mercedes diesel 5 cylinder inline, which we are told should go hundreds of thousands of miles. We were just plain lucky to pick this up, a 2006 we got in 2007 and now have 90,000+ miles on.

We are hopeful this will be the only one we ever own.


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Maggie,

ALL Sprinters are Mercedes, regardless of whether they are badged Dodge of Freightliner. Remember, Mercedes owns or owned both companies and at the time, did not want the vans associated with their upscale car dealerships. That has now changed and the only place you can get the Sprinter is at selected Mercedes dealers and some Freightliner outlets, but that is slao coming to an end soon with Sprinter vans ONLY being available thru Mercedes dealers.

If you look at the imprint on your glass and other areas of the van, you will see the Mercedes 3-pointed star everywhere. The only thing they changed was the grill, wheel inserts, horn button and shift knob and a few exterior name plates. Other than that, you have a Mercedes van.
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I saw one at the KC auto show last weekend and they are nice! Our local Mercedes dealer got the AS franchise just for the Vans. They said they may order trailers but not any time soon!
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