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Old 03-17-2016, 07:10 PM   #15
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When I owned a 2010 MB cargo Sprinter (high roof, long wheelbase, 3500 series) I had NO problems driving and / or towing in windy conditions (or while being passed by large trucks).
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:53 PM   #16
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When the weather is windy it is worse to boating than to drive ))).

When you are driving just consider the wind and other environment while passing by the semies, or slow down. This is a big vehicle, and no electronics can eliminate the wind-vs-size factor and make it a sport car.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:18 PM   #17
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I was driving last night on New Jersey Turnpike with a really high winds, all electronic signs on the highway were giving the wind warning. Yes, on 78 mph with winds there is a challenge to steering in your straight lane, I deactivated the "lane assist" option.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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My 2011 Sprinter 2500 service van had similar problems in cross winds and behind semis. I drive the van from FL to OR and back each year, and it was getting a bit tiring to keep the van on the road thru parts of TX, NM, UT and ID.

I found a viable solution from the Sprinter Store in a larger rear sway bar, rear spring assist pack and Koni shocks all around. Made a HUUUUUGE difference!

Oh, and proper front end alignment also……….
Lew - where would be the best place to have this work done in the Portland/Hood river area?
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:27 PM   #19
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where would be the best place to have this work done in the Portland/Hood river area?
I'm not Lewster— not by a long shot!— but when I bought my Koni shocks, I took them to my Mercedes Benz Sprinter dealer to have them installed. I was having other work done at the same time (RennTech ECU tune, etc.) so the van was going to be in their shop anyway. MB/Sprinter had no heartburn about doing the work.
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Lew - where would be the best place to have this work done in the Portland/Hood river area?

Sprinter Store. IIRC, they are in Tualitin just south of Portland. They did all of my chassis upgrades.


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Sprinter Store. IIRC, they are in Tualitin just south of Portland. They did all of my chassis upgrades.

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+1 I also had my upgraded Koni shocks installed by the Sprinter Store in Tualitin when I was on a west coast trip. I also had them do the 40,000 mile service for me. They are a good independent shop that specializes in Sprinters.


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I also had chassis upgrades done by the Sprinter Store in Tualitin Oregon. Stayed in a motel overnight a few blocks away, but could have stayed in their parking lot.
Quality work, fairly priced and changed the handling and safety characteristics of my Interstate tremendously. It's a lot of fun to drive with "white knuckle " days over and behind us. AEW
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My new 2016 Grand Tour ext had a really good workout, (as did I), on the drive back home from Ft. worth to Centennial, Colorado. The cross winds in the Texas panhandle, N.M., and southern Colorado were pretty brutal. White knuckle driving is putting it mildly! If I didn't have a death grip on the wheel, there were times the extra strong wind gusts would have "had their way"! The main thing that kept the vehicle under control was to drastically reduce speed.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:04 PM   #24
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I have a 2016 AI with air suspension. Coming from a 37' Coachmen Encounter, I must be spoiled but I haven't noticed the crosswind as being nearly as bad as it our old rig. Our trips have included TX, LA, MS, LA, FL along the coast and haven't noticed anything not manageable with our current set up.
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Our trips have included TX, LA, MS, LA, FL along the coast and haven't noticed anything not manageable with our current set up.
Until you've encountered crosswinds in the Texas panhandle, you haven't encountered crosswinds.

All along US 287 and I-40 you'll see wind farms with big white propellers growing like weeds, and more being built every day. You know the wind is strong when they have to shut down the propellers to keep them from turning too fast!
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Until you've encountered crosswinds in the Texas panhandle, you haven't encountered crosswinds.

All along US 287 and I-40 you'll see wind farms with big white propellers growing like weeds, and more being built every day. You know the wind is strong when they have to shut down the propellers to keep them from turning too fast!

LOL oh trust me I know the pan handle well as well as the rest of the lovely Lone Star state. One of the (mis)fortunes of living in Austin is that you have to navigate the entire freaking state to go any where decent including trips out to McDonald Observatory, Taos, Colorado, or East to FL. What I'm saying is that compared with the sh** show of a ride the Encounter was, the AI is a gem to drive!
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You know the wind is strong when they have to shut down the propellers to keep them from turning too fast!
I guess they don't have variable pitch blades?
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I guess they don't have variable pitch blades?
That's HOW they shut them down, feathering the blades just like airplane propellers on a shut-down engine.
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