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Old 10-28-2015, 07:08 AM   #29
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These look like the ones attached with tiny suction cups? I use something similar, tho mine are a peel and stick, moveable sunshade.

The windows can still go up and down, but these cut the glare and heat tremendously.
Mine are held in place by cling film, not suction cups. But the cling film is only one layer; the other layer is a see-through fabric of some kind, hence the need to peel them off before lowering the windows. They are very effective at cutting glare and UV light.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:50 PM   #30
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I bought one of those indoor-outdoor battery operated thermometers at Walmart for ten bucks with the intention of sticking the digital read-out on the dash and perhaps inserting its transmitter into the Fantastic outer vent shroud (I could also put it under the chassis but it would receive a lot of pavement radiation).

My husband laughed at me and said, "If you want to know the temperature, why don't you just roll down the window, duh?"
I take it that the T1Ns don't have the external temp. display on the IP.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:42 PM   #31
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I stopped by the Mercedes dealer in Hilton Head Island while on our trip and showed the clips to the guy in service. He said that the entire visor and storage area is after market, installed by Airstream. He said that this clip is not standard on the Sprinter Van.

He removed the clips by hand, doing what I was afraid to do, for fear of breaking either the clip or the mounting bracket. He pulled the clip down from the windshield side and rotated it toward the back of the vehicle and off. Yes, it is a very tight fit, and yes, it seems like it will break something when doing it. But he was able to get both clips off.

He said he didn't know why Airstream put them on there, but thought that perhaps they were put in place for shipment to the dealer to hold the visors in place with the windshield shade. But he thought that the Airstream dealer probably should have removed them. Yet ours were still in place and apparently the case for several others.

Was that MB dealer in Hilton Head a Sprinter dealer? That guy in service doesn't know Sprinters. The visor and the storage shelf they are attached to are OEM Mercedes items, not Airstream items. Just look in your owner's manual. I've attached the pages from my 2012 Mercedes Sprinter owner's manual that show the storage shelf above the windshield. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-30-2015, 06:56 AM   #32
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I take it that the T1Ns don't have the external temp. display on the IP.
They do, but it displays as teeny tiny thin-line black LCD type against a dull amber backlight. There is zero chance I will ever be able to read it while in motion, especially while wearing sunglasses (which I am most of the time). To my knowledge, T1N's have never won any awards for ergonomics.

This is what the ten dollar Walmart version looks like. Now THAT I can read.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:12 PM   #33
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I called Airstream in Jackson Center when I wanted to move the visor over to the side window and I could not move it. I was told that the clip is there to stop the visor from interfering with the airbags.


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Old 11-18-2015, 08:49 PM   #34
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That is correct, there are side curtain airbags in the MB and if your visor is to the side and airbag goes off then it blows the visor into your head!

Of course if the sun is blinding you from the side and you can't see where your going - you might need the airbag!

I'd say I removed the clip, but don't want any MB lawyers to know in case I get smacked by a visor in an accident.


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Shipping clip needs to be removed

Everyone, the Mercedes Sprinter chassis is shipped with a clip to keep the visor in place. To remove it so the visor can be pivoted to the side, pull the visor down and use a pry tool (i.e., large clean standard screwdriver) to pop the clip off. That's it! See https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1Q...i5Be00sgFv0JSk
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Old 06-03-2017, 12:35 PM   #36
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Everyone, the Mercedes Sprinter chassis is shipped with a clip to keep the visor in place. To remove it so the visor can be pivoted to the side, pull the visor down and use a pry tool (i.e., large clean standard screwdriver) to pop the clip off. That's it!
This is an old thread, but other posters have it right. The reason that clip is there on newer Interstates is for your safety. The newer Sprinters have a side curtain airbag, and if it deployed with the visor right there, it could send the visor right into the side of your head!!! This is NOT a "shipping clip"!!!!
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Visor no more of a threat than wearing glasses

I counter, citing that wearing eye glasses or drinking from a bottle or a glass would be more dangerous than the visor, which would spin around. How can it hit you when the airbag goes off it doesn't hit you when you pivot it to the side?
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Old 06-04-2017, 10:42 AM   #38
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I counter, citing that wearing eye glasses or drinking from a bottle or a glass would be more dangerous than the visor, which would spin around. How can it hit you when the airbag goes off it doesn't hit you when you pivot it to the side?
Mercedes doesn't make your glasses, water bottle, etc., therefore they aren't liable. Blame the lawyers.
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Scanning back over this thread, I don't think I posted my DIY side-window sun visor alternative on this one (I probably mentioned it on Mods or somewhere like that).

When I first set out to make this thing, I thought it seemed like a good idea. After having driven about 10k miles with it, I think it's the best thing since sliced bread, and I would never travel without it. Everybody's needs are different, and my eyes are extremely sensitive, so this works for me. It's attached using tiny neodymium magnets and can be adjusted by just scooting the magnets around. Or it can be snatched off in a microsecond if needed.

DIY instructions here for anyone has a concern with potentially blowing their heads off via airbag-driven sun visor impacts.

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Playing the Odds

I removed those clips on the third trip. In my opinion, and I am speaking for myself, the odds of me getting into an accident that deploys the airbags is low. It's never happened to me yet in all my years. The odds that I have the visor over to the side during that accident are even lower, I probably rotate it less than 5% of the time I drive. It is more important for my safety to get the sun out my eyes immediately when needed so I can see to drive.

Lastly, I pity the 1/2 pound visor that slams into my 9 pound head at 100 mph or however fast the airbag propels it. (Lol - hope that isn't what get's written on my headstone)

Just you wait, this is America after all. MB will get sued because someone was blinded by the sun from the drivers window and tried to rotate the visor but couldn't and got into an accident. Then they will figure out how to allow the visor to rotate AND deploy the airbag safely.
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Then they will figure out how to allow the visor to rotate AND deploy the airbag safely.
You mean like every car manufacturer, including their own car line? Simple. Don't put the side airbag above the door. Put it in the A or B pillar, just like they do in their cars. Why they did it the way they did on the Sprinter is a mystery only some designer at MB can explain.....
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Turning visor to the side.

On our 2018 Interstate, I took a small screwdriver and pried the clip up from the bottom so it rotated upward. Then you can slide it to the side and completely remove it. The visor still clips into place just as you'd normally expect. Hope this helps.
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