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Old 10-26-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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Moving Sun Visor to Side Window?

I'm embarrassed to ask this question, since it seems like it should be so easy, but I haven't figured it out:

How do you move the sun visor to the side window?

We have a 2014 AI and I would guess this is stock on the Mercedes Sprinter van. There is a plastic D-type clip over the visor where it connects on the right side of the driver's sun visor (and left side of the passenger visor). It seems that this clip should either slide one way or pull out of there completely, but I cannot get anything more than a small movement out of it.

Please tell me what I am missing. Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2015, 03:37 PM   #2
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I'm embarrassed to ask this question, since it seems like it should be so easy, but I haven't figured it out:

How do you move the sun visor to the side window?

We have a 2014 AI and I would guess this is stock on the Mercedes Sprinter van. There is a plastic D-type clip over the visor where it connects on the right side of the driver's sun visor (and left side of the passenger visor). It seems that this clip should either slide one way or pull out of there completely, but I cannot get anything more than a small movement out of it.

Please tell me what I am missing. Thanks.
On my 2013, you just pull the visor straight out away from the clip you describe above. Then you can rotate it.
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Old 10-26-2015, 04:10 PM   #3
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Side note to T1N Sprinter-based owners because the title of this thread does not specify which kinds of Interstates are being referred to:

T1N sun visors have always been un-rotatable. For a few years, there was an aftermarket producer who made an adapter-type device that would allow them to be retrofitted and rotated, but that market has been extinct for some time now - they are no longer available.

I use one of those pull-down roller shades that can be bought in any auto chain store. I detest the thing because every time I have to roll down the driver's side window, it detaches and tumbles onto the floor or into my lap.

My husband has designed a better permanent retrofit, but that installation is way down on our priority list and so I don't have instructions to offer yet. But I will someday.
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On my 2013, you just pull the visor straight out away from the clip you describe above. Then you can rotate it.
I have used everything up to, but not including, a crowbar to get the sunshade on my 2013 AI to pull straight out, down, and even forward to no avail. I considered using a Dremel to cut the clip away but I didn't want to permanently destroy it.
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I have used everything up to, but not including, a crowbar to get the sunshade on my 2013 AI to pull straight out, down, and even forward to no avail. I considered using a Dremel to cut the clip away but I didn't want to permanently destroy it.
You planted enough doubt in my mind that I drove over to the storage building to make sure I wasn't losing it. Mine is a 2012 chassis and you simply pull the visor away from the clip. We both did this a number of times on our recent trip out west.


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Old 10-26-2015, 05:31 PM   #6
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Just put on some window tint and be done with it. Just don't go so dark as to attract attention and you'll be fine. Really Really saves on the heat.

If I could do my windshield without a bunch of water leaking down into the dash I would. Not tinted, but to block heat.
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Old 10-26-2015, 05:53 PM   #7
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Just put on some window tint and be done with it. Just don't go so dark as to attract attention and you'll be fine. Really Really saves on the heat.
Wish I could do that, but then my Interstate would never pass another mandatory vehicle inspection. Window tinting is only legal in Louisiana behind the B-pillars.

Instead I settled for tinted vent visors from WeatherTech, available from Eurocampers.com and other fine retailers.

They also prove very handy for winter camping where I need to leave a window cracked open while running my furnace, since the cracked-open window with its cold draft is as far away from my bed as you can get in an Airstream Interstate. I normally crack open the passenger-side window because it's also as far away from the furnace and water heater exhaust as you can get.
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Don't be embarrassed Brian...My new 2016 has the additional clip which does not show in jerhofer's photo. I'm like you...I have looked at this numerous ways and unless you break the clip which I hesitate to do, it will not pull out and rotate. I'll try to take a photo tomorrow.
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I'm embarrassed to ask this question, since it seems like it should be so easy, but I haven't figured it out:

How do you move the sun visor to the side window?

We have a 2014 AI and I would guess this is stock on the Mercedes Sprinter van. There is a plastic D-type clip over the visor where it connects on the right side of the driver's sun visor (and left side of the passenger visor). It seems that this clip should either slide one way or pull out of there completely, but I cannot get anything more than a small movement out of it.

Please tell me what I am missing. Thanks.

I popped off that D-clip with a screwdriver and tossed it as it is not needed if you want to via able to move the visor to side windows.


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Thanks Boxster1971...will do tomorrow
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2012 vs. 2014

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You planted enough doubt in my mind that I drove over to the storage building to make sure I wasn't losing it. Mine is a 2012 chassis and you simply pull the visor away from the clip. We both did this a number of times on our recent trip out west.


Yours looks like what I would expect to see in this (or any other vehicle). But unfortunately, that is not how my 2014 looks. It has a D-type clip around it that keeps it from coming off. If you are the original owner, did it ever have a D-type clip? If yes, how did you remove it?

For any others, did you actually break off the D-type clip? It seems a little crazy to me that Mercedes would design it that way (my car is a Mercedes and I don't have any issues in this category) where it needs to be broken off.

Well, at least I know that I'm not the only one...
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Had the same problem. Mine is a 214.5 AI. I had to pry them off with a screw driver. Once gone it all works normally. My first AI, a 2009 did not have the clips so I was surprised to find them and I still don't understand the purpose.
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Yours looks like what I would expect to see in this (or any other vehicle). But unfortunately, that is not how my 2014 looks. It has a D-type clip around it that keeps it from coming off. If you are the original owner, did it ever have a D-type clip? If yes, how did you remove it?

For any others, did you actually break off the D-type clip? It seems a little crazy to me that Mercedes would design it that way (my car is a Mercedes and I don't have any issues in this category) where it needs to be broken off.

Well, at least I know that I'm not the only one...
The AI only had 4200 miles on it when we bought it. I did nothing special to the clip so someone else may have removed whatever was there.
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Had the same problem. Mine is a 214.5 AI. I had to pry them off with a screw driver. Once gone it all works normally. My first AI, a 2009 did not have the clips so I was surprised to find them and I still don't understand the purpose.
I may know why the clips are there. Last week the GPS on my iPad guided me to a New Mexico [i]"highway"[/] that morphed from a narrow two lane paved road into 25 or 30 miles of deeply rutted one lane gravel road through the mountains between Taos and Angel Fire New Mexico. Because of the clips, the sun visors were just about the only thing that did not shake loose or pop open on that road. That's why I am reluctant to remove them.

Other than having to reload everything that fell out of the cabinets and closets the AI negotiated the road with great aplomb. The only other traffic on that road were elk and 4x4s filled with elaborate tents, ATVs, guns, and packs of hunters. (If make that trip again I may decide to paint the AI dayglo orange to prevent some over eager hunter from mistaking it for the biggest elk in the mountains.)
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