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Old 08-08-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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New member questions

This is my first post, if I'm ''forgetting'' something, just let me know.

I have a couple of questions about my scheduled purchase of a 2012
Interstate 3500.
1) Does anyone have a recommendation on a dehumidifier for this RV?
At Tweety's I found a Petite Electric Dehumidifer that holds only 16 oz
(2 cups) but thought maybe the amp draw would be small and justify the
Constant attention it would need. It's only 6 x 4 x 8 (petite) maybe it
Would be a good bathroom item when I hang wet clothes there.
Tweety's.com. Item # 38-1100/N03-0683

2) also at Tweetys.com/adventureSystemSwingingModelTraywpod.aspx
By Rola it has a reticulating swing arm (so the back of the RV isn't
Blocked) it holds 13 1/2 cubic storage space or 250 lbs. (not much)
Item # 92-1472/N05-1105

3) I am incredulous the RV does not have a screen door.

4) does anyone know or have ideas about a washer/dryer combo?
Www.splendide.com/splendide_wd2100.xc.htm
I hope someone tells me I'm nuts to think this is a necessary, good, helpful
Item to have.

5) The salesman said he would be open to a 'special order' on the Interstate
3500 Anything you can Think of, that I should try and 'insist' on?

6) I'm thinking of the configuration with one extra wardrobe, (3 seats up front)
And lounge in back.

THANKS for any help, or thoughts you have on these matters.
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think of that I should 'insist on'?
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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I recently bought a 2011 Mercedes Interstate and now my brother emails me listings of ones for sale on Ebay....there was a 2008 with only 3600 miles. Send me your contact information at bsouthwell@pjs.com.... I am a better talker than typer. Cell 713-828-3376 (live in Texas...central time)
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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One other item you might consider is an ice maker. If you don't have room for an under-cabinet model, there are some great stainless portables — many of them require no drain and will fit behind the driver's seat. Supentown makes a pretty good mid-range model.
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I think you'd give up so much space in an Interstate to install a washer/dryer that it just wouldn't be worth it. Between price and reports of the effectiveness and durability (or lack thereof) of these combo units, I'm thinking that the occasional stop at the coin-op laundry looks like a good option.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #5
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Washer/Dryer Combo

Well Today I got my first tour of the Interstate 3500. It is indeed beautiful.
But installing a washer/Dryer combo in it??? What was I thinking? Very impractical for the Sprinter. NO room and I saw that today.
I was very surprised at the lack of storage. This model did not have a wardrobe so I'll keep looking. This was the 2012 Lounge with 4 seats in the front. Beautiful, elegant and well build.
I'm learning. It's a process. Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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An ice maker. I think it was the Herrington or Hammacher Schlemmer catalog that showed a portable ice maker. 13 lbs of ice in 24 hour period. But it weighs 47 lbs .
If you could have this item, would you find it really useful? I was thinking perhaps in a larger group setting. It would be great to keep lots of beer cold!
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Hi, I ended-up throwing the Supentown 1M-101S into my 2012 Interstate. Yup, it does weigh 46 pounds but fits nicely behind driver's seat in the three-seat configuration and there is an appropriate plug in that location. Seems to draw a crowd around toddy time down here on the beach .... check out Amazon ..... lots of alternatives ..... just be sure to avoid those requiring a drain.
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Hi, I ended-up throwing the Supentown 1M-101S into my 2012 Interstate. Yup, it does weigh 46 pounds but fits nicely behind driver's seat in the three-seat configuration and there is an appropriate plug in that location. Seems to draw a crowd around toddy time down here on the beach .... check out Amazon ..... lots of alternatives ..... just be sure to avoid those requiring a drain.
Thanks for the ideas on the need for ice. The three seat configuration is my preference for the 2012 Interstate, so it's good to know there's a space for it and all 46 pounds of it. Definitely, no drain requirement. And my ice cooler will fit between the two front seats. BudWeiser, ice, and the open road.
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I'm still unclear about electrical sources and requirements for the A/C.
1) If I'm driving the Interstate 3500, then no problem, the A/C has enough electricity
from the Sprinter battery keeping the house battery charged. Right?
2) But if I'm boon docking with no (what I call city electricity) outside city generated 30
amp electricity then I need the generator working to provide enough electricity for
the A/C requirements. Right?
3) For the A/C to work I need 'city electricity' or the generator on.
4) the A/C will not work off of energy stored in the house batteries. Right?

I was told by the salesman the same is true for the microwave. Does this sound right?

Sorry I'm so dense on this. Thanks for your clarifications.
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If you're driving the Interstate, while the engine is running you'll have dash air conditioning and the engine-driven alternator will power 12v electrical accessories and charge the coach and house battery.

If you wish to use the roof air conditioner, you must have a generator running or be connected to an external source of 120v electrical power.

As a general rule, you'll need a generator running or a connection to external 120v "shore power" to run the microwave as well.
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Thank you, from the New Member

thanks that clarifies my questions on the A/C and microwave.

Now I need to learn more about the generator. My limited knowledge is watch out for the CO2 from the generator. Keep the air circulating.

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In the Owners Manual, one of the first issues Thor discusses is humidity is the enemy of the Interstate 3500.

Does anyone have experience with this issue &/or solutions they found helpful.

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Keep the air circulating and a window cracked or vent cracked while camping to cut down on humidity. jim
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Keep the air circulating and a window cracked or vent cracked while camping to cut down on humidity. jim
I think that advice is more pertinent when running the furnace than when running the air conditioner.
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