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Old 01-04-2016, 02:04 AM   #15
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Congratulations! Ours is a 2013 Twin. We upgraded the mattresses and now have a king size ... Better than home. We've been to 41 National Parks and 48 States. The Interstate is a great vehicle/rv. We've replaced fuses, a macerator pump, thermostat and now the a/c circuit board. I added a 100w solar panel and will add another soon. Towed a Jeep Rubicon to Moab from Maryland's Eastern Shore. Most of our touring is w/o a tow vehicle and the Interstate can go any place a FedX truck can go. We've lived in it for seven months and never felt like we needed a hotel. Headed to New Orleans then Calif now. Summer will be back to Maryland then up to Nova Scotia.

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Tell us more about your mattress upgrade.
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Great info. But note the Mercedes handbook requires tire rotation on the Sprinter model as part of normal maintenance. I've had it done once so far and while at it had upgraded valves installed. Tire rotation not an inexpensive procedure.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:26 AM   #17
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Removing the upholstered wooden side panels from the side-facing seats helps improve the comfort of the Interstate's bed immensely. When in seat mode, you do have to be a little more careful of the metal seat frame without those boards to protect against pinch points, but that metal doesn't stick up to form a pressure point when the lounge is made into a bed, unlike the upholstered wooden boards.
Can you provide more information on this? It is very interesting and maybe a better solution. We don't use the side facing seats for sleeping but maybe we should?!
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:07 AM   #18
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Can you provide more information on this? It is very interesting and maybe a better solution. We don't use the side facing seats for sleeping but maybe we should?!
If you haven't already done so, you might want to read these two threads. They cover just about every question one might have.


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On the Twin we replaced the factory mattresses with custom ones from Handcrafted Mattress Company. A separate 15" piece goes in the middle. This was not a cheap upgrade but it's a real bed. We leave the bed together all the time and use two plastic bins for increased storage. As to tires; we replaced the fronts at 30k and now we're more careful and have a wheel alignment done every year. We don't rotate given the issues noted.
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Great info. But note the Mercedes handbook requires tire rotation on the Sprinter model as part of normal maintenance. I've had it done once so far and while at it had upgraded valves installed. Tire rotation not an inexpensive procedure.

The Sprinter Owners Manual does not require rotation, it just recommends it, and has phrase like "If your vehicle's tire configuration allows, you can rotate the wheels..." A lot has been written about the trade-offs in rotating tires. Generally if you have to pay to get your tires rotated it's not worth it. Here is page on rotation from my Sprinter Owners Manual.
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Watch the outside rib on the fronts for excessive wear that show up around 10K-15K miles.

If you get that, get the camber set as close to zero as the spec allows which may require the special camber bolts from MB for about $8/ea.
Good advice. Thanks!
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Can you provide more information on this? It is very interesting and maybe a better solution. We don't use the side facing seats for sleeping but maybe we should?!
Protagonist...our A/S is not a twin version. So we open the rear lounge
Into the queen bed and place egg shell foam over it. We've never used the rear facing seats to complete the
Bed make-up but you do and I am wondering if you think I should try to do the same as you?
Your effort sounds very interesting but
I'm not sure it will benefit in my case?
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Protagonist...our A/S is not a twin version. So we open the rear lounge
Into the queen bed and place egg shell foam over it. We've never used the rear facing seats to complete the
Bed make-up but you do and I am wondering if you think I should try to do the same as you?
Your effort sounds very interesting but
I'm not sure it will benefit in my case?
The twin version is a completely different critter with regard to sleeping, and I made no mention of it in my post, so I'm wondering why you mentioned it. And your mention of "rear facing seats" is also puzzling. Did you mean side-facing seats?

I'm taller than my Interstate's sofa is wide, so sleeping side-to-side is not an option for me. The only way for me to sleep on the sofa alone is to sleep sitting up. I have to use the side-facing seats to make the bed out into a short queen size and sleep with my head near the rear doors and my feet on one of the side-facing seats. If you use the sofa alone, and sleep sideways in the van, your bed would be smaller than a double, and nowhere near queen-size, but for people of small stature, that's a perfectly acceptable alternative.

Removing the two upholstered boards from the side-facing seats is easy. Partially jackknife the side-facing seat, and you will see two bolts securing the board in place. Remove the bolts and the board comes right off.
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The twin version is a completely different critter with regard to sleeping, and I made no mention of it in my post, so I'm wondering why you mentioned it. And your mention of "rear facing seats" is also puzzling. Did you mean side-facing seats?

I'm taller than my Interstate's sofa is wide, so sleeping side-to-side is not an option for me. The only way for me to sleep on the sofa alone is to sleep sitting up. I have to use the side-facing seats to make the bed out into a short queen size and sleep with my head near the rear doors and my feet on one of the side-facing seats. If you use the sofa alone, and sleep sideways in the van, your bed would be smaller than a double, and nowhere near queen-size, but for people of small stature, that's a perfectly acceptable alternative.

Removing the two upholstered boards from the side-facing seats is easy. Partially jackknife the side-facing seat, and you will see two bolts securing the board in place. Remove the bolts and the board comes right off.
EXT's have the two side panels at the rear that drop down to make a king size bed when the the two side facing seats are also extended. If you dropped down the rear panels and did not extend the side facing seats, the bed might be big enough for people like me that are 5'9" or shorter.

I can't test that theory as I removed those side panels when I installed the two vertical cabinets in the area behind the folding lounge seat. I have effectively made our bed into a non-EXT bed size. It works very well for us in this configuration. Adding the additional storage is the best modification I have made to our AI as those cabinets have proven to be invaluable.
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EXT's have the two side panels at the rear that drop down to make a king size bed when the the two side facing seats are also extended. If you dropped down the rear panels and did not extend the side facing seats, the bed might be big enough for people like me that are 5'9" or shorter.
Okay, that makes sense. I have a non-EXT so I forgot about those extensions.
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Due to my run through the forum, Protagonist is the most active participant in all threads and one of the most knowledgeble person here. He already suggested why the tire rotation is not justified on a Sprinter 3500 chassis, and I confirm the same: there are three different wheel rims: front, rear outer, and rear inner, and in order to rotate tires one must re-mount all. And what is most important - to re-balance them, which is not simple on the Alcoa rims due to the wheel adapters and subsequently large hub opening that requires a bigger balancer and more brain of balancing specialist. In one word, just wait until front rubber wear off, and simply change it for new Michelins, without recommended by factory tires rotation. IMHO.
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Due to my run through the forum, Protagonist is the most active participant in all threads and one of the most knowledgeble person here.
Thank you, but "most knowledgeable" is not something I would claim for myself.

I welcome dissenting opinions because the best way to verify one's assumptions is to challenge them and see if they hold up to scrutiny. Especially since all things Interstate are subject to change not only from one model year to the next, but sometimes within a given model year.
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Okay, as per the new post above - I've told you are the most knowledgeble here on the forum! Ask here anyone if they know such information and I bet nobody does!

Protagonist, please answer for me for couple simple questions:

1) Can I run the roof AC while driving without use of generator?
3) Can I run the heater from shorepower, or it is designed only for LP?
2) Is it really safe to use generator while driving?

Actually I've read what you said about it during last several years, but I want to make sure. This toy is new for me, I've never had one, I just bought it last week and still playing with it on my driveway learning the books and manuals ))))
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