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Old 12-01-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Anybody has a solution to get the sliding door to close proper?
I try to adjust mine but could not get it correct. I have to slam the door to make it close. Airstreams response is "that's how they close". MB that is a up fitter problem.
The rear of the door seams not to come in and look but you don't know until you drive and the warning comes up on the dash.
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side door closing

First one problem is if all windows and vents are tight.. This helps create the problem. Air has to escape so a vent cracked open seems to help ours. Also I try to keep my left hand on the door and add some "push" towards the middle of it when closing it. That "seems" to be the easiest way to do it for me.
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Based on the file name, this is for the older T1N Sprinters. The procedure for the NCV3 Sprinters (in the US, MY 2007 and later) may be different.
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Thanks Bob I try this.
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Anybody has a solution to get the sliding door to close proper?
I try to adjust mine but could not get it correct. I have to slam the door to make it close. Airstreams response is "that's how they close". MB that is a up fitter problem.
The rear of the door seams not to come in and look but you don't know until you drive and the warning comes up on the dash.
Use silicone spray on the striker bolt and striker pocket.

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Old 12-02-2013, 06:45 AM   #7
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Anybody has a solution to get the sliding door to close proper?
I try to adjust mine but could not get it correct. I have to slam the door to make it close. Airstreams response is "that's how they close". MB that is a up fitter problem.
The rear of the door seams not to come in and look but you don't know until you drive and the warning comes up on the dash.
I've always had to slam mine, but never even thought about it until you posted this question. I find that most sliding van doors, not just Airstream Interstate sliding doors, have to be slammed in order to close properly. The same was true on my Dodge Caravan back in the 1980's, and my mom's Chrysler Town & Country van today. Although her T&C has electrically-operated sliding doors, so she gets upset if I open and close the door myself instead of letting the electric motor do it. The Caravan and Town & Country are minivans, and their sliding doors weigh a lot less than a Sprinter sliding door, so if I have to slam a minivan door, I fully expect to slam a big Sprinter door.

When you close a sliding van door, the door slides forward, and then curves sharply inward right at the end. As part of that inward movement, it has to compress the weatherstripping all around the door opening.

You may be able to get a small amount of relief by lubricating all contact points (silicone spray on the striker as recommended by Andy, WD40 on the top, middle, and bottom door tracks, glycerine on the weatherstipping to keep the rubber soft) so that you don't have to slam it as hard, but you'll still have to apply a reasonable amount of force to close the door tightly.

Side note, having a window or vent open does help; I've noticed that when I close my sliding side door with all the vents and windows closed, the openable tip-out window in the sliding door "burps" a little to release pressure.
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Has anyone investigated adding a power opener/closer? Only one I could find was from England and about $2,500 shipped and said it took about eight hours to installed by someone who had done it before.
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Even properly lubed, you have to slam it to kick the back of the door in to latch properly. Same with the back doors - slam them or you'll stop again to close them properly. The Sprinter is a commercial van by design, not a luxury car.
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Maybe it's German engineering. We always had to slam the sliding doors on our 1973 and 1991 VW campers. Nice to know that Mercedes is carrying on the tradition.

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Has anyone investigated adding a power opener/closer?
It's apparently an option on European Sprinters, but not on export models sent to the US.
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Yes a sliding door needs mor force but slamming it and start to drive to get a warning the door is not closed is annoying. So beside slamming the door it does not close consistently.
I looked in to a elicit roc door what is available in Europe from MB. I found a supplier in Canada and I was ready to do it but I believe to install it you need to remove the bath which I imagine would be a pain.
I also was disappointed in MB or AS as none of the even put forward any effort to make adjustments.
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I would not trust any Airstream dealer to work on this door. It is purely a Mercedes issue and I would only trust an experienced Sprinter technician to make this adjustment. I know from experience that the techs at Sun Motors in Pennsylvania are glad to make adjustment before the door is damaged from slamming it. That doesn't help you much in IL. If I were you I'd start complaining to MB headquarters.
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I would not trust any Airstream dealer to work on this door. It is purely a Mercedes issue and I would only trust an experienced Sprinter technician to make this adjustment. I know from experience that the techs at Sun Motors in Pennsylvania are glad to make adjustment before the door is damaged from slamming it. That doesn't help you much in IL. If I were you I'd start complaining to MB headquarters.
Mike I agree the problem is my MB dealer will not touch it as he says it is Airstream responsibility. If I am close in PA I may stop by and have them look at it if I cannot figure it out.

I am aware that it is not a luxury car, even so I paid as much for it, and slamming the door is not the main problem it is that it is not consistant I slam the door and one day it closes and the same slam it does not. There is no warning until you put it in gear a drive then he warning pops up.
I just figured somebody here has a trick or so and I guess I got some good ideas anyhow.
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