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Old 05-25-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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Looks like they're getting ready to start making a new Class B. Sitting in the lot next to the finished trailer lot - where they used to keep the Freightliner vans which are made into the Interstate - are four Chevrolet Express 3500 EXTD WB Cargo Vans, 6.0L Vortec V8 and 6 speed auto. Color is Sheer Silver Metallic and the window sticker price is $36151.00. Seems to me there was mention some months ago that Airstream was planning a new Class B. There are no Freightliners in the lot now so either they're dropping the Interstate or they've got a new place to store them.

For 30 amp hookups Airstream is now using connectors made by Furrion.

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The housing is a bit fancier and appears to have a posi-lok type connection, If you look at the web page the square one in one they're using. TV connection also uses the same type housing.

And Airstream has a Bowlus Road Chief. It is in the repair shop on the west side 2 or 3 doors up from the back wall. Not in too bad a shape considering how old it is.

Haven't bothered taking the factory tour again this year since I've done it so many times already. May do it later this week and if I learn anything interesting will pass it on.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:20 PM   #2
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Take a picture of those Chevrolet vans and post it, wouldja? I keep hearing about them, cannot imagine them being as nice as our Interstate on the Sprinter chassis. They seem like they would be rather boxy.

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Old 05-25-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Sorry but I have no camera believe it or not. Keep saying I've gotta get one but haven't yet.
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Ya gotta get a cheapo digital point-and-shoot camera - they are easy to use, and even the cheap ones take fairly good pictures...sounds like a Wal-Mart road trip to me...

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No more Dodge Sprinters

Now that Dodge is part of FIAT, Mercedes stopped supplying them with Sprinters.

You can only get them thru Freightliner (which is owned by Mercedes) or thru 100 select Mercedes dealers. Thankfully, one of those 'select dealers' is nearby in Naples, FL....close to me when I'm in Marco Island.

In fact, Mercedes is running a promotion to 'convert' any SPrinter that was sold as a Dodge back to a Mercedes by removing any Dodge badging and grills and replacing them with the 'proper' Mercedes items. IIRC, this was $300 including labor, which is actually a very good deal. Sort of a 'welcome back to the family' promotion.

Mine is going in for a major service in a week or so. I expect very good things from them, but we'll see.
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Thanks, Terry-----nope, not as nice as our Interstate. May have some features inside that make them redeemable.

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Thanks, Terry-----nope, not as nice as our Interstate. May have some features inside that make them redeemable.

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About the biggest "redeeming feature" I can think of, is they are built in North America by an American owned company (IIRC, the US government still owns 51%). That means to me when they break down, you can find parts more easily for them.
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And isn't it powerful enough to pull any other AS you would care to hitch it to?
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And isn't it powerful enough to pull any other AS you would care to hitch it to?
Only if it is a 3/4 or 1 ton van.

I ran a 1500 1/2 ton Chevy Express for a few years and while it was generally a good machine (needed a tranny at 30K though) you still need the bigger, heavier components of the higher rated vans to do heavy towing.
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And isn't it powerful enough to pull any other AS you would care to hitch it to?
I believe the Interstates are able to pull 10,000 lbs, which seems plenty big to me. Of course, we tow nothing--like to keep it simple and that mileage up!

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Maggie,


The Sprinter has a factory tow rating of 5000 pounds. Some conversions, like Winnebago’s Navion, have a manufacturer's tow rating of 3500 pounds.


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Only if it is a 3/4 or 1 ton van.

I ran a 1500 1/2 ton Chevy Express for a few years and while it was generally a good machine (needed a tranny at 30K though) you still need the bigger, heavier components of the higher rated vans to do heavy towing.
It was described in this thread as a Chevrolet Express 3500 EXTD WB Cargo Vans, 6.0L Vortec V8 and 6 speed auto.

That's a one-ton, right?

Should be able to pull just about any AS out there, yud think...
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