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Forum: Computers, Internet & Satellite 05-26-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 438
Views: 51,800
Posted By eyechip
As someone who works from my AI a great deal I...

As someone who works from my AI a great deal I have been struggling with data caps when tethering. I currently have my phone maxed per month at 15Gb, along with TWO AT&T mobile wifi hotspots with a...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 05-01-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
Posted By eyechip
Seriously loving that bike/cargo system. I own a...

Seriously loving that bike/cargo system. I own a black AI as well and it looks seamless. If you are interested in selling that alone and are ever down in the DC/Mid Atlantic area let me know.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-13-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,568
Posted By eyechip
Yeah, lol. I remember him saying this summer...

Yeah, lol. I remember him saying this summer about it.."and they had a great selection of complimentary newspapers as well."
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-13-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,568
Posted By eyechip
One strategy I have used is for specific hotel...

One strategy I have used is for specific hotel parking lots. That is knowing what is the hotel's normal staffing and ability to enforce who is parked.

1. Normal sized Hampton Inns and Courtyard...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-23-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 787
Posted By eyechip
Loving this Alex! Nice one. I am a bit of a...

Loving this Alex! Nice one. I am a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to Christmas but enjoy seeing other's cheer. I did see an AI this week near Miami with a wreath on the front. It looked sweet!
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-18-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By eyechip
Since I am seeing some interest in these I will...

Since I am seeing some interest in these I will post another one I enjoyed.
https://www.hipcamp.com/california/pianetta-ranch-winery/pianetta-ranch-winery-camp

It's close to Paso Robles in Cali...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-18-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By eyechip
I also am a member of Harvest Host but...

I also am a member of Harvest Host but surprisingly have not used them as of yet. The few times I saw one nearby where I needed to park for the night it was mostly just a parking lot behind a farmers...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-18-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By eyechip
My suggestion on this HipCamp is to text them...

My suggestion on this HipCamp is to text them ahead and have them hold the closer in spot that is usually reserved for larger RV's. It's a bit less "in the woods" but avoids the worst of the dirt...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-18-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By eyechip
@KPM. Nice one. I should add that I have found...

@KPM. Nice one. I should add that I have found the hosts to ALWAYS be super responsive. Often texting back in a minute or two with any questions. My oft one is "does your location have ATT cell...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-18-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By eyechip
https://www.hipcamp.com/california/wagmore/camp-wa...

https://www.hipcamp.com/california/wagmore/camp-wagmore

This is my favorite HipCamp so far. Right off HWY 1 in Cali just 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo. great spot when heading up the coast.
...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-18-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By eyechip
HipCamp

Thought I would share what has been the best find for me so far in overnighting around the US in my AI.

I stumbled on HipCamp looking for alternative places to stay that are more unique, remote,...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-10-2018, 03:51 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Mansderm, I just got my rig back this weekend and...

Mansderm, I just got my rig back this weekend and am amazed at how snug and perfect the batteries sit under the sofa. The service center I used did an amazing job with the installation (I will get...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-05-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
@Gene. While I am not here to defend Vegas there...

@Gene. While I am not here to defend Vegas there is also the real possibility, as is often the case, that I am just the unlucky one in how they have dealt with it. I am sure that many others have had...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-04-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
@interblog Yes, I am also thinking this is the...

@interblog Yes, I am also thinking this is the case. It's beyond me why they would lie to me though knowing full well I had service planned around getting that part. It boggles the mind.

I have...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-03-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Welp, an update. I finally got a local place in...

Welp, an update. I finally got a local place in DC to service and they are ready to replace the battery and install the retrofit that Airstream Las Vegas created as a response to the faulty...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-13-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Alex, thanks so much, dude. Things should be fine...

Alex, thanks so much, dude. Things should be fine and Joe has been very responsive and showing a great deal of concern. Once I find the person to make the repairs and retrofit and battery replacement...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-12-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
@jhenry. I assume you are directing this to me....

@jhenry. I assume you are directing this to me. Yes, I do walk around each morning and I always peer under to look for any hanging wires or parts. I never noticed any obvious signs with the batteries...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-11-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Alex, My feeling (and the feeling of a few...

Alex, My feeling (and the feeling of a few friends and the guy who came out to help me on the highway is that the sheet metal IS the weak point. Yes, I saved everything...not the battery though...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-10-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
@Alex I think the factory installed is pretty...

@Alex I think the factory installed is pretty much ok. It seems to be the extra lbs of the upgraded batteries causing the issue. But if upgrading I think every service center in the US needs to be...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-09-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,101
Posted By eyechip
Looks Phenomenal, Alex! However, as a huge...

Looks Phenomenal, Alex!

However, as a huge Washington Caps fan I take issue with only one thing: The Knights sticker. (FYI, I was at all the SCF games there)
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-07-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
The most frustrating thing now is that I have...

The most frustrating thing now is that I have spent two days calling all the service centers in my region and no one can touch it until late December. It's not a priority to get me squeezed in I...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-06-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By eyechip
Welcome to the family! Yeah, sorry but it is an...

Welcome to the family! Yeah, sorry but it is an issue across the board with a lot of people. Alex is the "shade whisperer" for sure and he bailed me out on my last "jam." His advice is straight on.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-06-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
@ALEX If people here agree in the Vegas...

@ALEX

If people here agree in the Vegas Airstream approach that they are going for it seems like a good place for you to get this retrofitted easily and soon.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-06-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Vegas Airstream is pretty upset about this and...

Vegas Airstream is pretty upset about this and hats off that they are acting fast. The sent me this picture today and steps going forward.

"Designed this yesterday...to be bolted in the steal...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-06-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Yes. Dealers are installing these heavier boxes...

Yes. Dealers are installing these heavier boxes using the same system as Airstream does for the lighter ones. This may be a widespread potential safety hazard that is going to eventually cause harm...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-06-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Tronadora....wow! It looks exact as to what...

Tronadora....wow! It looks exact as to what happened to me. I am thinking there is something going on with upgrades and perhaps Airstream dealers are cutting corners or not using Airstream specs when...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-06-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
These were my thoughts as well. And yes, don't...

These were my thoughts as well. And yes, don't think the thought that this could have killed someone did not cross my mind. It was in the afternoon on one of the busiest highways in Chicago. It's a...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-05-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
The Tray was fine and is still very much attached...

The Tray was fine and is still very much attached (thank god)
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-05-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
Some Photos:

Some Photos:
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-05-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,508
Posted By eyechip
House Battery Detaches on Highway Today

I was not sure how to title this as it is a pretty serious occurrence and so bizarre as to fail the title test of explanation and whimsy.

Basically though, this is what happened:

Today, on...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-27-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,872
Posted By eyechip
Well, add me to the list now. And of course I...

Well, add me to the list now. And of course I just picked up my rig from Colonial this week after repairs to a number of warranty issues. My rear door driver side is stuck open, both shades, and...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-18-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,142
Posted By eyechip
Thanks everyone and this is great insight. It...

Thanks everyone and this is great insight. It seems for no more time than it takes to wash my rig I can just do it myself on the fly when needed. I just scheduled an appointment with Colonial next...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-17-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,142
Posted By eyechip
Walking The Winterizing Tightrope

OK, so….the time has come to think about my first winterizing. This is more than just deciding to try and do it myself or take it to a dealer (Colonial offered to let me watch them the first time to...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-05-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 896
Posted By eyechip
I am getting this! Great suggestion, Air.

I am getting this! Great suggestion, Air.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-03-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By eyechip
Congrats on a beautiful vehicle and your first...

Congrats on a beautiful vehicle and your first nights out. You pretty much nailed the common complaints that are echoed here. Not huge stuff (cause hell, gotta complain) but hopefully things...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-02-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 896
Posted By eyechip
The 10K Mile Shakedown (Aka..The Fusion Fury)

Home. What a shakedown. 10,000 miles under the belt and just over two months. With that I give you my my top ten NOOB thoughts, lessons, and critiques. Feel free to laugh at me. Ok, WITH me!

10....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-25-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By eyechip
I knew you would show up, Alex! Dude, I need to...

I knew you would show up, Alex! Dude, I need to take you on a trip to teach me stuff. Will give it a go. Thank!
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-25-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By eyechip
Black Tank Valve Stuck in ON. Tank not emptying.

Whelp, made it to Wyoming. Last night I tried to empty the black tank and I noticed it was not emptying at any decent pace. Eventually none at all. Now at 60% and nothing coming out. Macerator is...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-22-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,058
Posted By eyechip
One of the best posts ever here. As a recent noob...

One of the best posts ever here. As a recent noob to this world over the past two months with an '18 4WD I echo pretty much everything you state. But you said it better than I would. The AI is...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-07-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,431
Posted By eyechip
The Fusion system is a complete mess. I have not...

The Fusion system is a complete mess. I have not updated my original post in some days regarding my own problems but with a brand new month old off the lot 18 AI I have now been to 6, yes, SIX...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-25-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
Finally! The Fusion is working. I am whole for...

Finally! The Fusion is working. I am whole for the first time since taking delivery.

By the way this past month did create a positive in that I named my rig to honor this debacle at pick up....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-24-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
This sounds like good news. Got a report last...

This sounds like good news. Got a report last night regarding Airstream LA and the Fusion...."the dealer in LA said that they have found the issue on your Interstate. Said that it is a short at one...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-19-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
Alex, I actually used Blue Beacon in Vegas...

Alex, I actually used Blue Beacon in Vegas (North) which is the only location around you. I was kind of surprised as they charged me like $25? It was really cheap. Was it great? Nah, took 10 minutes...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-19-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
The black is so damn sexy though! But yeah,...

The black is so damn sexy though!

But yeah, I have already been through two Blue Beacons this trip. Dirt roads along rivers and the Black AI do not make for an attractive look later on.

As...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-19-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
It's in LA at a Mercedes Service center. I...

It's in LA at a Mercedes Service center. I already emailed Colonial with the info Alex provided. I am going to have them try the obvious and easiest first with this CANBUS setting. Would be pretty...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-19-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
I thought I would divert a bit of the discussion...

I thought I would divert a bit of the discussion for a peak at my rig.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-19-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
Wow, Alex...this is amazing info. I am forwarding...

Wow, Alex...this is amazing info. I am forwarding this to Colonial now to arm whoever they find in LA this week to implement your steps. You are right in that so far there is a lot of shooting into...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-18-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
Quick Update: First of all thanks everyone...

Quick Update:

First of all thanks everyone for the kind comments. I appreciate very much the encouragement. I am not one to use forums for complaints. I am more posting here so that any others who...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-16-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
Oh, Colonial checked everything prior. Fourteen...

Oh, Colonial checked everything prior. Fourteen hours before I picked it up. Sure, they were transparent to the problem but called me the evening before to tell me with no options to fix before I...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-15-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,758
Posted By eyechip
I have been amiss these days in updates and...

I have been amiss these days in updates and expressing my thanks to everyone. Much because my barely on the grid status has resulted in some quirky bug that would not allow me to post here without...
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