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Old 09-19-2020, 11:16 AM   #1
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Buying 2013 AI Lounge

Hi Community, i am looking at a 2013 AI lounge this weekend from a private seller. Looks like it has 60K miles.

I wanted to see if any of you have some quick feedback on things I should worry about, when buying this year of AI Lounge? Are their items that break more commonly?

Supper excited as this rig is close by us and inventory is obviously very low.

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Old 09-19-2020, 12:46 PM   #2
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I have a 2013 and love it.

My first impression was "it has everything" and there's nothing to personalize. That was false! I spend way too much time customizing it, but that's what I like to do. I'd probably do many of the same changes to a new one.

The only MB issue that I have had is the dreaded check engine light came on because the DEF heater failed - that was a $2500 fix since the emissions warranty had expired.

I can't list all the alterations and upgrades we've done. There aren't many screws or bolts that are still virgin. Someday I need to stop and make a list.

Currently, I'm finishing up its second electrical system upgrade. My first attempt to make it capable of boondocking limited us to about 4 to 5 days. The new revisions will result in making the boondocking limitations black tank related.

Next we're changing the table for a second time. It takes years to create the perfect RV - and Airstream provides a good start. As they say, "Good bones!"
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Old 09-19-2020, 01:43 PM   #3
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I also have a 2013 ext lounge and love it. The ride is harsh, so go in with that expectation. Ask for a demonstration that the macerator works (at a dump station, obviously). You won’t know how the prior owner(s) treated the batteries, so you may need to deal with those after your purchase. I’d recommend getting on the roof to check lap sealant for cracks as you may need to do some maintenance sealant work around a tank vent or the vent fan. You could pull the water pump screen to see if there is green moss stuck in it to know how many rounds of sanitization you’re likely to have to do.

These are things I had to attend to over the weeks and months after my purchase. I didn’t know what I didn’t know at the time.

Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:51 PM   #4
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Not unique to your MY, but expect failures of the rear wheel speed sensors.
Don't let DEF level get below appx half full.
Consider adding a battery monitor kit to your Magnum to keep better track of battery state of charge.
Likely will want to add more solar power if you intend to do any boondocking.
Consider straps around the Fiamma awning to prevent accidental deployment. We hardly ever use ours, so strapping it is not an inconvenience.
Add an inside LPG switch.
Learn where all the fuses are while its sitting in your driveway, and buy spares.
Pay attention to pump labels and make sure you are putting in diesel.
Don't spend so much time modifying things that you don't have time to enjoy it.
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:45 AM   #5
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We purchased our 2013/2014 Ext Lounge new in January 2014. Mileage now 45K. As indicated above, the leaf springed rear axle created a rough ride for those sitting on the rear bench. In 2015 Installed 4-Bag Glide Rite Air Suspension, https://www.sprinterstore.com/produc...-system-4-bag/ which made an amazing difference in ride and handling. MB recall on passenger airbags & Airstream recall on propane tank valve. Replaced all OE tires in 2020 due to age. Slide out step just stopped operating this past month, so, it is on the "to do" list. We are more than happy with this vehicle. It has taken us safely up to Canada and down to Mexico. Good Luck!
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