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Old 01-29-2012, 02:32 PM   #61
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Any possibility of towing a 25FB with either an Interstate or Avenue?
Andy Thomson towed a bigger AS with a Sprinter-based Pleasure-Way - wrote about it here.

I kinda want a Sprinter-based moho - have illogical dreams of shipping it out West (which would be easier than sending a trailer and TV) for travels there.

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Old 01-29-2012, 03:35 PM   #62
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Our understanding is that Interstates are designed to tow.

Our 06 came with a hitch, and was used by the dealer to tow trailers to RV shows.

Someone else would have to help with what weight is allowed, I am thinking plenty for a trailer.

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According to the product literature that came with my 2012 Interstate 3500, you've got the following numbers:
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The trailer hitch is rated for 7,500# trailer weight/750# tongue weight, but you'll never get that much trailer weight without exceeding the GCWR. A more realistic value would be about 6,400# assuming two people plus one duffel apiece in the Interstate, and full propane and freshwater tanks.
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I am purchasing an Airstream Interstate and wanted to know if anyone could recommend a shipping company?

Any input would help

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hi,

presume that you're taking delivery to Boca....

from where?
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:04 AM   #67
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I am purchasing an Airstream Interstate and wanted to know if anyone could recommend a shipping company?
If it was me, I'd fly up to Iowa, have the seller pick me up at the airport, and drive it back home myself. It would be a pity if your Airstream's first road trip is with a stranger at the wheel! But if that's not possible, for whatever reason, you do have some options…

If you bought from a dealer, the first place to check is with the dealer; they may be able to deliver it for you, or handle all the arrangements for you. Dealers like Dave Abrogast or Colonial Airstream, who do business nationwide, probably have transporters that they regularly do business with.

If it was a private sale, or if the dealer wants to charge you an arm and a leg for delivery— though with power steering and automatic transmission you can drive an Interstate with just one arm and leg— then I'd suggest going to Google and typing in "vehicle transport companies." You'll find links to companies like National Transport and A1 Auto Transport, among others. After you've picked a "short list" of possible sources, check each of their records with the Better Business Bureau before getting quotes so that you don't waste your time getting quotes from a disreputable company.

Given the size of an Interstate, you've got two options if you don't want the vehicle driven to you under its own power: a lowboy trailer over the road, or a flatbed rail car. In either case, verify the shipping terms in advance, and make sure it includes insurance; if the unit is damaged in transit, you want the transporter's insurance to make it good, not your insurance company. That's usually easier (fewer lawyers) if the shipping contract specifically includes insurance coverage.

Finally, have the seller send you recent digital "before" photographs of the unit (all sides) before it's loaded on the transport, and you take "after" photographs after it's unloaded at the destination. That way, if your Interstate arrives in anything other than pristine condition, you can determine whether the damage occurred while the seller had it, or while the transporter had it. Most professional transporters are good at what they do, or they wouldn't still be in business, but accidents do happen, and it's always best to be able to prove when any damage occurred.

Also, if the sale was done remotely rather than face-to-face, it may be best to have all documentation is sent separately by registered mail (not shipped in the vehicle), so that the documentation is sent insured and has to be delivered in person with a return receipt. The last thing you need is for the bill of sale, title/certificate of origin, or the odometer certificate to disappear before you can register the vehicle in your home state.
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Thank you everyone.
Very helpful information. I am going to call a couple dealers to also see who they recommend. Waiting on quote from showroom transport.
I would do the drive and it is the way id like to do it, but with work and the fact I am surprising my wife and kids, I'm going to get it shipped down, detailed and bring it home on a Friday afternoon.
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Thank you everyone.
Very helpful information. I am going to call a couple dealers to also see who they recommend. Waiting on quote from showroom transport.
I would do the drive and it is the way id like to do it, but with work and the fact I am surprising my wife and kids, I'm going to get it shipped down, detailed and bring it home on a Friday afternoon.

Which Interstate did you buy?

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Hi Maggie

It's a white 2010 interstate lounge edition. I can't tell you how excited I am. I've wanted one for a long time.
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Hi Maggie

It's a white 2010 interstate lounge edition. I can't tell you how excited I am. I've wanted one for a long time.
Well, we're a bit biased on them, but I think you will love it.

Keep us posted on its' arrival, and your families' reaction.


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Hi Maggie

It's a white 2010 interstate lounge edition. I can't tell you how excited I am. I've wanted one for a long time.
Congrats on your I3500. We too have a white 2011 lounge. White ones are faster that silver or black!!! LOL, I jest. What is going to be your inaugural trip?
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Congrats on your I3500. We too have a white 2011 lounge. White ones are faster that silver or black!!! LOL, I jest. What is going to be your inaugural trip?
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No, no, NO! Silver is fastest!

Actually, they're all good.

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Congrats on your I3500. We too have a white 2011 lounge. White ones are faster that silver or black!!! LOL, I jest. What is going to be your inaugural trip?
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Inaugural trip: I am planning a surpise trip by flying the four of us, my wife and two kids up to pick it up and then driving it back down to Florida over theyre spring break. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to tell them to pack they're bags and go to the airport with no idea of where they are going.
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Inaugural trip: I am planning a surpise trip by flying the four of us, my wife and two kids up to pick it up and then driving it back down to Florida over theyre spring break. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to tell them to pack they're bags and go to the airport with no idea of where they are going.
Sounds like a great plan!

Have fun, and will look for you on the road.


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When I had my Interstate the servicing was done at the local Dodge dealer. Are the MB dealers able to service these vehicles now?. jim
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Some. Not all Mercedes dealers are equipped to work on Sprinters. For example, the New Orleans dealer doesn't, because he still hasn't built a repair bay big enough for to handle one, but the Baton Rouge Mercedes dealer can. Until he has the oversized repair bay, Mercedes won't authorize the New Orleans dealer to sell Sprinters. Part of my research before buying a Sprinter-based class B was to check on this.

Basically, if the Mercedes dealer sells Sprinters, they service Sprinters. If they don't sell them, they don't work on them, either.

Don't expect former Dodge or Freightliner Sprinter dealers to necessarily service Mercedes Sprinters, either. When Mercedes took over the imprint, they made some changes to the van that could trip up mechanics only familiar with the older models.
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Some. Not all Mercedes dealers are equipped to work on Sprinters. For example, the New Orleans dealer doesn't, because he still hasn't built a repair bay big enough for to handle one, but the Baton Rouge Mercedes dealer can. Until he has the oversized repair bay, Mercedes won't authorize the New Orleans dealer to sell Sprinters. Part of my research before buying a Sprinter-based class B was to check on this.

Basically, if the Mercedes dealer sells Sprinters, they service Sprinters. If they don't sell them, they don't work on them, either.

Don't expect former Dodge or Freightliner Sprinter dealers to necessarily service Mercedes Sprinters, either. When Mercedes took over the imprint, they made some changes to the van that could trip up mechanics only familiar with the older models.
We have always taken ours (Mercedes diesel) to Peterbilt for routine maintenance, and they have done a great job.


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It's not over till the inks dry
Anyone have a good recommendation for rv financing?
The one I've been working says alls good than basically wants my next of kin.
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It's not over till the inks dry
Anyone have a good recommendation for rv financing?
The one I've been working says alls good than basically wants my next of kin.
Booo!

Have you tried a Credit Union?

We had good luck refinancing ours from Thor to a Credit Union a couple of years ago, dropping the interest rate by quite a bit.

Good luck.


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