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Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum Yesterday, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By Rocinante
Cool! In that case, my suggestion of removal and...

Cool! In that case, my suggestion of removal and getting a MoonShade stands. :)

Here are some reasons why:
* When you want shade the built-in shade is never where you need it, at the angle you...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-30-2022, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By Rocinante
2021 Interstate Grand Tour - Carefree Awning replacement

I would simply have it professionally removed, stopping up any holes, and go with a MoonShade or two, depending where I want them at any given time.

https://moonfab.com

OTOH, since this is a...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-27-2022, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Rocinante
Moonshade on our 2016 AI.

Sorry, I missed your query. As has been noted, in the photos I was using the big huge black suction cups. However like all suction cups on a less than perfectly clean surface, over time they let go....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-25-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Rocinante
Moonshade on our 2016 AI.

We finally got a chance to set up our new Moonshade. Mounted it on the “road” side of the van simply because we could and that’s where the sun was at the time. We will never again buy a van with a...
Forum: Modifications 06-19-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 10,353
Posted By Rocinante
Ha! I was gonna say that maybe I should buy my...

Ha! I was gonna say that maybe I should buy my own secure boot and boot the van whenever I park it, but then I saw this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrL5tqFczPE

Perhaps I should just make...
Forum: Modifications 06-19-2022, 11:22 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 10,353
Posted By Rocinante
Talking This is hilarious to me, because this thread and...

This is hilarious to me, because this thread and our posts are so old that we don't even own our 27FB trailer anymore. BTW, never lost a tank or an aluminum cover in seven years. Now we're in an AI...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-13-2022, 03:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,108
Posted By Rocinante
I wouldn’t trust any RV Dealer to do this kind of...

I wouldn’t trust any RV Dealer to do this kind of upgrade work. I’d seek out a specialist. We used AM Solar to upgrade our 2014 Airstream trailer, and Solar Tech Energy Systems, a Naples, FL-based...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-04-2022, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By Rocinante
MB extended warranty purchased directly from MB:...

MB extended warranty purchased directly from MB: maybe.
Extended RV warranty for the RV components: never.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 05-15-2022, 10:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,410
Posted By Rocinante
Thanks for that suggestion! I may yet try again...

Thanks for that suggestion! I may yet try again with that heavier and hopefully more adhesive tape.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 05-14-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,410
Posted By Rocinante
Just a quick “tale of the tape” update. While...

Just a quick “tale of the tape” update. While purogene was easy to use and we believe it did a great job sanitizing the fresh tank and water lines, the aluminum tape idea was a failure, peeling off...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-29-2022, 03:27 PM
Replies: 590
Views: 106,407
Posted By Rocinante
This really does look great, thanks for sharing. ...

This really does look great, thanks for sharing. I spoke to our local Peterbilt shop about this. They haven't applied this particular coating before, but they're willing to give it a shot if we want...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-26-2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 861
Posted By Rocinante
If I had to guess on the cause, I'd say the VHB...

If I had to guess on the cause, I'd say the VHB tape they use to hold the panels in place on the van has failed due to improper application, and then the heat of the sun caused the plastic to expand...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-24-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 861
Posted By Rocinante
I'd have that looked at and a warranty claim...

I'd have that looked at and a warranty claim filed, ASAP. It may be a while before they get the parts, but that's something you'll want to have repaired / replaced before AS can decide it's a...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-14-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 805
Posted By Rocinante
Yeah, we bought our 2016 unit used, and they had...

Yeah, we bought our 2016 unit used, and they had no interest when we called to ask about it. They also blamed maintenance or lack thereof, which is nonsense. Anyway, it's ours now and it's out of...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-14-2022, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,138
Posted By Rocinante
Haven't tracked this in detail, as our contractor...

Haven't tracked this in detail, as our contractor assured us they put in the right sized Cyrix for our alternator. I'll have to look harder at this next time we're driving and charging. We had the...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-13-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,138
Posted By Rocinante
I know it's late in the game, but next time why...

I know it's late in the game, but next time why not go with a simpler, less expensive, Victron Cyrix vs. an Orion? Our lithium / solar / inverter upgrade contractor with at least a decade of...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-13-2022, 05:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 805
Posted By Rocinante
You are not alone. There are lengthy threads here...

You are not alone. There are lengthy threads here on that topic. We have the same issue on our 2016 unit. Airstream wasn’t interested in the least. For now we’re just living with it, but at some...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-12-2022, 06:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,244
Posted By Rocinante
That “new” dash is pretty hideous. It’s all in...

That “new” dash is pretty hideous. It’s all in your face because it’s supposed to showcase the MBUX, but instead you get a flat screen. I don’t really care about MBUX per-se, but when the entire dash...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-01-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By Rocinante
If the rear view camera on the 24X is anything...

If the rear view camera on the 24X is anything like the one they put on our 2016 AI, it's largely useless. We couldn't see the rear bumper, even though it was a straight down view, because the...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-29-2022, 03:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,292
Posted By Rocinante
I would be the first to agree that the Kuat gear...

I would be the first to agree that the Kuat gear was expensive. If you find something less expensive that you like, please do share. :)

Also, if you find a way to store bikes inside your 2017 AI,...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-25-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,244
Posted By Rocinante
I couldn’t care less about MBUX, but I would be...

I couldn’t care less about MBUX, but I would be disappointed not to get those safety features. If it were me, I’d cancel my order to make that point and would start shopping for something else -...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-25-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,292
Posted By Rocinante
Bicycles inside or on the back of an Interstate in a 170 EXT Sprinter?

I don’t know about these RV-compatible bike racks of which you speak. We drive an Airstream Interstate, which is a van. As a result, the Kuat gear works great!
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-23-2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,244
Posted By Rocinante
Yeah, gotta say if they took away all those...

Yeah, gotta say if they took away all those "standard" features, I'd be demanding either a significant price break because those missing features will devalue the van both now and in the future, or...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-23-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,292
Posted By Rocinante
We finally gave up on internal storage and went...

We finally gave up on internal storage and went with a Kuat Sherpa 2.0 rack and their Pivot V2. We're not happy to be carrying bikes outside behind the van, but with the layout of our 2016 AI...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-22-2022, 06:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,244
Posted By Rocinante
New 24x deliveries coming with Garmin & NO adaptive cruise

If adaptive cruise is important to you, tell them, “No, thanks,” and walk away. 🤷

Reminder, lack of adaptive cruise won’t just affect you now, it’ll also affect resale later. [emoji17]
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-22-2022, 06:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,891
Posted By Rocinante
First off, maybe try carrying less stuff and...

First off, maybe try carrying less stuff and using no outside storage boxes. That’s been our solution - only thing we have outside is a bike rack, but if we could find a way to store bikes inside...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 03-20-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 27,625
Posted By Rocinante
Sadly, y’all turned a practical “does it work”...

Sadly, y’all turned a practical “does it work” and “how did you do it” thread into an over the top exercise in armchair quarterbacking. A sad and ignominious end to what was once a great thread....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-17-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By Rocinante
I also despise the funky fake lug nut covers,...

I also despise the funky fake lug nut covers, would love to replace them with actual lug nuts. McGard makes great lug nut replacements that worked beautifully on our previous Airstream trailer (not...
Forum: On The Road... 03-10-2022, 12:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,183
Posted By Rocinante
"Other members may have questions. I am biased. ...

"Other members may have questions. I am biased. Enlighten me," tells me all I need to know...

Y'all have fun with yet another BEV towing vehicle argument, but I'm out.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-09-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,454
Posted By Rocinante
Keep the van plugged into shore power, even if...

Keep the van plugged into shore power, even if it's only 15 amps, all the time while it's stored, keep the battery switch in the "use" position, and that should keep the batteries happy.

There are...
Forum: On The Road... 03-09-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,183
Posted By Rocinante
BEV owners don’t owe enlightenment to the OP or...

BEV owners don’t owe enlightenment to the OP or anyone else, especially when the OP makes it crystal clear they aren’t actually seeking enlightenment, but are instead hoping to stir the pot for...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-07-2022, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 454
Posted By Rocinante
In our 2016 AI the radio draws power from both...

In our 2016 AI the radio draws power from both the chassis battery and the coach battery. So, given the radio was losing power with coach batteries disconnected that suggests a wire might be loose...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-04-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,094
Posted By Rocinante
We still like our Kermit chairs. Not cheap, some...

We still like our Kermit chairs. Not cheap, some assembly required each time you set them up, but small, comfortable, and tough. Still going strong after several years of occasional use.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-04-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 1,821
Views: 371,777
Posted By Rocinante
I'm wondering whether this something new, or...

I'm wondering whether this something new, or maybe you haven't yet brought your unit in for the prior emissions recall campaign? If the latter, maybe this is how they are trying to capture and fix...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-24-2022, 10:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,454
Posted By Rocinante
Glad things are working well! Given you stayed...

Glad things are working well! Given you stayed with AGM batteries, keep an eye on their state of charge any time you're camping or parking without being plugged into shore power. Airstream...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-21-2022, 06:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By Rocinante
Ok, so this van is an oldie, but a goodie. Thanks...

Ok, so this van is an oldie, but a goodie. Thanks for clarifying that this is a manual jackknife vs a motorized lounge. Good luck!
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-21-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By Rocinante
Given this is an Interstate, it’s probably a...

Given this is an Interstate, it’s probably a motorized folding lounge across the back of the van.

My one suggestion if you’re set on removing that, maybe just take the whole lounge out as a unit...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-21-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,487
Posted By Rocinante
I’ve seen folks caution that something like a...

I’ve seen folks caution that something like a Cyrix can draw enough amperage from an alternator to damage it. They use this position to argue in favor of more expensive DC-DC units like the Orion,...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 02-16-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,861
Posted By Rocinante
HOA RV Storage Rules?

Good move, we would have done the same. Gotta watch those HOA rules like a hawk when buying. We’ve firmly decided that if we buy another home, nothing with an HOA will be considered. Where we live...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-16-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,672
Posted By Rocinante
There are plenty who WFH while on the road. Some...

There are plenty who WFH while on the road. Some here do that, though not the majority. While doing so successfully requires excellence in planning and execution, and it can still be a challenge...
Forum: On The Road... 02-16-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,173
Posted By Rocinante
Oliver doesn't gelcoat this issue - they talk...

Oliver doesn't gelcoat this issue - they talk about it head-on: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-to-take-care-of-your-fiberglass-rv/
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-16-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,672
Posted By Rocinante
Once you don't have to be somewhere for work, you...

Once you don't have to be somewhere for work, you can think about volunteering via volunteer.gov. In return for your time and effort you generally get a campsite with full hookups for your entire...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 02-15-2022, 05:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,861
Posted By Rocinante
Yeah, it's going to vary widely, especially based...

Yeah, it's going to vary widely, especially based on whether your HOA is gated. If the HOA is gated, everything inside the gate is private property, including the streets and alleys. If not, then...
Forum: On The Road... 02-15-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,173
Posted By Rocinante
Here's the details:...

Here's the details: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/travel-trailers/legacy-elite-2/

Oliver trailers are straight up fiberglass inside and don't pretend to be anything else. Unlike some other...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-15-2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,596
Posted By Rocinante
We have a 2016 AI in a 2016 Sprinter. ...

We have a 2016 AI in a 2016 Sprinter. Downshifting works fine. We just do it - before we're going faster than we want to be going. We tap the breaks when necessary, and downshift again if needed. ...
Forum: On The Road... 02-14-2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,173
Posted By Rocinante
We visited the Oliver factory in Hohenwald, TN,...

We visited the Oliver factory in Hohenwald, TN, long before Covid, and got a thorough tour. Well built. Nearly bought an Oliver II right then and there. It's a great travel trailer.
If you can...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-14-2022, 07:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,487
Posted By Rocinante
A Victron Orion DC-DC unit is significantly more...

A Victron Orion DC-DC unit is significantly more expensive than a Victron Cyrix. Victron's Orion unit also will not move as many amps as a Cyrix. So, if you want more amps, you might need two Orion...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-13-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,034
Posted By Rocinante
Sweet! We'll have to keep this kind of thing in...

Sweet! We'll have to keep this kind of thing in mind in case our turbo acts up.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-10-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 36,215
Posted By Rocinante
Great question, I have no idea. We're in the...

Great question, I have no idea. We're in the $3515 club. Oh, well.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-06-2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,710
Posted By Rocinante
Just a note to remind that this TPMS thread is in...

Just a note to remind that this TPMS thread is in the Sprinter & B-van forum. If you want to discuss TPMS for trailers, you might want to start a thread there to ensure you hear from trailer owners,...
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