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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 28, 2014, 07:55:32 am
 Hi,
Take a look on the Good Sam open road forum:  Towing capacity of Sprinter motor homes.
A good amount of healthy discussion on the pros and cons.
Bob

2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bio-diesel on: July 16, 2014, 12:49:57 pm
Sorry if I didn't make my initial post clearer, I realize that Ultra low sulfur diesel is the fuel of choice for the Sprinter and not biodiesel, MB specifies that if biodiesel is used, however, that the maximum mixture is 5% or B5, any higher  they claim will cause severe engine damage.  In some areas of the country, as I stated previously owners have not been able to locate ULSD or even B5 but fuel pumps labeled "Biodiesel B5-B20".  It seems more common in the Midwest or areas where there is a strong soybean lobby, although I did read of someone having trouble on I-95 in Virginia.
If you Google Sprinter dealerships in Minnesota you will see that they are still selling them, so I agree that it would be very interesting to hear from someone in that area.
For the record Minn. plans on switching back to B5 for the colder months of the year, have also read that in 2015 they are upping the mixture even higher.
Bob
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bio-diesel on: July 15, 2014, 08:49:21 pm
 That may have been the case, but it appears  as of July 1st Minnesota mandates at least 10% biodiesel and may be going higher in 2015.
 
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Bio-diesel on: July 11, 2014, 03:23:17 pm
A question for those with PC's on Sprinter chassis,  I have been reading on other forums about difficulties in some areas of the county where owners have not been able to easily find diesel fuel that meets Mercedes specification of B5 or lower.
Yesterday I was in the Sprinter dealership in Bangor Maine and spoke to the service manger about the problem, he said he had just seen a service bulletin advising "if unable to find the right mixture, rather that shutting down and sitting on the side of the road, to purchase enough biodiesel to get to the next available station. then fill up with compatible fuel as soon as possible."  Probably not necessary to have an automotive degree to reach a similar conclusion.
He also indicated he had heard that in an emergency using Sea Foam motor treatment "might help".  We currently use it by the bucket full to counter act the damage ethanol causes on engines such as chain saws, outboards and any engine going into storage.
Would like to hear what experience or information others might have on this issue.
Bob
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another gasket question on: June 09, 2014, 01:40:23 pm
Barry,
The gasket construction is of a hard rubber channel type that presses on to the cover and there does appear to be some type of residue on the cover itself, probably the glue you refer to. Softer rubber tubing portion of the gasket is the main culprit, as this has peeled away from the harder material in many places.
Thanks again
Bob
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another gasket question on: June 08, 2014, 05:39:03 pm
That was fast!
Thank you Sue, will do so tomorrow.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Another gasket question on: June 08, 2014, 05:25:38 pm
Removed the cover on the spare tire today to check pressure and discovered the rubber gasket is in need of replacement.  Any suggestions on type and a source?.
Thanks
Bob
8  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Acadia national park on: May 06, 2014, 03:11:43 pm
Visiting Acadia in October is a great time.  You will miss the crowds, but as that is Columbus day weekend you might experience some significant traffic jams on the way up.  Our weather at that time is totally unpredictable, so come prepared for just about anything, so much to do even foul weather can't spoil it.
What route are you taking through Maine?  If you take the normal Route 1 trip there will be lots to see on the way, some require a little detour but will be worth it.
Freeport is probably the first stop for many if you want to shop and visit LL Bean.  Rockland is the next stop you might want to make with lots of art galleries and a great museum, Camden is just up the road with lots of nice shops, parking can be an issue, however,  Camden Hills State Park is there and a good place to spend the night.  Further up route 1 is Searsport with a another great museum.  Side trips after Searsport would involve going down the various peninsulas to Blue Hill, Castine, Brooklyn, all relatively short trips off the main drag.   I think as previously said the national park bus, Island Explore, stops running on Columbus day which is too bad as it is a great way of getting around.
My rant doesn't even include Acadia.  if I we can provide any other information- please ask.
 Bob and Michele
9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camping in Alabama on: February 25, 2014, 08:41:40 pm
We are currently in the Good Sam cg in Decatur Alabama, not to be recommended, assuming you can find it, took us for ever. We are opposite what I believe is a refinery.  We spent a night last week in the White Oaks site and found it very nice.
Have a good trip.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2014 Phoenix Crusier Rally on: January 28, 2014, 08:43:14 pm

Hello
We live on the Maine coast between Harpswell and Arcadia and as new PC owners  would very much enjoy meeting other owners.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Heated holding tanks on: January 22, 2014, 07:52:52 pm
Hello,
Have been following and enjoying the forum for a number of months, so its time to jump in.
Late last year we purchased a 2012 2350 sprinter, which is currently in storage  near Chartollesville Va, where our daughter and family live.  We are in hopes of taking it out for 10 days or so mid February and trying to find someplace warmer then here in Maine.  I am not familar with how to use the holding tank heaters, should we experience colder weather.  I am under the impression they draw a lot of juice so what is the recommended procedure, primarily during the night, additionally is Content volume a consideration?
Any suggestions on a leisurely trip south from central Virgina at that time of year would also be welcomed, realizing mother nature has a lot to say about it.
Look forward to your sage advice.
Bob and Michele
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