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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slideout or not and Mercedes vs E-450 on: December 22, 2016, 02:02:32 pm
We also started with the Sprinter and there are many benefits to it mileage being the first. As Judi said the comfort , roominess, of the cab  is a big plus, getting out of the seats is a lot easier especially the older we get.  Handling, maneuverability and the paddle shifter are likewise advantages.
One of the downsides of course is the cost of maintenance, oil changes if done by a dealer run in the $400 range, although I think it's around 10000 miles between.  We had several check engine light issues' we fortunately were covered by warranty, we bought an extended warranty which was for peace of mind. I thought the check engine light should have been represented by a dollar sign.
Finding "good diesel" can on occasion be a problem. Biodiesel, soy blend, is becoming more common. MB recommends nothing above 5 percent, B5, but up to B20 is common. It's all about the emissions system which is very fussy. Search the web lots about this.
Lastly the CCC of Sprinter is much less than the E450.
While we found many things we liked about our 2350 Sprinter (corner bed not being one of those) we find our 2552 much more functional for us. The Interior storage and roominess of the 2552 over the 2350 made all the difference to our comfort both mental and physical in the four plus months a year we spend in it.
Good luck in your search. bob
2  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Shake down tour on: December 16, 2016, 04:50:41 pm
Garmp, we visited Fairy Stone in the late spring of 2014 with our young grandkids.  We found it to be a nice park, sites according to my notes were wooded but close together.  We all enjoyed digging for the fairy stones and did find a few good ones. There is a small lake that the kids enjoyed. 
We drove into the park from the western approach which was hilly, narrow with lots of turns. We left from the eastern side, cannot remember the route numbers, which was much more manageable.
It's a pretty part of Virginia and well worth the visit.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold weather Mercedes diesel on: December 10, 2016, 11:41:34 am
Congratulations on your purchase
We owned a 2012 2350 Sprinter and did not have any issues with cold weather starting, but probably never started in temperatures when it got down into the teens. There are a lot of commercial Sprinters in our area and I would guess they do not have block heaters.
As much as we enjoy our 2552 I do miss the performance and handling of the Sprinter, I think you made a good choice.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 16, 2016, 09:32:38 pm
We subscribe to Direct TV and take our receiver from home.  We use the Winegard G2 carry out dish and are generally pleased with the overall service. They are good in changing customers to local area stations a change we make a number of times during our winter travels.
The portable dish does not pick up DT HD programing, which we have not found to be an issue.
I have read there are changes in the works for DT since being bought by AT&T, something is happening in a year or two with the discontinuation of one of their satellite, the specifics of which I can't remember, but will negatively affect services. I have also read that by 2020, there is talk of dropping satellite service altogether and just going with streaming services.
From what I have picked up on other forums Dish appears to be a very popular system with a lot of R V travelers 
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Drawers and a Door too on: November 12, 2016, 12:16:08 pm
Very nice work, also noticed that you did a significant upgrade in the draw locks you used.
We spend 4 plus months living in ours so am also always in search for improved storage.
I discovered recently that there is a "significant" amount of unused space between the outside wall and the outboard partition of the bed on the drivers side, where you made your changes. However in the area is the gasoline fill inlet, shore power and lots of wiring.  I made protective partitions so as not to jeopardize or damage anything already there,  basically small boxes, then cut an access hole in the top of the fixed outboard bed board, like the one on top of the passenger bed.  It's not a lot of extra space but it will be useful for infrequently used items.
Your earlier posting about the shelves in the bedroom, we've debated doing that, but elected to make cloth pouches, my wife did, they are just big enough to hold our IPads, phone etc.  The back of the pouches is long enough to go under the mattress where it is velcroed down.  On our trips this summer they worked in keeping things off the floor at night.
I noticed someone recently posted that they ordered their new PC with the old style couch with the two draws underneath.  We really miss those drawers that we had in our 2350 and if to do it over again would ask for that change, personally I think the couch was more comfortable also.
Again lovely work

6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 02:09:47 pm
 We tow a 2014 Honda CRV, which I believe is the last model year that can be towed as I think they went to the constant velocity transmission starting in 2015.
Like Pax's Ford the speed is limited to 65mph and the transmission needs to be manually exercised every 8 hours which is not a big deal.  We do have issues with its battery going dead occasionally there are fixes for that and it's on my to do list.
We are set up with Blue Ox plate and tow bars which I am happy with.  We use their Patriot braking system which I am not crazy about and if buying new would look at other systems.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 27, 2016, 01:15:58 pm
On our 2350 I also had to disassemble one of ours due to a gear wheel problem, self inflicted and as Tom said there is no slack, plus your working on your back. However, with an extra pair of hands from my son in law we were able to do it without cutting any wires, but it wasn't fun.
Good luck.
8  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 21, 2016, 12:37:14 pm
Lots of good advice here.
The White Mountains as mentioned are a great place to visit in the fall. National forest camp grounds are nice and put you in areas with great hiking in addition to leaf peeping. Mount Washington is a great hike and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Maine coast. With the shorter days in the fall, however hiking to the summit could be problematic, can also drive the auto road or take the old Cog railway up which is a great adventure. The Appalachian mountains club (AMC) has a great visitor center at Pinkham Notch which can provide lots of info, as well as equipment rentals, on the hiking the area.
Arcadia is great, we have spent a number of nights there over the past couple of months including a great week with Judi and George (Gradygal), Bar Harbor is a tourist town which can be very congested, especially when a cruse ship is in, which this time of year there are many. As you probably have read the Inter-island bus is free and will take you around much of the island, park at the main visitor center. Don't miss the other villages on the island like South West Harbor, Bass Harbor and North East Harbor, which has a couple of great gardens, they were in full bloom when there last week but will probably have less color when your here
Whale watching this time of year can be hit or miss. Sit on the shore and watch for dolphins and seals which should be plintiful.
The New Brunswick crossing in Lubec is about  100 miles up Route 1. If time permits and you like history visit Campobello International park, summer home of FDR (Pass Ports required).
If moving around, Cobscook state park is near there and a good base for exploring that part of Down East Maine.
Lots to see, unfortunately were in a severe drought and the fall colors may not have there usual brilliance.
Safe travels and if we can provide any other info, just ask.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide Rattling on: September 12, 2016, 05:54:45 pm
I also had a slide rattle but mine originates with the two metal cross pieces right behind the drivers seat. When driving I wedge a piece of foam between the forward most cross piece and the little section of wall.  You can test if this is the source by just shaking it by hand. Hope your rattle is this easy to fix.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof "Bubble" Disturbing on: August 14, 2016, 08:18:42 am
I had to call Phoenix the other week about our light under the stairs going on and off by itself and while talking to Bob asked him about the air pockets that I had also noticed while cleaning the roof.
He indicated that they attach the fiberglass sheeting by spot glueing it to hold it in place and then seal the edges so the air pockets are normal.
For the light they have sent a new control module.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: August 08, 2016, 02:43:42 pm
Your disconnection was that just a simple matter of unplugging one side? 
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flip Up Counter issue on: August 08, 2016, 07:45:34 am
On our 2350 which had a wooden shelf the finish cracked and separated on the end grain where the 3 pieces of wood were joined. I contacted Kermit about what was used for the finish and if I recall correctly it is a high gloss lacquer that is a two part material. I ended up using a polyurethane, it wasn't a perfect repair but simpler than a total refinish which I felt might be required with the two part material.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: July 16, 2016, 06:01:52 pm
Good luck with the repair, but if I turns out to be something else please let us all know.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER OVERFLOW? on: July 14, 2016, 09:09:47 pm
We had the same issue with our 2552 right after taking delivery.  I spoke to Kermit and he said they had received a batch of bad inlet valves and sent us a new one right off. As you may have determined its filling the fresh water tank and once full draining out the overflow.  On our 2552 it's a fairly easy replacement through the storage compartment under the driver side bed. As I recall on on our 2350 access to the valve assembly would require taking out the vanity shelves.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Music while traveling options on: July 04, 2016, 10:42:11 pm
Hi Barb,
Not a direct answer to your question but our 2350 like yours also lacked an aux plug.  We enjoy audiobooks while traveling so purchased a wireless blue tooth speaker which we could use with our iPad.  We found both the sound quality and volume met our needs.
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