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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Racks on: July 30, 2015, 07:46:05 am
We have the one with the  tire hoops and it's ok.  It's a little loose in the PC hitch, will need to add a shim to prevent it from rocking and the locking mechanism I find can be difficult to release when removing the bikes.  I purchased a cross bar for my wife's bike but ended up not needing it.
Overall I am happy with it.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I95 in Connecticut on: July 30, 2015, 07:33:19 am
Depending on where your starting from, I84 may be an option, although at the wrong time of day Hartford can be a bear. We travel south several times a year and always go I84 to I81. There is always construction in different areas bu the Roads are generally good and the toll over the Hudson at Newburgh is a fraction of the cost for the bridges south.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aftermarket installation of hard-wired surge protection? on: June 25, 2015, 08:21:01 pm
We have a  Progressive  plug in type.  We were recently at a KOA in NY.
Plugged in and set up for the night in the process discovered there was no power to the coach.  I immediately checked the surge protector and everything looked fine.  After a  bunch of head scratching and checking all the breakers I went back to the surge procteor and noted that in addition to the normal codes there was a code for an open ground that I must have missed on my first check.   Called the KOA office and no answer or emergency contact number (6pm), very reassuring.  I left a message and their maintenance person verified my findings the next morning.
The nice thing about the plug in unit was I just took it to an adjacent  site , plugged it in and it tested ok so we packed up and relocated. 
An aside, in the process I called Phoenix to see if maybe there was a breaker I was missing and Earl answered on his mobile while driving home, you can't beat that.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: K. Fisher alive and well. on: June 03, 2015, 10:55:19 am
We recently had a chassis related electrical issue  which the sprinter dealership in Jacksonville Florida  spent two hours unsuccessfully trying to resolve.  Knowing they weren't getting any where I called Phoenix, got Kermit and put him on with the mechanic, the problem was solved within minutes.
It was an expensive lesson, PC should be contacted early on with any troubleshooting.
Thanks Kermit!
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: OUR TOAD on: April 28, 2015, 09:59:31 pm
Ragoodsp- thank you.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: OUR TOAD on: April 28, 2015, 04:20:48 pm
ragoodsp - what brand of wireless lights do you have?  Found a number on line with mixed reviews, I am currently having issues which I think might be corrison/shorting related.   Wireless might be the best long term fix.
We have all Blue Ox and are pretty much happy with them and their support which we have used several times.    If considering a portable braking  system I advise a through look at on line reviews.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thinking about our next RV . . . on: April 11, 2015, 06:01:46 pm
Another slide issue is uninvited guess.  This week we had a Carolina wren building a nest under the awning  in ours. Luckily I spotted her before bringing it in. Consulted with the parks ranger and he removed it. Fortunately she hadn't gotten to far along with it. It was a good reminder to look it over throughly prior to pulling it in.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SPRINTER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE on: March 27, 2015, 07:56:18 am
If you haven't found it yet a great source of information  on sprinters can be found  on the Sprinter Source -Sprinter Forum.
I've learned a great deal about the unique driving and maintenance issues associated with Sprinters there, including the issues  associated with bio-diesel which is becoming more prevalent.
As far as The DEF issues we have been on the road since December and driven about 8000 miles, started with a full  tank and just had the light come on last week.   Last year we  had  the light go on and off which was related to a faulty sensor, that we had replaced under warranty. 
Good luck and enjoy, it's a great machine.
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: roof and slide on: November 18, 2014, 08:31:37 pm
This past weekend in preparation for our next trip I  extended the slide to do some lubricating  and noticed the metal strip on the bottom of the coach opening where it meets the bottom of the slide had a fair amount of rust on it.
Should clean up with a light sanding and some touch up paint when and if we find warmer weather
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 13, 2014, 12:08:32 pm
We have had  a number brake also,  including the wardrobe door with the two sets.  Keep a stock on hand that PC supplied us with.  Our granddaughter has been making colorful elastic bands for us from her Rainbow Loom kit for the cabinet doors, look nice and so far are working nicely.
Our bathroom door fell off last week.  The hinges are adequate for cupboards but questionable for a door with a mirror.  1/2 inch # 4 screws attached it.  It is temporarily repaired with 1" #8 screws and tooth picks until we get home.
Saw a PC southbound on I81 south of Roanoke Va yesterday.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 28, 2014, 07:55:32 am
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.

12  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.
13  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.
14  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.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another gasket question on: June 09, 2014, 01:40:23 pm
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
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