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241  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beautiful 2551 on: May 01, 2012, 09:03:57 am

Sure sounds like you have your near future planned out!!!  I would love to come along with you since everyone of your trips sound very interesting to say the least.  I am afraid I have a few more years before I can hit the road for extended periods of time.  In the mean time I will keep dreaming and in spirit riding along with you.  Looks like Kraig will be delivering the 3100 here to NH tomorrow!   Thanks
242  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beautiful 2551 on: April 29, 2012, 01:34:59 pm
We are very excited about the 3100 coming.  Having come down from 38' the 2551 was super coach but just a little "short" in few key areas; the 3100 should be perfect for what we want.  How does the 218" wheelbase mangae towing a four down toad?  Is the ride betterthan say your 2900?  Thanks
243  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Beautiful 2551 on: April 27, 2012, 08:49:58 pm
Thanks for the congrats!  Actulally going to have Kraig fisher drive is out here to NH, just can not get away at this time.  Can not wait to get the 3100.
244  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Big v10 or small v10 on: April 25, 2012, 08:58:31 am

It is my understanding that 362 HP V-10 will never make it into and E-cutaway chassis; it is all about the heat,  period; the engine bay is just to small to get rid of the heat build up and therefore the smaller rated V-10.  Thanks
245  Main Forum / General Discussion / Beautiful 2551 on: April 23, 2012, 01:45:55 pm
Just closed the deal with Stuart to trade my 2010 2551S for a new 3100!  If anyone is looking for a pefect inside and out 2551S with 13,000 mile on it this is your coach.  She is completely loaded with full paint (umber) dual pain windows, jacks, air sofa and premium package.  Had the Tom-Tom nav. sysytem but hated it and had the Sony rear camera  system installed at the factory.  No major issues with either the coach or chassis.  The 3100 is coming out of the paint shop this week so I am guessing I will have the new coach sometime over the first week of May and the 2551 will be heading back to IN.  Give Stuart a call if you have been waiting for a nice 2551S.  Thanks
246  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Remote door entry - F450 on: April 23, 2012, 01:22:41 pm
Gradygal is right on the money, atleast when it comes to 2010 E-450's.  I got two Ford fobs and went thru all the instrcutions in the book and had no luck.  Took it to Ford and they looked up the line (build) sheet and it specifically states that the keyless capability was not installed.  Ford recommended and aftermarket sysytem that they use in such applications, I did not go with it but the fobs looked just like the Ford OEM ones. There was talk that someone had their E-450 programmed before it left the PC factory by someone from Ford in Elkhart.  My dealer said they did not have the capabilities to get into the control module and make the software additions.  I am hoping the 2012's have the capability to have remote locks.  Thanks
247  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Helpful Rating Abuse on: April 09, 2012, 01:50:26 pm

Thank you very much for watching everyones back and maintaining the intergrety of the great PC forum.  You do a super job.   Thanks

248  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: April 04, 2012, 09:50:18 am
I truly think the idle issue has run out of fuel at this time!!  My last point to make is that the 3.0L has a very complicated intake system that all evolves around a very small swirl valve that  entails a little electric motor and valve system to keep everything moving in the intake area.  Over time it gets gummed to the point the valve does not work any longer and it sets off all the check engine, throttle body lights.  excess idling and oil that blows by (diesels all blow oil by) are the two causes of the failure.  My nephews 08 3.0L with 42,000 miles just had to have the valve replaced to the tune of $2962.00, his extended drive trian warranty did not cover the cost.  The dealer stated that many Sprinter based 3.0L have this issue, one had two before 100,000 miles.  The 3.0L is one tough engine that likes to be driven and driven hard on the highway everyday that is when you will see the 250,000 miles with little trouble.   Again, the engine does not like to be idled and it can get very costly to do so.  Thanks.
249  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towed vehicle - question on: April 03, 2012, 09:15:27 pm
I think you gents are really onto something, makes all the sense in the world.  thanks for doing some extra thinking; I am going to measure a little closer now! 
250  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric step dead on: April 03, 2012, 08:07:54 pm
I would check the slide on spade fitting that goes into the right side bottom of the door button switch, might have some corrosion on it or the ground terminal is corroded.  Best of luck.
251  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: April 03, 2012, 08:02:59 pm

You sure appear to have a handle on all the answers now.  i would just bite the bullet and place a deposit on a PC first thing in the morning!  I might suggest that you not take the Sprinter to Mel's shop for service for there is just something bothersome about a service manager who things he knows more than the engineers, especially German enginners.  Oh yes, did anyone tell you about the urea tank on the new Sprinters that need service at every oil change?  best of luck.
252  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: April 02, 2012, 02:38:47 pm

Please re-read your link to the Sportsmobile web clearly states that the "idle up" option must be ordered from the factory on your spected Sprinter.  Dealers can not install this option at the dealership level.  I am not sure you will have much luck ordering a Sprinter chassis and having it delivered to your favorite upfitter for the coach to be attached....ain't going to happen fella.   Thanks
253  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: April 02, 2012, 01:46:04 pm

I must say your line of thinking is different and here is why I have concluded that:

1.  Forum posters recommmend that you contact Stuart Bailey at PC, like Stuart, not like Stuart, it makes no difference but I can tell you he knows his RV's thru and thru and I would listen to what he says.  Stuart stated he could not personnally justify the $12,000 up charge for a Sprinter and he recommends the Ford.  You concluded you want the Sprinter.
2. Forum poster brings up the center of gravity issue on a narrow wheel'ed Sprinter.  Poster who is and enginner gives us all a super physicis 101 lesson on center of gravity theory and concludes that a Sprinter would be far more tippy compared to the E-450.  You conclude you want a Sprinter.
3. Forum posters brings up the issue around not being able to idle a 3.0L diesel M-B engine becuase it will do harm and warranty will not cover any resulting dmage.  You speak with M-B engineer who says to not idle the 3.0L for more than 30 mins no matter what.  You conclude the 3.0L can be idled for and extended period of time.
4.  Service and warranty work on a M-B Sprinter based RV can be and issue that I have experienced. You call M-B and they give you the company line... the only 3 M-B dealers here in NH will not service Sprinters and any other dealer accross the country that was built to servcie cars will not service Sprinter RV's that are different comaperd to commercial vans.  You conclude that service will not be and issue.

Many posters on this forum have had more than several motor home (me for one) and I can tell you we have all seen and experienced every darn pitfall of RV'ing you can.  Everyone wants to see you in and RV now and as satisfied with your ulitmate purcahse as you can be and if a Sprinter based RV fits your needs then that is great please just go buy it.  I have never seen a better quality forum then the PC site, I have yet to see a post that does not include correct information and that is not found on other sites.  My Sprinter based chassis just did not work for my needs and it very much might work for you,  but please just have open eyes and apapreciate the fact that posters are just attempting to explain certain issues around the Sprinter.  I just do not want you to end up like I did by wanting the Sprinter do be more than it is able to deliver and that sinking feeling that it just does not meet the bill.    Best of luck, thanks
254  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: April 01, 2012, 04:22:18 pm

I am speaking specifically about diesel engines not gas and not about the old 5 cylinder M-B diesels that do not have PMF (particulate matter filter) on them.  Again, the 3.0L Mercedes should not sit and idle for it will over heat the PMF (particulate matter filter) as well as the intake gets very plugged with re-circulated crud.  I do not have my Sprinter manual any more but I know there was a warning in the 2009 manual to not idle the engine.  Go to (hope I got that all right) and see what is being said...thanks
255  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your 2350 with dinette? Want to buy used. on: April 01, 2012, 08:07:20 am

For the record, Jeep for two years( 07,08 and a little 0f 09) put the 3.0L M-B in the Grand Cherokee (exact same engine that is in the Sprinter).   Jeep all so sold the 3.0 M-B in Europe for close to 10 years. The new 3.0 that will be coming in 2013 is a Fiat/V.M. Monturi designed and manafactured and is supose to get nearly 30% better MPG's compared to the 3.0 M-B.  i found your article on the Sprinter's center of gravity interesting, i would like to see scientific tests on a 11' RV vs's a cargo van based Sprinter.  I was not aware of the optional "idle up" feature but that would be a goood feature.  Once again I know for a fact you are not to idle a 3.0L M-B diesel.  Are you aware all so that after 100,000 miles the particulate matter filter must be replaced at uwards of $ alittle research on that subject at your M-B dealer.   Thanks
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