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 51 
 on: May 22, 2015, 11:10:18 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by bobojay
Yep, I've seen the water left on disaster issue also. I always leave the water line hooked to the pedestal, not the RV if we stay for a few days, but I never leave the power cord hooked when we leave for awhile. Too expensive to replace these days if "misplaced"

 52 
 on: May 22, 2015, 10:53:49 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Bob Mahon
For what it's worth, before we towed a car, we'd simply disconnect the electric, water and cable and leave them at the campsite coiled on the ground. In all the time we did that there was never a problem and everything was exactly where and how we'd left it.
BTW, never, ever leave you unit without shutting off the water at the source. I've seen a number of people come back to their unit to be met with a very wet surprise.

 53 
 on: May 22, 2015, 03:52:20 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Janey
I don't mind undoing the water and power, but I HATE securing everything inside. I always miss something and am real sorry   

 54 
 on: May 22, 2015, 12:13:57 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by bobojay
You have a very good point Bobojay.  Dale and I have done a lot of "touring" type travel, without a toad, since we bought our PC last October.  We currently have almost 8,000 miles on our PC 2350.  I think I would be perfectly happy never towing again.  We used to tow a 35' fifth wheel and I hated towing. . . . . . . But, Dale and I are retired now and we want to escape the St. Louis winters.  We plan on going to warm climates and staying put for three our four months at a time, so Dale wanted a vehicle to run around in while the PC stays hooked up.  I don't think we will tow for every situation, but for our "Winter Escapes" we'd like an extra vehicle.

Thanks again for you responses.

Cindy

Cindy, sounds like you guys are kinda changing your RVing style a bit, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. I understand about wanting a smaller vehicle around if you are stationary for awhile.
We did the small car rental this year when we were down in Florida for a couple weeks earlier this year. It was nice to have that small vehicle just because of the traffic for sure.

My only suggestion to help save the wear and tear on your Sprinter drivetrain & brakes, is to unhook and drive separate when you get into hilly &/or mountainous areas. That's what we would do if the situation arose, but in our case, we're not going to own another Sprinter RV so it's a moot point.
Enjoy!

 55 
 on: May 22, 2015, 09:05:23 am 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by randallandchris
Paul, We used to tow but will go sans toad when we pick up our 2400 next month.  We may possibly stay at a NP campground for up to a week and rely on the PC for sightseeing.  Please elaborate which tasks leaving camp you found most irritating.
Randall

 56 
 on: May 22, 2015, 08:46:10 am 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Doneworking
Cindy, we went through the same thought process when we got our Ford 2350.  We have had Class B Roadtreks for years and just used them like a car.  Now, with a little big larger rig we tried no toadie for a few trips and decided we would tow for the first time in our lives.  We tend to stay put for at least a week or so at a time and simply didn't want to break down the rig when we wanted to go somewhere.  We now tow and find our Jeep lots of fun when we get there.  When we had the Bs, we tended to tour more and now we camp longer.

Have you considered just getting a long term rental when you get where you are going?  Shop around and I have been told (no personal experience with this) that you can get some very attractive deals longer term with mileage limitations which are adequate.  Good, safe and adequate towing equipment is not cheap and would pay for lots of gas getting to and from in a vehicle.

Another thing we considered:  I would drive the PC and my wife would follow me in the vehicle.  That might be a viable option for some folks, particularly if they are planning to stay many weeks in one locale.   We finally decided to heck with it and just try towing. 

Paul

 57 
 on: May 21, 2015, 09:12:16 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Dale and Cindy
You have a very good point Bobojay.  Dale and I have done a lot of "touring" type travel, without a toad, since we bought our PC last October.  We currently have almost 8,000 miles on our PC 2350.  I think I would be perfectly happy never towing again.  We used to tow a 35' fifth wheel and I hated towing. . . . . . . But, Dale and I are retired now and we want to escape the St. Louis winters.  We plan on going to warm climates and staying put for three our four months at a time, so Dale wanted a vehicle to run around in while the PC stays hooked up.  I don't think we will tow for every situation, but for our "Winter Escapes" we'd like an extra vehicle.

Thanks again for you responses.

Cindy

 58 
 on: May 21, 2015, 11:50:08 am 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by bobojay
Most of the 20 or so Sprinter RV owners I know, both class C & B, if they tow, which is very few of them, have Chevy Sonics, or Honds Fits as toads.
We've had this discussion at many rallies, and most question a reason to tow at all when you own a Sprinter RV. They can virtually go and park anywhere in regular parking spaces, (2 lengthwise), except in crowded metropolitan areas of course.
And most at campgrounds don't hook up except to electric, so if needed to leave, all you do is unplug, stow the cord and go. After all, that's what the tanks and water pump are for....

But that's my feelings because we tour. Don't stay at any one place for more than a couple days or so.

 59 
 on: May 21, 2015, 10:14:29 am 
Started by BGolden - Last post by ron.dittmer
Very nice Bill.  Thanks for sharing.  Cheer

 60 
 on: May 21, 2015, 09:30:51 am 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by ragoodsp
Having had a non-PC Sprinter based coach (Monaco) I would have to say I would be extremely hesitant about towing a 3,000 plus pound vehicle behind a Sprinter. I towed my 4300 lb Jeep Liberty once and that was enough for me, at times I think the Jeep was towing the Sprinter!  The hitch may be rated to tow 5,000 lbs but that does not really mean the rest of the chassis can handle that kind of weight.  Like other posters have stated the weak link is in fact the transmission, the 3.0L is one tough bird!  Sorry to be negative but just my opinion.   Thanks, Ron

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