Sherman:I am glad that you got alot of valuable info from Stuart today, he knows his RV business inside and out and you should believe and listen to what he says. You can NOT get your M-B Spinter serviced at a Freighliner dealer and vice versa I know I tried at both dealers with my Dodge Sprinter and they both said no. I can not get my Jeep with the 3.0L M-B with Mercedes logos all over it servcied or repaired at a M-B dealer either in or out of warranty peroid. It appears that you have your mind set on the Sprinter so give Stuart a call and place your order. I very much look forward to hearing how you like your new rig post delivery.......thanks
If for what ever reason you do not want to go the Ford route now I would personnaly wait seveal years and you are going to see new chassis's come on the market for RV applications from both Ford and Ram that will offer better MPG, more flexible floorplans, etc.
ShermanWe were in the same situation as you were 10 years ago. We were just retired and had never been camping. We were not sure what type of unit would meet our needs. We researched for a few years prior but still had alot of questions. One suggestion we have for you is that you could rent an RV for a weekend and get a first hand experience as to your dislikes and likes about the interior layout. If you do rent, make sure you get one with a corner bed, or a couch verus a dinette, one with a slide versus one without a slide etc.... To save the cost of fuel when you are renting, camp at a location close to the rental agency. You may not have you pick of manufacturers but you at will get a good idea as to what you like and dislike about the living arrangements.Somethimes there are very good bargains out there for renting. Sue
Thanks for the image Ron D.! The Ford and the forthcoming Fiat based Dodge Ram should really give the Sprinter a run for the money. I donot care what anyone says I think the Sprinters are over priced, noisey, not maintenance free and over their weight limit when they hit the road. On that note I am done passing judgement..to each his own. Thanks
I'm strictly an oversized Lego leveller kind of guy, but I have also seen that Sprinters do not lend themselves readily to being fitted with hydraulic levellers, both from a weight and a structural concern. Some sites raise the question of installing them, could you find them, might invalidate your warranty. This is another difference from comparing Sprinters (true class B van conversions) and Phoenix Cruisers on Ford chassis (class C without a cabover bed). The new Ford chassis does seem to have promise for a lighter, more economical platform.Jerry
ďAlso, the 2010 air mattress sofa/bed has a large drawer under it that we find very useful.Ē We too have the large drawer under our sofa in our 2011 Model 3100. We only have occasional guests but they think the air mattress is good. Sure wouldn't want to do without the drawer (pic). Itís great for storing the computer, printer, and longer items without having to accessing the storage under the driverís side twin bed. It holds a lot of stuff.