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General Discussion / Re: SPRINTER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:37:21 pm »
Not being able to idle a good thing; Being a farm boy I sure don't see it that way. That one issue alone would keep me from buying a Diesel rig with the DEF system.  Is this no idle issue on their diesel cars as well? Makes no sense, as an example,  if you get caught in a snow storm you can't idle your engine to keep warm.  Makes no sense at all that I can see. A motor that cant idle... ridiculous.

No offense taken, I'm just trying to learn. I will say this lesson sounds as if politicians once again stuck their nose into things and screwed things up....

I'm truly dumbfounded, a motor designed in such a way that it cant be allowed to idle more than a few minutes!


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General Discussion / Re: SPRINTER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:03:42 am »
Are there multiple idle speeds?  I'm guessing there must be, I've never heard of a diesel that couldn't idle for hours on end.

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General Discussion / Re: SPRINTER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:10:54 pm »
DEF as I understand it is set at a usage rate of about 2 to 3% of fuel usage. So how often you need to fill will depend on the tank size and how many miles you've driven.  My understanding (which isn't much I might add) is if you run out it will become difficult to start and performance will suffer. Does the manual state to check it every 15,000 miles or to add DEF every 15,000 miles? IE, check your transmission fluid every 5,000 miles and replace and service every 30,000.  No idea if this helps but its all I got.  One other thought, if your using more than what  Mercedes states it requires in DEF it could be something that needs to be adjusted by the dealer.

Also with a smaller Diesel they may not require the oil changed before 15,000 due to its under much less of a load than a 500 HP big rig and it also probably holds 15 quarts?  Now if it were me, when ever you do get around to changing it be that at 8,000 or 15,000 I would send an oil sample into blackstone labs. They can tell you how the engine is breaking in and how the oil is holding up to determine if you can continue to go 15,000 miles or if you should change earlier. Its, 25 bucks for a basic test and 35 if you want viscosity test as well.  For the cost of a couple tests you'll know exactly where you need to be regardless of what the book says you can go to.

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General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:15:34 pm »

Don
[/quote]I would imagine this to be true, but as the tooling gets worn and demand drops, those two factors in combination could prematurely end E350/E450 cut-away production.  It seems the motor home industry could revert back to the 70's, forced to offer smaller B+/C rigs than currently offered..
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I'm not so sure going smaller is a bad thing. Its one of the reasons I went with the PC. Everywhere I go I see monster rigs. In most cases its hard for me to imagine they are really needed by most. That aside we have ways of justifying why we do things.  At the last campground we hit on our way back from Canada we were the smallest unit there. Every rv there was over 36 feet. One 5th wheel was a 38 footer with 5 slides. Beautiful but HUGE. I was the runt of the litter and kind of liked it.


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General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:57:29 pm »
The Lincoln town car is an example of how things can change. They were going to stop production of this model and announced the last years production for any company wanting them. However the Livery services went nuts. Ford motor CEO Alan Mulally and the BOD's were convinced, they shut down production for one year, moved the line and updated the tooling.  One never knows!

The F series has some perks, one being they can use the higher performance V10 or a Power stroke Diesel. The Diesel wouldn't be as loud in the F series so that's a plus as well for Diesel fans. It also has drawbacks, one being length. With the F series the over all length changes on all models of any brand using it.

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General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:11:37 pm »
Is there a reason the F series couldn't be used? Allows for heavier load and the higher displacement V10.

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General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing
« on: March 10, 2015, 09:38:52 am »
Ron, agreed. I found several places that sell LED strip lighting in 16 foot length. You can buy it in different wattage outputs per foot. Based on your findings I have a starting point.

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General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing
« on: March 09, 2015, 10:21:56 pm »
I need to figure out how many watts the fourescent tubes and starter use. From there I can look at maybe buying a roll of strip led and go from there. It's offered in diff watts per foot. Should be fun experimenting.

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General Discussion / Re: Charging coach batteries from van battery
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:42:44 pm »
 once more an old Dog learns a new trick.  Thank you

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General Discussion / Re: Charging coach batteries from van battery
« on: March 09, 2015, 01:43:01 pm »
Keelhaulers, is this the little white switch just to the left of the steering wheel on the dash?  I bought mine used and the salesman didn't have a clue what it was for. I did what I should have doe earlier ......searched the forum and found the answer. I can see I have lots to learn.

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General Discussion / Re: Fluorescent light failure and melted housing
« on: March 09, 2015, 01:39:54 pm »
Gophoenix, those are the lights we have in our 2011 2552 as well. I wonder if a person could replace the fluorescent tubes with the LED kits and still have the dome light in it as well? I think for our use it might be as close to perfect as I could expect.

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General Discussion / Re: What did I Buy?
« on: March 09, 2015, 10:20:33 am »
I just spoke to Earl and what we have is a 2552.  Couldn't be happier!  Only 19,500 miles on the unit with all the options we wanted and some we weren't aware it had.

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General Discussion / Re: What did I Buy?
« on: March 08, 2015, 07:47:06 pm »
Now that I found the serial number I'll do that. Thanks

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General Discussion / Re: What did I Buy?
« on: March 08, 2015, 06:16:15 pm »
Further info that I can't figure out. There is a leather pouch that says 2552 on it and some serial numbers. However nada doesn't show a 2552 for the 2011 model year.

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General Discussion / What did I Buy?
« on: March 08, 2015, 05:50:00 pm »
I purchased a 2011 PC  from a dealer in Montana. He stated it was a 2551 and that's what they wrote on the paperwork but after lots of reading on here I wonder. It's got the leather dinette set and fridge in the slide, a euro chair behind the passenger seat and I haven't found anywhere with a marking from PC that states the model number. I know I can measure it, but presently on crutches and a little tough to do so right now.

Can anyone tell me where I might find a label with the model number?

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