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Old 07-31-2012, 12:53 AM   #76
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[QUOTE=misha;18347330]I bought one of the very first Sprinters brought into the US. In fact it had the goofy 15" wheels, very hard to get tires. I upgraded to 16". It's badged Freightliner, high roof, and 140" wheelbase. I'm not a high mileage guy, only 110K on it in 10 years.

Beautiful, well thought out layout! Could you put a pop top in yours or is it the raised roof?
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:52 AM   #77
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:16 PM   #78
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Introducing Elly the ellyfant...

I first met Elly in an Anchorage dealers lot; she was the last of her kind. She's a big girl and can hold her own... Kinda like a farm girl.



She's a 2007 that was sitting alone on the lot in Jan 2010, still brand new.

They were asking $45k; I drove her off for $25k (out the door including TTT).


Before I left Alaska I installed an rv door and window on the passenger side. I have a couple of rv windows that will be installed on the left. I'm currently putting in a rv shower/terlet combo and the associated tanks, water system and electrical systems.

She will carry 1 CanAm Spyder, 1 1150 GSA with all bags mounted, an XT225, and a DRz 400 and there's still room to sleep. I drove from Anchorage to Tampa at 11500 pounds plus towing a 5500 pound boat/motor/trailer and still averaged over 13 mpg.

I'll post more pictures later if anyone is interested.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:08 PM   #79
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^ That is damn good mileage with that load.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:41 PM   #80
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^ That is damn good mileage with that load.

Pretty common.........running a class C 3500 Sprinter RV at 12000 lbs towing a 6x12 enclosed trailer consistently avg 13.5 to 14 mpg
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:01 PM   #81
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Pretty common.........running a class C 3500 Sprinter RV at 12000 lbs towing a 6x12 enclosed trailer consistently avg 13.5 to 14 mpg
Bump for the Sprinter Van Interest. That's incredible towing
capacity for a relatively small diesel motor!

Who markets them now Dodge or Mercedes?
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:23 AM   #82
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Bump for the Sprinter Van Interest. That's incredible towing
capacity for a relatively small diesel motor!

Who markets them now Dodge or Mercedes?
Mercedes, once Daimler sold Chrysler. They stopped being sold as Dodges in '09.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:30 PM   #83
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Also badged as Freightliners.

Older ones (pre '06) get the best mileage, with the old inline 5 cyl. engine.

Good knowledge base of how to fix what goes wrong, without getting a MB dealer involved.

Fewer Dodge dealers now involved in servicing them, so you're at the mercy of MB or Freightliner.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #84
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i was in for my 30K service today on my 2011 NCV3.. talking with dealer about what's coming for the US.


4wd: no.

2014 apparently we'll have a 4 cylinder option with 7 speed transmission = 30mpg!
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:46 PM   #85
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Fewer Dodge dealers now involved in servicing them, so you're at the mercy of MB or Freightliner.

Dodge dealers are on the hook for warranty and parts/service for years to come...........but as with all dealers finding a good one can be a challenge.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:53 PM   #86
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Bump for the Sprinter Van Interest. That's incredible towing
capacity for a relatively small diesel motor!

Who markets them now Dodge or Mercedes?
Not to mislead not incredible towing......... the RV weighs in at 12,000lbs and the trailer weighs in at 4,000lbs and the trailer makes little difference on the MPG
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #87
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Sprinter undergoing wheel bearing replacement. One thing about having your foot on top of the strut- you can hear and feel the bearing getting grindy.

287k miles. I wonder how long that was in there. I almost suspect it was original.

Ahhh the joys of removing and replacing bearing races.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:03 AM   #88
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Sprinter undergoing wheel bearing replacement. One thing about having your foot on top of the strut- you can hear and feel the bearing getting grindy.

287k miles. I wonder how long that was in there. I almost suspect it was original.

Ahhh the joys of removing and replacing bearing races.
Does the sprinter use those complete sealed hub assemblies or does it have bearings you can actually replace?

Only 22k or so on mine now so I shouldn't need to worry about this for quite a while, just curious.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #89
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Love mine...carried lots of interesting things...



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Does the sprinter use those complete sealed hub assemblies or does it have bearings you can actually replace?

Only 22k or so on mine now so I shouldn't need to worry about this for quite a while, just curious.
Mine are definitely serviceable. So far, it looks as if I only need the left inside bearing. But the right side will get cleaned and regreased.
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