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RE: Leak down test on the LP gas system

Thomas/NH- What does one do at high altitude when gas appliances don't want to operate? Is it ok to set the regulator for a higher pressure?
ernie1 01/13/23 10:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Forest River Forester opinions

klutchdust: Good point. The answer essentially is good luck in finding someone to service your MB. Not all MB dealers will service Sprinters and the very few that do, usually gives you a two to three week out appointment. Try to figure out how you can handle that to fit into your travels. Ask me how I know this? I have my last MB product ever and will definitely move on to some other brand once I'm through with this Sprinter.
ernie1 12/16/22 07:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chassis Ear

SJ-Chris: After a bit of research I've settled on the Steelman 60635 4 channel chassis ears with wireless transmitters. Haven't had a chance to chase down the best price yet but it's looking like it'll be in the range of $265. I decided on this unit because it is wireless and not the more pricier version which pairs with a cell phone because of transmission issues. I know, my response is brief but I hope it helps you out.
ernie1 12/06/22 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: Chassis Ear

SJ-Chris: the chassis ear picks up vibration via a microphone(clamp) and sends a signal which you eventually hear as sound. That's approximately the explanation.
ernie1 12/04/22 09:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Chassis Ear

SJ-Chris: Will followup and let you know what I find out. Just thinking that shop rates can easily be $150+/hr, an investment in a chassis ear can easily be recovered. I'm also thinking of using this tool for those irritating squeaks and rattles that appear in all rvs. By the way there is also a similar tool called "engine ears".
ernie1 12/04/22 02:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Chassis Ear

profdant: what I'm looking to purchase helps locate and isolates the area where a noise originates so that one can find a problem and hopefully make the necessary repair. The chassis ear does not regulate noise.No I don't have a repair shop but I once was trying to find a very irritating loud whistling noise in my rv that would appear at 55mph and disappear at around 70mph. Chased it for over two years and was ready to sell it cause it was so annoying. Turns out the noise was coming from the drain line in the galley sink which had an empty trap and the vent line for it was making the noise like you'd get when you blow across an empty soda bottle. With the chassis ear I could have found the problem after only a couple of attempts.
ernie1 12/04/22 10:50am Tech Issues
Chassis Ear

Considering purchasing a chassisEar noise locator but am confused as to which brand or model to get. Also looking to spend a reasonable amount of cash. Is the wireless system better to have than the wired ones? Anyone have one you could recommend?
ernie1 12/04/22 03:20am Tech Issues
RE: Can you name that sound (squeaking)?

Have you checked the bushing in the tailshaft of the transmission? Maybe the oil around that area is due to a bad bushing which is hammering the seal to a point that it's leaking. If you can get your hands on a chassis ear tool it will find the problem quick.
ernie1 12/04/22 02:20am Class C Motorhomes
2018 Sprinter has tendency to overfill on fill up

My 2018 rv built on a 2017 Mercedes Sprinter chassis will periodically spew diesel out of the fill spout because it is overfilled and the nozzle doesn't shut off. If I'm not close enough to the vehicle to grab the filler hose and shut it off, it will continue probably until the service station's tank is totally emptied. To be clear, I'm not bumping the filler lever to maximize the fill. The nozzle's lever to provide an automatic fill is in the latched position and it is supposed to unlatch when the tank has reached the proper level. I've even tried using the slower fill position on the filler nozzle but I still have the same results. Another point is that this problem has presented itself even when the vehicle was new so it's not an issue with it. There were a couple of incidents where I was monitoring the fill by keeping my hand on the filler lever and the diesel came pouring out anyway. What I have also noticed is the problem happens more frequently in rural areas where I think the local agencies that are monitoring these stations are not doing their jobs and allowing them to use faulty equipment. My purpose for this posting is to ask if others that have a similar vehicle if they are or have experienced this problem.
ernie1 11/16/22 12:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Class C Sprinter questions

To add and concur with what bob Nestor has said, my 2018 MB 3500 is not hardly trouble free and very pricey to repair and only if one can find a MB dealer that will actually service your Sprinter. Only certain dealers can service Sprinters and the usual wait is weeks before one can bring their vehicle in for service. Think long and hard abought having Sprinter troubles while you're on the road and have to wait weeks before you can get it serviced. One of my key fobs quit working and Mercedes told me I'd have to wait until January 2023 before they MIGHT have a replacement. The key fob quit working August 2022! When and if the key fob arrives, it'll have to be programmed for two different functions and then the vehicle also needs to be programmed. Cost will be about $400. only a Mercedes dealer can perform these programs because they have the very expensive equipment and I think the info to do it is proprietary. Sprinter parts are costly as is servicing. Examples are: $500 for front end alignment, $225 for a fuel filter, close to $200 in parts for an oil change, etc. I want to add that after the service notification occurs for you to perform the A or B service (oil and filter change etc), it takes you 12 steps to undo the service notification that appears on your dash.
ernie1 11/16/22 11:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pressure regulator

If you don't use a water pressure regulator you'll find out soon enough why you'll need one. I have a regulator with a gauge and one without. The gauge without tends to restrict the pressure a bit too much whereas the one with the gauge allows you to adjust the pressure to your liking but I'm leery of using it too often because it costs $50+ and could easily be stolen.
ernie1 10/26/22 08:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: leak at connection to drain pipes and Holding tank

robrv3, the better way to test the plumbing is to fill your sink as full as you can possibly get it with water and then unplug the drain and watch for leaks. This will make a lot of difference in your results.
ernie1 10/11/22 12:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Michelin vs Toyo tires

I had exactly the very same experience. Originally ran a set of Toyos and they were fine and after they wore out, bought another set. They were all over the road immediately and I went back to the dealer and they installed a more expensive steel belted radial Toyo tire and they too wandered all over the road. Finally, out of total exasperation, I bought a set of Michelin XPS steel belted radials and they run PERFECT. Many people will swear that the Toyos are the only tires to have but I know what I know and I don't have time to be chasing the "right tires". I know what works and what doesn't. On a side note, I was told that tires, when new, need time to break in and once they are, will not be squirrely.And yes, my rv already had newer Bilstein shocks and Helwig sway bars.
ernie1 09/26/22 06:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stalls While Driving

I had a 1989 E350 years ago that was fuel injected and had similar issues. It started with, while driving in hot weather, I would get a very strong gasoline smell. It was so strong that you were sure there was a lot of leaking fuel. I would stop and check everything and not find. any leaking gas! But when I unscrewed the gas cap, I got a loud whoosh of presure coming out of the filler neck. After that and not again until I would be driving in hot weather would it occur. Eventually things started getting really hot under the vehicle the propane tank pressure relief valve would shoot off a loud burst of gas for about 30 seconds and then eventually things would cool off and be okay. On this same trip, the ac condensing line came loose and shot all of the freon out. eventually the engine started acting up and I lost some power so that I could only go. 45 mph. It turns out that one of the problems was the catalytic which had come apart and was partially plugged up which was causing the converter to overheat and run red hot. I was told by a Ford mechanic that the 2 oxygen sensors were faulty and causing the failure of the catalytic converter which caused things around the vicinity to also overheat and fail.
ernie1 08/05/22 01:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Batteries serviced

I use NOCO NCP-2 Battery Corrosion Preventative Spray, Part #A-202. It is red colored and works very well.
ernie1 07/23/22 09:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

We looked at the 24' model but the design where the driver's seatback, when pushed to it's rearward most position, opened a panel into the bathroom which left the driver partially in the bathroom and partially in the cockpit was a deal breaker! And then there was the crotchety old guy (the owner) who talked us out of buying after we went to the plant with a check in hand.
ernie1 07/16/22 01:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dometic Refrigerator gas smell

I've had a similar issue with any propane appliance when the lp tank was getting low and starting to draw the mercaptans(I think that's what it's called) from the tank. this stuff can get more concentrated as the tank is low on propane.
ernie1 07/14/22 01:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Gray Tank Smell (Seriously annoying)

Make doubly sure the traps under your sinks have enough water in them to form a seal that will not allow sewer gases back into the coach. I had that problem in the past where after traveling for a bit of time or after having just dumped the gray tank waste which might siphon out the trap, I would get a foul odor from the gray water tank. Nowadays, I try to remember to screw down tightly the sink drain plug which prevents the loss of liquid in the trap.
ernie1 07/14/22 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: In need of opinions, thank you

I have a 2017 class C on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis. The first time I needed needed service because of a "check engine light"I was in Utah and I live in California. The vehicle was brand new and on it's maiden voyage. I contacted three MB dealerships and was told by the first two that they don't service Sprinters. The third dealer said they did and would have to give me an appointment that was three weeks out because they were all booked up. About a month ago I got the dreaded "check engine" light again and I was in El Paso,Texas. went to the only MB dealership that said that they do indeed work on Sprinters but they were all booked up for two weeks. On this same trip in Texas, my key fob quit working even after I replaced the two batteries so I contacted a MB dealer about a replacement. I was told that MB had sent a bulletin to all MB dealerships telling them that a replacement key fob would not be available if the owner of the vehicle still had one functioning key fob and that a replacement would not be available until maybe, just maybe, January 2023! Still it's not a sure thing. If one eventually gets a new key fob from MB, based on your vin # they will cut the key in Germany and partially program the key fob so that one can start the engine but you still can't lock nor unlock the doors. Cost? $175. When the cut key and fob arrives at the dealership, the owner has to bring the vehicle in to have the fob further programmed so that the doors could be locked and unlocked. Cost? $250. Along with the $500 front end alignment and other ridiculous expenses, this will be my last MB anything.
ernie1 07/14/22 02:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: programing of Mercedes key fob

In my case, even if you can afford the part, MB will not sell it to you.
ernie1 06/21/22 09:39pm Tech Issues
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