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mark.p

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I am in the market for a small Class C or B+. We used to have a Winnebago on the Sprinter chassis, but we traded for a large trailer a few years back. Now, with my wife no longer interested in travel, I am looking for something for myself. We didn't have the Winnie long enough to get an idea of maintenance. Has anyone here had one for a while? Five or ten years, maybe? How does the reliability compare to Ford/Chevy-based campers? Cost?

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mines a 2007 5cyc diesel 45k no problems coach is a liesure travel van still in good shape.

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Generally speaking, the Ford E350/E450 cut-away chassis has a very low cost of maintenance as long as it gets driven enough so the brake rotors don't rust-up, and brake calipers don't seize-up on you. But that is the same with any chassis.

Cost of operation, specifically fuel consumption, is where the Sprinter takes the lead. But given the cost of gas is less than that of diesel (in most places), the lead is not as much as some people think.....especially when comparing similar-size rigs with the shorter lighter E350 motor homes. Our E350 gets over 10mpg when not towing.

Keep in-mind that you have to drive an E350 like a Sprinter to get a fair comparison with regards to fuel economy. The problem is that people are more comfortable driving faster in an E350 so the comparison in fuel consumption is skewed. Drive the same rig, the same way, Sprinter versus E350, both not towing, and the gap is not so great anymore.

An over-all comparison of fuel consumption, chassis maintenance and repairs would likely conclude that the cost of ownership will be less with an E350/E450.

But there are other factors to consider. People love the comfort of, and the view out of the Sprinter. And if the house on it's back is just what you were looking for, then why not consider it?


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Sprinter may void the warranty on the chassis if you happen to pump some bad fuel. That would be enough to scare me off.

Ideal size is a 26 foot on a 175" wheel base.

This is what I would buy:

http://www.lazydaze.com/


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pianotuna wrote:

Sprinter may void the warranty on the chassis if you happen to pump some bad fuel. That would be enough to scare me off.



Has this actually happened? Source? I can see MB telling an owner to take it up with the fuel seller if bad fuel was used and caused engine damage but "void the warranty on the chassis"? Doubtful.

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JohninSD wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Sprinter may void the warranty on the chassis if you happen to pump some bad fuel. That would be enough to scare me off.



Has this actually happened? Source? I can see MB telling an owner to take it up with the fuel seller if bad fuel was used and caused engine damage but "void the warranty on the chassis"? Doubtful.


Yes, but I do not have a source--it was about 18 months ago. They would not pay for rebuilding the injectors etc.

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Damage caused by bad fuel should be paid for by the fuel seller - warranty wouldn't cover it - maybe insurance under the comprehensive - damage other than collision. I doubt that any manufacturer would provide warranty coverage for damage caused by using improper fuel - gas in a diesel or vice versa, contaminated fuel etc.

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Unless you are rolling in dough and money is not an issue. I would suggest Google something along the lines of mercedes benz RV repair issues. Or complaints, scams, something along those lines. This is the first one that came up for me out of 8,840,000 hits.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f259/fatal-flaw-of-late-model-mercedes-sprinter-319026.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f259/fatal-f........late-model-mercedes-sprinter-319026.html

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jjrbus wrote:

Unless you are rolling in dough and money is not an issue. I would suggest Google something along the lines of mercedes benz RV repair issues. Or complaints, scams, something along those lines. This is the first one that came up for me out of 8,840,000 hits.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f259/fatal-flaw-of-late-model-mercedes-sprinter-319026.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f259/fatal-f........late-model-mercedes-sprinter-319026.html


I've seen that before - it was written by a fleet owner whose drivers put about 100k miles per year on each Sprinter - and they are some pretty hard miles being a commercial operation. Read the whole series of posts for more info - I for one am not concerned.

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I would search the Sprinter owners forum for up to date info. When i checked in early 2018 i was told there is a limited network for service.
I really wanted one so i started asking route drivers that drove them, who confirmed it. My rv repair shop and my Benz car dealership told me the same. That they could not touch a Sprinter bc they did not have the needed software. Only the Sprinter network has it.
I do have a Sprinter facility where i live but if you check the nationwide Sprinter Service map , it , at the time , showed a limited number. There were zero facilities where i camp and fish within 200 miles. I decided against the Sprinter at the time.

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