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ferndaleflyer

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Posted: 07/14/22 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am MB poor--have 3. Recently one of the key fobs stopped opening the doors of the Smart car. DW got it fixed as I refused after MB said $275+. I don't know what she paid. Its helpful to know how to fix them, MB, yourself. I have had them for over 50 years and can assure you that if it was done at the dealer you paid to much. That check engine light can come on if the gas cap is loose, defective, or gone. Dealer will charge to tighten it LOL! Right now it is hard to get real MB parts, I said real.

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Posted: 07/14/22 08:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ferndaleflyer wrote:

That check engine light can come on if the gas cap is loose, defective, or gone. Dealer will charge to tighten it LOL!


This isn't MB specific.

F250:
- Tried tightening the cap.
- Replaced the cap.
- Replaced it again because I was told the first try doesn't always work.
- Replaced a sensor behind the tank at the mechanics suggestion.
- They can do the formal testing for $300 plus what ever needs replacing.

Solution: Bought bluetooth ODBII reader for $13 and reset the light about once a week. Takes 30 seconds to check that it's the same error and then clear it.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:


The Ford V10 or the current large gas V8 was never available in a "small Class C".


My 2017 Lazy Daze 24’ on an E450 (V10 6.8L) would beg to differ on the usage of “never”.

But yes, there aren’t many small Cs on a E450


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katleman wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:


The Ford V10 or the current large gas V8 was never available in a "small Class C".


My 2017 Lazy Daze 24’ on an E450 (V10 6.8L) would beg to differ on the usage of “never”.

But yes, there aren’t many small Cs on a E450


Class C's came with the V-10 except for a small number of the early models that had the 5.4L V-8 as an option.

Our 2112 24' E-350 came with the V-10 and a 55 gallon fuel tank. Just about every manufacturer offered the E-450 vs the E-350 as an option on all but their smallest models. Since 2000 most small Ford Class C's came with the V-10 except the very few that had the 5.4L V-8. For the record the V-10 is just a 5.4L V -8 with two additional cylinders.From what I am seeing in the marketplace you can only get the new 7.3L V -8 on new Class C's from Ford regardless of the size until you move up into a so called Super C where you will find diesels.

IMHO: In a smaller Class C the choice between MBS and Ford comes down to how you will use it... If you are going to load and or tow heavy on a regular basis get the Ford. The cost of fuel is not much of an issue unless you are going to be doing a lot more miles than most ever even contemplate and no, an MBS will not get you 20 mpg, ever.

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The one thing that is for sure in this thread, is the overtly open ended question will most certainly result in open ended responses.
Even from someone who had a 2002 Chevy, presumably a cutaway chassis C, as evidenced by the 350 engine, that supposedly got 15mpg in it…


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What I’ve noticed is strange (and I’m not a Sprinter guy, never owned one and no company rig experience with them) is on rv.net, it is widely said that they are very difficult to get serviced or repaired. Yet you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting 2 or 3 Sprinters anywhere you look, out on the highways. And they’re generally commercial vehicles that presumably pile on the miles (and service/repairs).
It seems really odd that “RVers” in general have issue, but one would think that general industry wouldn’t use them so widely if they were so problematic and as well difficult to get repaired.

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We really liked the Sprinter-based class C units, but couldn't seriously consider one because of the limited towing capacity. So we bought a 27-foot Ford on an F-450 chassis with a 7.3 V8, and we've been very happy with it. Gas mileage has averaged a little over 8MPG, with quite a bit of towing.

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8-9mpg with our 27-foot Class C is not great, but 55 gallons of $6 dollar per gallon (CA) gas is a little scary.

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We have a 24ft. Forest River Forester Class C- LE-model 2251LE-with a Chevy 450 chassis and a 6.0 Chevy gas engine. Wanted to get the Chevy because we had read stories about the smaller footwell-passenger side- in the Fords. Also, a number of complaints of engine/exhaust heat coming up through the floorboard of the Ford chassis-mainly on the passenger side. Previously we had a 29 5T Arctic Fox 5th wheel-about 30ft.-towed by an F250 diesel. Love the C- my wife can/will drive it now. Easy to get around in-easy to park-it's totally self-contained-don't need a Toad-we just take the C wherever we need or want to go. Generally, we get 9-11 mpg

* This post was edited 07/14/22 05:02pm by lhenry8113 *


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lhenry8113 wrote:

We have a 24ft. Forest River Forester Class C- LE-model 2251LE-with a Chevy 450 chassis and a 6.0 Chevy gas engine. Wanted to get the Chevy because we had read stories about the smaller footwell-passenger side- in the Fords. Also, a number of complaints of engine/exhaust heat coming up through the floorboard of the Ford chassis-mainly on the passenger side. Previously we had a 29 5T Arctic Fox 5th wheel-about 30ft.-towed by an F250 diesel. Love the C- my wife can/will drive it now. Easy to get around in-easy to park-it's totally self-contained-don't need a Toad-we just take the C wherever we need or want to go. Generally, we get 9-11 mpg


I pretty much agree with what you say above, except in our case it's a 24ft. Itasca Class C built on a Ford E450 V10 chassis. BTW, floor heat is no issue at all when we turn the cab A/C on with it's air coming from under the dash directed down at the floor.

No toad necessary ... we take our little home with us everywhere - on road and off road - with hookups and without hookups.


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