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Old 05-10-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
We will take our first shakedown trip with the PW sprinter sometime soon (3-4 day trip)
Some class c experience (84 Minnie Winnie,97 fleet wood) but none with a B .
Longer trips in fall & winter coming up. Anything to watch for on the sprinter
That I might miss?
Thanks for any input!!
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Old 05-10-2014, 04:02 PM   #2
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I'm not a Sprinter expert, but they have some operational quirks that might affect performance, not the least of which is the DEF level in the engine. If it's not up to minimum, the performance will degrade, and eventually the van won't even start, as I understand it.
Depending on where you go, cross winds may be an issue for handling, although there have been mixed reviews of that from different Sprinter owners.
Maybe others with Sprinters can share any issues they've noted from their experience.
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:35 PM   #3
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Most important thing in a sprinter. always know where you are in relation to where a sprinter can be fixed. sprinters are technological dreams-they are also serviced/repaired at relatively few places
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Excellent point. That includes somewhere where parts are readily available, like near a bigger town, city, or metropolitan area.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:40 PM   #5
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Thank,s for the feedback folks!
I understand the def fluid has limited shelf life, but I,ll see it topped off with extra on hand.
I will be traveling through the smokies in early fall and will try to get a feel for wind related
Travel issue,s . The limited availability of good repair options is a legitimate concern, all I
Can think of is use my dealers sources, good Sam,s trip planner, possibly pleasureway and
Build a list of solid sprinter contacts(May be a good post for a later date).
Thanks,s again!!
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everytime i say something like this people say i'm dissing the sprinter-and i'm not. the sprinter is the class of cargo vans.

However in North America there is a dearth of qualified servicers.

In Europe they're all over the place here-mostly clustered around major metropolitan areas.

just a fact of life with sprinter.


chevy and ford servicers everywhere
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I have a 2006(2007 build) PW Plateau TS with almost 60K. Never needed anything except normal servicing and a new resonator at 10K miles. My previous V10 Winnebago went into limp mode due to Ford throttle positioner valve failure and it took a week to get it fixed(part cheap plus labourt). Dealers dont keep much stock so it is a crap shoot if your typical Ford RV can be fixed any faster than a Sprinter MB. I have two MB dealers in either direction within 30 miles and many on the Vancouver Mainland. Some speciality shops like KalTire have wipers etc.
If my Diesel 5 cylinder dies I get it towed and that is what I have all inclusive coverage for including hotels etc. Same for newer MBs like yours. Fords, Chevs etc can be same.

If anybody is in the Nevada desert and their RV dies--not good scene anyway.

Just my experience. My PW has been great.
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Quote:
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chevy and ford servicers everywhere
Because they need it?
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I have a 2006(2007 build) PW Plateau TS with almost 60K. Never needed anything except normal servicing and a new resonator at 10K miles. My previous V10 Winnebago went into limp mode due to Ford throttle positioner valve failure and it took a week to get it fixed(part cheap plus labourt). Dealers dont keep much stock so it is a crap shoot if your typical Ford RV can be fixed any faster than a Sprinter MB. I have two MB dealers in either direction within 30 miles and many on the Vancouver Mainland. Some speciality shops like KalTire have wipers etc.
If my Diesel 5 cylinder dies I get it towed and that is what I have all inclusive coverage for including hotels etc. Same for newer MBs like yours. Fords, Chevs etc can be same.

If anybody is in the Nevada desert and their RV dies--not good scene anyway.

Just my experience. My PW has been great.
Happy shopping and travelling.

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Al, of course your sprinter is before the 2007 new emissions controls. your sprinter is a totally different sprinter than after the 2007 and after year.
practically no issues with sprinters 2006 and earlier. it's the 2007 and after that are the technological marvels and if they have an issue can be tough. as for Davydd well what would you say.

Again- i did not say the sprinter is not a marvel. it is. but it simply does not have the servicing base of the big 3.

in the heart of Europe which is a diesel based vehicle society I would have a different opinion. Diesel would be dominant and sprinter servicing common. Even with more facilities from big 3 i would also avoid their diesel products(post 2007) even if they have more servicing.
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As for Davydd, it seems the only people in the Class B world I've met (probably a lot more than most) that seem to worry about Sprinter service are people who don't have or never had Sprinters. I've never met a Sprinter owner with any regrets in my travels. Yeah, now I am sure they will come out of the woodwork now after saying that.
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