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Old 08-28-2018, 06:59 PM   #1
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RV .... does it sound like "ruined vacation"???

I'm beginning to think that owning an RV is one disaster after another, i.e. maintenance..

I thought my generator switch merely failed.? generator starts fine, but won't stay on....oil level is perfect.....WTF???

Macerator failure after 7 years.... list goes on and on.......

Are you REALLY saving money using an RV over just staying in a hotel??

Frustrated......RV at the shop now...... Awaiting estimated cost...for all this....
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RV .... does it sound like "ruined vacation"???

I'm beginning to think that owning an RV is one disaster after another, i.e. maintenance..

I thought my generator switch merely failed.? generator starts fine, but won't stay on....oil level is perfect.....WTF???

Macerator failure after 7 years.... list goes on and on.......

Are you REALLY saving money using an RV over just staying in a hotel??

Frustrated......RV at the shop now...... Awaiting estimated cost...for all this....

You purchased an RV to save money?

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Yeah, it's an adventure!
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RV .... does it sound like "ruined vacation"???

I'm beginning to think that owning an RV is one disaster after another, i.e. maintenance..

I thought my generator switch merely failed.? generator starts fine, but won't stay on....oil level is perfect.....WTF???

Macerator failure after 7 years.... list goes on and on.......

Are you REALLY saving money using an RV over just staying in a hotel??

Frustrated......RV at the shop now...... Awaiting estimated cost...for all this....
My RV is a little older than yours. I've had to fix or replace most major systems. Frustrating, but I'm ok so long as things now hold up. If I start replacing items or repairing the same things every year or so, then yeah, I'll change my mind to "it's a money pit".

But the RV lifestyle is the only way we'd travel. Somehow, the memories of our few trips so far, greatly outweigh any regrets.
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I purchased the RV for freedom.

The freedom to sleep in my own dirt, not someone else's in a motel room.

The freedom to boondock camp on grand tours instead of having to stay at only campgrounds that have a shower. Let's see, 90 nights times $30 night to camp is $2700. Versys most nights free dispersed camping and some at $3-12 per night. Maybe $2-300 total. Or ninety nights in a room at say $100 night, nine grand. And there is really something depressing for me to travel using motels.

The freedom to travel without reservations. To me, that's priceless.


My alternative is a tent on the back of a motorcycle, which I am going to do starting 5 September for about three weeks. This does necessitate finding campgrounds with showers. It's not terribly difficult to find publicly owned campgrounds with showers in the SE US.
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Well, saving money never entered my mind when I bought any of my RVs. If your frustrated now just wait until your Mercedes needs a non warranty repair, and yes I would do it again.
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The 2.1 FOUR... and 7 speed.....is it much noiser than the V6?

How is climbing steep mountain grades? The Eisenhower pass in the Colorado Rockies comes to mind.?

On the other hand... probably a little more fuel efficiency than my 3.0 V6?

Yes...out of warranty...I have 43,000 miles now... purchased with 26,000 miles....

YES...an adventure....we took it across country last year....11,000 miles...

It's fun... saved us a lot on accommodations..... fuel a little more expensive...trade off...

Here's the thing...you can't stay in a remote area more easily than the RV... there's no hotels in the remote areas with the natural surroundings like that....

So... experience, experience , experience...
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I didn't want to just have a place for flushing money either....
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The 2.1 FOUR... and 7 speed.....is it much noiser than the V6?

How is climbing steep mountain grades? The Eisenhower pass in the Colorado Rockies comes to mind.?

On the other hand... probably a little more fuel efficiency than my 3.0 V6?
You keep making snide comments about the OM-651 powertrain. Have you ever driven one? If not, I suggest you go over the Sprinter-Source and spend a few minutes with the search function. Let me save you some time: You will discover thread after thread in which owners absolutely swoon about this engine/transmission combination. See how many negative comments from owners that you can find. I can't remember even one. All the negative comments are from people who assume that a 4-cylinder engine is "obviously" too small. These are the same kinds of people who constantly claim that 20K oil changes are "obviously" too long. Opinions are nice. Facts are better.

The last time you brought this up, you referenced the myth that these engines have frequent timing chain failures. Then you posted a link to a thread that, if you actually read it, you will discover that it debunks this claim. The OM-651 was new on the Sprinter in MY2014, but it was hardly new to Mercedes. It has been used in a great many MB vehicles all over the world since 2008. I have heard it claimed that Mercedes has shipped more of these engines than any other, although I do not know this for a fact. If this powertrain had a deep problem, it would be well-known by now, and not just by a couple of guys in England.

This is a marvel of an engine. It is quite, powerful, economical, well-behaved, and reliable (ignoring the MB emissions horrors). Except in a few notch scenarios, it is superior to the 6-cylinder engine in every way. We can only hope that its successor the OM-654 will be as good.
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RA , My former Sprinter was a 2013 with the V6. The I4 is slightly noisier at idle and low speed , at highway speed it is as quiet if not quieter than V6.

I get about 2 more mpg with the i4. Mountain passes have never had me wishing I had my v6 back. When trying overtake other vehicles above 60 mph The i4 could use some help. It is slow to get up to passing speed. That is really the only time I miss the v6.

The 7 speed transmission is so smooth it makes the 5 speed seem like something from the Stone Age.
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