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Posted: 06/13/22 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

midnightsadie wrote:

some one said only a mb dealer can do repairs? I live in ohio have a great service shop just down the road, not a mb shop.


Yes, there are shops that can change parts and fluids. I was told that non-network shops do not have the needed software for certain repairs. Like code related repairs. Maybe things are different now than they 12 mos ago , Not 100% sure but anyone considering a Sprinter should do some research before plopping down down that kind of money.
Expect to pay for parts if out of factory warranty !! Be wary of extended service contracts !
Specialty rv shops are in the $175/ hr labor range in many areas. Having a shop near home is a different ballgame than away from home. Especially when in more remote areas.

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Wives vs wet baths.... Yea. They hate them.

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Why not rent one for a weekend Get a feel for it before buying.

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Don't fear the Sprinter vans, or an upfitted Sprinter based class C motorhome. Most are decent motorhomes overall, with their idiosyncracies and options and problems, and there are now so many more upfitters selecting Sprinter cab chassis first as their base platform of choice, because they are robust for a light truck/van chassis and power train. Max torque between 1400 and 2200 RPM, and max HP in the 3800RPM range. With a Ford V10, it's 4000RPMs plus, to get the maximum performance, with minimum fuel economy, which is one of the reasons we traded in our 2016 Sunstar 26HE V10 after one trip, for the 2018 Navion 3.0L turbo-diesel. Quieter, cool running, and efficient.
Even Ford has tried to emulate the Sprinter with their Transit cab chassis and vans. They did a good job at first with the look of the Transit, but it was underpowered and designed for lighter use, and it took a while for most upfitters to choose it over the Sprinter, after Ford beefed it up a little.
The myth about the scarcity of service for Sprinters is just as applicable to Ford based class C motorhomes. Do a search on "can't find Ford shops that will work on my motorhome" and you might be surprised, as there are just as many stories about that.
I have a MB dealer 60 miles away from me, they sell them, and have serviced mine, without so much as a whimper, for 4 years. Their customer service is excellent, as you might imagine. They know how to cater to top end buyers and customers having done so for decades.
Finding service out in the real world can be just as challenging for any make/model of motorhome, Sprinter based, or not. Plenty of anecdotal stories on the various forums to support that.
It's usually just the luck of the draw, just like with fivers and HD trucks, when it breaks, you deal with it as best you can. What else can you or anyone else do?
Good luck with your search. [emoticon]


Mike. Comments are anecdotal or personal opinions, and worth what you paid for them.
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2016 Sunstar 26HE, V10, 3V, 6 Speed (sold @ 4600 miles)
2002 Roadtrek C190P (sold @ 315,000kms)

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MDKMDK wrote:

Max torque between 1400 and 2200 RPM, and max HP in the 3800RPM range. With a Ford V10, it's 4000RPMs plus, to get the maximum performance, with minimum fuel economy, Quieter, cool running, and efficient.

The V10 has been out of production for several years now. Yes, there are a lot still on the road which proves their durability.

MDKMDK wrote:

Even Ford has tried to emulate the Sprinter with their Transit cab chassis and vans.

The Transit has been in production in EU since 1965, long before the Sprinter which did not go into production until 1995.

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cptqueeg wrote:

Have you considered a smaller 5th wheel or bumper pull and keeping your truck?


I think this gets to the point of...why are you switching?

If we know why, we can provide better feedback.


Tammy & Mike
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2021 Gray Wolf
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theoldwizard1 wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

Max torque between 1400 and 2200 RPM, and max HP in the 3800RPM range. With a Ford V10, it's 4000RPMs plus, to get the maximum performance, with minimum fuel economy, Quieter, cool running, and efficient.

The V10 has been out of production for several years now. Yes, there are a lot still on the road which proves their durability.

Godzilla isn't much better, in torque, HP, and fuel economy. Still needs to rev up to do it.

theoldwizard1 wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

Even Ford has tried to emulate the Sprinter with their Transit cab chassis and vans.

The Transit has been in production in EU since 1965, long before the Sprinter which did not go into production until 1995.

It was closer to an overweight Transit Connect in appearance, when it was introduced in 1965 in Europe (the EU didn't exist back then) and was not as pretty as the 2013 models, that were introduced in North America, to mimic and compete with the very successful MB Sprinter.

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"The V10 has been out of production for several years now"

. . . depends on what you consider 'several' years -- one of my neighbors just bought a new 2021 Jayco Class C with a V10, and I'm sure there are plenty of other manufacturers that used the V10 well into the 2021 production run.


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jdc1 wrote:

Wives vs wet baths.... Yea. They hate them.


Fortunately there are plenty of Sprinter Class C's available with regular bathrooms. (Class B's not so much)

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RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

jdc1 wrote:

Wives vs wet baths.... Yea. They hate them.


Fortunately there are plenty of Sprinter Class C's available with regular bathrooms. (Class B's not so much)


One of the many reasons we went to a Sprinter based C, instead of a Sprinter B. Dry bath. Nice! [emoticon]

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