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RE: Sprinter Repair

test post My posts to this topic have not been going through so I tried a test. It posted but the next post gave me a "page reloading - try again later" message.
Shearwater 05/02/16 09:48am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Forum problems

Why did this post work while the others did not?
Shearwater 04/30/16 09:31pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Forum problems

All the forums open normally and I have no problems reading the individual posts, but my replies run into "busy" answers.
Shearwater 04/30/16 09:31pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Sprinter Repair

The OP asked about servicing the newest Sprinter engines. For service under warranty you are stuck with Mercedes and (probably) Freightliner dealers. A search of the internet should give you a list of dealers in the US. When Sprinters were sold by Dodge, there was a phone number to call for emergency service on the road and they would arrange to tow the vehicle to the nearest facility. Check with Mercedes to see how they will handle breakdowns. The only limp-home situation we encountered with our 2006 model was a failure of the turbo resonator. I had purchased the Riordan aluminum aftermarket replacement as insurance and that was the last turbo resonator problem that we had.
Shearwater 04/30/16 04:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Large rodent attack leaves me stranded.

My first guess would be some kind of rodent but I don't recognize any rodent from you description. The largest squirrels are Fox Squirrels but they are not nearly the size of a possum. Groundhogs (woodchucks) are the right size but don't really resemble your description either. Packrats are much smaller than possums and none of them reside in Michigan.
Shearwater 04/25/16 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: hard water

So I'm looking for a water softener which supposedly removes the ability of the minerals to stick to everything...not that it removes the minerals, if that were possible a filter would do it. Hard water contains calcium carbonate which is not very soluble in water. That's why it forms scale in your water system. You could, in theory, add a chemical like phosphate or citric acid that binds to and solubilizes the calcium. That's how most laundry detergents deal with hard water. No one uses that method for a water supply because both chemicals promote the growth of microorganisms. I see they sell electronic hard water treatment that state they will over time get rid of existing lime build-up sounds interesting. Any one try that method? This is a ripoff - there is no "magic" way to soften water. The only practical way to soften water is to remove the calcium using an ion exchange resin that replaces calcium with sodium - that is how home water softeners work. I have seen ads for inline water softeners for RV's that use that principle. They can be much smaller than a home water softener because they don't have to deal with the large volumes of water used in a home. Eventually these will be exhausted and need to be replaced or recharged the same way home water softeners are.
Shearwater 04/12/16 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Medicare Plans Any shine more than others?

I'm sorry to say this but you are entering a morass - there are Medicare supplement plans and Medicare advantage plans and they are all different with respect to which doctors are on their lists and what services are provided, particularly if you travel out of state. Note that the list of accepted doctors can change. First check with your doctor(s)which plans they are allowed to use and ask for recommendations. Get plan information from the various insurance companies to see what they cover, particularly in terms of out of state and out of system coverage. Medicare supplement plans are available when you first sign up for Medicare. If you do not select a supplement plan when it is first available, you may not be able to switch to one later if you have certain medical problems.
Shearwater 04/11/16 09:44am Around the Campfire
RE: hard water

Not all water filters do the same things. Water softeners do remove calcium, activated charcoal filters remove chlorine and some bad tastes, and plain filters remove particulates. None of them remove bacteria or viruses. Check the labels. The Camco filter mentioned does not soften water - it has a very coarse (100 micron) filter and activated charcoal only. The video suggests that it provides "safe" water. Water from that filter is "safe" only if it gets water from a safe source.
Shearwater 04/11/16 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Antifreeze coolant-Ethylene vs Propylene

I agree that the best option is what the manufacturer recommends. However, ethylene glycol must be disposed of properly - it tastes sweet and is highly toxic to wild animals, pets, and maybe even kids.
Shearwater 04/11/16 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Fire Extinguishers

How is jostling different from pounding? I would think they would have the same effect.
Shearwater 04/07/16 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: house batteries

The 6 volt golf cart batteries are easily the best bang for the buck for deep cycles. There are a lot of them made and sold to buyers that are very conscious of price and reliability. Price aside, AGM's are better than flooded in almost all respects. They have less internal resistance and can be charged and discharged at higher amps without overheating. They withstand abuse better, are maintenance-free, and do not leak explosive hydrogen gas.
Shearwater 04/05/16 07:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Above 100,000 miles: Ford/Chevy/Dodge vans?

FYI - Older Sprinters are serviced by 5-star Dodge dealers, not by Mercedes. the major drawback that I have found with diesels is the diesel residue around the service station pumps getting on your hands or shoes.
Shearwater 03/27/16 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: medical Ins

In Ohio, moving from an advantage plan to a supplement plan is not quite so straightforward. I checked into this a couple of years ago and there was a questionnaire about your medical history. If you answer yes to any of the questions you are automatically rejected.
Shearwater 02/22/16 11:58am Around the Campfire
RE: Induction cook top

If you are dry camping, relying on an induction cooktop is kind of marginal with only 2 batteries and no generator. At a minimum you would need a 2000 watt inverter and that wattage would draw about 170 amps from your batteries. I don't think that convention deep cycle batteries could deliver that much amperage. You could compensate by using lower power levels but that would require longer heating times. Perhaps a better approach would be to buy a Coleman (or equivalent) camping stove that uses butane cylinders for dry camping. Those stoves are simple and reliable but you would want to provide ventilation when they are in use.
Shearwater 02/21/16 12:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: medical Ins

Sorry to hear that. I hope things work out for the best.
Shearwater 02/19/16 02:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: medical Ins

I just noticed that you live in Stockton. I would second the suggestion of checking with Kaiser Permanente. I have been told by my medical friends that Kaiser Permanente in California is very highly rated.
Shearwater 02/19/16 09:13am Around the Campfire
RE: medical Ins

Medical insurance is just a huge can of worms. Agents can spend hours telling you about all the things that are covered, or you can spend endless time reading about what different plans offer. However, it can be really difficult to find out what is NOT covered and those things can be really expensive. Currently medical care is driven by money - hospitals and drug companies want to extract the maximum amounts they can while insurance companies want to limit their payments as much as they can. You do need an advantage plan or supplement. For example, the standard blood tests for my yearly check-up have a list price of about $1200. Because I have an advantage plan (and because I'm such a nice guy) this drops to $120 which is what the plan pays. Without the plan, I would probably be stuck with the whole amount. Drug plans can be very tricky. The insurance companies are happy to pay for the generics that don't cost anything. For more expensive drugs they make you pay higher and higher percentages as the cost goes up. Many drugs are not covered at all, especially the most costly ones. Medicare Part D is particularly tricky. They cover you until TOTAL drug costs (what you pay + what they pay) reach about $1800. After that, you are on your own until YOU have paid about $5000. At that point they, carry most of the expense. Read the fine print. Your best bet is never to get sick. Second best is to find an adviser who does not benefit financially from selling you a policy.
Shearwater 02/19/16 09:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Starting from scratch! Which model of van do you recommend?

Never experienced "black death", never heard of it before, either. FWIW the 2006 and 2015 Sprinters (at least) had an option for a fast idle setting, about 2000 rpm, allowing vehicles to idle for long periods of time without damage. This was intended for emergency vehicles which might sit for a long time with their lights flashing or, perhaps vehicles with refrigeration.
Shearwater 02/16/16 01:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Trying to decide if a Class B will work for me

Sportsmobile has 3 factories in Texas, California, and Indiana. The California location specializes in all out off road vans with a 4x4 conversion package and raised bodies. These are more than capable of travel on bad roads or no roads at all but are fairly pricey. All three locations make custom built B vans from a variety of van models - you design the layout you want and they will build it. They will certainly build vans that have nothing hung under the van if that's what you want. Mercedes also imports 4x4 Sprinters that they work on. For bad roads, you might want to consider the shorter wheelbase models. Other non van options include truck campers and the Tiger Provan which is actually a class C built on a pickup body. Fairly simple truck campers with a popup conversion are made but should be based on a 3/4 ton body. Truck campers that match the amenities of class B's generally require a 1 ton truck usually with dual rear wheels. They are very tall and very wide.
Shearwater 02/15/16 05:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Starting from scratch! Which model of van do you recommend?

Clinto wrote: Does anybody know if the Sprinter engine has port injection or direct injection? Direct injection for both the 5cyl, and V6. Diesel engines are not the same as gas. I have seen no reports of carbon build up for Sprinters on these forums and certainly not engine rebuilds every 20,000 miles. Our old Sprinter had 110,00 miles and was still running like new.
Shearwater 02/10/16 12:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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