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Old 05-21-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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When the first model came out we considered it, but rejected it for two reasons:
1) There was no place big enough to store the golf clubs. That's been fixed in the new layouts.
2) We had a View. Nice easy unit to drive, park, etc. But it drove like what it was - a converted delivery van. Made trips over 200 miles pretty uncomfortable. So if you consider one, take it on a REAL drive not just a short stint down the road.
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Made trips over 200 miles pretty uncomfortable.
I don't get that one at all. It's not a 45' tag axle DP, but for its size it's easy and even fun to drive. Not fatiguing at all, to me anyway.
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Good to know! I think at the time that they were just pushing the limits of the chassis by the time you loaded it up. We had about a 500lb capacity by the time you added fuel, propane, water, and us. I know that Winnie was working to use lighter weight materials and improve the overall ride, so it sounds like they did. Good luck with it.
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any pros, cons or experiances

We accompanied our best friends on a shakedown cruise with their '10 Via in the summer of '10. I'm sure many specifics have changed since that first model. Here are the items that are Mose likely the same.
1. Limited tank capacity. I believe the fuel tank was 25 gal and that is a limitation. If you aren't into dry camping at all the holding tanks will be less of a factor.
2. Limited storage & carry capacity.
3. The MB chassis/drivetrain can be a problem finding service. This surprised me because of the large number of Sprinter delivery vans but not everyone will work on the motorhome version.
4. No leveling jacks. One of our first stops when traveling with our friends was Moscow, IA, at HWH. They have a fairly light weight jack system specifically for the Sprinter that they install.
5. Comfortable for its size.
6. MPG in the 13-15 range.
7. Our friends towed a Saturn Vue & no problems.
8. Very easy to drive & very maneuverable.
9. Did fine in the western mountains but no exhaust brake.


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I think at the time that they were just pushing the limits of the chassis by the time you loaded it up.
Oh they still do push the limits, in fact that's true with just about every mini-C motorhome. You do need to be careful in loading them. If huge amounts of 'take it all including the kitchen sink' capacity is what you're looking for then you don't want a Sprinter (or just about any E350/450) based Class C unit, that's just a fact of life. The desirable qualities of these units (and there are many) lie elsewhere. But FWIW even though they're loaded to the max it apparently isn't a problem as chassis-based problems in 3500 Sprinter models are just about unheard of, even though I suspect many are running overloaded. In general they tend to be very reliable mechanically, with the possible exception of all the new complex diesel emission control systems (a common issue in the industry.) Also the point about issues with finding service is valid, there's nothing really magic about working on them but if you can't do minor maintenance yourself and are dependent on a dealer for everything then that sometimes can present a challenge.

But there's a reason Sprinter-based units are so popular as they present a unique package of being easy-to-drive, maneuverable, and efficient. There's some new competition coming on the scene (Dodge Promaster, Ford Transit) in that form factor (gas-based though, not diesel) and it will be interesting to see how they fare.
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