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Old 04-07-2015, 03:32 PM   #1
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Mercedes Benz - Airstream Lounge

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Anyone have experience with the MB-Airstream Lounge? Would sure like to hear the good, bad, and ugly of owning one of these vehicles. DW and I are thinking about downsizing to a class B and doing the hotel/motel thing as we travel, with maybe an overnighter in the MB-Airstream on occasion. Sure appreciate any feedback.

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Old 04-07-2015, 03:59 PM   #2
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No personal experience with the Airstream Interstate. But, until recently we had an Airstream LY & found a lot of information on the Air Forums web site. There is an enthusiastic group of MB Airstreamers there. They will probably have answers to all your questions. Good luck with your plans.

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I had an Airstream Interstate 3500 for a few years. We sold it about six months ago. What do you need to know?

We usually stayed in the unit. Actually for up to two weeks t a time while I worked. From time to time, if we had guests with us, we stayed in a motel. Otherwise, the unit is very comfortable to stay in while you travel.
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We’ve had an Airstream Interstate 3500 EXT since August 2015 and are thrilled beyond belief. We’ve put 10,000 miles on it. Our routine is 2 or 3 nights in national or state park campgrounds then a night in a motel.
Driving is a dream - like a car. 18 mpg of diesel.
Shower is actually usable, although you’ll need to top off the fresh water after 2 people shower.
We are a 60-something empty nest couple with no prior RV experience.
Glad to answer specific questions.
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We looked at a couple of used AS Interstate B vans. They are very luxurious but I get the feeling they are more of a touring van than a camper; perhaps this is what you want.

I would also look at the Pleasure-Way B vans. They have the same great finish, but with a bit more open layout, making them feel a bit more spacious. Either way, there is no exterior cargo space, which made us consider B+ MH instead.

I personally feel Pleasure-Way is a better value and possibly a bit higher quality. IMO, Airstream is a trailer manufacturer that decided to cash in on the Sprinter RV popularity; their focus will always be in their towable RVs.
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Suza has a good point. We looked at A S and several other brands ending up with a Winnebago ERA. Either way you go the MB chassis is a great platform. Read up on the DEF addictive so as to completely understand the vehicle needs.
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Suza has a good point. We looked at A S and several other brands ending up with a Winnebago ERA. Either way you go the MB chassis is a great platform. Read up on the DEF addictive so as to completely understand the vehicle needs.
Good luck
I owned the Mercedes-Benz sedan for many years, and the cost of maintenance is outrageous. I was lucky enough that I bought a service contract and I did use it heavily. In the 7 years, It would cost me over $20,000 to fix problems which covered under the service contract, not including the regular wear and tear such like tune up, and brake.

Brake work cost $1,400 for 2 axles and tune up cost $1,200 for one year and $800 for the next year alternated, I finally get rid of it after it hit 100,000 miles when the service warranty was up.

The problem that I had with my MB was everything related to the chassis, you have to take to the MB dealer for repair. Brake, tune up, oil change, etc. This is where I got burned.

Was wondering if the cost of maintenance on the MB class B any better?


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