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Old 01-02-2013, 09:05 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by van_fl View Post
Sorry I just saw your post.
I have a 2011 P220, with the entertainment/TV over the cab and the sofa/sleeper instead of a dinette.
We just completed a 2 mth trip from Florida To Alaska with side trips. (13,000 miles round trip) My wife and I agree that for us its perfect (so does our French bull dog, Ollie)
The size is perfect and we see no need for a tow car. However we did tow my daughters ford fiesta,(on a dolly) and I must say that most of the time I did not know that it was there to her, as she is now working in Sitka and loves it there so it will be her home.We had the Prism and her car packed to the gills with her stuff. WE may have been just a little over weight.
Going east and north with the car (and her goodies) we avg about 12.6 mpg. Coming home at 60-65 mph we avg 14.8 according to my scan age. BTW this is a new unit that had 1,500 miles on it.
Now to your questions.
*Anyone towing a car?
LOL see above
*Husband has some concerns about low end construction since this unit is more than $30k less than the Leisure Unity. Thoughts?
Coachman uses the basic MB Sprinter, standard seats, dash, steering wheel, etc about 10 k less.
Workmanship is about the same. I do not think the Prism is a low end unit.
*Anyone see a pre-owned one out there for sale? Anywhere?
Yes some are out there but just a few. Do a internet search
*Has anyone made any modifications?
None has been needed
*Dinette or sofa and table?
Just sofa and table add a lot of living space over a Dinette
*Anyone put a TV by the bed?
It has one already
*Anyone installed a swivel base on the front seats?
YES A MUST DO very easy to do. And adds living space, relay nice when you have guests in the prism.
Where did you buy your swivel seats? I'd like to replace my seats.

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Old 01-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #16
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We purchased our unit last December (2011) and have since driven it for 14,000 miles. Drove it to Alaska this summer, abt 12,000 miles round trip with some side excursions. The wonderful diesel got between 10.0 and 15.0 miles per gallon, with an average of about 14.0. The lowest mpg was usually due to a lot of around town driving and parked with the AC on while we ate lunch or took a break. We had NO significant problems with the unit. Even the many many potholes along the ALCAN highway didn't cause a problem with the front end alignment. I did have some type of sensor that was faulty that kept giving us an engine light problem but we continued to drive it when a Freightliner shop said that whatever it was would not hurt the engine. We also had one roller beneath the slide out that broke loose and had to be replaced when we returned to Texas. It was not a load bearing roller so wasn't a problem anyway. The radio AM stations developed a lot of static but the FM worked fine. Forest River replaced the radio at no charge. I did have to add TechBlue to the reservoir while on the trip because the tank runs dry at about 8-10,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. We really liked the bed in the back corner of the RV. It is a full-size queen bed and, except for making the bed each day, was very comfortable. The unit did not come with exhaust fans in the cabin area (except for the little one in the bathroom). Hope to replace the two vents with exhaust fans in the near future. The unit had a lot of power when going up 12,000 to 14,000 ft mountains in Colorado. By the way, when I took it to the Mercedes dealer for its 10,000 mile service check up there was nothing to do except change the oil. Oh, while I was driving out of the dealership, I tried to use the horn and it wouldn't work. They replaced it immediately and said that the 2012 model had a horn that easily filled with leaves, dust, etc. Mercedes has changed the horn now so that it won't have that problem any longer. One caution is that the areas of Western Canada where we traveled to Alaska had NO Mercedes dealerships or Coachmen or Forest River service centers. There was one Mercedes dealership in Anchorage. We have to get the Sprinter part and the chassis repaired at a Sprinter dealership and the cabin part repaired at a Forest River dealership. Over all, we are VERY pleased with the Prism even though we were initially concerned because we bought it for about $29,000 below list price at Motor Home Specialists (Alvarado, TX). We paid about $70,000 but MHS also gave us an Exxon card that had $2,000 on it. That came in handy even though there are large parts of Colorado, Montana, etc where there are no Exxon stores. I would highly recommend purchasing this RV if you run across a new or used one. I can't explain why there appears to be so few for sale online and at dealerships.
By the way, I meant to say that I have to take the Prism to a Mercedes shop for repairs, not a Sprinter shop as I said in the comments above.

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Old 06-10-2016, 02:15 PM   #18
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Purchased Prism 24M in Oct of 15 putting about 5K miles on it. Mostly shakedown trips with longest about 800 miles. Do not tow. Diesel performs well and ride is excellent. Comparing engine against a Deramax with Alison transmission. Preparing for a 2 month trip from CA to the Midwest.
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Old 10-09-2016, 01:23 PM   #19
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I recently bought a used Prism m230 and I'm looking for any info you have about it. I love it so far but I do find it has trouble keeping up with highways speeds particularly in hilly regions is that normal?
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:57 AM   #20
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I guess first we need to know what your hi-way speed is. 70,75 is possible but not very likely on hills. Next thing is that drive (5th gear) is a over drive. You are going to be at 99% on the turbo and not going very fast in 5th, before the ACU kicks down to 4th. When you are on a hill kick it down to 4th Gear ya and some times 3rd. Try to keep the RPM's around 3,000- 3,400. (The torque curve is between 2,6000- 3,600 rpm.

I have 120,000 miles on my 2011 P220, And normally travel at 63-65, and generally pas trucks up hills.

Oh yes, you could be not getting full boost from the turbo.

Take a look at the sprinter forum, http://sprinter-source.com/forum/index.php

You find that the Sprinter is not your old beat around truck.
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:14 PM   #21
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Howdy - figured I'd hop in on this old thread - we have a 2015 Prism 24J - 8500 miles on it so far in a year of use. Very happy with the layout - the fit and finish stuff I can take care of, but needed a good foundation for the house, and this fit the bill. Haven't spied too many of them in our travels so far. Hope to get lots of years and miles from it - put over 100k on our Roadtrek over 11 years. Safe travels! ST

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