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Old 03-05-2020, 07:27 AM   #1
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Sprinter Considerations

I hear a lot of concerns about Sprinter repairs; not so much about specific issues or frequency, but more about expense and the paucity of shops that can do the work.

If you own a Sprinter, how serious is this concern? How has it affected your travels?

And as these forums so often give excessive voice to negative experiences, I'd love to hear from satisfied owners too. Is it reliable? Comfortable? Easy to drive?
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Repairs? Hmmm, can’t really offer an opinion because we've never needed any.

We are on our third diesel Sprinter (all purchased new, all Winnebago coaches) and have never needed a repair. Put about 70,000 miles on our first, a 2006 View with the in-line 5 cylinder. Put perhaps 25,000 miles on our second, a 2012 Navion, a V6. Currently have a 2018 View, a V6 and have about 20,000 miles on it so far. We have never been shy about traveling anywhere ... in fact love the Wild Wild West and wide open spaces. Our toad follows us almost always, but be advised you need to be sure whatever you tow doesn’t exceed the overall gross limits of the Sprinter machine (think light).

Reliable? All three have been for us.

Comfortable? Had a Class A diesel pusher for about four years in this mix, prefer the Sprinter. I do wish the drivers seat had an arm rest on the left side, actually added one to our 2006 View.
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Thanks for sharing. I understand they are reliable and go a long time between service intervals, but on the rare occasion you do need service it can be hard to find.
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I do wish the drivers seat had an arm rest on the left side, actually added one to our 2006 View.
That's my biggest complaint so far, but I've only put about 12k miles on it so far.

Oh, and the weak sway bar, but that's on my list of spring prep - the heavier Hellwig sway bar, which is 1.50" dia. vs the standard, which is 1.25" dia. Way too much rock-n-roll coming out of gas stations and getting knocked about by truck wash and such.
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Agree with SeeTheUSA. Including the armrest.
No major issues to date, just over 30,000 miles on it and only had Service A done so far. Great fuel economy, and comfortable to drive and live in. No problems yet, and I guess I'm used to big rig "bow wash". The curb roll can be bad depending on how you approach or leave a driveway/parking lot/etc..
Keep in mind, when the Ford folks start talking about "there's a Ford dealer and parts on every corner" not all those Ford dealerships can handle a 30 foot class C or larger class A motorhome, based simply on the size of their shops, so it's not all rainbows and unicorns for them either. But yes, the Sprinter capable shops are probably a little harder to find in certain areas of the continent. Keep the scheduled maintenance up to date, and they'll serve you well.
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That's my biggest complaint so far, but I've only put about 12k miles on it so far.

Oh, and the weak sway bar, but that's on my list of spring prep - the heavier Hellwig sway bar, which is 1.50" dia. vs the standard, which is 1.25" dia. Way too much rock-n-roll coming out of gas stations and getting knocked about by truck wash and such.
Thanks for the input. What year is your Sprinter? I've heard the 2019 sway bar is better. Can anyone verify?
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Agree with SeeTheUSA. Including the armrest.
No major issues to date, just over 30,000 miles on it and only had Service A done so far. Great fuel economy, and comfortable to drive and live in. No problems yet, and I guess I'm used to big rig "bow wash". The curb roll can be bad depending on how you approach or leave a driveway/parking lot/etc..
Keep in mind, when the Ford folks start talking about "there's a Ford dealer and parts on every corner" not all those Ford dealerships can handle a 30 foot class C or larger class A motorhome, based simply on the size of their shops, so it's not all rainbows and unicorns for them either. But yes, the Sprinter capable shops are probably a little harder to find in certain areas of the continent. Keep the scheduled maintenance up to date, and they'll serve you well.
Good thought. Some places won't touch an RV, regardless of chassis.
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Thanks for the input. What year is your Sprinter? I've heard the 2019 sway bar is better. Can anyone verify?
There was a very recent thread here where someone upgraded a 2019 or 2020 Sprinter sway bar, and it was 1.38" dia. while the Hellwig is 1.50" dia.

Mine is a 2017 model year, and has a 1.25" dia. sway bar. The 1.50" dia. bar is around twice as stiff in torsion as my original, while the later model upgrade is only about 40% stiffer, because it's already stiffer than the one on the earlier models. If the sizes I've mentioned are correct, of course.

I'll see if I can find that thread.

Edit: Here it is. https://www.irv2.com/forums/f280/spr...ar-470817.html
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Thanks for the input. What year is your Sprinter? I've heard the 2019 sway bar is better. Can anyone verify?


The 2019 Is a new generation vehicle and has a different sway bar attachments.
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Anyone know if the 2020 Winnebago View is on the Mercedes-Benz 2500, or 3500 chassis?
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Definitely the dual rear wheeled 3500 chassis, 11,030lb GVWR.
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2016 Siesta Sprinter (Thor) 52,000 miles. Only Warranty repairs have been wheel speed sensors. Routine maintenance 20K mile oil change, includes fuel filter and a number of checks, at about $400. (a little less at a Freightliner shop than Mercedes dealer). The 40,000 service adds brake system and transmission flush and about doubles the price. Service has not been hard to find, but you have to locate either a Mercedes dealer or Freightliner shop with equipment to service Sprinter chassis.
Easy to drive and comfortable even on long days, I have not had the sway problems except leaving off camber ramps. Previous RV was a 36ft DP..
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Definitely the dual rear wheeled 3500 chassis, 11,030lb GVWR.


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Sounds like mostly positive experiences. Thanks.
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