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Old 07-17-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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We like our new 2016 Forester MBS 2401-R, except for one thing. In order to get the 15K BTU a/c with heat pump option we also had to get the LP Generator. The propane tank is so small, since we have to run the roof air traveling here in the South during the day in summer, that we literally have to refill LP daily.

I've heard that a retrofit to a larger tank may be either in the works or available. I promise you I'd be willing to drive to Elkhart from NC to get that installed at my own expense to fix this problem.

As I said, otherwise, we really like our new Forester.

Anyone know more about this retrofit?
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:12 AM   #2
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I heard about this retrofit kit through this forum as a possibility. I would also like to upgrade our tank. Here's what I do in the meantime, I use the roof A/C for about 20-30 minutes to cool off the rig. I then turn it off and the gen. off and keep the Sprinter dash air cranked on high and cold with the 2 center vents pointed towards the back. I keep the 2 top vents turned off. I would have never believed how well it worked until I tried it (suggested on this forum). If we stop for less than 30 minutes and our staying in the rig, I'll turn the gen. and roof A/C back on and cut the engine off. This method has saved us a lot of money and stopping all the time for propane.


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Old 07-18-2015, 09:21 PM   #3
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I heard about this retrofit kit through this forum as a possibility. I would also like to upgrade our tank. Here's what I do in the meantime, I use the roof A/C for about 20-30 minutes to cool off the rig. I then turn it off and the gen. off and keep the Sprinter dash air cranked on high and cold with the 2 center vents pointed towards the back. I keep the 2 top vents turned off. I would have never believed how well it worked until I tried it (suggested on this forum). If we stop for less than 30 minutes and our staying in the rig, I'll turn the gen. and roof A/C back on and cut the engine off. This method has saved us a lot of money and stopping all the time for propane.


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I thought I read somewhere that MB advises against idling for too long. It may be bad for the EGR valve and seals or something....
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I thought I read somewhere that MB advises against idling for too long. It may be bad for the EGR valve and seals or something....

We don't idle that long for the reason you mention. I should clarify, we use the dash A/C while underway.


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Old 07-19-2015, 08:18 PM   #5
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I heard about this retrofit kit through this forum as a possibility. I would also like to upgrade our tank. Here's what I do in the meantime, I use the roof A/C for about 20-30 minutes to cool off the rig. I then turn it off and the gen. off and keep the Sprinter dash air cranked on high and cold with the 2 center vents pointed towards the back. I keep the 2 top vents turned off. I would have never believed how well it worked until I tried it (suggested on this forum). If we stop for less than 30 minutes and our staying in the rig, I'll turn the gen. and roof A/C back on and cut the engine off. This method has saved us a lot of money and stopping all the time for propane.


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Thanks- those top 2 vents are fresh air mix vents if I recall correctly. air coming in through the cabin air filter enters there and mixes with the regular air flow. also, to get the defroster to work, it's necessary to close pretty much all of the other vents.
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