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Old 06-19-2018, 01:25 AM   #1
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2018 Isata 3 24FW first 10,000 miles

We picked up our Isata 3 24FW in Eugene Oregon in November but weren't able to really hit the road until January. We motored south to Phoenix which we used as our winter home base. During the last six months, we have toured all around the Phoenix area, Death Valley, Vegas, San Francisco, southern California - San Diego & San Clemente, Tucson, Santa Fe, western Texas, Grand Canyon, Page, Salt Lake, and back to the Pacific North West.


We do not have a tow vehicle. For the first 10,136 miles we have averaged 14.05 mpg. The worst was 12.25 mpg in the mountains and the best was 15.74 mpg cursing the flat lands of west Texas and New Mexico. Worked out to be 721 gallons used and about 371 miles per tank between fill ups. I have added 7.5 gallons of DEF. Hasn't used any oil.


Things we like.
Love the FW layout. Set up is easy. The auto leveling is a joy to use. Love the shower, hot water system, the dinette layout, stove & the refrigerator works great. The bed is super comfortable. It's just the wife and I so we use the over head bunk area with clear plastic storage bins so we have lots of storage room. The interior LEDs provide lots of light. The remote for the furnace is really nice on cold mornings. The seats in the cab are very comfortable. The black tank clean out really works well.


We always get positive feedback about the Isata 3 especially the paint job when we are in the campgerounds. People are always amazed that it has auto level. We get lots of thumbs up.


I really like the MB 3500 chassis. We have made no modifications to it. The ride is great. It handles well. Few if any rattles or squeaks. Very quiet on the highway. I was thinking I would need to install the Sumo suspension system but the chassis does not need it.


Things we fixed or will fix.

For the Dealer -
The Dealer fixed a water leak. The steering wheel radio controls did not work – fixed by the Dealer. The AM radio does not work – the Dealer is still look at that one. The slide out cover is frayed. The bottoms of the draws under the dinette seats have fallen out.


I plan to install the Remis privacy blinds. I wish the chassis had mobile eye for added safety. I made my own storage system for the sewer hose. I added the light bar in the step area so you can see the switches at night. I plan to install a TMS.


Overall I have to say it has been a excellent adventure.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:36 AM   #2
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Sure sounds like you’re getting your enjoyment out of it. Where to for the summer?
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Going to British Columbia and exploring more of Oregon and Washington.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:56 AM   #4
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What dealer in Eugene? Do you like them? We're about 40 miles North of there.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:07 AM   #5
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Glad to hear it...

AM is on our list. Steering wheel controls are on our list to refine...tough when Mercedes won't let you access anything, but we're working through it.

What did you end up for the sewer hose? We got the super hose holder to work on everything but the FW.
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Going to British Columbia and exploring more of Oregon and Washington.
Awesome! Sounds like a great way to spend the summer
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:33 PM   #7
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Nice report! My wife and I are looking to order the exact same unit in Sept. when she joins me in retirement.
I sure would like to get that leveling system but understand it's not available with the optional Diesel generator and that's a must have for me. We are trying to learn as much as we can in the meantime.
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:10 PM   #8
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Tom in Ohio, just thought I'd give a recommendation for RCD RV Supercenter in Pataskala. Real good folks there. They helped us order some special stuff on our Isata 3FW.

Seems like they have 3 stores in the Columbus area.


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Old 06-19-2018, 03:23 PM   #9
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Dave,
Thanks for the recommendation on RCD in Pataskala. They didn't have one in stock so we saw several Isata 3 models at Shafers RV Sales in delta Ohio.
We'll see who offers the best deal on one in September. We also want a Fiat 500 toad by the way.
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:53 PM   #10
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We brought our Isata from Mike Bolin at the RV Corral in Eugene. Great guy.

Used 6" PVC for the sewer hose storage. I used two 6 inch stainless steel muffler clamps (Amazon) and found existing holes in the frame rails that matched up perfectly to hang it. I made sure it does not touch the bottom of the water tank heater. Painted it flat black. It holds two rhino hoses and a 90 degree elbow. Easy mod.

IMO the self levelers are worth it and propane generator works perfectly when we doondock.
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