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Old 07-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #21
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Got me in and loaned me a car for which I am thankful. Looks like channels for the Murphy bed need replacement. Dealer tells me that Lippert and Forest River are blaming each other. Meanwhile I am 9 hrs away from home and wondering if the parts will arrive. See what tomorrow brings. dealer has been as helpful as they can be. FR needs to work it out quickly.
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:28 PM   #22
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I have a 2014 Solera, built on a Mercedes 2013 chassis. According to the head of the Sprinter service department at my local MB dealer, Forest River requested a smaller DEF tank from MB because they thought they would gain some storage space. Dumb!!!. The DEF tank is under the hood, and no space advantage could be gained for the motorhome builder. So it appears that this is another in a long line of sheer stupidity from Forest River, the first being, that they thought they could build a motorhome. There is one good thing among many about the Sprinter, MB actually lied about the fuel capacity; the fuel tank actually has a capacity of 30 gallons, and the fuel warning light comes on when there is 10 gallons left. The reason is if you run out of fuel, the vehicle would have to be towed to a MB dealer to have the computer reset and have the system purged and reset. Other than that, the Sprinter is a thing of beauty. It is a highly refined vehicle, a true Mercedes.
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:42 PM   #23
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I have a 2012 Solera built on the 2011 Sprinter chassis and my DEF tank is located on the passenger side immediately in front of the rear axle so I lose a storage compartment.

I would have much rather had my DEF tank located under the hood and gained the space advantage of the extra storage compartment.

Pretty smart on Forest River's part IMO.
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:52 PM   #24
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^^What he said^^. When it first came out it was a 7 gallon tank and poorly positioned right by the entry door, wasting a lot of space. There was no option. "The highly refined Mercedes People" realized they made a mistake (after every single up fitter complained) and decided maybe outside storage space is actually something people want. So the next year, they offered the smaller tank that would fit in the engine compartment. So the " " Forest River people opted for that tank so they could gain a storage box of several cubic feet. Why they would ever do such a thing is a mystery.
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Old 10-01-2015, 05:16 PM   #25
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I just checked with the service dept. at my MB dealer and was told that if the fuel system runs dry, you will probably need to turn the ignition on without starting the engine for about 5 seconds maybe 5 times to let the electronic pump push the air out of the path to the injectors and then it will start - do it a few more times if needed.


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Old 10-01-2015, 05:48 PM   #26
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I have a 2012 Solera built on the 2011 Sprinter chassis and my DEF tank is located on the passenger side immediately in front of the rear axle so I lose a storage compartment.

I would have much rather had my DEF tank located under the hood and gained the space advantage of the extra storage compartment.

Pretty smart on Forest River's part IMO.
X2. The added outside storage is much better than a DEF tank located in that spot. Unfortunately, you just don't realize it, until you need it. Think of it this way, you have to burn 350 gals of diesel for the under the hood tank to be depleted. Miles wise thats over 5,000 miles. So rethink that. Just sayin'
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Old 10-01-2015, 06:01 PM   #27
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I have a 2014 Solera, built on a Mercedes 2013 chassis. According to the head of the Sprinter service department at my local MB dealer, Forest River requested a smaller DEF tank from MB because they thought they would gain some storage space. Dumb!!!. The DEF tank is under the hood, and no space advantage could be gained for the motorhome builder. So it appears that this is another in a long line of sheer stupidity from Forest River, the first being, that they thought they could build a motorhome. There is one good thing among many about the Sprinter, MB actually lied about the fuel capacity; the fuel tank actually has a capacity of 30 gallons, and the fuel warning light comes on when there is 10 gallons left. The reason is if you run out of fuel, the vehicle would have to be towed to a MB dealer to have the computer reset and have the system purged and reset. Other than that, the Sprinter is a thing of beauty. It is a highly refined vehicle, a true Mercedes.
Not true. There is a bleeder that comes off the fuel filter. The hose runs just to the left of the motor (facing the engine) If you trace that line, you will see there is a place to add a drain tube (maybe 1/4" i.d.) where you can safety fill a cup. Turn the ignition on about three times+ till the pump self primes the fuel filter. I'd use a clear piece of hose, that way you can see when the bubbles no longer exit the discharge hose. Then your primed and good to go.
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