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Old 12-17-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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New owner looking for tips/tricks

Just bought a 2016 MBS W and have been combing through hundreds of threads to learn as much as possible. (thank you what I've learned so far!) I've camped my whole life but never owned a motor home...or a diesel vehicle. Super concerned I'm going to break this thing with all the nuances, so starting this thread to absorb your quick tips. For example, I read on some other thread that when starting the the engine I should turn the key to the ON position first so that the oil pump will start circulating oil before actually turning the engine over. Dealership didn't mention stuff like that to me when taking the test drive or on delivery.

Do you have any other sorts of "rookie" tips I can learn from?
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:47 PM   #2
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That MBS diesel is pretty much "bullet proof"! We owned a 2011 Winnebago ERA with this engine/chassis and put a ton of miles on this great engine. You will hear a lot of "does & don'ts" for diesel engines in general and my best advice is simply read and follow the information in your owners manual.
The most important thing to do, IMHO, as with any diesel engine is to perform the maintenance schedule as reflected in your owners manual. If you do this simple thing, this engine will takes care of you till about 300,000 miles. There is no need to "baby" it as it's very tough. Use it and take care of it, enjoy it and you'll be just fine!

PS- performing the required maintenance, in a timely manner, and keeping the records to prove it, will go a long way to selling it for top $$ in the future if you choose.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:23 PM   #3
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Fuel and oil are the most important.
Use quality fuel.
Follow schedule, ( or sooner)
Fuel filter(s) every second oil change.


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Old 12-17-2015, 01:26 PM   #4
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The oil pump is not elec. Turning the ign to on does warm up the glow plugs.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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Do your own oil changes and save lots of money. MB uses Mobil 1 as do I.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
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Mercedes diesel spec Mobil 1. Check your owner's manual. Very specific oil for compatibility with blue tech exhaust emissions system.
Also, be aware of a turbo issue if you choose to change your own fuel filter. Changing the fuel filter requires removing and replacing the air inlet hose to the turbo. That hose is attached to the turbo with a "compensator ring" - improper installation of this ring and hose can allow the ring to be sucked into the turbo.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:44 PM   #7
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Fuel and oil are the most important.
Use quality fuel.
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Fuel filter(s) every second oil change.


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What's the best way to identify quality fuel with diesel? With regular gas I'm familiar with good stations and can put in 93 octane if I want good quality, but not sure what identifies quality diesel. I read that huge thread about bio diesel percentages and that started concerning me...but what can you do if the state mandates a certain bio %???? Is one type of station better than others for diesel (i.e. Flying J is crap but Travel Centers are good)?
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:54 PM   #8
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I have a 2011 Coachmen Prism (a Mercedes Sprinter, diesel 3500) with only about 40K on it. I agree with others, follow the owner's manual on maintenance. I had one issue with, what I think, was bad fuel. We filled up with the gas from the cheapest station around (diesel was running about $4+ at the time) and ended with a check engine light. It wasn't blinking so it wasn't a major concern (see the manual for this situation). We traveled about 6K with it on after being assured it wasn't dangerous and when we had our next maintenance the mechanic reset it. Maintenance on this is pretty expensive (there's an every other year schedule - an A and a B year) so save your pennies! It's a great engine (my first diesel as well) and the only real difficulty for me is the placement where I need to add DEF, but that's more of a camper design problem than a Sprinter issue... I think....
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Do your own oil changes and save lots of money. MB uses Mobil 1 as do I.
There are DIFFERENT Mobil 1 oils!. The Mobil 1 that is readily available in local stores is NOT the Mobil 1 that MB requires. Read the Sprinter manual. It details which specific oils are approved (there were over 20, NONE of which could be found in local auto parts stores, Walmart, truck stops etc). You can use whatever you want but, if there's a problem down the road and MB can show you failed to use the recommended oil, MB is off the hook.

I loved the 2010 3500 series Sprinter I had (while I had it). I paid the extra $ and simply brought it to a MB dealer every 10,000 miles and had the dealer perform the recommended service. If you join the Mercedes Benz club of America, most MB shops will give you 10% off the parts & labor (as well as send you a full color magazine every month or so).
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see which LUCAS product you can add to the oil... eliminates thermal breakdown and keeps oil at the top of the engine (no oil wash down after sitting for a few days so your not turning a dry moor.
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