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Old 05-11-2019, 02:23 PM   #1
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New Sprinter Chassis

Excuse me if this has been discussed before. I did a search and couldn't find anything here.

All my kids have moved out now and we sold our old motorhome and am now looking at something smaller. Really like the Forester 2401W. We currently have a Mercedes GLK Blutec and while I was in the dealership they were showing me the new van chassis(now cheaper, 7spd vs 5spd, LED headlights, more safety stuff...). Why can't I find this chassis when looking for a motorhome? When are they coming down the Forest River line?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-11-2019, 02:36 PM   #2
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Not sure how someone can answer your question. A van chassis is exactly that a van chassis however when you say motorhome that is a very broad spectrum if you narrow things a little someone may be able to answer your question.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:00 PM   #3
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https://www.mercedes-benz-vans.ca/en...er/cab-chassis is what I am talking about(reason I posted in the "Mercedes Benz Sprinter Chassis" forum.
Mercedes new sprinter chassis looks pretty nice compared to the older one. The sales person kept talking about the van, even though we were looking at sprinter chassis on the lot as well.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:58 PM   #4
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It appears that the new chassis cab does have some interesting changes. Most significant (to us, anyway) is a 4500 model with an increased GVWR from 11,030 to 12,125 with a GCWR of 15,250. The 12,125 may not be so useful if the GCWR really stays at 15,250 as that would reduce towing capacity, which is already pretty low. As near as I can tell the 3500 model remains pretty much as it is, at 11,030 and 15,250.

There are a wide variety of updates to the electronic and infotainment systems with stuff like blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control, but it's not immediately obvious how much of that is standard equipment and how much is (extra cost) options.


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Old 05-12-2019, 05:35 PM   #5
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What the salesman said that caught my attention was the new chassis was about $2,000(CDN) cheaper than the previous year. He was saying this was because of the assemble in the US vs Germany(not sure if it because of tariffs or just cheaper to make/ship). I would also like the additional 2 gears in the transmission, I always think more gears are better with a diesel.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:23 PM   #6
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I'm wondering if the 4500 leaf springs would fit my 3500 chassis?
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:43 AM   #7
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What the salesman said that caught my attention was the new chassis was about $2,000(CDN) cheaper than the previous year. He was saying this was because of the assemble in the US vs Germany(not sure if it because of tariffs or just cheaper to make/ship). I would also like the additional 2 gears in the transmission, I always think more gears are better with a diesel.

I dunno about pricing changes - I presume that major upfitters (like Forest River) have some sort of deal going to begin with, but maybe the new model will be a little less expensive.


As far as the transmission goes...the existing engine and transmission are about the most solid parts of the previous models - I can't remember seeing any transmission complaints at all on this web site. That being said, I suppose the new transmission might be a little smoother...and still as bomb-proof.


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Old 05-13-2019, 03:13 PM   #8
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Dave - Guess you missed my posts wrt transmission issue:

“Rumble Strip Noise”

Replaced transmission at about 93K miles.

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Dave - Guess you missed my posts wrt transmission issue:
Well...ok...so I'm getting a little forgetful. Wait...What?


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Old 05-14-2019, 10:57 AM   #10
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Tiffin is building the Wayfarer on the new chassis. Google 2020 Wayfarer and you can see some new models.
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