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Old 09-29-2015, 11:24 AM   #31
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BS! Brakes should be FIRM -- NO MATTER what the rig weighs! I've had Ford and Chevy C-class rigs. All much bigger than my current 24' MB. Something is wrong.



THANKS!

Nothing is "wrong" per se.
That is the way they are engineered.
I drove 2 Mercedes units before I bought a Chevy for this and other reasons.

Have you crawled under the rig and compared the rear end to a Ford or a Chevy? How about the frame rails...and the brakes.
How about the track width? Why do you think everyone is putting on Hellwigs, Sumo springs and Bilsteins? Oh yeah- and 6 lugs...
Probably because even though Merc has an 11k GVWR, they were not designed for such a large tall heavy box me thinks.

All I can say is "Good luck" with your NHTSA request for Merc.
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:56 PM   #32
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Look, just respect the original poster request will ya please. Stop adding your input when not pertinent to the objective. When he is trying to get a point across to MB about an unsafe cond. in post '13 (redesigned, hint hint) model years. You guys that just chime in with your opinion, when not on topic, or lack of complete sprinter history just muddy up the purpose of the thread. Come on guys, respect each other and READ the OP's request. Just sayin'
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:43 PM   #33
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:32 PM   #34
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Nothing is "wrong" per se.
That is the way they are engineered.
I drove 2 Mercedes units before I bought a Chevy for this and other reasons.

Have you crawled under the rig and compared the rear end to a Ford or a Chevy? How about the frame rails...and the brakes.
How about the track width? Why do you think everyone is putting on Hellwigs, Sumo springs and Bilsteins? Oh yeah- and 6 lugs...
Probably because even though Merc has an 11k GVWR, they were not designed for such a large tall heavy box me thinks.

All I can say is "Good luck" with your NHTSA request for Merc.
If Toyotas can be recalled on bogus claims of accelerating by themselves, it shows that NHTSA pays attention to the quantity, rather than the quality, of complaints. Please take 5 minutes to file a complaint if you have faulty brakes on your Sprinter.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:54 PM   #35
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If Toyotas can be recalled on bogus claims of accelerating by themselves, it shows that NHTSA pays attention to the quantity, rather than the quality, of complaints. Please take 5 minutes to file a complaint if you have faulty brakes on your Sprinter.
Oh, BTW, I've driven other Sprinters, too. The brakes were normal. Firm, no play. Great vehicles.
But even at a standstill, my Solera's pedal will sink to the floor. It's not related to the size or weight of the RV. If the brakes malfunction while sitting still, it's a brake issue.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:02 PM   #36
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Spongy brakes are usually caused by air in the lines.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:40 AM   #37
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If Toyotas can be recalled on bogus claims of accelerating by themselves, it shows that NHTSA pays attention to the quantity, rather than the quality, of complaints. Please take 5 minutes to file a complaint if you have faulty brakes on your Sprinter.

I applaud your diligence in an attempt to repair your issue with NHTSA.
You are correct in that they require a certain number of complaints to even consider such a claim.
Toyotas claim was both a quantity of claims issue and a political issue.
The "quantity" portion came from every Tom, Dick and Harry filing a complaint when they rear ended someone. (I personally inspected some of those in the course of my job- insurance inspector)

One thing I would suggest- you have your vehicle weighed at a certified weigh station. A good thing to do for any RV-er.
You do not want to be over the 11k limit if someone is inspecting your vehicle. That would include passengers.

Once again- good luck.
I did not purchase a Merc for this and other reasons.
I just bought a Chevy 4500 (2251) so I will not participate in the complaint. Sorry if I came off as an a-hole.

I will although advise my buddie to join. He complains of his brakes also.
He had his ABS controller unit replaced also and system thoroughly checked. No change.
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You are correct 4500 chassis is the way to go but I like the GM V8
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