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Old 09-12-2016, 12:55 PM   #21
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MBS, No, I wouldn't do it again.

Originally Posted by flocktothewall View Post
Having come from a similar style of camping as you, I'll chime in on my limited experience with ours.

On the one hand we love it. I have a lot of pride when I see another MBS motorhome roll down the highway. I think they look good.........

Personally the ONLY real bother I have that I wish I would have known or better put, understood BEFORE I purchased was the cargo carrying capacity and towing capacity.

Pretty much all the class c type MBS are almost maxed on the chassis weight WITHOUT much cargo room. Ours has 900 lbs. I think without propane or water. With myself, wife and two kids, and food - we don't carry water anymore (found most places we stay has water fill somewhere or we'll fill up close to where we stay) I would venture to say we're at or over our Gross Vehicle weight.

That would have been the deal breaker for me. Tons of places to put stuff. Especially in the "R" but no weight allowance. Can't leave our kids home, have to pack food, blankets, clothes and chairs. I mean I bought this to NOT "rough camp" anymore so what can ya do? In hindsight if I would have known that - I probably would have gone with the 28' Class A I was thinking of.

Towing capacity is small - 4,300lbs. All of our cars weigh more than that. So now we're debating selling a car and getting a Jeep or something that fits in that weight but it has to fit 4.....

...I'll say this, I know there will be a time I'll sell it, and get a bigger coach with more cargo capacity. How long? We'll have to see on that one. Do I wish I wouldn't have bought it - no not really, I like it.
We have two Grand-kids and we like to travel in the summer months. With the weight issue, and two seat belts in back, this vehicle is okay for two normal adults and two small children. 900 pounds goes real quick when the 4 people account for almost 450 pounds of it. We came in over 200 pounds when taking the 4 of us and our 30 pound dog out last summer, running empty on black, gray, and about 1/3 fresh. Needless to say, for many reasons mentioned in other posts, we went on a traveling weight diet, and cut down to the most essential items, and 4 Bicycles were cut from the future list.

We are considering an Ford 3051, or a 30 foot class A.

Yes, we've considered a trailer,towing 4 down and all that. Yet, we are two seasons in and have just about 10,000 miles. With the price of gas- Diesel fuel so reasonable, much of the pain of 8-10 mpg for a Gasser goes away. So unless we travel cross country a lot more just the two of us, I would not go MBS again, no matter which vendor.

In summary, for two people MBS is fine. For more, MBS's are too limited in cargo for us to consider another one.

In the meantime we will travel with the MBS we have, and consider renting a 3051 for the week or two we MIGHT spend traveling with our extended family.

No, I wouldn't purchase MBS again unless our traveling style changes considerably.

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Old 09-12-2016, 01:42 PM   #22
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I would have to say YES, We've had our MB Solera for 5 years now and have not had any problems with it to date. I had it into our Mercedes dealer twice and was treated very well and the cost I felt wasn't any worse than any other dealer with a motorhome. I do oil changes and other minor work myself which helps and I've done several mod on my own and never had a problem with the dealer over it.

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Old 09-12-2016, 02:27 PM   #23
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We love our mbs

We have a 2015 2401r and love it for we two and a dog. Planning to tow a Prius this coming winter. After a 37' C and a 33' A, it's better for septuagenarians!
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:12 PM   #24
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Love our MBS Solera

Just the 2 of us and our 2 dogs, no tow although we have 2 scooters and bicycles we take with us, depending on our destination.

Generator question, ours is diesel and runs from the fuel tank, mainly use it on the road for the microwave. We rarely travel July-August, crowds and heat but have had no problem running the generator for A/C after having a hard start gizmo added to A/C under warranty work.

Maintenance, we use a trusted local mechanic for oil and filter changes, double the cost at MBS dealership! I do get Mercedes specified filters and have mechanic use them. Have had no mechanical issues at 10,000 miles. Our only issues have been very poor service at the dealership, they keep your rig forever and have a multitude of excuses. No trouble finding B5 blended diesel anywhere yet.

We recently went to Colorado and were very impressed with the engine in the mountains. Great gas mileage, about 13 mpg and should get better as we get more miles on it. Hope this helps!
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:50 PM   #25
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We came from a 2007 Winnebago View H on a MB 5 cylinder diesel. It also had a propane generator. I'll leave the others to respond to the MB. Two things about the propane generator. Propane has less energy than gas, so the same generator is rated lower on power output. If a gas generator isn't run each month you will get varnish in the carburetor. You won't have that problem with propane. A gas generator like in our REV runs from the same gas tank as the engine, so each time you gas up, you gas up the generator and the gas is always fresh.

We had a lot of expensive repairs on the Sprinter. Example $1000 for the SRS light lit. (SRS seat belt)

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Old 09-12-2016, 04:20 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Paul S. View Post
We at Fedex do not use the Sprinter based on reliability. There was a hole dug many years ago that Fedex could not get out of and it still persists today. Fedex wanted to move to a more fuel efficient vehicle in the early 2000's. They were using a Freightliner chassis with a Cummins 5.9 diesel. These 2 vehicles were not even in a class together. They tested a number of Sprinters and decided they could get better fuel mileage than a Ford van. They did put these in there fleet but they never considered the maintenance costs. The engineers here fail to consider everything when they compare products. The costs far outweigh the savings. Fast forward to a few years ago. Fedex wanted to start buying more Fords again to replace the Sprinters so they went to Ford to ask for a deal if they bought so many units. Guess What? Ford wasn't playing that game and still won't. They told Fedex that they were a small player and would have to pay retail if they wanted a Ford product. Now you know the real reason why they are heavy with Sprinters and light with Fords. There isn't 1 mechanic out of the 1500 at Fedex that considers the Sprinter reliable and cost efficient.


Well sometimes it comes down to if you are a Ford person and I am definitely not. I would put my money on the long term quality of the Sprinter any day.

And resale value is much higher on a MBS based RV model! That's a factor to consider as well.

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Old 09-12-2016, 05:37 PM   #27
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Our 2501ts is on order

These were the 2 models we considered also. We decided on the Ford because of the weight allowances, the larger sq ft inside, the larger pool of available repair shops, the cheaper cost of repair and maintainence, the more comfortable front seats, and the cheaper price. But our deal breaker for the MB was that, according to Mercedes, you cannot idle this engine any longer than an hour without doing possible damage. We could hardly believe this when we heard it. We currently own a 40ft diesel pusher (Cummins) which is made to idle! The reason we would need to idle is that my husband is on oxygen and cannot be without it. Yes, it has the generator for backup but because it's a matter of survival for him, we need a backup to the backup. You can idle the Ford all day long if needed. I spoke with our current RV mechanic and he said he would never get the MB. They drive like a regular sized van, which I loved, but all else considered, we had to go with the 2501ts. It's due in any day now and we can't wait!!!
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:23 PM   #28
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Yes, if I wanted another MH the same size.

Ford has more storage, weight, and towing capacity. Our 2400w has enough for our needs. We are 2 adults and 180 lbs of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Our biggest weight concern is dog food.

We never dry camp for more than 2 days without moving, plenty of battery, propane, and tank capacity.

It has all the handling and engine power we need, cabin seems quieter than the Ford. So far, only normal vehicle maintenance.

If you add EVERYTHING up from a dollar stand point in the end the dollar value may end up a little better, but probably not that much.

You are not us, the majority of MH owners are happy with their vehicle, whether it's a MBS or Ford. The most important aspect of a MH is the floor plan, then storage, weight and towing capacity. Once you find what looks like it will work for YOU, MBS or Ford become a minor consideration.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:35 PM   #29
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You're giving very good information about this subject. In here is the best place for all of us to find out about anything's, but this one I am so glad that I didn't read this before buying. I would be so confused and end up with none because I can make up my mind on what to buy. They are all bad and good.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:42 PM   #30
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MBS pr Ford

I drove a new rental 30' class C Ford with V10 about 3,000 miles and decided to get the MBS. I have 26,000 miles on a Coachmen Prism LE2150 and am glad I did.
I have never weighed the rig or worried about being overweight, it is much more maneuverable than the Ford, goes up hill without roaring and sounding strained and is much easier to drive without constant correction than the particular Ford I drove. Of course both units can be improved with after market suspension items. I towed a Chevy HHR(3300 #) about 6,000 miles no problem. If I wanted a bigger unit I would have a hard time settling on a Class C with the Ford chassis unless the handling and roaring of the engine under load were dealt with.

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