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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by DavidM on February 16, 2020, 06:45:04 PM »
Wow, such a deal. For $125,000 and your $10,000 finders fee I can have a new Fuse motor home. I will have to sleep on that offer.

David
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by Merlin on February 16, 2020, 05:57:01 PM »
I'm going to run over to Grand Rapids this week to check out one of the new electric Audis. I'll stop by the Fuse dealership and pick that one up for you. I have a very modest finders fee of only $10K.  8)
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by DavidM on February 16, 2020, 12:25:51 PM »
I do like the Fuse models for the most part. The one Merlin referenced has the nice side queen bed slide out. But that forward living area is the pits with the forward facing bench seat. But I would hope that it is fairly easily fixed: pull out that horrible bench seat and replace it with a nice captain's chair. The only other negative is very limited galley prep space.

The other model, the 24A has twin beds, but they really intrude on your living space whereas the 24T that Merlin posted, somewhat hides the bed.

So if I can deal with the galley prep area to Joan's satisfaction, maybe with a flip up counter extension and remove the bench seat, the model Merlin referenced is my favorite so far.

David
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by Merlin on February 16, 2020, 10:34:18 AM »
The Fuse looks interesting. These class C are not Inexpensive!

https://www.mhs2go.com/inv/2017-Winnebago-Fuse-23T-36983/
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by ADR on February 16, 2020, 09:21:03 AM »
I wanted a Sprinter for years before I bought a Transit-  but every time I started reading up on them I got scared away by extremely high repair costs.    Not only that- assuming the money didn't concern you, in some places you can be 500+ miles from a dealer that works on them!  Not every Mercedes dealer will.   
Of course having a motorhome of any brand can be a problem- some dealers won't work on motorhomes if you have a warranty issue- my late father was into motorhomes and of the 5 Ford dealers in our area only one would touch a motorhome.

My grandson and I were at Glacier NP and were talking to a couple across from our site with a Sprinter based motorhome-   they had a leak in the rear axle and spents days and thousands of dollars getting it fixed.    They got to Glacier and it was again leaking- they were leaving the next day to go back to the dealer- which was hundreds of miles away. IIRC it was a 2 day drive.

I'd be all over another Transit diesel if it wasn't for all the emissions crap on them now- some have had major problems with the Ford Transit diesel- but in most cases it is the added on emissions stuff that is the problem- the 3.2 is a solid engine IMO- used all over in tons of Ford trucks and even used in some light rail locomotives.   Will be interesting to see how the 2.0 fares- it also is used elsewhere in large numbers.
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ATC Modifications / Re: Shelves for kitchen Cabinets
« Last post by Merlin on February 16, 2020, 08:44:41 AM »
Internal stackable shelves are a great idea!
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by DavidM on February 16, 2020, 08:15:53 AM »
Hmmm! Never heard of a diesel with a throttle. Must take some clever coordination of the fuel injection with the throttle plate to keep them in sync. Or maybe the throttle plate only closes on deceleration- kind of a built in Jake brake.

So if the Ford 3.2 diesel with throttle was offered in all Transits until 2020 will have to look into that further. We would be buying used anyway.

Your exhaust temp sensor experience is what I was hoping with the Ford- easier maintenance and cheaper parts than the Mercedes. Mercedes diesels seem to be made for people with money who don't mind spending it.

Thanks, David
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by ADR on February 16, 2020, 07:38:54 AM »
To correct one misconception- SOME diesels do in fact have throttle plates.  I had a 2015 Transit with the 3.2 diesel- it has one and had outstanding engine braking- much more than my 2018 gas Transit.

Took some getting used to seeing 15mpg on the gas Transit when I was seeing 20mpg on the diesel...had to keep reminding myself I had done the math and it was going to be 150,000 plus miles to break even on the diesel.    Higher fuel, higher oil changes, higher fuel filter, DEF, and of course higher price for the diesel engine in the first place.

I loved that inline 5 in the Transit- unfortunately an idiot in MO totalled it for us when he crossed a 4 lane highway disregarding the yield sign in the median :'(

Alas the 3.2 is no more- Ford replaced it with a 2.0 for 2020- although it reportedly has even more torque and horsepower than the 3.2.
BTW the only repair done to the diesel in 50K miles was a $30 exhaust temp sensor I replaced myself rather than suffer through typical dealer incompetence.  Warranty would have covered it but it wasn't worth it, unload entire van, it sits for a week etc.
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ATC Modifications / Re: Shelves for kitchen Cabinets
« Last post by dgwilson50 on February 15, 2020, 08:41:32 PM »
We just purchased a 2019 28FB. We went to Ikea and purchased these white medal shelves that fit quite well inside the aluminum cabinets. They are the Variera series. You will need about 16 of the 12" x 12" and about 7 of the 5"x 12" approximate size. You can stack them on top of each other. Just remember to screw the tops upside down on the legs so you have a lip to catch stuff from sliding off.
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Thinking of moving to a motorhome
« Last post by charliem on February 15, 2020, 04:27:39 PM »
Man, am I glad I'm not going through that decision process again! Good luck, David  :) . That said, the discussion of engine breaking and reliability are recalibrating my thoughts on diesels. Always a new tidbit to be picked up hereabouts.
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