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Old 01-18-2013, 11:43 AM   #81
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It was good meeting y'all. Let me know if u ever want to swing through DC. I went to New Orleans and gulf shores state park yesterday. Highly recommend- never knew gulf coast could be that pretty or oil free. Heading to savannah and Columbia today. Just passed 1400 miles! Guess that I can let her loose now that I am past the break in period
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #82
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Up to 16.9 mpg by keeping acceleration rpm below 2k but still averaging 75-80. Anybody have any tips short of slowing down?
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:35 AM   #83
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Did you weight your rig while fully loaded yet? you should get better MPG then that, unless your maxed out @ 8990. I have a 3500 ,maxed @ over 11000, and I get 17mpg(I have a lead foot also) A scan gauge will help you to monitor important info, other than PRMs much better. This forum is GREAT for info on conversions, but limited on running/repairing and knowledge of how a sprinter really works. Join the sprinter forum, http://sprinter-source.com/forum/ and do some research there on the scan gauge and how to use it effectively. Pay close attention to posts by http://sprinter-source.com/forum/member.php?u=2639 on the scan gauge ,you could even PM him(PM>>not a vistor message), Roger is a great guy and knows sprinters and how to set up and use the scan gauge very well
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #84
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heres the newest thread on the scan gauge http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24632 look at post 4
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:48 PM   #85
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Spoke too soon. Anyone guess what's wrong with this picture? Extra points given to anyone who can identify what this used to be...
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:49 PM   #86
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By the way, up to 18mpg if I don't count the fuel used by the espar heater to winterize the vehicle all day long.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #87
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I'm guessing that is a special no-output alternator. Or maybe an alternative engine block heater that uses fire?

Did everything else survive?


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Old 01-31-2013, 06:14 PM   #88
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Geez, did that come out of your rig?

I am going with late model Chernobyl alternator. Maybe you should've gone with a Mr. Fusion home reactor. Looks like the flir consumes a little more power than thought?

Good luck with that one.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:04 PM   #89
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Ding ding ding! We have a winner... Though not from the flir. Rest of system seems to be intact- this was 2nd alternator 360 amp. Getting replaced once they figure out the tiny problem of the voltage regulator not causing my van to catch fire. I am such a whiner.

Should have a fix soon and will keep you amused. It worked great for the past 2 weeks. Is that the average life span of these things- probably not... But I am not an engineer.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:44 PM   #90
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Ohh man that looks bad. Hope the wife isn't reaming you about the van now.
Guess it couldn't keep up with that massive bank of lithium-ions.
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