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Old 07-16-2021, 06:17 PM   #1
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I have a Mercedes Sprinter Navion pushing 30k miles in 6 years.
I have mostly winterized the Navion, added insulation and forced air heaters to holding tanks, and added a trailer hitch carrier that holds a fairly quiet Yamaha gasoline generator with 6 gallon fuel tank that will take me through a night or two on either heat or air conditioning. We used it to do quite a few ski trips the last two winters when everything else was closed. I have all season radials which work ok in snow and ice, and have not had to use chains during the winter, (which are a bear to put on) I looked for rear axle limited slip but it is not readily available in the US. It is available but pricey in Europe.

The Navion drives like a dream. We had a larger motorhome that I didn't enjoy driving and my wife wouldn't. This one handles more like a suburban.
We're getting 14-15 mpg on diesel.

In 6 years I had a starter die, a generator go out, replaced the propane regulator, have gone through two stove lighting clickers, one bathroom fan, and replaced the radio/backup camera system when it failed. The overhead skylight literally fell out dangling by the connecting wires on a rough road when we first got it. The factory screws only hit styrofoam. Replaced with longer screws.

Minor complaints : the battery connect relay pulls 2 amps when 'on' which drains the battery especially when cold.

A second problem, and a reason I joined the forum : I can smell what seems like holding tank deodorant..sweet, sort of floral.. It drifts to the front on the road with the windows down just a little. Windows up and fan on its okay. Standing still camping its okay. I quit using scented holding tank capsules. The holding tanks don't seem to have any scent other than the expected.
I'll post more details somewhere. Anyone had something like this?

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Old 07-16-2021, 07:15 PM   #2
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Howdy! Y’all have a fun rig. Welcome.
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Welcome to the forum! Mission Ridge is a good spot for skiing and some winter camping. So, you said your genny quit. Is that why you are using an external genny? Oh, I can't stand the banging of the piezo stove lighters. I installed a AA battery powered unit in our last two MH's. Pretty simple installation too.
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Old 08-07-2021, 08:36 AM   #4
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I had a similar problem with tank odors this summer, like you said only when moving down the road. I installed a new toilet with a new floor seal so I know that's not the problem, but what I did learn is that the factory roof vent caps allow for positive pressure in the tanks, forcing some air into the rig. So my next project will be installing these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CZQ9Y6M...v_ov_lig_dp_it

PS My diesel genny works fine but is pretty loud and I am considering yanking it and replacing with a Honda propane powered unit although I will lose some capacity but still get by.
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