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Old 06-21-2018, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default 2018 is here and i missed a couple things

hi all,

missed a couple things, like the rear step bumper

and I am thinking I made a mistake getting the heated windshield, for some reason I thought the option was just heated at the wiper / bottom so the snow and ice would not pile up hopefully,

but seems to be the entire windshield. all the wires create an interesting view thru the windshield at times when driving.

I d say like looking thru a cheap pair of sunglasses look.

least got the factory trailer hitch thou
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Old 06-21-2018, 04:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2018 is here and i missed a couple things

hapaschold,
Probably can't get the trailer towing crossmember AND the step bumper.
Lot's of receiver hitch mounted rear steps on the market.
The hitch steps work almost better than the step bumper and come in all
sorts of heights/designs/colors/finishes.
Here's the step I'm using:
https://www.autoanything.com/towing/...IaAiLrEALw_wcB
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Old 06-21-2018, 04:46 PM   #3
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hi all,

missed a couple things, like the rear step bumper

and I am thinking I made a mistake getting the heated windshield, for some reason I thought the option was just heated at the wiper / bottom so the snow and ice would not pile up hopefully,

but seems to be the entire windshield. all the wires create an interesting view thru the windshield at times when driving.

I d say like looking thru a cheap pair of sunglasses look.

least got the factory trailer hitch thou
It took me awhile, but I got used to seeing through the heated windshield. I had a regret phase for awhile, but eventually stopped noticing it. It does come in handy quite a bit and helps keep the ice buildup off the wipers - which is nice.
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Default Re: 2018 is here and i missed a couple things

Ive got the heated windshield which is an option I probably wouldn't have ordered (we basically got the van off the lot). I'll say that after a while you dont notice the wires.. I dont anymore.

And, when it's snowing or icy, not having to scrape that windshield will be worth it.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:44 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2018 is here and i missed a couple things

We bought our T1N off-the-lot ... and had the dealer add the step bumper and two rear grab handles as part of "dealer prep".
(we already knew that doing that doubled the cost of the options compared to ordering-with-build, but them's the breaks).

As Dodge/Freightliner/MB had it, the step bumper was incompatible with the trailer hitch (which we don't have).
BUT ... clever folks here on the forum figured out how to mount the hitch despite the existence of the step bumper.

For our wants/purposes, an in-hitch step would not be anywhere near as nice as the full-width step bumper.

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Old 06-21-2018, 09:17 PM   #6
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Default Re: 2018 is here and i missed a couple things

I have the factory hitch and added a rear step. Took a little figuring to make it work but it can be done.

I too have the heated windshield. Took a few days to get used to it but it doesn't bother me now
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does the heated windshield stay on until either cycled off by driver or turning off the van ?

cant wait to see what that windshield costs after getting smashed

my 2015 144 was 505 bucks, but a standard windshield.

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Old 06-23-2018, 05:23 AM   #8
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Default Re: 2018 is here and i missed a couple things

Since you have the tow package, you could add a step that inserts into the hitch receiver. Not as wide as the factory step and can't be used when towing, but less expensive.
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does the heated windshield stay on until either cycled off by driver or turning off the van ?
Although it's fed by a fuse that's hot all the time (i.e. not turned off by the key), the heated windshield itself is controlled by a relay that's (in turn) driven by the Body Control Module.
I have no idea what convinces the BCM to turn the heater on and off.... perhaps temperature?

HeatedWindshieldCirc.png

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diagram from 3rd party 2007 schematics here: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference/0...inter-2500.pdf
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A heated windshield is one option I wish I had.
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