MB Cruiser

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Forest River 2004
MB Cruiser - right front
M-B Cruiser - interior, rear to front
M-B Cruiser - interior, front to rear
M-B Cruiser - interior, driver's side dinette
M-B Cruiser - interior, beds deployed

The Forest River MB Cruiser is a Class B RV based on the Sprinter. This vehicle was available in the US market from 2003 to 2006.

To discuss and get access to further info on Forest River you can visit the Sprinter-Forum.com Forest River Class B pages.

Contents

Floor Plans

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MB 220 2003-2005 This floor plan did NOT include the skylight for headroom in the shower so people at the six foot mark may find it cramped.

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MB 221 2005 and 2006

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MB 222 2005 and 2006

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MB 223 2005 and 2006

Technical Specifications

Load Capacity 2,450 lbs. (1111 kg)

LP Tank 7 gal. (26 L)

Fresh Water 25 gal. (94 L)

Gray Water 24 gal. (90 L)

Black Water 30 gal. (113 L)


CONSTRUCTION

All-Steel Automotive Body

Fiberglass Rear Cap

R-7 Fiberglass Insulation in Walls and Roof

Metal Rear Wall Framing

APPLIANCES / HEATING

2-Burner Range

Power Range Hood

12-Volt Compressor Refrigerator (3.2 Cubic Ft.)

18,000 (2003) 16,000 (2006) BTU Furnace

6 Gallon Gas/Electric/DSI Water Heater

SYSTEMS

12-Volt Interior Lighting

Systems Monitor Panel

TV Antenna w/ Booster

120V Exterior Outlet

30' Power Cord

45 Amp Power Converter

Prep for Roof A/C

Auxiliary Battery

120 Volt Interior Outlets

Gravity Water Fill

City Water Hook-Up

Towing Hitch and Wiring

INTERIOR

2-Light/Air Vents - Living Area (One deleted with A/C)

Automotive Carpet

Hardwood Cabinet Doors

Pleated Window Shades

Reversible Dinette Cushions

Thetford(TM) Toilet

Dry Bath w/Separate Shower

Padded Vinyl Ceiling

Combined Sleep Area 74 x 68

OPTIONS

12 Volt TV (2003 CRT, 2006 LCD w/DVD above cab)

Onan 2.5KW LP Generator (2006 - includes own LP Tank)

11,000 BTU Air Conditioning

Convection Microwave Oven

A/C with Heat Strip

Coffee Maker

RVQ External Grill

Horizon Box Awning 10'

Towing Hitch

FOREST RIVER ADVANTAGE

Fantastic Fan in Bath

Water Filtration System (entire unit)

Chassis Specs

2500 Specs

Rear Axle Ratio: 3.73

Alternator 115 Amps

Known Problems

Unlike most Sprinter conversions these models had the back doors removed and replaced with a fiberglass and metal wall. This made easy access to the tail lights more difficult. For example, on the model MB220 with the dry bathroom vanity you need to open the cabinet to get to the panel to remove and replace bulbs for the passenger side tail lights, while on the drivers side you need to remove a panel in the shower. Not an easy feat.

Notes

The 2004 Model MB220 with the dry bathroom had the generator exposed behind the drivers side door, cut into the side for easy access. Later models moved it to the passenger side where it was accessible behind another door, located in the space below the wardrobe in the dry bathroom. This easy access to the generator was advertised as differing from their competitors with the line, "How would you like to check the oil in an underbelly generator in the rain and the mud?"

The spare tire on the MB Cruiser is in a fiberglass hutch extension on the back of the vehicle, locked with a STRANGE key you don't want to loose. Also in there is the dump hose, power cord, and lots of space for other sundries you don't want floating loose in the cabin.

The gravity water fill location is above the driver's rear tire and it fills a tank located under the couch between the hot water heater and the furnace. Most of the water lines were visible in this area. With the water lines located in the heated interior this is likely a good design for use in freezing conditions. The grey and black water tanks were mounted to the rear and underneath the vehicle, where the spare is found in standard Sprinters, so anti-freeze for these tanks would be necessary in freezing conditions. Draining the lines for winterization is also accomplished right under the couch by opening valves for each tank that dumps overboard thru the floor.

The sofa can be converted to a bed simply by grabbing the backrest and the two bars that hold it in place to allow it to swing in front of the sofa and continue out to a bed. The bed will now touch the dinette as seen in the above floor plan, and it places your head right at the outlet of the furnace.

The coach battery is located under the back dinette seat, while the breaker box for the 110v is under the front. Did not see an inverter but most places there were both a 110v outlet and a 12v outlet in the form of a cigarette lighter plug. Maybe there wasn't enough space in there for another battery and a powerful inverter. Most Sprinters keep the inverter under a seat in the cab, the under seat spaces are for storage on the MB Cruiser.

The roof TV antenna is the Winegard RoadStar antenna and does NOT need to be cranked into position, so you can watch TV while driving (Good luck with that).

On this edition the fan in the bathroom was not thermostatic nor did it have a rain sensor. Easy upgrade.

References

Most all information taken from 2003 and 2006 MB Cruiser brochures and personal experience

Model info came from NADAguides

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