How do you like the U dinette?
Originally Posted by deanjp1
I'm looking at the 3011.
Is there enough space for plates, and food on the table?
The dinette is more spacious than it looks. We can fit 5 of us (1 adult and 4 kids) around the U seating area comfortably. This trip the 6th family member either sat on the couch or stood at the table to eat. We're looking for a tall ottoman type seat or stool so we can put the 6th person on the outside of the table with a seat. We had room for everyone's plates and drinks, so no problems there. It worked a lot better than I thought it would.
How is taking out the trash can?
Is it a convenience or hassle?
Do you have the outdoor tv?
As funny as it sounds the trash can compartment and exterior access is one of the reasons we chose a Forester. We rented a Sunseeker 3010 without the outdoor TV before our purchase and we loved the outside access to the garbage. It was easy to get to the trash can and take it out to empty the garbage. It's definitely a convenience to us and it's a good use of space.
We ordered our Forester with the exterior TV and the only difference is that the trash/TV compartment is slightly larger so it can fit the TV. The access door is larger and there is a larger opening for the TV but basically it's the same access to the trash can. The exterior TV is mounted to an adjustable arm and it swings out in order to access the trash can. Behind the TV is the compartment for the trash can and it goes in and out the same way as the units without the TV. We figured if we were ordering a new RV we would get every last option we could possibly want, especially since adding the TV later would probably not work.
Do you have the full size fridge?
If so, where do you store most of your dry food goods?
We have the full size fridge and it's great to load it up with drinks and all the food we need without worrying about running out of room. With a big family it made sense to have more cold storage. We store our dry goods in the drawers underneath the dinette and in the storage compartments above the dinette. We have our paper plates and cups in the cabinet above the kitchen sink and the lower cabinets in the kitchen hold out pots and pans and other cooking utensils.
What do you have over the microwave?
Above the microwave is a small opening with a decorative wood trim which it looks like in the 2016 model has changed slightly. We used that area for games and the kids coloring books. It could definitely be used for dry goods and in fact we're still figuring out where everything will work best so that may change but so far we haven't felt like we have run out of room.
What went right on your trip?
Everything seemed to go perfectly. As a first time RV owner I had practiced everything in my driveway to make sure I could hook everything up and that everything worked properly. At the campsite I felt like an old pro. I finished setting up so quickly I didn't know what to do with myself. Prior to having the RV we were tent campers and set up took a lot longer. When I was done hooking up the water, sewer and electric I felt like I should be doing more. Instead I was able to play baseball with the kids and relax.
What went wrong?
Nothing went wrong other than one night of rain but that's when we piled everyone in the RV and watched a movie. It was so nice to have a place to stay dry and hang out.
I think no matter what model you choose you'll be happy with a Forest River Forester or Sunseeker. We shopped around a lot and looked at other brands and other floor plans and we kept coming back to Forest River because of the well thought out features and design. I've also found a lot of value with this forum and the access to factory reps Brian Clemens and Joshua Cavitt. We couldn't be happier.