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Old 03-01-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Hi all, I am new to the forum and hopefully soon a new Forester owner. I have to compliment everyone on a great, information packed and supportive forum. This is really something special.

I'm hoping you can help me as I finalize my build sheet on a 3171ds. There are a few things that I'd like but I'm unsure if they are available.
  • Larger traditional split sink instead of round
  • MCD shades (or equivalent) with both day and night
  • Frameless windows
  • Full-size queen upgraded mattress, will an 80" not fit? Specs show 74"
  • Is there a different sofa option. Compared to the Leprechaun, I personally found the sofa to be less-comfortable. A sofa recliner would be great like the FR3 has.
  • Are there any other unwritten options that I might want to be aware of?

I'm unsure about going with the Front Entertainment Center with split twin bunks. For anyone that has this option, I'm curious to know your feedback? I can't seem to find the dimensions of the twin beds. And for those of you with children or grandchildren, have they been able to climb the ladder positioned in the middle to get in and out of bed easily (without putting fingerprints all over the tv).

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:43 AM   #2
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Many a trailer come with the standard 74inch Queen short they call them. Often as you get into a bigger model, they go with the traditional home style 80 inch. Having said that, 2 things come into play. Many, many mattresses coming from the manufacturer are nothing but garbage. You have this beautiful nice new trailer and have to sleep on this awful mattress. I replaced one once before it was ever slept on, when I took it outside, the daylight shone right through it! Went to a mattress manufacturer and bought a good quality mattress. Depending on your trailer configuration, a residential 80 inch may fit no problem. You'll have to measure how much room you have to get around the bed. If you have to or want to stay with the 74inch Queen short, most RV dealers carry higher quality RV mattresses. Some in the forum here have simply added memory foam toppers etc...I am sure some of them will chime in shortly.
Many RV manufacturers don't have a ton of options for you to deviate from, some you just have to do on your own after the fact, as in sofas.
Frameless windows are for sure an option on many trailers, we have it on our Rockwood, not sure all manufacturers and models offer it though. They are becoming increasingly popular.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:17 PM   #3
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I oppted for the entertainment center,42" tv nice side cabinets for storage, just me and my ladyfried no need for upper bunk and it really looks cool.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:52 PM   #4
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Yeah, I saw that. The picture look really nice. I need the beds for the kiddos.
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:45 PM   #5
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Then you can go for th bedroom tv option and leave the other tv for the kiddies
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:06 PM   #6
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  • Larger traditional split sink instead of round
  • MCD shades (or equivalent) with both day and night
  • Frameless windows
  • Full-size queen upgraded mattress, will an 80" not fit? Specs show 74"
  • Is there a different sofa option. Compared to the Leprechaun, I personally found the sofa to be less-comfortable. A sofa recliner would be great like the FR3 has.
  • Are there any other unwritten options that I might want to be aware of?

I'm unsure about going with the Front Entertainment Center with split twin bunks. For anyone that has this option, I'm curious to know your feedback? I can't seem to find the dimensions of the twin beds. And for those of you with children or grandchildren, have they been able to climb the ladder positioned in the middle to get in and out of bed easily (without putting fingerprints all over the tv).

Thanks in advance!
1. No dual sink available. When we went to the Atwood water heater it is taller and does not allow the installation of the double sink.
2. No option for MCD shades at this time. We are working on that, but you can always order them directly from MCD in the meantime. Even then, we only have an option for the black out shades. The tinted windows seem to be fine during the day for privacy.
3. No option for frameless windows yet. Well look at this going forward, but as of now we only offer it on GTS and MBS models.
4. Queen is a 75" ish. The bed only has so much room when the slide comes in. My suggestion is to get a 6" piece of foam for the head of the bed. (pillow is there anyway). That way when the slide has to come in you can just take that out. otherwise an 80" bed would get scrunched by the slide.
5. We buy our furniture from the same supplier. No sofa recliner, that is a different supplier. I think you're better off with an ottoman. I don't like how the recliner sofa sits. The back does not recline...so you are sitting straight up in the back with your legs extended (hits my right in the middle of the calf if I try and scoot forward).
Front Twin beds measure about 27" wide by 63" long. I've watched kids at shows climb up there time after time with no issues.

As for the other poster talking about the crappy beds...My suggestion is go with our Serta upgrade. It is a very nice mattress and has memory foam built in.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:14 PM   #7
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I second the Serta upgrade. Very comfy.


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Old 03-01-2015, 08:03 PM   #8
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I also agree on the upgraded mattress . The incremental cost is very small and it makes a world of difference.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:13 AM   #9
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please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't the forester come with the upgraded mattress versus the sunseeker?
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:14 AM   #10
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