Loud noises in 2016 Forester 2401WS
Greetings, long time reader, and first time poster. So been reading for a year or more on Solera sight, getting ready to purchase our first motorhome, had decided upon the 24R, then found out earlier this year about the new model 24W, so decided upon that as my wife really liked the concept of the full slider on the drivers side. Then decided to "upgrade" to a Forester 2401WS, when we could find one.
After waiting and watching, finally saw a new 2016 at a local dealer, so went down last week to look at it in person, and drive it. Well, the walk through and around was better than expected, seems like they have covered all needs and wants nicely. HOWEVER, when we took it out for a several mile test drive, my wife said NO. The "squeaking" was terrible, like having several Styrofoam ice chests rubbing together right over your head. The noise came from the sleeper unit area directly above both the driver and passenger compartment, and not just one side, but the entire overhead piece. It was not as noticeable when driving down the highway due to other noises, but when slowing down, going around corners, driving slowly on smaller roads, pulling into and out of driveways, etc, it was VERY loud and annoying. My wife said no way could she bear the noise for thousands of miles and hours of driving.
So my questions is, is this a normal sound for this make and model? Is it just one more "RVing" thing a person learns to "love" and/or ignore? Or was this somehow a defective unit? If so, is there a way for a tech to repair it? Thanks very much.