Ready to purchase 2861DS, looking for feedback.
I am new to the forum and this is my first post. We are ready to purchase a new 2861DS and I have spent many days on this forum reading every post I can find regarding the 2861DS (and the 2860DS Sunseeker sister model). I was looking for issues that others have had with this model, and I am pleased that I don't see any major issues that would be a deal killer for me.
We have had RVs for the past 30 years, and for the last six years we have had a 27 foot class B+ motorhome on the E450 chassis. We are now taking longer trips in the RV and want the comfort of the roomier floorplan of the 2861DS, and it will still fit in our RV garage, although with only inches to spare.
So, the reason for this post is to make sure I have not missed any major problems that others may have had. Having owned RVs, I expect to have issues that will need to be addressed. I do all my own maintenance and any needed repairs in the past were such that I could do them myself. In all the posts I have seen, I don't see anything that scares me off, some slide adjustments, minor plumbing leaks and electrical issues, outdoor kitchen door sag, that sort of stuff. I did sway bar and track bar upgrades on my current E450 chassis and accept that I may need to do it on the 2861DS as well, I did these myself so it was not too expensive.
I would appreciate any feedback to confirm my observation that the problems with the 2861DS seem to be relatively minor and isolated and that there are far more folks without problems that we don't hear from in these forums.
We really like the layout with the sofa and dinette across from each other and the storage inside and out looks very good. We tow a Jeep Wrangler and the 2861DS will be about 1500 pounds heavier than our current RV but I expect the V10 will handle it well especially with the new six speed transmission.
Thanks for any feedback you can provide,