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Old 09-19-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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The new Forester 2501ts (2017.5)

We just took ownership of our (2017.5 production line) Forester 2501ts.

I'll start with the downers so I can end on a high note. The one thing that I liked about FR RV's was the quality raised panel cabinets in the beautiful cherry wood, especially on the refrigerator. The new models have a dark wood they call "rustic cherry" but it's very dark. The cabinetry is now flat panel which made me sad. The refrigerator is stainless steel along with the microwave and fan. (I hate stainless steel) The outdoor speakers have been moved from the coach wall to two 3 inchers built into the Solera awning frame. They are HORRIBLE! Seriously, they sound like speakers from a handheld radio from 1970. Just awful. I will not be using them. I will see if they can be replaced but I don't think so. If they break, it's $100 each to replace them but I'm telling you, I wouldn't buy these from the Dollar Store! There is no longer a sub-woofer in the coach so we will be adding our own. And you can no longer get a sofa or recliners as an option which we wanted so that will also be an extra expense but we already knew that when we ordered it. It doesn't come with the Dyson vacuum anymore either.

We just put a 1000 watt sine wave inverter in yesterday which was a fairly easy task. We will be replacing the shower head and tap with higher quality Oxygenics.

I cracked my head on the back slide on day 2. I may need a helmet for setup and break down.

It does have the new computerized One Control (Lippert)panel for everything. I like it but I'm worried about a malfunction. If it breaks, we're screwed. No control for slides, awning, generator, lights, water heater, propane or water pump. If your camp is setup and it doesn't work for whatever reason, you can't put your slides or awning in to break camp. So the jury is still out on this one.

The shower floor is solid. They have reinforced and insulated it more. Everything seems to be working as it should. The roof is Dicored well. No water leaks anywhere. The front stereo is a Pioneer and sounds great with many options. The back stereo is still the Jensen and sounds good. 32" Insignia TV has a nice picture and will do just fine. The counter tops are a little different but nothing to write home about. The new Waste Master sewage system is nice as well. The bed is comfortable and easy to make. The leveling system is great. It now comes with the 360 Siphon RV Fume Extractor already installed. That made me happy because I was going to replace the standard vents with these. Saved $50 and having to work on the roof. (Not a fan of that).The rig feels very solid. The ride is much nicer than I was expecting and Bill said it handled very nicely.

Over all, we are pleased with it and are looking forward to our shakedown trip. We know we can't compare "Jenny" (Run, Forest. Run!) to Bonnie Ann (our 2003 40' Beaver diesel pusher) but there are many benefits to downsizing and updating that we are happy to embrace.

So begins our journey with Jenny!

(If you know anyone who's looking for a nice 40' diesel pusher, I know where there's one for sale!)
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:22 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your "New RV "... also welcome aboard. I also just bought a 2017 2861 DS ... Man I just love mine it has the Grill and Dyson ...and Cherry wood on the inside of mine. Make sure you check the air in the tires max 85psi and rear air bags max is 100 psi in the rear bags and have the front end aligned. Have fun.. you will have those little gremlins. Drive safe


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Old 10-17-2016, 10:12 PM   #3
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Maybe you can tell me, does your new 2017.5 still have the windshield mounted rear/side view monitor? Or is that something else they up(down) graded? The dash mounted version on new Sunseeker really sucks. Thanks
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:21 PM   #4
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I have a 2016 Forester 2801. I must say a lot of reasons I went with the Forester are the same things they changed.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:26 PM   #5
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New 2501TS

Our new 2501 has the Rear and side view camera appear on the dash mounted Pioneer sound system head. The side view cameras are an add on that used to be a paid option... the jury is still out on over all usability....
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:40 PM   #6
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New mod for future GTS 2801

I guess the first mod for my new GTS, when it is delivered in December, will be installing a mirror mounted monitor. Hope it won't be too hard to disconnect cables from the Pioneer in the dash. I already found a source for just the monitor by itself, Rearviewsafety.com. I agree that they have just taken away some of the features that made the Forester appear better than the Sunseeker. Note to Josh Cavitt, we are not happy campers!
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:58 PM   #7
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The 2016 Forester uses the mirror mounted monitor from rvs systems. . They are at rvssystems.com
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:19 PM   #8
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My mirror mounted rear view camera came off the windshield, pulling out a chunk of glass (about a 3/8 by 1/4 inch chunk) when I drove over a cattle guard in Banff at low speed (less than 15 mph). I like the separate monitor, but I now think the monitor is quite heavy for mirror mount. Mine is now on the dash, left corner, top velcro'd to the windshield.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:20 PM   #9
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Reading about all these items that have been changed for the worse or downgraded/eliminated I am glad I bought my 2016 when I did. Are they putting in the plastic toilets now too?
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:45 AM   #10
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As always people are hesitant of change There are tons of benefits from this new coach. The product overall looks great. We've brought it up to speed with the Real Estate industry by using modern wood designs, finishes, and products.

The multiplexing system uses it's own Wi-Fi module installed in the coach while connecting to an app on your phone or the pad inside the coach. If the pad at anytime fails you will always be able to use the app on your phone because of this Wi-Fi module.
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