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Old 02-09-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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2015 Georgetown 351DS - new features

Hello all - we have a 2014 351DS which we love, except a few things that I found lacking and have been designing and planning to create. Here are two of them:

1. center "console" cupholders
2. driver's side arm rest/cup holder that isn't cheap and so far away

A random web search had me looking at a video of a 2015 model that appears to be a very new 2015 model and guess what? It had a center console cup holder thingy and a driver's side armrest\cup holder that is actually useful! It appears the designers hear us!

While I still think I want to design and build my own arm rest\cup holder I'm really hoping that new center console will fit the 2014 and I can order one and add it!

Turns out the dealer I purchased our coach from has the newer 2015 model with these new features. Pretty neat! I've read the 2015's also have the full linoleum and a sliding tray option for the large rear storage compartment.

Anyone know what else is new for 2015?

Now if only they'd do something about the angle of the backup camera....
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:25 PM   #2
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I like the cup holder by the driver but I had that other style on the console in my old GT and never cared for it. At least half the times I got in or out if the drivers seat my clumsy self would end up knocking the drink out of that holder.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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We obviously have an EARLY 2015. No slide tray and no armrest. Bought some shelving from Home Depot for the rear works great. But any recommendation on upgrading the arm rest or even a clever cup holder once the driver seat is turned? Thanks as always.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:41 PM   #4
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I also want to look at getting the Center Console, Drivers Side Arm Rest and Table. I reached out to Forest River Customer Service and was told that I need to go through an authorized dealer.

Hopefully one of them will get back to me with pricing
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The angle of the backup camera was an easy change. It was pointing down far too much. I made it point back more so the toad can be seen while driving. It makes backing much easier, too.

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Old 02-10-2015, 06:27 AM   #6
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@RoadTripper - I realized after I posted that I meant to say the angle of the monitor not the camera itself. I wish that center dash with all the controls was angled towards the driver rather than just flat.

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Old 02-10-2015, 08:42 AM   #7
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2015 351DS - New Features

Here is what I have seen that appear to be new features. I'm not sure whether they are standard or options, but if you are shopping for a 2015 model you may be able to use this info as leverage to either get a better price on an earlier 2015 model or look for a later 2015 with these features if they're important to you.

I'll be at the Chicago RV and Camping show on 2/21 and will hopefully get to walk through a new model...and see what I want to try ordering to update my 2014! These are simply things I noticed in the photos, wasn't able to get additional information from the FR website and haven't seen one in person yet.

It's really neat to see how these RV's evolve, most likely due to customer suggestions and comments.

  1. Living room TV is relocated from the wall to above the sink. TV opens like a cabinet door so you do not lose that storage.
    1. This was an issue for those who wanted to watch TV while the slide was closed (In our 2014 the TV was blocked, no factory option for sliding TV mount)
    2. Not sure if this is only true on models with the optional front bunk as you can get a TV in that spot where the bunk would be.
    3. The spot where the TV was is now just open with some decorative art there. Seems like a quick fix to relocate the TV so it can be used while slide is closed (nice!) but maybe a missed opportunity to add more cabinet space.
  2. Additional window on side (front) of driver's side slide above the couch.
    1. Our 2014 has a solid wall here. Wonder what another piece of reflective glass in the cockpit will be like for night driving.
  3. Couch appears to now be a dual recliner type setup or jackknife style.
    1. Our 2014 has a hide-a-bed, not sure if this is still an option or not.
    2. Love the full-sized hide-a-bed, sleeps two adults comfortably (we added a foam topper), however it is only usable with slide extended and goes up against the kitchen cabinet, so when you have to take the dogs out before the kids are up you have to step over the bed. Not a huge deal but worth mentioning.
  4. Added a house stereo above the main entrance door
    1. Will be interested to see this one...having a house stereo separate from the dash stereo would be a great feature, but hopefully they added dash speakers somewhere too.
    2. The 2014 model's dash stereo was the stereo and DVD player for the living room TV and surround sound system. It was difficult for the driver to hear if not turned up, which may annoy passengers. Or passengers watching TV\DVD through surround sound annoyed the driver, unless you like only listening to movies.
    3. Surround sound sub woofer still appears to be in passenger foot compartment. Behind the seat might be a better location.
  5. Full linoleum (added to early 2015's)
    1. My 2014 has carpet in the cockpit area and on the doghouse.
  6. Sliding tray option for large rear compartment (added to early 2015's)
  7. Center console\cupholder
    1. Woo hoo! My 2014 has nothing below the dash.
  8. Driver's side armrest\cupholder\storage
    1. This replaces the cheap, folding, hard to reach wall mounted cup holder in my 2014.
  9. Removable center table just behind doghouse in front
    1. Wasn't an option in the 2014
  10. Option for better roller style blackout window shades
    1. Our 2014 has the pull down day-time shades then privacy shades, however they let in a ton of light (no sleeping in here! ha ha). We really like the looks of these shades so simply added nice, color-matched blackout curtains throughout.
Again, these are just assumptions at this point based on new listings. Photos courtesy of RVTrader, Pontiac RV and MHSRV.

Has anyone seen these new features in person?
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:56 AM   #8
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We obviously have an EARLY 2015. No slide tray and no armrest. Bought some shelving from Home Depot for the rear works great. But any recommendation on upgrading the arm rest or even a clever cup holder once the driver seat is turned? Thanks as always.
You're actually able to get the driver's seat to turn around? ha ha I've admittedly only tried once or twice. I can do the passenger seat nice and easy now at least.

This is the only time I'd think that new little table would be nice to have, otherwise I'd think it'd be in the way getting in and out of the front seats. It'd probably store next to the passenger seat easily enough.

Maybe you could get a folding TV tray that you could use there when parked? You could also add something like that table if you don't mind drilling a large hole in the floor. There are mounts that go above the floor also, but would have to ensure it wouldn't be in the way of the slide.

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I also want to look at getting the Center Console, Drivers Side Arm Rest and Table. I reached out to Forest River Customer Service and was told that I need to go through an authorized dealer.

Hopefully one of them will get back to me with pricing

I also emailed the Georgetown parts department (just yesterday) and will hopefully hear whether these parts can be added to the 2014's (or early 2015's) and some part numbers.

Please post any information you hear back. I am definitely interested!!

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My 2013 Georgetown XL bunkhouse model has both of those features and they look exactly the same. Even down to the color. You might look at that model and see if they would fit in your 2014 motor home.
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