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Old 11-07-2018, 03:21 PM   #1
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Looking at FR Sunseekers Class C

One of the new RV's we are looking at are some Sunseeker 3010's and 3050's. I have scoured this forum (and board) and see no real posts saying eh or nay. Seems everyone is happy with theirs.

Couple of questions.

Sellers seem to tout the fiberglass top over the rubber ones. Is it hype or legit?

These particular class C's are close to the ground and with one of us having bad back and the other bad knees, these two are easy to get into.

I do not want to start a Class C vs Class A, but the other rig we have basically come down to this class C and a FR3 3050 DS class A.

They both meet our needs perfectly and we have been looking for people with each to see how they like/dislike their rigs.

I would appreciate any thoughts.

I am posting this here and in the FR3 area.

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Old 11-07-2018, 03:41 PM   #2
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Have you taken any of them for a test drive we just recently just traded in our Class A for a Sunseeker mainly it was more comfortable for DW to drive in this type of cab vs sitting high up in Class A
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:01 PM   #3
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I have a 2018 3010.
Very satisfied with it except for the fact the refrigerator handles are poorly designed on the 4 door fridge. I have the theater seats which I am satisfied with and I prefer the booth in the 3010 compared to the 3050. More than enough storage both inside and out. Toilet plastic (wish it was porcelain). Also great counter space but they should have put an outlet near the far left of the counter (they have an outlet located right below the counter between the sink and stove). Except for the fridge handles I knew everything else about it before I bought. No buyers remorse.
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:20 PM   #4
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Looking at FR Sunseekers Class C

I have a 2014 Sunseeker 3170 DSF. We purchased new. Overall we love the unit and have just finished a long adventure. All of this listed is my opinion on this unit.

The fiberglass roof is a plus. It is tougher than TPO. Some folks have experienced cracking on the rolled edge but, I have not. It is a bit noisier in a hard rain and acorns dropping. Something you just get used to.

They are close to the ground but, have the seller to level it up and try the step. The C's are naturally low in the front. We carry a folding step to help. Depending on the slope of the campsite, the step can be a bit high.
If you have a leveling system, look at the jacks, they are low and on occasion, I have hit them. Tall speed bumps are a bit of an issue but you soon learn this and adjust

Not sure what the chassis on the FR is, E450 or F53. But on my E450, handling has been an issue. Went through the process of bushing change and alignment at a big truck shop to,get the unit drivable.

Check on the CCC, cargo carrying capacity. This surprised me how much stuff I can carry and not be over weight. I have the longest C at 32' which does not help. We have adjusted to the limitation, so compare this number closely. The A may have more CCC.

On MPG, expect 8.5mpg on a good day and 6.1mpg on a bad day. I get about 7.2mpg consistently.

The cab on the C is noisy during moderate to hard acceleration. Highway speed, it is OK. We can carry on a conversation. Hopefully the doghouse insulation has been improved.

Can't speak to the new 6 speed transmissions but my 5 speed would down shift constantly which, made the cruise control unusable. I installed the Five Star Tune and it fixed everything. This is not necessary but, for me, just made drivability on my coach better. Just test drive and pay attention to the shift points.

On the C's the DW may take issue with the lack of foot room on a long drive. The exhaust is routed under the passenger floor and can get a bit warm. My wife uses a small stool to lift her feet off the floor a bit. Ask the wife if she is happy with her side.

Would I purchase another Sunseeker? Yes. We have had few problems and the ones have been mostly small that I have taken care of my self.

Hope this helps a bit.

This forum is great and full of issues that people have had. Mine around, search and have a good read. I consider these issues to be an exception.

If you have additional questions, please post. The Sunseeker users are not shy.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:47 PM   #5
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Have you taken any of them for a test drive we just recently just traded in our Class A for a Sunseeker mainly it was more comfortable for DW to drive in this type of cab vs sitting high up in Class A
Appreciate the feedback. We have ridden in FR3 but never drove. It is a friends rig and that was how we got to know it.

We have spent months looking and comparing. We have come down to these two as meeting our needs. Since she prefers the lower class c, I plan on driving both the same day so she can compare the ride and comfort from her seat. She has expressed reluctance to drive the class A but not the class C

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Old 11-07-2018, 07:51 PM   #6
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I have a 2018 3010.
Very satisfied with it except for the fact the refrigerator handles are poorly designed on the 4 door fridge. I have the theater seats which I am satisfied with and I prefer the booth in the 3010 compared to the 3050. More than enough storage both inside and out. Toilet plastic (wish it was porcelain). Also great counter space but they should have put an outlet near the far left of the counter (they have an outlet located right below the counter between the sink and stove). Except for the fridge handles I knew everything else about it before I bought. No buyers remorse.
Theater seats is what the wife wants. The fridge handles is something I will make note of.

Totally agree on the storage. That was one of the deciding factors. Hmmm. I had not noticed the lack of receptacles. Gotta take a look at that.

Thanks for the input.

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Old 11-07-2018, 07:57 PM   #7
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We really enjoy our 2017 , 3010ds . Yes fridge handles were a problem , loose screws , here and there . door gas shock lost gas , just small thing's . Engine , trans , big thing's all been fine . Did change the toilet to a 320 , so much better . You do need to change water supply line a little . Enjoy the recliners , napping. Can't beat the big foot leveling . Would buy again , for us it's the best floor plan.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:11 PM   #8
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Wow. Thanks.

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I have a 2014 Sunseeker 3170 DSF. We purchased new. Overall we love the unit and have just finished a long adventure. All of this listed is my opinion on this unit.

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Would I purchase another Sunseeker? Yes. We have had few problems and the ones have been mostly small that I have taken care of my self.

Hope this helps a bit.

This forum is great and full of issues that people have had. Mine around, search and have a good read. I consider these issues to be an exception.

If you have additional questions, please post. The Sunseeker users are not shy.

I asked for owners opinion so I appreciate your help. You are the first respond about the roof. I did hear that many other RV's use them so they can only be good. As for the rain and acorns, they already drive our sheltie crazy. Maybe we will get her some ear muffs.

Great point about the leveling system. I had appreciated the lower undercarriage but did not consider the leveling jacks.

As for handling, will a repair shop have an idea of what I am saying when I ask them to look at and upgrade the bushings? Or are they gonna send me out for a left handed screwdriver to put them on with?

We had noticed that the CCC was kind of high. We tend to pack light when we travel so until we go full time, it should not be an issue. But it is good to know we have a little wiggle room in the future.

My wife had gotten used to the engine noise of the truck I pull our TT with and just says when she wants quiet, she will go to the back.

I quit trying to use cruise control on my truck when pulling our TT. It drove me crazy. I called the dealer when I first noticed it and they said it was not an issue. I decided just to not use it though.

Great idea on the floor board heat situation. Some times our sheltie likes to crawl up into the front footwell. Maybe she will need to break that habit.

The best point you made was that you would buy again. I appreciate the time you took to provide feedback.

See you on the road.

Chuck and Katie
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:16 PM   #9
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We really enjoy our 2017 , 3010ds . Yes fridge handles were a problem , loose screws , here and there . door gas shock lost gas , just small thing's . Engine , trans , big thing's all been fine . Did change the toilet to a 320 , so much better . You do need to change water supply line a little . Enjoy the recliners , napping. Can't beat the big foot leveling . Would buy again , for us it's the best floor plan.
I expect loose screws, molding to come loose, and small things. I can handle the little things. Its the major components you mentioned I worry about.

Love the recliners/theater seats and the automatic leveling systems.

Was there a problem with the water lines? Is there a specific area I might need to look at?

Thanks for the input.

I'm headed to the search link now

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Old 11-07-2018, 08:50 PM   #10
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The Fords are using the old Twin I Beam system. Strong and tough but late 60's technology.
If the alignment shop is worth its salt, they will not look crossed eyed at you. To get the front to track properly, the straight Ford bushings are replaced with an offset bushings to increase caster. Not a big job and if history serves, FR covers it under warranty. They did mine. The alignment specs are listed on this forum, if needed. My cost 5 years ago was $280 out the door. Now you know, so the dealer can get this done if the new Ford chassis needs it.
Might want to look at the Chevy chassis, if available. I have never been in one. Maybe someone with a Chevy will respond.
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