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Old 06-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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looking to buy class c sunseeker 3170DS

Hello: Am going to be traveling full time and I am looking at the class c Sunseeker 3170 ds. Any advise you can give me on your experiences would be appreciated. There is just two of us but we want the bunk for extra storage and use the bottom youth sofa for alone space

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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welcome to the forum. we bought a 2011 3170 ds in January and like you it is usually just the 2 of us. we love our 3170 from our experience so far 3 things i would not be without are the bigfoot jacks an aftermarket steering stabilizer and air bags for the rear suspension . browse the forums you will gather a lot of info on the sunseeker there always is good advice and good people on here

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Might want to check the ccc on this unit. Theres not a lot of capacity. Especially with full timing. You'll have a lot of gear.

Regarding the post right above mine. Rear air bags are standard. Totally agree on the Bigfoot levelers - have them and love them. So far I don't feel we need a steering stabilizer as it does pretty good as is.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:47 PM   #4
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I have owned a Sunseeker 2860, 3120 and now I have the 3170 with the computer desk. I LOVE IT! I am a solo, and there is plenty of storage for my stuff. Guess what, I have some empty spaces! I can understand why you want the bunk, would be good for "alone" space. But I love the computer desk! FR doesn't get too many orders for this model with the desk.

Also, if you take the computer desk, you get MORE STORAGE than you do with the bunk. You get three extra drawers, a half closet (above the three drawers) and one TALL closet. I'm storing my crutches from when I broke my foot in the TALL closet. Weigh it out VERY CAREFULLY. I understand the need for "alone" space with the bunk beds..... but...... with the computer desk you get MORE DRAWERS AND CLOSETS!

This is the first time I got the overhead entertainment center. I consider that a bit of a waste now, next time I'll just stick with the overhead bunk and a swing arm TV. The reason I consider it a waste is..... the two cabinets on both sides of the TV..... the doors have plexiglass in them (I'm sure that was due to a weight issue....), so I cannot put anything heavy up there. Basically, I throw blankets in one, and the other has a slide out drawer, I stick the cat's carrier up there when we are sitting in one place awhile. When I had the overhead bunks, I used to throw junk up there and shut the curtain, when I was sitting for awhile.

My model came with the DVD in the cab radio dashboard thing, which feeds to the front and bedroom TV's. Try to NOT get that option. The picture quality when you are watching DVD's really sucks. The TV in the middle (which, guess what, they gave me anyway, even with the computer desk) is independent, and connected to the Jensen stereo under the TV. MUCH BETTER picture quality when watching DVD's, but I don't like to sit on the computer desk just to watch DVD's. The Jensen stereo is pretty decent!

But, if you ultimately do end up with the DVD in the dashboard thing...... When you are watching the front TV, you have to turn the sound all the way down on the TV, and use the sound from the dashboard radio to watch the DVD. If you are using sound from both sources, you get "conflict." On the other hand, if you are watching DVD on bedroom TV, you have to turn the sound down on the dashboard, and use the sound on the TV. Sound from the dashboard isn't strong enough to carry back to the bedroom. Can't have them both on, you get "conflict." There are two or three threads on this issue.....

The bathroom has a bathtub. Even though I have to sit with my knees to my chest, I do like the bathtub. Also tall enough to stand in for shower.

Oh yeah. Mine also came with BIGFOOT. GET THAT! YOU WILL LIKE IT!
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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We love ours so far, but it is tight on CCC, especially if you need to take any water. I would recommend the bunks, mainly because it will be better for resale than the desk model. Also, I opted away from the bigfoot system because it ate into the low CCC. So far our family of 6 are quite pleased.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:05 AM   #6
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I owned one for three years and took it from Maine to the Grand Canyon and all the spots between! It was very reliable with just a few typical new RV bugs, we never had a major issue. The unit drove well and carried six people across the country. I would pass on the hydraulic levelers and over-cab entertainment system as the weight will reduce your cargo capacity. If you can, delete the carpet at the living area as it was a pain to keep clean and held dirt easily. I sold the camper to another forum member and its now in Alaska on a trip that started in NH. The new owner reported no real issues with the coach which confirms this model is built for extended travel.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:07 AM   #7
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paulmlac bought my mine used did not have air bags. i just installed them a month ago
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:47 AM   #8
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Love, love, love our 2013. Great layout for us. Really like that the couch is right by the dining room table. It is very roomy, even with 5 of us and three dogs.
There is tons of storage. We even have empty cabinets.
We had some early quality issues that were addressed by the dealer.
Overall, I would highly recommend the unit.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:24 AM   #9
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As for TV quality. ALl the TV's are HD. They will pull in Over the Air signals beautifully.

Using a switch box to split that DVD signal to all those TV's is what diminishes the picture quality. It converts it back to analog. We're now wiring all the TV's directly if we can, or using the switch box to feed the bedroom TV only. Eventually we'll just have a separate DVD player back there and get rid of the switch box.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #10
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MSP, please check your private messages regarding the sunseeker models...

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