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Old 11-16-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Options on New 2300

Hi everyone,

This is my first post. After a lot of research, including reading on this forum, visiting dealers, and renting RVs, the DW and I have decided to buy a new 2300 with the Ford chassis. We want to stay at or below 24 feet, and we want a full-time, 60x80 queen size bed. One of the reasons we have chosen Sunseeker is this amazing forum full of information and opinions.

Now we just have to decide on which options to get, and I'd love to get your advice on a few of them:
  1. The Bigfoot leveling system sounds like it's worth getting. I am wondering how much weight it adds and whether it reduces ground clearance.
  2. The Arctic Pack sounds like it's usually not worthwhile. In our case, we will be doing ski trips to the mountains in the winter, and I wonder if it may be useful while driving in below-freezing weather, or while hooked up to 30A service and using an electric heater.
  3. Side view cameras: would they really help with blind spots on a 2300?
  4. Passenger side swivel seat: in the video on the facebook page, it looks like seat only swings around to a 45 degree angle, and I don't know whether that would work with the dinette of the 2300. Does it swing around 180 degrees or not?
  5. Outside Entertainment System: is it connected to the inside audio system? Can it use SiriusXM? Does it have Bluetooth?
  6. Bedroom TV: does it connect to the front dash or other front TV source? What size is it?
Thanks everyone for your help!
Konrad
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

This is my first post. After a lot of research, including reading on this forum, visiting dealers, and renting RVs, the DW and I have decided to buy a new 2300 with the Ford chassis. We want to stay at or below 24 feet, and we want a full-time, 60x80 queen size bed. One of the reasons we have chosen Sunseeker is this amazing forum full of information and opinions.

Now we just have to decide on which options to get, and I'd love to get your advice on a few of them:
  1. The Bigfoot leveling system sounds like it's worth getting. I am wondering how much weight it adds and whether it reduces ground clearance.
  2. The Arctic Pack sounds like it's usually not worthwhile. In our case, we will be doing ski trips to the mountains in the winter, and I wonder if it may be useful while driving in below-freezing weather, or while hooked up to 30A service and using an electric heater.
  3. Side view cameras: would they really help with blind spots on a 2300?
  4. Passenger side swivel seat: in the video on the facebook page, it looks like seat only swings around to a 45 degree angle, and I don't know whether that would work with the dinette of the 2300. Does it swing around 180 degrees or not?
  5. Outside Entertainment System: is it connected to the inside audio system? Can it use SiriusXM? Does it have Bluetooth?
  6. Bedroom TV: does it connect to the front dash or other front TV source? What size is it?
Thanks everyone for your help!
Konrad

I can't speak for the levelers, as I don't have them. But I can say that it really isn't hard to level using Lynx (lego-type) blocks. If you are planning to travel in winter, I would get the arctic pack. The side view cameras IMHO are not needed on a short unit like this. I have had no problem passing, etc. The mirrors are very good. I added a swivel base to my passenger seat and love it. Mine goes all the way around. I would think the one from FR would also.

The outside entertainment is a basic radio and CD player. It has an aux input on the front and back. I ran a cable from the dash radio to the aux in on the back of the outside radio. I use the XM mode and bluetooth on the dash radio and turn the outside radio to aux. I added my own bedroom TV. The wiring is tied to the antenna. It is not tied to the dash radio, but that could be different if you order it from the factory.

Overall, I love our 2300. For two people it is perfect, and can also accommodate more if needed. It drives very well and is small enough to drive in cities and just about anywhere.

If you have other questions, don't hesitate to ask. We all have benefitted from this forum and are glad to pay it forward by helping others.


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Old 11-16-2014, 10:42 PM   #3
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Hi, I'm waiting for delivery of a Forester 2251S that is simillar to the 2300 your thinking of buying. We chose the Chevy chasis for the ease of getting in and out of the driver and passenger seats. Although we're both short we found the seats in the cab confining. the only thing I'm going to add at this point is a roof ladder which will make it a little longer then the 24'4".
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:45 PM   #4
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The 2300 comes with a roof ladder. The Chevy chassis is actually 25' long


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Old 11-18-2014, 01:09 AM   #5
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  1. Personal opinion
  2. The Arctic Pack is not very expensive for the benefit of working while driving. but then again things should be sloshing about.
  3. Side view cameras: personally, I like the mirrors. Merge left you look left, merge right you look right. Side view cameras...merge left you look??? at the rear view mirror? (personal opinion of course)
  4. Passenger side swivel seat: goes to 180...It was just brand new and still stiff. (that was me in the video...maybe didn't have my morning coffee)
  5. Outside stereo. Already answered above
  6. Bedroom TV: does it connect to the front dash (no) or other front TV source? What size is it? 24" typically. (Some floor plans, only a 19" will fit...I don't think the 2300 is on of them) The rear TV will have its own DVD player built in.
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Old 11-19-2014, 04:29 PM   #6
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rvBill and bclemens: thanks so much for your thoughts on these options! I have read so many helpful posts from both of you all over this forum. If I ever meet either of you at a campground I will offer you a beer and a steak.

I will go ahead and get the Arctic Pack and Swivel Seat, and pass on the side view cameras. My remaining questions are:
  1. How much does the Leveling System add to the weight (I'm concerned with its impact on cargo capacity)? And do the jacks hang down below the frame when in their retracted position (concerned with ground clearance)?
  2. For the Outside Entertainment Center, Bill's idea seems like a no-brainer -- to connect the dash radio to the aux in on the back of the outside radio. Will the factory do this for me? Or would this be easy for me to do?
  3. For the bedroom TV, I'd be interested in connecting it up to the same video source I have up front, either antenna or an add-on like an Apple TV or Roku box. Would that work with the way the factory wires it?
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1. about 200lbs. Yes, but no lower than the lowest suspension part. 2300 is not a bad one, I think you lose more clearance on the 30 footers due to departure angle. We sell a ton of them so I'm guessing it does not cut into enough to be a problem.
2. no. "one off" type stuff never goes well. Should be easy enough though.
3. The bedroom TV will get an "Over the air" Antenna hook up..that goes to every TV, so you can watch different local channels on the front and the back. It's just the front DVD player that does not go to the back, which is why the bedroom TV has its own DVD. Apple TV and Roku typically have SINGLE HDMI cable. Typically can't feed two sources anyway. The only thing we connect together is coax cable carrying the OTA antenna signal.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:00 PM   #8
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My answers will sound a lot like Bill's.

We don't have the levelers, and with a short MH like this, most of the time we jockey around a little in the campsite and get level enough without doing anything else. Otherwise we use the Lynx levelers.

Don't have the side view cameras and don't feel any need for them.

Have the artic pac, probably unnecessary, but we have it if we need it. Not a deal stopper, that's for sure.

Get the swivel seat!!!! We have a Chevy so that was not an option. But I wish it was. I bought an aftermarket swivel base for mine. It's okay but not like the one that Forest River has for the Fords. The cab seats are the only comfy seats in the 2300, so if you get the swivel, you can use it in camp. Get it!!!

Get the upgraded mattress. Well worth it, a very nice bed.

We love our 2300.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:22 PM   #9
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Thanks, snowman. We've decided to go ahead with the swivel seat -- it sounds like it can be very usable on a 2300. A good reading chair would be awesome. We are also going to get the upgraded mattress.

We are also planning to get the convection oven. It would mean 2 extra drawers in a very small kitchen. I think the main thing we would lose is the ability to bake when we're boondocking (unless we're willing to run the generator). Anyone have experiences or opinions on that option?
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:20 AM   #10
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Our previous small Class B+ had the convection oven. My wife hated it. Having the oven in the Sunseeker was a big deal for us. We do camp off-grid a lot now, but did not with the B+, so that was not so much of a factor in our dislike for the convection oven. Your mileage may vary.

I'm 1000% sure my wife would like extra drawers. But the truth is, we carry everything we need, and still have some extra space in some of the non-kitchen overhead cabinets. We only used the 2300 for one trip so far, but it was a 6 week one, so we had time to figure out a lot of things. We are getting ready to do an 8 week trip, and this time we will have our act together on packing, so my wife and I will be fully adjusted to the storage space. One thing we are considering is adding some shelves in at least one side of the wardrobe cabinet. The shelves could be used for either clothes or pantry items. Probably end up being pantry. If you give my wife kitchen storage, she fills it.

We have the big wardrobe and regular dinette. Does the U-dinette still come with a smaller wardrobe? If so, and if you get that one, the two extra drawers might help you a lot. Decisions, decisions.

Bottom line, if you are an oven user, I bet you won't think highly of the convection oven.
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