Sunseeker 2300 Shakedown
The DW and I have just returned home to Massachusetts after spending the last four months mostly in Florida. I want to relate some of the highs and lows of our trip in the hopes that it will help others who might have questions about Forest River products, Sunseekers in particular, or extended RVing in general. Overall, I have to say that we really enjoyed the time spent in our 2016 Sunseeker (purchased Oct 2015). As one would expect, we had a few problems with the house portion of the rig, but none that were trip stoppers.
Our first issue came in the form of a broken T fitting. This was in the vicinity of the water pump which is located in one of the storage bays. We were dry camping and had the water pump tuned on. I could hear it cycling every 15 seconds or so indicating a possible leak. Because the bay is made of plastic there was no water damage from the slow leak. I was abel to get a new T and some clamps from a hardware store and make the fix myself.
One of the stops on our trip was the Tampa Super Show. We were there for the whole week and really enjoyed it. During that time, a tornado ran through the Sarasota area just south of us. Tampa got hit by the edge of that storm which produced a real frog strangler. The rain was heavy and we had a leak from our air conditioner. I tightened the ac mounting bolts in order to compress the gasket. There were no leaks the next time we had rain so I thought it was fixed. But in a subsequent storm, we had another dribble. I tightened up the bolts a little more and all has been well since.
Late in the trip, I noticed that the Big Foot leveler system was leaking fluid. The bottom of the housing that contains the reservoir was wet. I opened it up and tightened the bolts that connect the pump to the reservoir and topped up with the recommended fluid. Latter I noticed that it was still leaking so I made and appointment to have it checked out with our dealer in Virginia on the way home. I wanted them to double check the air conditioner too. They found a loose fitting on one of the lines. They also gave the ac a thumbs up. Many thanks to McGeorges RV in Ashland, VA for taking good care of us.
Those are the only issue we had that needed immediate attention. In addition, we have a dinette cushion that seems to have a fold in the stuffing. I think we are going to bring the seat cushions to a local upholsterer and have them redone with firmer foam that will hopefully be more comfortable for long term sitting.
We also have a minor issue with the awning. The arms at the front end of the awning seem to catch or hang up just a little upon opening. It doesnít interfere with using it, but I worry that it could cause a problem over time. Our dealer wanted to replace it but didnít have one in stock. They arranged for us to take it to another dealer near our home.
All in all, we are very happy with our Sunseeker and look forward to many happy years with it. The problems we had were all pretty easily managed and in no way dampen our enthusiasm for Forrest River or Rving. We feel the SS is well worth the money we paid for it and would do it again in a heartbeat.
This brings me to the Chevy Express 4500 chassis that supports our RV. I chose it because I found it quieter and roomier than the Ford. Also, the 2300 on a Ford chassis is only a 350 which has less cargo capacity than the Chevy Express 4500. Except for the weak shocks that come on the Chevy, it performs very well. Power is adequate and the ride is pretty good. Iím comparing it to our previous rig, a 2012 Ford F250 and truck camper. That rode like a buckboard.
All was well with the Chevy until we hit North Carolina on our way north. The transmission began to shift reluctantly and it would not go into lock up. Finally, we got a MIL and I checked for trouble codes - It came up with P0741 which indicates a problem related to the torque converter clutch solenoid. This was a trip stopper. We ended up at Modern Chevrolet in Winston Salem, NC where they replaced the torque converter. They gave us a nice brand new Chevy Malibu to drive for the two days it took to do the repairs. It was covered by warranty so only cost us one night in a motel.
We made the remaining 1000 miles home without incident. Canít wait to start the next trip.
2016 Sunseeker 2300C