Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-25-2016, 03:31 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 107
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

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
SS Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2016, 03:40 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Hoglou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,057
Excellent!

Your shake down cruise was long and successful... I just read a post where the water pump is under a drawer, I too like all of our twist fittings are in a waterproof area.. so what mods are in order now that you are home?
__________________

__________________
Hoglou westGA
BK the DW
KM4HQQ 146.640mhz
L'IL Foot" 2014 Sunseeker 2300
"Harry" the JK toad in the mirror
Check out the "mods" in the albums
Hoglou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2016, 04:33 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 107
I think that one of the most needed mods is an upgrade to the tank level monitors. I'm looking at the Tech Edge Manufacturing iSeries.

Next would be AGM batteries since we do a lot of dry camping (went 11 days in row at one point) and stress the batteries quite a bit. Also thinking about solar panels but given the expense, have to decide if they are worth it. We have gotten by with an hour or two of generator a day.

I am going to remove the wheel simulators, touch up the white paint on the wheels and use Chevy center caps which I found on eBay for $30 w/shipping.

I did a few small mods before left last fall and s few while on the road. Here's a quick list:

Installed paper towel holder in kitchen.

Installed bug screens on refrigerator, furnace and water heater vents.

Installed MaxxAir vent covers over fan and non-fan vents.

Reinforced drawer bottoms in kitchen and dinette

Added non-slip shelf liner to all shelves and drawers

Lowered dinette table by one inch.

Replaced original storage compartment locks with round-key locks.

Installed a built-in box for shoe storage under dinette seat.

Made Reflectix covers for windows.

Built a box to hold 2 folding bikes in cab-over.

Installed 6-gallon compressor in basement storage.

Installed water sensor under bed near water heater.

Installed Oxygenetics showerhead.

Relocated Dyson vacuum cleaner from basement to house.

Installed plastic shopping bag holder/dispenser in under-sink cabinet.

Installed a retractable clothesline in shower for hanging wet towels/clothing.

Installed screen door bar.
__________________
2016 Sunseeker 2300C

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
SS Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2016, 04:48 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
geeman53's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 3,833
Great trip report , thanks !
__________________
2016 sunseeker 2250slec
1988 Jayco p.u.,Coleman Plantation p.u.,1989 Jayco class c, Coachman TT,1995 Little Eddie fthwheel,2007 Heartland Sundance 2500 lS fthwheel
geeman53 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2016, 04:50 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Hoglou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,057
Like the wheel cover swap, could you PM me the link? Next time you have the bed and the plywood up consider increasing the vent fan hole size for the converter. It dropped the rpm by a good 30 % and increased the air flow Also put a mouse screen over it. Look behind the drawer under the sink cabinet, I found daylight needing to be pluged (used pest resistent great foam).

Do you have the curvy couch? we do and we ditched the table and use a folding one that fits behind the driver seat.
__________________
Hoglou westGA
BK the DW
KM4HQQ 146.640mhz
L'IL Foot" 2014 Sunseeker 2300
"Harry" the JK toad in the mirror
Check out the "mods" in the albums
Hoglou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2016, 05:25 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 107
PM sent.

Great tip on the converter fan hole I was planning to hinge the plywood under the bed for easier access to plumbing/wiring etc. Good time to implement your tip.

We do have the curvy couch and I'm thinking I would have preferred a standard dinette. Why do you prefer the folding table?
__________________
2016 Sunseeker 2300C

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
SS Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 02:52 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Hoglou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,057
Lot less weight and easier to move around. It is adjustable heigth. It is just DW and me. Target or wally world For about $20.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20160326_154316.jpg
Views:	111
Size:	193.9 KB
ID:	102929   Click image for larger version

Name:	20160326_154342.jpg
Views:	93
Size:	214.5 KB
ID:	102930   Click image for larger version

Name:	20160326_154334.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	294.8 KB
ID:	102931  
__________________
Hoglou westGA
BK the DW
KM4HQQ 146.640mhz
L'IL Foot" 2014 Sunseeker 2300
"Harry" the JK toad in the mirror
Check out the "mods" in the albums
Hoglou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 03:05 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 107
Thanks for the pics of the table. I'll post some pics of the wheel covers once they are installed. I have to wait for things to warm up around here so I can touch up the paint on the wheels.
__________________
2016 Sunseeker 2300C

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
SS Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 04:13 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Delco Bobby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Media, PA
Posts: 2,277
Quote:
Originally Posted by SS Cruiser View Post
Thanks for the pics of the table. I'll post some pics of the wheel covers once they are installed. I have to wait for things to warm up around here so I can touch up the paint on the wheels.
Please send link for the center caps. The ones I have seen online say they don't fit the 4500 duel wheel setup.

I added Sumo springs to the rear and they are a very nice improvement. I may add them to the front when finances allow.

I like the idea of shoe storage under the dinette seats. I keep forgetting I have that space there. Might be a good place for a tool box also.
__________________
2017 Dynamax REV 24RB
2018 Ford F-150

Formerly a 2013 Sunseeker 2250 SLEC.
Delco Bobby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2016, 04:39 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delco Bobby View Post
Please send link for the center caps. The ones I have seen online say they don't fit the 4500 duel wheel setup.

I added Sumo springs to the rear and they are a very nice improvement. I may add them to the front when finances allow.

I like the idea of shoe storage under the dinette seats. I keep forgetting I have that space there. Might be a good place for a tool box also.
Chevy Dually Center Caps: * Chevy Dually Center Caps Set of 4 Hub 2500 3500 Truck | eBay

My SS came with Firestone air bags, which I have mixed feelings about. I assume the airbags would have to come out to make room for Sumo Springs.
__________________

__________________
2016 Sunseeker 2300C

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
SS Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sunseeker

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:01 AM.