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Old 07-22-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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Sunseeker 3170 TV options

Hi there,
We're seriously looking at purchasing a 2013- 3170. We have asked and received answers to a lot of our questions but still have several left...one of which is about TVs

We have had a 19" flat panel for the bedroom and a 24" flat panel for over the cab/bunk. Questions are:
  • do these have DVD players built in?
  • what brand TV does FR use?
  • HDTV tuner built in?
  • Is there a DVD/switch box in a cabinet over dinette and how does that work?
  • What mechanism lets TVs know if using antenna hookup or cable?
  • is it worth paying price or buying ourselves for a better price?
Any help would be much appreciated!
We are really looking forward to this new adventure for our family (of 7)!
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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Hi there,
We're seriously looking at purchasing a 2013- 3170. We have asked and received answers to a lot of our questions but still have several left...one of which is about TVs

We have had a 19" flat panel for the bedroom and a 24" flat panel for over the cab/bunk. Questions are:
  • do these have DVD players built in?
    No
  • what brand TV does FR use?
    The cheapest available at the time. Hysense, Jensen Etc.
  • HDTV tuner built in?
    Yes
  • Is there a DVD/switch box in a cabinet over dinette and how does that work?
    Not sure on this model.
  • What mechanism lets TVs know if using antenna hookup or cable?
    There is a button on the main television wall plate that controls the antenna amplifier. If this is on it uses the antenna feed. If off, the cable feed.
  • is it worth paying price or buying ourselves for a better price?
    I'm confused by the question.
Any help would be much appreciated!
We are really looking forward to this new adventure for our family (of 7)!
  • do these have DVD players built in?
    No
  • what brand TV does FR use?
    The cheapest available at the time. Hysense, Jensen Etc.
  • HDTV tuner built in?
    Yes
  • Is there a DVD/switch box in a cabinet over dinette and how does that work?
    Not sure on this model.
  • What mechanism lets TVs know if using antenna hookup or cable?
    There is a button on the main television wall plate that controls the antenna amplifier. If this is on it uses the antenna feed. If off, the cable feed.
  • is it worth paying price or buying ourselves for a better price?
    I'm confused by the question.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:38 AM   #3
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Our TV is a Jensen that runs on 12 volts so can easily be used while traveling. The in dash radio has a DVD player wired to the TV for picture and the surround sound for audio.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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Most of these are answered...so I will just touch on the ones that are errors or were not answered.
1. DVD is not built in, however if it has the 7" touch screen...THAT is the DVD player.

2. We DO NOT use the cheapest available at the time. That may be other divisions, but we are not other divisions. We have always used Toshiba up until last year. We then switched to the Jensen line because they are designed for mobile use, LED (low power consumption) and native 12V. This allows you to watch TV without running the generator or the added cost/complexity of an inverter.

4. DVD Switch box will always be included if you option the bedroom TV. This lets you feed the bedroom/front TV from either cable, OTA, DVD or added sources.

6. Not exactly sure what that last question means either...but if you mean should I buy your own TV? I have had many people try. You think you are saving money...out price includes the switch box and installation brackets. Our front bracket is custom built for us and hard to find any equivalent. Also our TV's are 12V. You won't find those at stores either.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies!
Bclemens:
If we want to watch a DVD in bedroom and 4 kids want to watch a different DVD on TV over cab, is it doable? How about TV in "Kids Space" by bunks?
Another important question we have is purchasing with an electric adjustable driver seat. Rented a 2012 and Stacey (wife) had a hard time driving comfortably. We know they're available on that Ford chassis. Can we order with that seat?
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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No, there is only one DVD player. You could watch DVD in bedroom and "local channels" in cabover and "Park cable on kids TV"...but not separate DVD's unless you add one somewhere.

You can buy with power seat, but its a long, complicated story. The short version is that Ford made it harder to do aftermarket seats. We don't want to order some with and some without so we order them all without. As a result we can't just buy a Ford power pedestal we have to buy a whole brand new seat.
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Thanks for the great replies. This has been very helpful. Here are a few more questions.

Our dealer provided a quote for the powered seat. Will the driver seat match the passenger seat?

I assume all the controls for the driver seat will be integrated or captive on the seat itself and thus look factory finish?

Anyone know how much heavier the powered seat is?

Does Forest River 2nd year extended warranty apply to a Class C Sunseeker and if not does FR sell their own extended warranties for Class C motorhomes?

If we drop the bedroom TV can we still keep the dvd switch? This allows us to purchase a 19" tv with DVD player built-in and still benefit from the whole RV DVD system. I think we can hang this ourselves pretty easily with an LCD bracket.

Does use of DVD in Ford head-unit require that the key be in the ignition and turned to accessory? Isn't it a bit awkward when you have put up the curtain to work the DVD player?

Is the Onan generator a useful option? Can one tell it is quieter than the Generac model?

Are the Onan generators better models, more reliable?

Is the fan-tastic fan worth it?

What fan-tastic fan model does the factory ship with?

We are considering the exterior grill with quick conenct. It seems the gas connection is below the bedroom pullout. Does this option come with a long enough hose to keep the grill a safe distance away from the RV when the slide is out?

Thanks everyone...
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The FR 2nd year warranty only applies to their non-motorized products.

The radio runs on either the chassis or house battery (switches automatically) so you do not need the key to operate it when parked. As for control, we do not use the curtain from FR to close off the cab. We bought a vinyl cover for the outside of the windshield and side windows of the cab. This makes the cab accessible when parked. Also keeps sun and heat out and makes interior feel more spacious.

We bought the Onan generator and are very happy with it. We were told it is quieter but have no way to compare. It is "quiet " as generators go.

The fantastic fan is good to have. It is the 3 speed non-remote control model.

I would definitely order the exterior grill because by ordering it you get the LP connection for it. The hose is about 3 feet. I added a second length of hose from another grill I had to have more flexibility.

Another option to consider is the 15,000 Btu air conditioner in place of the standard 13,500 unit. Not only better cooling but also functions as a heat pump so you can use the camp ground electricity for heat instead of your propane. Great for those mornings when you need to take the chill out of the air.
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The seats will match. The seats are all factory stock seats, including the power seat. Very little weight difference.

You can drop the TV, just request the switch box when you order or keep it since it is 12V and add a DVD to the switch box area.

Go with the Onan. Generac has fewer service centers.

The gas grill hose we ship is now 6 feet in length.
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Thanks very much for the replies.....and the questions just keep coming!
When we asked dealer about seat belts (specifically in rear facing dinette seat & rear kids area sofa) we were told no for the dinette but that there are 2 in that sofa. Is that correct? The 2012 that we rented did not have seat belts in that sofa. There were 3 seat belts in the front sofa.
Does the switch box work remotely? ie: if running a DVD from bedroom can we pause, etc.?
Is the Fantastic Fan needed because the hood fan isn't fully capable? Or is it more the fresh air intake?
We're getting closer!
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