I got my 24R March 20th, and just returned from a long trip from Warrensburg MO to Colorado cruising thru the mountains and then home to FL. Just shy of 6000 miles - and I am delighted about the coach!
Its not my first one, but the best: the last I had was a Jayco Granite Ridge on a E 550 Ford chassis - that was a truck compared to the Solera, which drives like a dream. Very easy to handle like a van, that diesel engine is just great - smooth and quiet. And as soon as a park and put the rear slide out I have the same length or space as before and more storage! Fuel vise its no comparison, on my trip I was averaging about 15 mpg/gal which is in my book great. Going down the Hwy with AC on is the worst - about 14, but going up and down the mountains I got vey close to 17!
And wherever I park people come and admire and ask ......maybe I should ask for a referral fee...
One of the best things is the queen size bed - it is very comfortable without any add-ons.
Of course I had my fair share of problems, hopefully they are all sorted out by now...it started bad when I got the motorhome -see my other thread
"Battery Isolator-!2V from Ignition "which was resolved with the help of FR. Since that :
-Sink cover just broke in 2 pieces by placing coffee pot on it - replaced by FR , just had to pay return shipping
-Molding around side slide out just got loose and fall off, bad work - fixed it myself
-Fridge gave up without warning, all the frozen stuff was garbage: fixed myself: fuse in the control board fall out of the fuse holder, very loose fitting.
-after 3.1 hours of run time Lp genset decided to shutdown by itself in the worst moment in the middle of nowhere with empty house battery. Nightmare to get it fixed, had to wait till I returned to FL- great service from Cummins in Ft Myers then: called them Monday, got an appointment the next day and after 8 hrs of work and a 39$ spare part it was running again. The coil was shot - but they had to take the whole unit out and disassemble the whole thing to get to it. Very friendly people there, warranty.
-Mirror above the sink just fell out of its frame. Had a new one cut and replaced myself.
-Baggage door left rear slid down about 1/2 inch when open, slight damage (scratches ) when closing. Bad hinge - workmanship, fixed myself
-Radio/ Gps is a joke -but there are many posts already about that and I was aware of it (or should I say afraid) before I bought my unit. Best button is on the lower left corner: "reset"
-Last thing: maybe bclemens can help? One of the slam door latches is binding and does not fully retract. Disassembled it and cleaned it, no good, need a new one. Maybe FR can sent a replacement, upon receipt will sent the old one back????? Hate to go see a dealer again
In all it sounds like a lot went wrong - I do not think so and have seen and worse in the past. Forest River has a true winner with the Solera and I enjoy it!
My wife thinks the same way with 2 exceptions:
-she is too short and needs a stepstool (heard that before???)
-the coach is too big for her (she does not want to drive!!!!)