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Old 02-01-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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A new Solera in my future?

We have finally decided to trade up to a larger unit. After months of looking at units we have narrowed it down to the Solera. What better place to find some answers than here!
Seems to be some pretty negative comments on the web about FR after service and warranties with not only the Solera but others models. Of course it seems that this is a generic issue with all RV's. Guess you can't always satisfy everyone so they say. Regardless, I am interested in hearing from other Solera owners as to your satisfaction with the unit and any constructive comments you might have. I am aware of the "blowout" situation and the rear tail light failure on some units so you won't have to rehash those topics.
The unit we are looking at is the 24R with the full size rear bed but would ask that comments not be restricted to just that unit. If any of you would like you may PM me as well. Thanks for listening.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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We just took delivery of our Solera MS just this past Tuesday. We downsized from a 38' pusher. This smaller size appealed because we want to do more long-range traveling, and like to stay in National and state park campgrounds - somewhat limited with the bigger unit. We looked at the 24S and the 24R, but one of the things that we did not like was the lack of a comfortable place to sit. The MS has two very comfortable recliners, and the Queen Murphy bed seems more comfortable than the split mattress in the R, and the round-corner mattress in the S. However, the MS has limited basement storage compared to the others, so that was a real compromise for us, and we'll have to learn to travel "light!" We liked the configuration of the bath much better in the MS, also. Good luck with your unit, whichever you choose. Let us know your decision!!!
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:12 PM   #3
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We got our Solera last year, put 6000 miles on it and have not had any problems with it. We're looking forward to getting it out again this summer and maybe putting another 6000 on it. I do wish they had come out with the 24R before we got ours but we're happy with it just the same. One thing I did before our's came in was I got books on repair and maintenance of RVs and I figured on having to do some things myself unless it's major I do.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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We just came back from a trip to the Keys with our Solera. It is a dream to ride in and the pulling power is awesome . It is so easy to set up. Our friends are still setting up their TT and we are in our chairs.We pull a 16 ft trailer with our 2 cruisers. I have to remind my husband of the speed limit! No issues so far and would recommend the Solera! It is just the 2 of us,so we are fans of the MS model. Hope you join the Solera fan club.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:01 PM   #5
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We have a 2012 Solera MS and love it! Our goal was a unit that sleeps two, a nice galley, a nice bathroom, and plenty of comfort and storage. While the unit has less basement storage, the storage inside is plentiful. We took possession in late July, took a short 3-day wkend trip, and a 3,000 mile trip in the fall. Everything went very well. It's easy to set up (15 minutes or less & that includes our ourside chairs, table, grill, and everything inside) Our only 'add-on' were two hassocks to go along with the comfy recliners. Hope you enjoy your Solera as much as we do ours.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:43 AM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. We will be ordering the couch instead of the dinette it appears. Can't seem to see in the brochure if the couch comes with a removable table. Does anyone know offhand if that is true. The rep did not know!
Also, I see some of the Solera owners talk of a rear stabilizer upgrade. Is that a FR upgrade?
Now about the wind! I see some comments about handling issues in high wind. Can anyone speak to this issue. We do an annual trip across to CA and have had some scary trips with the high Santa Anna winds. Curious about the stability of the higher 24R unit.
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Thanks for the responses. We will be ordering the couch instead of the dinette it appears. Can't seem to see in the brochure if the couch comes with a removable table. Does anyone know offhand if that is true. The rep did not know!
Also, I see some of the Solera owners talk of a rear stabilizer upgrade. Is that a FR upgrade?
Now about the wind! I see some comments about handling issues in high wind. Can anyone speak to this issue. We do an annual trip across to CA and have had some scary trips with the high Santa Anna winds. Curious about the stability of the higher 24R unit.
I have a 2011 Solera S. I purchased a Roadmaster Anti Sway bar from Camping World and had it installed by them. If not mistaken, part number1209-131 which is a 1.5" diameter bar. Total cost was close to 1K.
It is my opinion that this has helped considerably when meeting large vehicles (trucks, buses, motorhomes etc) and in moderate winds.
I drove it from Florida to Georgia last year and there were very stong prevailing westerly winds and at times it was a fight to keep it in my lane.
Tire pressure is another factor, as you well know, in how a vehicle handles and also fuel mileage. There are many discussions on these boards about tire pressure....

We have enjoyed our Solera and use it mostly for local camping but have gone on several road trips to UGA football games.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:34 AM   #8
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Thanks for the responses. We will be ordering the couch instead of the dinette it appears. Can't seem to see in the brochure if the couch comes with a removable table. Does anyone know offhand if that is true. The rep did not know!
Also, I see some of the Solera owners talk of a rear stabilizer upgrade. Is that a FR upgrade?
Now about the wind! I see some comments about handling issues in high wind. Can anyone speak to this issue. We do an annual trip across to CA and have had some scary trips with the high Santa Anna winds. Curious about the stability of the higher 24R unit.
We just took delivery of our Solera this past week, and drove it home approximately 50 miles from dealer. We had some high winds all week but didn't notice it on the highway, and can't remember if high winds were present that day. But what IS noticeable is the lack of sway when an 18-wheeler goes by. We are downsizing form a 38-footer, which had noticeable wandering when one of these trucks passed, often giving a sense of losing control. I felt NONE of that with the Solera, and big trucks were passing constantly. Any vehicle with a large surface area is going to be affected somewhat by wind, however, and I doubt that high cross winds will be totally negligible with the Solera, but based on my experience so far, I'm optimistic.
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Stabilizer jacks are on option on the new models. We also have not had a problem with the wind. We are towing our 16 ft trailer most of the time.
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Can't seem to see in the brochure if the couch comes with a removable table. Does anyone know offhand if that is true. The rep did not know!
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Shame on that rep. The Solera brochure shows a pedestal table that comes with the optional sofa. Its a little picture on the "floor plan" page.
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