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Old 12-30-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Advice on how the bed in the rear slide works

We are interested in purchasing a 2015 Solara and would like to know how the bed in the rear slide works. Does the bed have to be unmade before closing the slide and is the "mattress" comfortable? Also what is the difference between Solara and Sunseeker?
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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The fit on the Solara is probaby more like a Foresster given things like the soft interior roof. We have the Sunseeker 2300 on a heavy chevy 4500 chassis. This is very simular in design to the 24s less the slide. We went ridgid walls (no slides) for simpicity and service life of the coach. The ncc difference btw the two is substainal at 4310 vs 1330, and with the cost def and diesel I would bet we are very close on fuel cost.

I would want to know the burn rate of the LP gen since it does not feed off of the fuel tank. The only LP we use is for the frig while in transit. We use the 15k heat pump and a small oil filled heater to heat the coach when parked, something for you to consider.

I did not see the ride-right rear air bags on the Solara brochure, but I could have missed it.

Either way you will love the road,

See ya out there.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:12 PM   #3
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I think she might mean the Sunseeker MBS. We now have a diesel version in the Sunseeker.

Sandy, can you clarify? That might get you mixed answers.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:41 AM   #4
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The Solera rear slide mattress is in two pieces - head and foot. The split is done at an angle so that the "head" portion of the mattress slides up on top of the foot portion when the slide is retracted.

I've found that the bed doesn't need to be remade - make the bed as usual, retract the slide (helping position the head portion a little) - and push the head portion back out the next time you extend the slide. With a fitted bottom sheet (fitted for a "short queen") everything seems to go back together pretty well.

I think the Sunseeker MBS is basically a twin of the Solera. There may be minor differences in finish or options, but the underlying unit is the same.

Dave

PS - If you're looking at a new unit, take a look at the new "W" floorplan. Looks like a great idea, though it does seem to reduce the amount of basement storage. I think it uses the same bed design to allow the queen bed to ride on the slide.


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We are interested in purchasing a 2015 Solara and would like to know how the bed in the rear slide works. Does the bed have to be unmade before closing the slide and is the "mattress" comfortable? Also what is the difference between Solara and Sunseeker?
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks, yes we are interested in the sprinter chassis. How can I find info on the W, although we are looking for more storage.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:01 PM   #6
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Here's a link to Brian Clemens' thread on the new floor plan:

New floor plan teaser.

Here's a link to the Forester brochure with the floorplan included:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...7&d=1418334598

Info for the MBS models (Foresters on the Sprinter chassis) starts on page 6.

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Old 12-31-2014, 02:40 PM   #7
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We have just ordered W floorplan (Forester MBS version) and want to brag about being one of the first owners of W. We eventually picked W over R because W is more spacious, has a U dinette, an extra cocktail table in the front, and just one slide (one less slide to go wrong? ). Standard features are identical between R and W, or almost identical between Sunseeker MBS and Forester MBS. Some options, such as U-dinette, are only available with W. The downside? No one except for a few dealers has seen it.
Good luck with your research. I spent two months here and talking to dealers before making a decision.
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