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Old 05-27-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Calling all Owners of Solera RV

Hi! We may be taking the huge leap in buying a used Solera RV.

I would love to hear from those who owns or owned a Solera Rv with corner bed in whether you were either very happy or not quite so happy with your Solera RV.

We will be traveling in ours for at least two years across the nation with our three Border Collies and cats. We will be selling our home beforehand. Needless to say, we are novice at this and are abit nervous.

We do like the layout of the one with corner bed because it is more open for our dogs.

Any tips or suggestions would be so appreciated!

Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!!

Janet
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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Hi, Janet.

We own a Solera - ours is the MS (with Murphy Bed), and we love everything about it. I understand you may be better satisfied with the corner bed, though those who have it do gripe about trouble making the bed and getting in/out of bed with two people (having to crawl over one another)! The Solera drives like a dream, and is very fuel efficient.

Do you know the owners? If not and since you are new to RVs, you may want to take it to an RV dealer service center and have them go over the RV systems. The engine/chassis is Mercedes responsibility and again you may want to have this checked out. I would ask to see all maintenance records for the unit.

You apparentlty will be full-timing. You need to be aware of the weight limitations of the Solera. With full gas, propane, and freshwater, and two normal-size occupants, you only have a few hundred pounds for supplies, food, etc. I suspect the 3 dogs and the cats will take up another 150lbs. If you will be towing a vehicle, there are limitations there, also. The Solera may not be the best choice for what you are planning. Overloading the Solera could be hazardous - It is built on a light truck chassis.

These are just a few of the caveats to be aware of. I'm sure you'll get lots of other replies from those more experience than I.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
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Hi, Ed! I can't tell you how much I appreciated your input! Thank you again!

Would you mind sharing with me what mpg did you average going 65 miles per hour?

Happy Memorial Day to you guys too!
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:15 PM   #4
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I agree with Taylorgso, I wouldn't consider full timing it in a Solera, a bit too much togetherness! Before you sell everything and go full time in any RV, rent one for a week or two, see if you really would be happy in it for your full time home. We love our Solera, and just spent two weeks in it. I can see us in it for about a month, but over that, I think we would start to get cabin fever. We averaged 12.8 miles per hour on a 2,000 mile trip.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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Would you mind sharing with me what mpg did you average going 65 miles per hour?
Well... you're talking to a guy who's 75 years old and who's never in a hurry to get anywhere, and never drives 65mph - except in brief distances.

I only have a little over 1000 miles on mine. Not towing, best i've gotten is 15.4mpg. My understanding from reading the forum is that the engine needs to be well broken in before you'll get max mileage, and most people are reporting in the 16mpg range, but I suspect they drive a little faster than I do.

We do tow a small (Mazda3) a lot of the time, and I've been getting a little better than 13.5 towing. I hope that improves, too.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #6
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I agree with Taylorgso, I wouldn't consider full timing it in a Solera, a bit too much togetherness! Before you sell everything and go full time in any RV, rent one for a week or two, see if you really would be happy in it for your full time home. We love our Solera, and just spent two weeks in it. I can see us in it for about a month, but over that, I think we would start to get cabin fever. We averaged 12.8 miles per hour on a 2,000 mile trip.
Debbie is spot on about the full-timing, and renting a unit for a while. You may try renting the smallest unit available and "checking the fit!" Our first MH was a 27' Tioga Class C - stayed out a month with 2 children and managed well. But full-timing? I doubt we could have managed even with the two of us for much longer.

There are a lot of great used units available, both from private sellers and dealers. Check NADA RV guides for approximate prices. Offer somewhere near wholesale. If it's on dealer lot, make a ridiculous offer... they don't like to see a sale walk off the lot, and will negotiate very quickly. You may even come back to the forum and ask opinions about value vs sale price.

Keep in mind. The Solera is somewhat an anomaly in that it gets great gas mileage. Almost all other class C's have gas engines, and you'll do well to get 10-11 mpg with them, even the smaller ones.

Remember, these are just my (and Debbie's) opinions. Keep asking the questions, Janet. Someone on the forum will have an answer.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:45 PM   #7
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Ours is broken in-as we have almost 13000 miles on it now. The best gas milage we ever got was in the 13.5 range. We drive it around the speed limit, maybe a tad bit under. I use the cruise control when ever I can, so, personally, I wouldn't buy one expecting the 18 mpg that the dealerships taunt! No RV is going to be cheap to run or maintain.
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Fuel mileage

We drove ours from Louisiana to Yellowstone and back. We were in no hurry drove about 60 mph and got 15 mpg. We love ours
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Got ours out for the first time this year went form Iowa to Mississippi so far.
First time towing a car behind us on a tow dolly still average about 13 MPG. Planning to be out for two to three week more.
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Since picking up in February we have put on 6000 miles. Lowest gas mileage was 12.8 and best was 16.6. We love our Solera. Currently we are on a 3 week trip. We think it is the right size for us for trips.
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