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Old 12-24-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Christmas gift - a brand new RV? Need your input!

Dear friends,

First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! Wish you many happy trails next year!

Getting ready to pull the trigger on a brand new W floorplan. How about that for Christmas?! Well, in fact we won't get it till next year but making a sweet deal is just as good.

We're considering the following available options for either Sunseeker MBS or Forester MBS, and would like to hear your comment. We live in Southern California, will camp mostly in mild weather, will unlikely do boondocking for more than 3 days in a row, and will occasionally bring two other people (4 total).

3.2 Onan diesel generator - decided we don't need it. If we do in the future, get a Honda or Yamaha.

15k BTU A/W with heat pump - like it not because we definitely need it, but it's affordable

Fantastic fan - affordable. But don't know if it's worth it.

Side view camera - an item I'm not sure about. The backup camera is included, ready for the side view camera.

Full body paint - will get it. Love the color and the protection.

Oven IPO Pan Drawer - not sure if the available microwave is convection or not, so wonder if oven is necessary.

Exterior grill w/ quick connect - not sure. Like the idea of a portable Weber as many people have chosen

Bedroom TV with DVD - what size is it? If 22", want to get a larger one instead. If opt out, is the connection there for after market installation?

Rear stabilizer jacks - a big item I'm not sure about. Would like to opt out, and install Stabi-Lite if necessary. Any comments?

I've spent a lot of time on this forum and learned a lot from you guys. Thank you! Looking forward to your input and looking forward to contributing as much after we own a RV! BTW, we'll be the first time RV owner.

Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-24-2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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15k with heatpump

Propane gen works fine and use very little.

I like the fantastic fan with remote. Moves a lot of air especially with the windows open.

Have the oven, wish I had drawers.

Side view cameras can be added later at much lower cost. Not really needed.

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Old 12-24-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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Have you shopped Winnebago or Itasca? There is a big misconception that their cost is significantly higher than Forest River. IMO day and night quality and factory support difference.
I have owned three Forest River producs and still have one of their fifth wheels. I just purchased a Winnebago class C, Aspect. Without going into too many details, unless Forest River gets it together, I will never buy another.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:35 PM   #4
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Get the entertainment center if you don't intend to use the upper bunk, check mine out in the forester forum
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:54 PM   #5
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We live in San Diego
We rarely use generater ( in fact started it up when we were dry camping at carlsbad state beach to make sure it still worked)
I have weber and folding stand for it
Works great measure your outside storage to make sure it fits
Have never turned oven on in 21/2 years (although wife wants to try frozen pizza some time)
We installed 2 fantastic fans
Worth it , in fact I'm going to replace cheap fan in bathroom too.

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Old 12-24-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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As far as the oven. This is how I would decide. If you plan on living the same diet on the road and you cook at home using your oven, decision made. Fantastic fan worth it. Generator, isn't propane std?, if so, and you don't plan on long term boondocking, propane will be fine. Floor plan suitable to sleep four adults, your decision. Good luck.

Oh, and as far as the bago interloper, anytime I looked, they were "much" more and their layout didn't suit our needs. But, in fairness, it's a personal preference.
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Old 12-24-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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I use the generator so seldom that I am very pleased with the propane model. Toss up on oven vs drawer. We have the oven and have used it on several of our trips, great for heating bread. I had narrowed my choice down to the bago and Forest River, after many hours of comparing the two and working hard at the price I could not see paying the higher price for the winnebago. Both had features we liked but in the end the Solera was best choice for us. Winnebago was considerably higher priced and really did not see anything that was better quality.
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Old 12-24-2014, 03:04 PM   #8
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I would do the TV yourself
Our was pre-wired
Easy install

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Old 12-25-2014, 10:02 AM   #9
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We have a Class C so I'll only address what applies to both yours and ours.

Since you say you will not boondock much, skip the oven and be sure you are getting a combination microwave and convection oven. We seldom use the propane oven but often use the convection oven. Drawer space is valuable in a small coach.

Fantastic fan is worthwhile.

15k A/C and heat pump is nice. Saves trips to get propane. Like all heating systems with ceiling vents the floor gets cool during cooler weather (40 F). You can run a portable electric heater on low heat to help keep the floor warm.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:56 AM   #10
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We haven't yet done any boondocking, but we use the generator from time to time when we are out and about and need to leave our dog in the Solera. We run the furnace or A/C to keep her comfortable, and we think it uses very little propane.

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