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Old 08-05-2013, 12:27 AM   #41
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You been looking for three years and still can't make your mind up??
no I had 24s solera 2011 just sold.. I was referring 3 years ago use to be few model now there is many
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #42
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We stopped using the diesel due to quality issues...which is why they relocated the plant from what I understand.

Roof is fiberglass. We're working on a U-shape model, but it will be a few months.
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Do you know when the solera use u dinete ?
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #43
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B. Clemens, tell me about dual element heater...

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The Solera is DUAL gas element (EI) and an electric heating element. So that when you are at a camp site you use the sites electricity to heat the tank and not just propane. Or you use both gas and electric to increase the recovery rate.
Is this on my 2011 Solera? How is it controlled? I just turn on the water heater on the convenience panel switch, and I hear the propane burner kick in.
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Is this on my 2011 Solera? How is it controlled? I just turn on the water heater on the convenience panel switch, and I hear the propane burner kick in.
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If you have the Suburban heater: on the outside of the water heater, remove the panel; look on the lower left and you'll see an on/off switch there that controls the electric heating element. It is obscured and hard to see, but it's there.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:55 PM   #46
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We too are comparing the Solera vs. Prism (2014's)

The 2014 Prism 2150LE also comes with rear stabilizer jacks (standard) and the Solera does not. This is huge for us because when our kids are tossing and turning in the over-cab bunk, the coach sways and keeps us awake in the back bed. The one major thing that we would miss in the Prism vs. the Solera would be the oven. We use our oven a lot. Forest River also offers a quick connect exterior propane connection and grill (factory) for the Solera, but our Prism dealer said they'd do that after-market for us, so we just need to buy a grill and stand - which we will use even more without the oven.

Does anyone know what side the generator is on in the Solera and Prism? I've forgotten and remember seeing the generator on the curb side of some of these Sprinters (View/Navion?)- which I think it really dumb. Why do I want to be sitting under my patio awning with my generator running right there? Can someone explain that to me?
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a few questions

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To each his own...but a few notes...

2. That's not wood flooring. That is vinyl flooring with a woodgrain print.
3. That is freshwater including water heater...so really 44 gallons of fresh. Which also happens to be 367 lbs. You'l find most people don't travel with full water due to weight.
4. What is an "upgrade AC fridge"? We all use LP/Electric fridge.
5. Not wider...just longer (but the coach is 25' compared to 24'6" as well)
6. that is nice

Another thing to remember if you're comparing apples to apples. most dealers quote the Solera with the SE package. The Prism LE is a stripped down version. The Solera SE is an upgraded version and will have...
-Glass LED lighting throughout (not plastic).
-Frameless windows
-Fiberglass Front cap
-Fiberglass roof
-Gas AND Electric water heater (Prism is gas only)
-Soft touch ceilings
-woodgrain dash
-hidden hinges
-raised panel cabinets in wall AND base cabinets
-GPS navigation
-drawers in the dinette. Prism you have to lift up the seat cushions.

There may be more...but that's what I can remember off the top of my head.
It's great to have you as such a great resource here. I have a few questions though - and I'm not trying to be a pain, I'm truly curious.

What is the benefit of frameless windows?

What is the benefit of the "soft touch" ceiling? What is the ceiling in the Prism? (my current older coach has an "upgraded" soft fabric-type ceiling which is hard to clean and bugs stick to it (don't even think about killing a bug on the ceiling!)

What is your opinion of the advantage of the fiberglass roof over the TPO? I've heard arguments both ways, but would appreciate your take on it. . .

Just my opinion for you to take back to the designers (and I'm an architect so I feel justified and qualified in my opinion here) - the cherry woodgrain-look dash is nice in the Soleras with the cherry cabinets, but looks absolutely hideous in the coaches with the maple cabinets. There should be another dash option for maple cabinet version, imo.

For some of us who appreciate a more modern aesthetic, the raised panel cabinet doors are definitely NOT an advantage. But alas, it's not worth the extra $20K+ to go with a View/Navion. Any word on a more modern interior option in the future?

Sorry for so many questions, but there's a lot to compare. . . thanks so much for your expertise!
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Does anyone know what side the generator is on in the Solera and Prism? I've forgotten and remember seeing the generator on the curb side of some of these Sprinters (View/Navion?)- which I think it really dumb. Why do I want to be sitting under my patio awning with my generator running right there? Can someone explain that to me?
The Solera, as with virtually ALL RVs, has the dump valves etc. on the street side - along with slide room; so, the only place left to put the Gen in these short RVs is on the curb side. Granted, if you have to be running it while sitting outside, the noise will be closer to you, but the exhaust is in the rear of the vehicle so you won't be close to the fumes. Also, you can add an exhaust extension which will vent the exhaust above the roof line. You won't need to run the genny often, so it may not be an issue.
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We too are comparing the Solera vs. Prism (2014's)

The 2014 Prism 2150LE also comes with rear stabilizer jacks (standard) and the Solera does not. This is huge for us because when our kids are tossing and turning in the over-cab bunk, the coach sways and keeps us awake in the back bed. The one major thing that we would miss in the Prism vs. the Solera would be the oven. We use our oven a lot. Forest River also offers a quick connect exterior propane connection and grill (factory) for the Solera, but our Prism dealer said they'd do that after-market for us, so we just need to buy a grill and stand - which we will use even more without the oven.

Does anyone know what side the generator is on in the Solera and Prism? I've forgotten and remember seeing the generator on the curb side of some of these Sprinters (View/Navion?)- which I think it really dumb. Why do I want to be sitting under my patio awning with my generator running right there? Can someone explain that to me?
Prism comes with BAL crank down stabilizers, not hydraulic. This can also be installed aftermarket.

Curb side on Gen. I think it has to do with weight balance. We do port the exhaust to the rear corner however.
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Thanks - that makes sense. Unfortunately, we do run the generator often - at my daughter's softball tourneys and we boondock a lot, but I guess we'll have to learn to run it while we're away at the games and turn it off when we're tailgating. Thanks again!
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