Originally Posted by knutter
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!
Frameless Windows: its mainly about style. The frameless are a cleaner look. You talk about liking the more "modern" style, that's where the frameless windows come in. The other advantage is how the bottom cranks out. They can be open with no issues when raining.
Soft Touch Vinyl: again, more modern styling. Most high end A's have soft touch. Not carpet...but a vinyl ceiling with a padded backer. easy to clean, softens some road noise and echo.
Woodgrain Dash: Most cars dark woodgrain dash regardless of interior leather color. We used to do Maple as well, but they would never get the maple to match right. So we opted to go the route of automotive and offer just the cherry dash and treat the cab separate from the living area. Another thing to know about the Solera. Our dash is a hydrographic application with a clear coat. All other Sprinters use puffy stickers for their dash. Basically decals that I have seen peel back in the heat. I'll post the most recent comparison here shortly.