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Old 05-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #11
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Very interested in the shades for the windows. The stock piece to hook up at the cabin are pretty much a waste. I'd rather have shades like the View/Navion.

Where did you get them?

I've switched the stereo from the front battery to the back battery so that we don't have to worry running the stereo and depleating the starter battery.

The most stupid thing however is that the TV is 110V only. It should have been a 110V/12V TV to be really usefull or the TV option should have included the inverter.

I'm however happy with the stock suspension but curious how much it did cost to install and would love to see how it improves handling.

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Old 05-02-2011, 01:48 PM   #12
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The inverter is an available option. However as prices have come down, we're looking to switch over to 12v TV's. They are just not that readily available in the sizes that we want. That is changing as a local supplier is now offering 12v LED TV's from 19" to 36"
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:53 PM   #13
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Thank you for joining the forum and hope people will take it easy on you as a factory rep.

The one part that I was missing in the Solera specs is a second radio for the home similar to the one in the View/Navion that as well serves as the DVD player for both TV options. As well it enables external speakers that sometimes could be usefull.

I've been thinking where to add the Inverter and what model FR is using. The factory option 400W is more than enough for what we are planning (don't need a coffee maker, etc). However I wasn't able to get any information on that part. The space underneath the kitchen sink seems perfect but a bit cramped and most inverters a bit large for that location. However it would be close to the batteries (which is a must).

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Old 05-02-2011, 02:02 PM   #14
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Part of the issue in getting specs on an option like that, is the constant change in supply. Seems like more often than not, we're being run out of parts. What we're using now (due to a much larger available stock) is a 600 watt pure sine wave inverter that does indeed fit in the base cabinet (tight as it is).

We now offer an exterior stereo with speakers in our other lines, there may not have been room on the Solera.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:30 PM   #15
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Great to have you on the forum bclemens! I think you will find happy campers here for the most part!

I'll try to answer all of the questions posed above:

I drove the Solera home during strong head and cross winds that made handling a white knuckle adventure. We are planning a 2 year full timing trip to Europe in this RV so I wanted as good a handling rig as is possible. I spoke at length with Mark at The Sprinter Store Home and purchased lift assist springs, an auxiliary sway bar and heavy duty shocks. I had them installed in Houston. I also purchased Reimo seat swivels from Sprinter Store.

I purchased the Remi cab shades and the wood grain dash kit from EuroCampers Parts & Accessories for Sprinter, EuroVan, Vangon & VW Bus but have not received them yet so can only hope that they are as advertised.

We have an appointment at the dealer for next Monday to address the warranty matters. Except for the backup camera, everything else is minor in nature and shouldn't pose any problem.

Here are the costs of the upgrades above:

Remi Shades $810
Reimo Swivels $270ea
Lift Assist Springs $600
Aux Sway Bar $700
Heavy Duty Shocks $400
Suspension Install $800
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Total: $3,850

I am doing ongoing comfort/convenience mods as we discover our full timing needs. The biggest remaining mod will be the conversion of the electrical system to work with european voltage and amperage differences. Right now, it looks like I will remove the AC and generator then install a step down transformer and a new inverter/charger. (Advice anyone?)
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I saw a post by someone about the modifications for a Europe trip and they were not very happy (albeit being difficult).

As well you might need to replace the whole Propane system (due to different filling system in Europe). Plus don't EVER expect being able to run a generator - a big nono at any campsite in Europe.

I would have suggested to buy an RV in Europe and use it for the 2 years and then sell it again. Once you're done with the modifications for your trip and converting back after the 2 years it might be the same price....

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What is the alternative backup camera? Our new 2011's camera is not much use.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:32 PM   #18
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This is sort of an old thread, but I mentioned a possible upgrade package. That is now reality. The SE package offers: Fiberglass front cap, soft touch vinyl ceilings, recessed glass lighting, woodgrain dash, hidden hinges, frameless windows, ultra leather driver/passenger, E-Stone countertops, upgraded faucets, GPS Navigation with iPod dock.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:41 PM   #19
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Competitive Comparison - SE Package

Thank You for updating the thread with that information. That makes a difference to me. This spring when the RV show comes to Dallas, TX I will definately take a closer look at the Prism now.

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:44 PM   #20
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SE Package is on the Solera
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