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Old 10-29-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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First trip

Kathy and I just got back from our first trip in our (used) 2011 Solera 24S. Took it to a Boy Scout training weekend, where we usually camp on cots under a tarp. What an upgrade! I was able to store all my training materials neatly boxed in the back, all ready to go. As we are vegans, we have always had to prepare our food separately from the group. Having our own kitchen made that a breeze!

I got a chance to operate most systems: generator, water heater and pump, oven, microwave, etc. I was surprised that I remembered how to get everything up and running, but it was simple.

We did set off the smoke alarm three times, with only steam from a pot on the stove. Are all the alarms that sensitive?

Also, we filled up for the first time since buying the unit. The previous owner had zeroed the trip meter when he last filled it. If that info was correct, we got 18.3 mpg on our first tank. That seems high based on what I have read here. Has anyone gotten that kind of mileage, or do we have an anomaly here?

Thanks for all the feedback in this forum. It has made our initial experience easy.

Tom
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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Sounds like y'all had an excellent first trip. Gas milage at 18.3 Wow. We are running at 12 - 12.4 I'm hoping that improves when it gets broken in.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #3
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Boy Scout campin in an RV?? Gheesh, times have sure changed. Arya gonna drive that thing out to Filmont too...*lol
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #4
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Our rig is brand new and on our 1st big trip we averaged better than 15mpg (from San Diego to Sedona and back) no jack rabbit starts and 60-65. Btw both my sons r eagles and say I've gotten soft in my old age
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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No, I wouldn't call it Boy Scout camping in an RV. Outdoor leader training is not quite camping. We are teaching new leaders outdoor skills. They don't end up visiting the RV to see how the other half lives. :-) We did go to Philmont this June. No RV. Ten days backpacking in the mountains, carrying all our gear.

We hope to use the Solera as a base camp. Drive to those remote jumping off points, take off with the backpacks for a few days, and come back to a hot shower, a toilet, and a bed. Sure beats driving around looking for a motel...

And yeah, I've gotten soft in my old age. Over 600 nights camping with the Boy Scouts, and another 450 outside Scouting. I know what it feels like to camp on the ground by now, and I'm OK with an upgrade!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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We kept set off our smoke detector on our first trip. I don't know why they put them where they do? I moved our back between the refrig. and wardrobe in front of the bed.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
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Kudos to BSA. Whens the last time GSA camped like that.

As for the detector, just put the front roof fan on low along with the hood vent and you should be fine. Better to be safe than have an accident.
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As small as the Solera's interior is any smoke in the unit is going to set off the detector.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #9
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We use the stove vent - helps a lot - but check that the stove vent is open on the outside. Plastic flap that snaps closed.
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We use the stove vent - helps a lot - but check that the stove vent is open on the outside. Plastic flap that snaps closed.
How the heck do you open the outside stove vent? I see two tabs but not sure how to open it...Don't want to break it and I went thru all the paperwork/instructions and couldn't find anything on it.
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