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Old 07-30-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Question How many Soleras are sold each year?

So what is the number of Soleras sold/manufacturered/whatever each year?

After reading the not so favorable reports here at the Solera subforum, I'm a bit concerned that I'll be orphaned in a couple of years to deal all sorts of bad stuff. I'm about to embark on my first trip of 1000 miles for a week. I wonder if I'll end up in a motel!
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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The number of Solera's sold continues to grow each year we've been building them (2010). Last year we were right around 200 and it has been growing about 25% each year. Most of that was with one floor plan and we're about to introduce our 3rd floor plan this fall.

I'm not sure what you mean by "orphaned". Forest River is a division of Berkshire Hathaway. The Solera is built in the same plant as the Sunseeker which was the #1 selling Class C in the North America in 2011 (on pace for that in 2012). We're not going anywhere and we will certainly stand behind our product.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick and positive response. That's good news. With 400 or so on the road, the number of problems reported here would appear to be a very small percentage, so my chances of not having big problems would seem to be good. Now if we could only get a user manual with diagrams that was specific to the Solera.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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We just bought a 2012 Solera, after reading everything we could find about it. Compared to other brands, it seemed to have the least complaints at this price point. I have every faith in Forest River, who has been building motor homes for years, and Mercedes Benz who have been building the Sprinter for years. I expect a few glitches which is realistic, but I know that between the manufacturer, the dealer, and my husband they will be taken care of!

Have a great trip - we expect a trip report with photos
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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Oh and I am curious about the 3rd floorplan! Any chance of throwing a few detail crumbs our way?
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lol...I'm sworn to secrecy. A new Solera floor plan and a Class C floor plan won't debut until September. Right now we have people taking out the Class C to get some real world testing. We'll do the same with the Solera once it's finished. The production manager had the new Class C out for a weekend trip and a few lucky campers got a sneak peek (great reviews). We refrain from publishing anything because we typically make a few changes after testing. I'll post pictures and a floor plan on here and the Facebook page the second I'm able.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:00 PM   #7
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I received my 2013 Solera in June and took it out on a 6000 mile trip in July. I couldn't be happier with it. My Brother in law who has had several class C and class A's told me he thought I made the right choice in buying it as he was very impressed with it.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:23 PM   #8
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I received my 2013 Solera in June and took it out on a 6000 mile trip in July. I couldn't be happier with it. My Brother in law who has had several class C and class A's told me he thought I made the right choice in buying it as he was very impressed with it.
Good to hear. I also think your "satisfaction" depends on your level of self sufficiency. I have seen some people not want to tighten a screw...so yes a drawer adjustment is a HUGE PITA, because you have to drive an hour to the dealer, drop it off, come back and get it when it's done.

I recently had a new home A/C put in. They used all existing lines. After they left I found out my condensate line was plugged (7 years old). So I go about installing a new condensate line out of 3/4" pvc instead of 1/2" putting more slope in, rerouting it how I wanted to make pulling a filter easier. My daughter says "If I were you I would call those people that installed the A/C and give them a piece of my mind. Make them come out and do that". She said this several times..yet it was no money out of her pocket, she wasn't doing the work and frankly no one knew it was plugged from years of dirt. I would have been more annoyed to have to call them, explain it, set up an appt, wait for them to arrive and hope they install it the way I wanted it. I'm a big believer that the more you know about something the more you can troubleshoot down the road. I enjoy figuring out how stuff works and how it breaks. Which also means I can fix it looong before someone can come out and fix it.
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We love ours. we took it on a 4000 mile trip to Yellowstone in June. We got 15 MPG with not problems. I think its a freat RV.
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Man I know what you mean there are just too many people out here that don't know how to do some simple repair and maintenance and other's who don't want to do any work at all.
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