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Old 06-27-2013, 08:23 PM   #41
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I have the big foot stabilizers on my Solera and I can't complain. I did a trip in May and even towing a dolly and car behind me I didn't have any problems getting around. Even going through the mountains in W. Virginia. If you want to call those mountains.

Debbie's right! If you went through on Turnpike (I-77) or on I-64, you didn't really see the WV mountains. Get off the beaten path and you'll see the REAL West Virginia.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #42
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Well, the "other shoe" has dropped! Bigfoot now says the system they quoted to my dealer was not auto leveling. So, the price bumped up from $3,800 to $6,000. Ouch! Not gonna happen.

Forest River says it has no problem with the Bigfoot 4-point leveling system being installed on the Solera and that installing it will not create any warrantee problems as long as an authorized FR dealer does the installation. Bigfoot says it is designed for the Sprinter chassis.

The problem is that I don't think it is worth $6K for a little convenience. I will be looking into some of the simpler solutions you folks have suggested.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:37 PM   #43
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Well, the "other shoe" has dropped! Bigfoot now says the system they quoted to my dealer was not auto leveling. So, the price bumped up from $3,800 to $6,000. Ouch! Not gonna happen.

Forest River says it has no problem with the Bigfoot 4-point leveling system being installed on the Solera and that installing it will not create any warrantee problems as long as an authorized FR dealer does the installation. Bigfoot says it is designed for the Sprinter chassis.

The problem is that I don't think it is worth $6K for a little convenience. I will be looking into some of the simpler solutions have suggested.
They show the auto system on their website with direct order for $3660.00
Wonder what would happen if you just clicked on "add to cart" and placed an order?

Can't believe dealer would want $2400.00 to install.

Anyone for sueing for false advertising? I know a scheister lawyer!!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #44
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No offense meant but they are foothills compared to the Rockies. (quote from Jeremiah Johnson)
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No offense meant but they are foothills compared to the Rockies. (quote from Jeremiah Johnson)
No offense taken. But you do realize there are flatlanders that have gotten lost in those "foothills" and never gotten out! (Sort of like "Deliverance")
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #46
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Iowa may not have mountains Ed, but it anything but flat. On the other note about the big foot levelers. I didn't think they could put a four point system on the Solera, no room in front for them?
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:33 PM   #47
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Jim -

Sunseeker owner here. I added Quadra's Bigfoot auto level system to our unit after the sale. I went directly to Quadra in SW Michigan. They also have a facility in Florida. If you are even remotely close, I would strongly recommend going directly through them. Two reasons. I trusted Quadra many times more than any dealer. And they did the install cheap. I think their normal install price (at least for a Sunseeker) was $600. I did the transaction over the winter (I.e., the slow season) and paid only $150. Was in and out within three hours. Just food for thought.
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Interesting thought, but White Pigeon, MI, is about 2,300 miles east of me; Florida is more than 3,000 miles. Just doesn't seem cost effective from here.

I am very mechanically inclined and have a well-equipped home machine shop at my disposal, but I don't think I want to crawl around under the Solera to install a system I'm not familiar with.
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Iowa may not have mountains Ed, but it anything but flat. On the other note about the big foot levelers. I didn't think they could put a four point system on the Solera, no room in front for them?
Well, I didn't think so either, Henry. But with the growing community of Sprinter-based RVs, it was a market waiting to be tapped. I'm sure they've been working overtime trying to figure out a way to get the front levelers on to fit.

I had HWH auto levelers on our old diesel pusher. While they were a convenience, they were also a nuisance. If I didn't keep them lubricated, they sometimes didn't want to return for storage, or occasionally position themselves correctly to lift the coach. - mine were the knee action type, and I even rolled off of them once or twice! With the short wheelbase of the Solera, my little leveling pads work very nicely. And at $6K, it's money I think I'll keep!

Only time I've been to Iowa (except flying in), was coming right down the western border in a MH back in '94 - and I slept pretty much all the way through - my daughter was driving! But will probably be going through sometime this September. Good friend just moved to Spearfish SD, and we're planning a trip out there last couple of weeks of Sept and first couple in Oct. Hope to see a lot of the midwest on that trip!
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Don't blame you Ed for sleeping I 29 is pretty boring. A bit better than going through Nebraska thou. Have a good trip we're going in that direction next month too after going up to Minnesota.
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