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Old 08-26-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Misleading videos on Solera?

Sorry for length - First time RV purchase, I have 3 children and have narrowed my choice down to a 24J View or a Solera 24s. I eliminated the Thor Siesta based on forums and the pdf here. I have been contacted by several View/Itasca dealers, and they argue that their much higher price is deserved due to quality - and they do look to be of very high quality (a dealer 200 miles away may have some that we can see soon in person) - but the comparison video I watched from an Iowa dealership stated many things that don't seem true, regarding the front cap, labeled switches, leather swivel seats, towing capacity etc. The Solera brochure conflicts with most everything in the video, so perhaps the comparison video is simply outdated?

I live in SE MT, and received a quote on a Solera 24s that I could pick up in Des Moines that seems to good to be true, and I have not received answers to some of my questions. The site has a Solera video that mentions in passing that leather swivel seats, frameless windows etc. can be obtained in a SE or LE package, but they were not listed as options in the build machine - isn't that because they are now standard features? My main concern is passenger seating, I really need a 3 seat sofa vs. the dinette - and a sofa w/table was listed as an option - But it did not state whether it is 2 seats or 3. Is there a wide version that also turns into a bed? If so, I think the Solera would be perfect, I am a big "deck" person, so I am very disappointed that no exterior speakers or tv are offered as on the 2150 Coachmen Prism, but other than that I think I've made up my mind due to the design, quality, and price - though I would love to know if "direct" dealerships are a bad choice? Thank you for any help, I did look through 4 pages of the forums, but I didn't see any definitive answers on the swivel seats etc.

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Old 08-26-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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We bought the solera because it had way more exterior storage
That was 2 years ago
We drove the similar floorplan view but when I asked where do you put your stuff they said that you must downsize the amount you take
With solera I can fit everything and still have more space

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Old 08-26-2014, 03:07 PM   #3
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Are you speaking of Cheyenne camper sales in Walcott Iowa?


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Old 08-26-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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So your the guy playing that loud music in the peace and quiet. I second the vote, storage on the S is fantastic. I think somewhere in here I read where an owner added a seat belt to the other bench seat in the dinette setup. The View in my opinion, looks more cramped inside. Also at around 20 grand more, it doesn't make sense. IMO
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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The place I had the quote from was RvDirect, and they had a number of pickup locations - Iowa and MN are appealing to me due to no mountain passes. I noticed the storage being top notch. Ha - I don't run generators, play loud music etc. to bother others, and we have lots of isolated campsites in MT anyway. I'm a huge baseball fan (many of my vacations have revolved around baseball), and I like the occasional cigar - and I find a deck or awning setting to be the next best thing to actually being there.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:56 PM   #6
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It's been hard to find the perfect sprinter for a family of 5, and I know they're probably meant for couples - but I find them very appealing. I wonder if it would be possible to have some sort of electric raising headrest bed like the new Outback travel trailers have for more passenger options, with a sort of large belt/bar, I know, probably crazy. I do like the folding ottomans on the View tables for sleeping extensions, I hope more ideas like these keep coming. I wish the Solera offered one of the comfortable U-dinettes like the competition. I saw an electric bed drop-down over the cab bed offered in a Winnebago Trend, it made me wonder about having something like that over the corner bed for even more sleeping. The low profile Coachman Prisms would be a strong family contender if they had some sort of electric drop down bunk up front.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:28 PM   #7
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The video is definitely outdated. The lady in the video now manages Orlando RV. RVdirect lists the options that are available now. The LE package is now standard.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:27 PM   #8
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I ordered my Solera from RVdirect and received it from the dealer ship out of Des Moines. I did have a problem with a CO/Propane detector which they replaced with no problem. My wife and I took our 2 grand daughters on vacation last year and the Solera handled us nicely. We just added swivel seats which should add to the comfort of the seating I understand that the newer Solera's come with the swivel seats. As for the sofa the space where the dinnett is, is 68" wide I don't know if that can handle 3 people or not. Good Luck.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:01 PM   #9
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hey thanks everyone, that pretty much answers all my questions and puts my mind at ease, I think I'll pull the trigger very soon - after months of searching!
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:41 PM   #10
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I looked at both models and chose the Solera 24R as it offered more value for the dollar. Just could not see the higher price for the Winny. Is usually just me and my lovely spouse but just had a two nighter with one of our daughters and 3 grandkids and was cozy but worked just fine. All had a great time. We did not have gk ride with us as they met us at the park but two of them rode home with us. The jacknife sofa has 3 seatbelts.

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