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Old 07-04-2014, 09:01 PM   #131
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I've been following this thread for a while and finally decided to write down the modifications/improvements that we have made to our 2013 24S. I'm very much surprised at the length of our list. Here is what we have done so far in no particular order:
- MaxxAir powered vent cover in the main living area
- Outside vinyl windshield and cab side window cover
- Inside insulated windshield and side window covers
- Porch light with motion detector
- Insect screens for all utility vents
- Rotating metal wastewater roof vent cover
- Portable 7" RV GPS (the dash mounted stock unit is not easily used due to sun glare and poor positioning relative to the driver)
- MaxxVent powered vent with remote over the bed
- Grill guard with PIAA fog lights (almost a requirement in the PNW due to fog and deer)
- StowAway II cargo box
- Metal valve stems and tire pressure monitoring system
- Scangage II
- Moved the wastewater outlet from the inside to outside while I figure out where and how to mount a Sani-Con macerator
- TV swivel mounted to the end of the stock mount
- Blu Ray player
- Jack antenna
- Hellwig rear sway bar
- SumoSpring spring assist for the rear axle
- Passenger seat swivel adapter
- Passenger seat base metal door lockable "safe door" making that space a bit more secure against smash and grab
- Oxygenics shower head
- Trimetric battery monitoring system
- Stovetop protector/cutting board
- Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C surge protector
-Solar charging system (in progress...still collecting components)
- This last one is not physically attached to our Solera but it does contribute to the overall condition...we had a RV carport built to keep her out of the rain (tried a cover but with the wind we get here on Whidbey Island didn't work as good as we wanted)

We are still looking for the perfect (light weight, easy to install, not too expensive and durable/dependable) leveling/stabilization system...haven't found it yet but the Bullseye system noted in the July issue of Motorhome magazine might be it. Has anyone heard of it or better yet has one and can recommend it?
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:33 AM   #132
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Here's my list for our 2012 24S:

- MaxxAir II vent cover for fantastic fan in the main living area
- EZ Curtain inside cab and side window cover
- 8" Tablet to run GPS and other RV apps
- Metal extended valve stems and TST tire pressure monitoring system
- UltraGauge
- Increased size of wastewater bulkhead to 6" with clear elbow
- Jack antenna
- Hellwig rear sway bar
- Oxygenics shower head
- Xantrex Prowatt 600 watt inverter and transfer switch
- Xantrex Linkpro battery monitoring system
- 32" 1080p TV
- Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C surge protector
- Progressive Dynamics PD9260C converter and Charge Wizard
- Mod to allow filling fresh tank from city water connection or pump from winterizing valve
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:56 PM   #133
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devilsquid which rotating vent cover are you using. Did it eliminate the odors?
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:00 AM   #134
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devilsquid which rotating vent cover are you using. Did it eliminate the odors?
I'm using the Xtreme Vent (22-0540) by AP Products. I don't remember exactly where I ordered it from (maybe Amazon) but you can see it on www.rvupgrades.com web site. We really didn't have any odor escaping into the inside but an ounce of prevention is how I operate. I did observe the vent rotating to face into a light wind while sitting still as designed which gives me high hopes that this one really does work. A friend has the plastic one that you can get at Camping World and says that while sitting still it does not rotate without a substantial wind blowing. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:46 PM   #135
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No longer a "rookie" we start our 2nd year of travels in our 2013 Solera 24R tomorrow. We would not have survived without the Forest River Forum. Thanks to all of the contributors who saved our sanity. As a small payback, here's a couple modifications we made to enhance our RVing experience. -- Solera Rookie

Custom made memory foam mattress topper & sheets that fold easily with the mattress.

Put 4 drawers from the Container Store in the hanging clothes closet that fit and slide perfectly. Solved the clothes storage problem.

Installed Helwig sway bars that we learned about from the Forum.

Purchased backup stabilizer remote because we figured we would be stranded if we lost the original (which we have the tendency to do)

Purchased windshield inside sun reflectors and privacy screen made for the Sprinter.

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Old 07-07-2014, 06:06 PM   #136
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:42 PM   #137
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We've only had our 2014 Solera 24R for 2.5 month, so we still haven't figured out our needs. We did add a Hellwig sway bar, which has helped a lot.

We are getting ready for our first long trip of 9 days, so today I put plastic drawers in the wardrobe for my kids to store their clothes. They will work for this trip, but I think I'd like to do someone different eventually.

I also did my first on-my-own mod today. I used Command bungee hooks to hang fishing poles from the ceiling of the rear storage compartment. I'm sure it's e first of many things that will make things easier.
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Solera Rookie, thanks for posting the pictures. We are really excited about picking up our 24R this week. Would you mind telling me where you purchased the custom mattress topper and sheets and what are the dimensions. Thanks, Suzan
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:47 AM   #139
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Suzasus: all of the info you requested is on file in our home in Missouri. We are touring Michigan all of July so we won't be able to help for a couple weeks. We purchased the memory foam topper 2" thick, the same dimensions as the flat mattress with rounded corners. They made a fitted mattress cover (removable & washable), and fitted sheets for the topper only. All we remember is the internet company is in Colorado. The company had exceptional service & quality. Give us a shout out if you need more info when we return. Solera Rookie


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Old 07-25-2014, 11:44 AM   #140
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This is great!I pick up my new Solera Tuesday and love all the great information here. Thanks to all who post! ;-)
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