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Old 10-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #11
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Unless the "other people" are paying for it, don't pay them any attention. It's your money and your enjoyment. Go for it, if it doesn't work out, trade it back for another SUV

A lot of people in this word think we're all crazy for wasting money on luxuries like campers just to go somewhere and sit outside, but it sure is fun!
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:45 PM   #12
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I'm in the "camp" that says "Go For It!

I have a Sunseeker 2300 that has approx. the same dimensions as the Solera (but without the slide). To me it handles very much like my SUV except it is so much more comfortable and it makes trips so much more enjoyable.

I've driven 9000 miles in my RV in 2 years and I had never even driven a rental truck before purchase. For the most part, it has been easy to drive.

A little disclaimer....I found the right side mirror hard to use (I really miss looking over my right shoulder to see if the path is clear, as you can in an SUV or car.) But practice and a 1000 mile highway trip helped me with that. You definitely have to be aware of your surroundings and anticipate/prepare for a potential problem (2 lanes shifting to 1 etc.) but overall it hasn't caused me any stress.

You are already aware of some differences of driving slower, braking sooner, and taking curves with care. I'd like to add that you sometimes do get pulled over a bit when a big rig goes by but that's something that only surprises you the first time it happens and might not even occur with the Solera.

Two years later, I find that I do now drive at a lower speed to save some gas but also to just enjoy the ride.

BTW, I would never be one to say it was a silly purchase for the reasons you listed. To me, any one of those reasons sounds like the right reason!
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:10 PM   #13
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Sounds as if you are a perfect candidate for the solera. It is easy to drive, will do 75 mph all day long if you really want to, it handles well, can take a light vehicle if you want, and sure is a nice overall rig. We put over 4,000 miles on ours in about 6 weeks of ownership and we are looking forward to the next trip.

I'll admit I'm jealous of your Nola home. I keep saying "someday"...,
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:49 PM   #14
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Sounds as if you are a perfect candidate for the solera. It is easy to drive, will do 75 mph all day long if you really want to, it handles well, can take a light vehicle if you want, and sure is a nice overall rig. We put over 4,000 miles on ours in about 6 weeks of ownership and we are looking forward to the next trip.

I'll admit I'm jealous of your Nola home. I keep saying "someday"...,
We do love New Orleans, even though sometimes I think i'm in a third world country with the politics there! We actually have two cars we keep in Nola for driving there, a jeep and a little Smart car. We use the smart for parking in the quarter. Parking a Solera in Nola wont be a problem because we live on a side street and there is a unused warehouse across the street. i'm thinking when we do get around to taking a real trip, we can probably tow the jeep.

Well, my husband just called the dealership and put a "hold" on it So, I guess we are going to become RV owners by the weekend!
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #15
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Congrats!!

I'm having Nola withdrawals-hoping to get back down at thanksgiving hopefully. If not, I'm booked in for St. Pat's week!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:03 PM   #16
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Congrats!!

I'm having Nola withdrawals-hoping to get back down at thanksgiving hopefully. If not, I'm booked in for St. Pat's week!
If you havent been to Nola during Thanksgiving, then I would suggest come before or after. Not that week, it is the Bayou Classic and it can get pretty rough in the quarter. Locals stay out of the area then, and several resturants close "to get ready for Christmas holidays". Just an fyi
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #17
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Congrats you will love hitting the open road. We might head that way in the spring. We haven't been there for a long time. Great place.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:18 PM   #18
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The Sprinter van sounds like an excellent platform, especially considering the diesel engine. I wonder how one would do as a tow vehicle for a big travel trailer.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #19
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I've been to Nola that week twice. We just exercise more common sense than other weeks. We are in Nola at least once a year. Record was four times one year. We used to always come the last week of August every year to celebrate our anniversary-now my schedule doesn't let that timeframe work.

Congrats on your solera. You'll love it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:58 PM   #20
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Thanks. I really do think we will enjoy it. A new chapter in our lives is about to begin
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