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Old 10-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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possible Newbe ... question

I asked this on another forum and was told that "the nicest thing one could say was it was just silly" to purchase a RV for this.

So ... here goes, thought I'd try it here as y'all all actually have Solera's! My husband and I have two houses - one where we work in lower Alabama, and one where we "play" and will retire in New Orleans. We make the 3 hour (one way) trip every weekend .. thus 6 hours in the car over a couple of day period - again EVERY weekend.

We are looking at purchasing a Solera and trading in our commuting SUV. How is driving one compared to a SUV for any distance? We think it would be much more "fun" to be able to get up and walk around, make coffee, etc. and possibly take a nap (passenger, of course) ... than it is to just sit in the passager seat.

We would also use it for tailgating, possibly trips to Texas to visit our kids and hopefully, use to see the country when we retire in about 2 years. We also have 3 dogs that travel with us, I would think they would prefer the room, vs our SUV.

So ... your thoughts?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!
Only real difference would be fuel mileage and I say go for it !
I think you may find you'll use a lot more than your thinking !

Have fun !

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Old 10-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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I say that yes, it may be more comfortable for you as a passenger, and the dogs. But it's probably harder on the driver and more costly to make your weekly trip than an SUV.

I think most folks would think it's kinda wasteful. Also, if you have been going 70+mph in your SUV, then you are going to be spending a bit more time on your weekly trip in a Solera - doubt you'd drive it as fast.

A good compromise may be along the lines of some kind of custom van that you can also camp in. That may be something that gives you some of the stuff you are looking for, but also the dimensions and economy closer to the SUV.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #4
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I asked this on another forum and was told that "the nicest thing one could say was it was just silly" to purchase a RV for this.
You will always find naysayers. That's fine, but its your life and not theirs.

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  • We think it would be much more "fun" to be able to get up and walk around, make coffee, etc. and possibly take a nap (passenger, of course)
  • tailgating
  • trips to Texas to visit our kids
  • see the country when we retire in about 2 years.
  • 3 dogs that travel with us
I think those are five great reasons right there!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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You may need more room than the solera has. I think the van idea is great
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #6
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There is what they call a B-class RV. It's more than just a custom van, as they have some facilities you find in a bigger RV.

Check these out:

http://www.leisurevans.com/
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #7
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Thanks

We looked at B's and B+ (not sure, some places call a Solera a B+ others a C) ... but anyway, we really felt that they were more of a van and liked the Solera quite a bit more. I think if we went the B way, then we would want to trade it in fairly soon for something a little bit bigger. And .. especially, if we buy new - trading it in quickly, is NOT a good idea.

I do appreciate everyone's responses. As far as driving a Solera, do you feel it is that much different than a big SUV or truck? We drove one last weekend, and it seemed to be fairly comfortable. I do know that we would have to drive slower, break sooner and take curves with more care, but is it really that hard on the driver?

BTW - I would be driving it most of the time!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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if had the money, I would do something like that in a heartbeat. Travel with some room to move around....at least for the passengers. Go to the bathroom when you want, and not have to worry about dirty travel plaza rest rooms. Take a nap on a real bed instead of just a seat leaning back. Not too sure about making coffee in transit, though.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:07 PM   #9
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easy to drive

I find the Solera to be very easy to drive ... actually it is easier than the 21' Airstream Avenue I had. (The Airstream was built on the Chevy 3500 Express extended chasis.)

The reasons I find the Solera easy to drive is that 1) the steering and suspension are firm and predictable, 2) it has rear disk brakes that are responsive considering the vehicle's weight and 3) the double rear tires provide a solid footprint that resists sid-toside sway. It feels to me that the center of gravity to be lower than my Chevy van when making turns.

On my last trip between San Diego and Phoenix I drove the Solera at the speed limit (75MPH) and was not stressed about it at all.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:20 PM   #10
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It's your money spend it how you want. Traveling in a MH is great and doing 70 on a good road is not out of line. The down side might be not having a car when you get to your destination. I'm sure you could work around that. I looked at the Road Trec and it would be to small for me but they are worth looking at. The Solera is much nicer and would give you more options on your use.
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