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Old 08-31-2013, 10:54 AM   #31
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Did you make it to Amarillo? Stop at the Big Texan and try the 72oz steak!! Then you'll appreciate the comfortable ride of the Solera!

That's something, we flew to Orlando from OKC to pickup our Solera S , you fly to OKC from Cal for yours!
Maybe we just wanted road trips back home!!
That's funny!! Weren't you able to find an S in OKC? There were absolutely no M's anywhere in California. (But we're always up for a road trip!)
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #32
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Try the Murphy bed before you get too far away from your dealer. Congrats on the new Solera.
Thanks for the tip. I've heard people are having problems with the bed mechanism. It seemed to work fine at the dealer, last night, and this morning. Lucky for me my husband is an engineer and can fix (or retrofit) anything (knock on wood.)
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:02 AM   #33
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Congratulations! Be sure to visit the mod thread - it's a good way to part with more $$$. :-). Hope the trip home turns out great for y'all.
Sounds like fun!! I think I have time right now since Charlie is driving. Although when he notices what I'm up to he'll probably want me to take over the driving for awhile! lol
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:46 PM   #34
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Bed worked fine. We used it last night and it was comfortable and spacious, and, at 80" long, actually long enough for Charlie. As you know from his posts, bed length is never a problem for me personally. Our salesman was Ken. He was great. Even picked us up at the airport. We were a bit disappointed it didn't have the fantastic fan (as we thought that it did), so he's sending us a check for $400 so we can have one installed when we get to California. By the way, thanks so much for the tip on where to find an M. I'm surprised you didn't buy it. It seems perfect for us. Spacious shower too, which we tried out last night (again, plenty high enough for Charlie!)
I would have except I have to sell my present rig to do it. They can not deal in vehicles so they just get a bid from a local Ford dealer and it would be at wholesale. I have an almost new Ford F350 King Ranch with an almost new Northern Lite camper that I would have to sell before I would want to buy another rig. I have had 2 RVs at a time before. 2 5th wheels at one time a big one and a small one. I have also had a 5th wheel and a truck camper at the same time. Don't need to do all of that again.

Good luck on your new rig and I hope you 2 enjoy many miles and have lots of fun in it.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:45 AM   #35
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Oklahoma to California

Made it home to Southern California around 7:00 p.m. two days after leaving Oklahoma. We've now put almost 1500 miles on the 2013 Solera M we bought on Friday. In addition to a fan in the living area, pretty sure we'd also like bigfoot stabalizing jacks and an anti-sway bar. We're both pleased with the way the unit handles and it's get-up-and-go acceleration. Mileage is under 12, but we both drive fast so if we can fix our lead feet, perhaps that will improve. The only problem we have is that the slide seems to stick in the out position and takes a couple of tries to bring it in. Murphy bed is working fine. Next weekend we might take it to the beach. We really like it and intend to use it as much as we can (given the fact that we both work full time.)
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:13 AM   #36
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Glad you are home safe and sound. Enjoy when you can!
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:33 AM   #37
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On the slide issue, I find if I hold the button for a couple of seconds and release it then push it again repeating this until the slide comes up over the dip it seems to work better. Other wise the slide does seem to stick and could over work the motor. I've had my stop and you have to push the button again after a second or two wait to get it going again. You have to consider that the slide is pretty good size and heavy.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #38
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You might want to look into Stabi-Lite electric class C system (Sprinter Chassis) for stabilizing instead of the big foot jacks. I saw them on another thread a couple of days ago. The system impressed me. If I were to do it over again I'd be looking harder at these. Not that the big foot is a bad system but they do hang down pretty low on the rear of the vehicle.
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On the slide issue, I find if I hold the button for a couple of seconds and release it then push it again repeating this until the slide comes up over the dip it seems to work better. Other wise the slide does seem to stick and could over work the motor. I've had my stop and you have to push the button again after a second or two wait to get it going again. You have to consider that the slide is pretty good size and heavy.
On another note, I always operate both the slide and the murphy bed when the unit is plugged into AC power (or with generator running). Those motors do draw a lot of current, which seems to make the motors want to "pause and refresh!" That will draw down the voltage, and lead to failure of the motors - they need the full 12.5 volts
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X2 on what Ed is saying.
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