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Old 06-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #11
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We got it for about 23 under sticker
We live in pq and can ride our bike to beach but would rather camp there
I also have an 85 degree pool at home but just would rather go some where in comfort on my weekends off
I work in el cajon and we camp a lot off hyw 79
But now that we own something easy to park and drive I plAn to go further like Yosemite
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:36 PM   #12
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We usually get between 12 and 17mpg depending on how we drive.

Our 2011 Solera 24S did have one issue that was fixed with the dealer sending someone to our house to get it done right away. They even did give us a price that was hard to beat - even by online dealers.

Now we have 21k miles on the unit and all I can say we still love it - especially with the upgrades we've done to it like Solar and Inverter. With a new mattress we can even sleep in utmost comfort.

I still think that many times the dealers and not Forest River is to blame for the long time it takes to fix issues. It is the same in the car business - lots of bad dealers and service persons out there. I have more issues with Mercedes service people than with the home part of the Solera.

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Old 06-01-2013, 09:07 PM   #13
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I really want to put a large solar panel on my roof
Just don't want to drill holes in my roof
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:14 PM   #14
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We have had our 2013 Solera 24R since February and have put on about 9000 miles. We are just returning from Charleston, SC to San Diego. Mileage is about 12 to 17 as previously stated depending on how fast your drive. I have had two issues. One with the city water and the other with a water leak. Rather than go to the dealer I elected to fix myself. On the return home we will take in for the Mercedes service. I will have to see what that will be like. We love our Solera. And yes the nature of forums is you will see more negatives than positives.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #15
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I considered that. prepare for the worst and hope for the best, they say. Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:01 AM   #16
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Sounds like Payton wants room service with his RV.
It is a lifestyle just as four wheeling, antique cars or any other interest.
It is the peace of mind of being where you want when you want The choice to have that mountain view from a different direction.
It is your choice to stay home and enjoy your pool. Mine is to enjoy the world.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #17
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In defense of the Solara (and the RV lifestyle in general). Anyone new to RVing should NEVER decide they MIGHT enjoy RVing and go out and buy one, never having camped in one before. Advice from other forum strings - go with a friend who has one; maybe go rent one, go camping for a week or so and then decide whether it's for you!

Comparing an RV with a home is not apples and apples. If you bought a home today for the (discounted) price of the Solara you would undoubtedly be buying a 4-room piece of junk (even in economically depressed NC); and if you subjected ANY home to bouncing up and down the road, you'd have issues, no matter the quality of the construction. Remember that most of these RV's are delivered from the factory to the dealer over the road, and that helps reveal any problems that the factory didn't detect. It gives you a chance to repair them before delivery. My experience has been that issues repaired by the dealer by and large do not reoccur.

I've been RVing for 40 years. During that time I've experienced every imaginable trouble. I've learned to fix almost every problem myself, and I install all of my own upgrades and accessories. If I wasn't prepared to do this I would either rent, or get out of RVing altogether.

The OP was initially concerned about fuel mileage. Of course it will vary, depending on driving style terrain, etc. The fuel mileage any salesman would brag about would be close to accurate for an empty RV on level roads with no wind driving 60mph!!!

And that salesman who didn't know much about what he was selling? Last time I bought property, the realtor - nice as she was - knew nothing about the age of the appliances, how much it cost to heat/cool the house. The warranties on the roofing, etc., etc., etc. She knew whatever the homeowner had put on the fact sheet, and that was it. Pretty much like RV salesmen - knows what the brochure says!. I think that's why many homebuyers (and some lenders) now require a repair policy by the seller

The PDI will reveal a lot. Insist on seeing everything work, and don't take it off the lot until it does. Guarantee you if you find a problem, you won't have to wait even a day before it's fixed! They want to close the sale, and it's not yours until you drive it off their lot. If you're a newbie, you might find an experienced RV owner to go to the PDI with you.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:40 PM   #18
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Taylorgso,

excellent advice. we are in touch with a good friend who is an RV'r. he has given sage advice on some of the things you and others have offered. we considered renting. but our first trip is to NY from Cal. And that would cost $10k. The timing is such that we don't have time to rent before that. So, we considered buying. I have done plenty of camping (tent and motorcycle all over the country), so I don't doubt we would enjoy it.

and to Mr. Displaced2, our tradeoff is not to sit in our yard admiring the mountains, but to use the $100k we saved to fly all over the world using our timeshare trade weeks to stay in marvelous resorts for $200 per week and then to return home to our own paradise to regroup for more travel. So, it's not like the world ends at our fence. I understand it's a lifestyle change. I am retiring, so I am up for lots of lifestyle changes...Just want to make the right, smart ones.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:10 PM   #19
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Psutton, your retiring, chill. If your handy, you'll understand what all these good people, who "made constuctive contributions" in response to your inquiries, to help you out mean. DH said it best, it's a mini house on wheels. RVers are a helpful bunch, embrass it.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:54 PM   #20
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Basically I'm not a rv-r. I'm a camper, like to cook outside on my stove and BBQ and enjoy a fire. The solera just makes the experience nicer. It carries all my junk and enough food and clothes for an army. And I can park anywhere. And it's reasonable to drive places. I will never full time.
Mine is painted so it looks kinda cool too.
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