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Old 06-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #21
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very good. thanks!
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:49 PM   #22
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I appreciate that. I'll have to lop off that lead foot I tend to use when I drive.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #23
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good to see so many helpful and loving (their RVs) comments. thanks!
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #24
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Solera Gas MPG

We have the 24S Mercedes Diesel. With a new Solera on a 3,000 mile trip we got from 14 to 17. 14 MPG was when we were fighting winds. A more likely average is 15.5 I would guess.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:30 PM   #25
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That's where we looked, but they didn't seem interested in dealing; nice enough sales guy, but he seemed indifferent to two broken latches I found while looking at a new one. good grief, really? (I found one for $30k below sticker somewhere else.; so that's hard to ignore.) They also didn't seem to know a lot about the line. maybe one day we'll see you at Carlsbad. We're planning on doing some short AND long haul driving with it (NY). but we plan to use it for business, so it's tax deductible. That helps with gas and price.

Our issue is we have a beautiful place in east county with a view of the mountains--pool and huge yard. so, we wonder if we'll get homesick when on the road. I'd want to park it next to the pool and look at the view. but the beach will be nice, too.

My local dealer was also unwilling to deal. If you are willing to travel, I have found two places that will save you 10's of thousands on Solera's and they are quality dealerships.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #26
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yes. thanks. we have found one that has offered $30k off of sticker. I have some reservations about flying to his location to pick up an RV "blind." But more importantly, we have run into LOTS of friends who just say RV's are a money whole; they are expensive, they break down, and they are not worth the hassle. When we were considering this move, I was thinking only about the freedom of travel and relative comfort of traveling in an RV, NOT the incessant hassles and fixes that this lifestyle seems to mandate. So, we are now really teetering. More likely NOT to buy than to buy. The original cost outlay is NOT the issue for us, just what happens thereafter.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:45 PM   #27
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To RV or not

I would encourage anyone who is on the fence to try this lifestyle. We bought our View in 2008 and have loved traveling in it. We will probably purchase a Solera next Spring just because we like the features and roominess it has over the View. As far as issues with the coach - we have had very few. Had to replace an inverter (because we left the dog hair pile up on top of it and it shorted - not the fault of the unit) but otherwise everything except a few lights in the coach have worked perfectly. We did replace the coach batteries with two new deep cell ones and have not had any trouble with the electrical system since. Other than a few issues with the MB turbo engine (nothing that kept us off the road) everything has been great.

I think that on a forum such as this you hear lots of things that are out of the ordinary. Also, if you choose to purchase from a good dealership (near or far) they will prepare the coach before you take possession.

We are very satisfied RVers. I also use the coach for my business because it is far nicer to have everything I need overnite than to drag suitcases in and out of motels.....and besides - it is a great tax write-off.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:12 AM   #28
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what it gets on the road

just over 20000 miles on 2011 S model, get 13.3 avg and drive 60-65.. agree all depends on wind but Solera by design is higher than some, thus more wind drag.
Only engine problem has been exhaust system sensor.. 16000 miles +-changed out at Mercedes/Sprinter on warranty. Been a good camper for price!
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #29
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A shame to read a few posts about a few problems, and paint the whole line with a broad brush. None of us have ALL of these problems; many of us have only one or two with a new coach, and most have none. But to get involved with this pastime with a totally negative approach is going to result in much disappointment, because a few problems will inevitably occur, sooner or later. Wise decision, PSutton... I doubt the RV lifestyle is for you.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:18 PM   #30
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That's very helpful. We are tipping back and forth. The business feature is a real attraction for me. And it's good to hear you didn't have much trouble with it. I keep leaning to the MB sprinter converted; but even when I try to design it myself, I just can't make it work. And the standard plans are not great. But it seems the B model would be more stable than the bigger A or C. But who knows? And I have not found a sprinter dealer who will discount it to a reasonable price, as I have found with the Solara. Thanks again.
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