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Old 12-07-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Question Solera 2013 24S Feature Questions

I'm planning to purchase in the next week, and would like to confirm the following features of the 2013 Solera 24S. I've answered most of my questions from the Forest River web site, online videos, a physical inspection of a unit, and this great forum, but haven't been able to confirm the following. Although this list looks long, most are just quick yes/no answers. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated:

1. Slide - Can it be closed manually? (i.e. without power). Does it have an automatic lock when in (or is a locking bar recommended/required)?

2. Driver Convenience -- Does it have an extendable steering column (in addition to the tilt)? Are there side window defrosters?

3. Entertainment -- Is the Solera cable television wiring satellite compatible (i.e. can I connect an external satellite dish to the external cable input jack)? Is there any satellite pre-wiring in the roof? If not, can a roof-mounted satellite be added later? Are there rear speakers in the unit for the cab audio?

4. Lighting - In the Special Edition (with the glass light fixtures), are the lights LED? If not, what are they?

5. Fresh Water -- Is there a gravity-fed fresh water tank fill (useful for boondocking)? If so, is the cap lockable? Does the city water fill come with a water pressure regulator?

6. Black Water -- Is there a black water flush?

7. Cold Weather -- Are the grey and black tanks enclosed and/or insulated, in addition to being electrically heated (with the arctic pack option)? Are the dump valves enclosed, insulated, and/or heated?

8. Water filter option -- Is it for the kitchen faucet only or the whole coach?

9. Construction -- Is there any further information available to be found online about the construction of the house (floor, 3 walls, and roof)? e.g. components, thicknesses, construction techniques (e.g. welding, vacuum bonding), r-factors, etc. If not, can someone provide this info?

Thank-you very much from an aspiring Solera owner!
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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I'm planning to purchase in the next week, and would like to confirm the following features of the 2013 Solera 24S. I've answered most of my questions from the Forest River web site, online videos, a physical inspection of a unit, and this great forum, but haven't been able to confirm the following. Although this list looks long, most are just quick yes/no answers. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated:

1. Slide - Can it be closed manually? (i.e. without power). Does it have an automatic lock when in (or is a locking bar recommended/required)?

2. Driver Convenience -- Does it have an extendable steering column (in addition to the tilt)? Are there side window defrosters?

3. Entertainment -- Is the Solera cable television wiring satellite compatible (i.e. can I connect an external satellite dish to the external cable input jack)? Is there any satellite pre-wiring in the roof? If not, can a roof-mounted satellite be added later? Are there rear speakers in the unit for the cab audio?

4. Lighting - In the Special Edition (with the glass light fixtures), are the lights LED? If not, what are they?

5. Fresh Water -- Is there a gravity-fed fresh water tank fill (useful for boondocking)? If so, is the cap lockable? Does the city water fill come with a water pressure regulator?

6. Black Water -- Is there a black water flush?

7. Cold Weather -- Are the grey and black tanks enclosed and/or insulated, in addition to being electrically heated (with the arctic pack option)? Are the dump valves enclosed, insulated, and/or heated?

8. Water filter option -- Is it for the kitchen faucet only or the whole coach?

9. Construction -- Is there any further information available to be found online about the construction of the house (floor, 3 walls, and roof)? e.g. components, thicknesses, construction techniques (e.g. welding, vacuum bonding), r-factors, etc. If not, can someone provide this info?

Thank-you very much from an aspiring Solera owner!
I'll help with what I can - as I am a new Solera owner as well and don't have all the answers to your questions. But, the ones I do are:

1) Yes, it can be closed manually - but it is very hard work. We had the dealership show us how. Don't ever want to have to go that route, however! I am not aware of an automatic lock - nor was one recommended to us.

2) No, it doesn't extend. Not sure on the defrosters, but think so.

3) Don't know about the satellite. It does have surround sound and there are speakers in the back.

4) Don't know

5) I just fill mine with a hose and it does not lock. Not sure about a regulator?

6) Yes

7) I'm in the south, so I don't pay too much attention to cold weather stuff!

8) Whole coach

guess after reading my answers - I don't have a lot for you! Sorry. I guess questions to take during your walk through. We love ours .... fyi.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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Answer to number 2 steering wheel question (for my 2012 Solera) -

Yes, it does both extend and tilt.

Answer to number 3 (for my 2012 Solera) -

No, the switcher/splitter inside the coach will not pass satellite RF signals. I've tried and verified with dealer tech that wiring changes must be made that will cost a few hundred dollars.

No, there is no satellite pre-wire on the roof.

Yes, a roof satellite can be mounted. I suspect it's not a trivial exercise.

Yes, there are speakers in the ceiling of the living area, plus a subwoofer in a base cabinet, plus a switch to control which speakers the sound comes through - cab, living area or both.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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3. we do have an option for a King Dome automatic satellite on our other products, not sure why we couldn't option it on Solera. I know that some people have used the external coax for Satellite. I think some of that depends on what you use. Directv seems to be more finicky than dish. Not sure what was going on with Don Wills unit...maybe somthing has changed recently, but the most common issue was having the antenna boost on would not let anything through the splitter except for Over the air.

4. SE package was glass lighting. We recently switched it to glass LED. Any orders would be LED. Any stock units, you would have to verify.

7. electric tank pads. valves, no...not sure of a sprinter that is.

9. vacuum bonded ,aluminum welded.

I think I posted this "hot off the press" brochure on another topic...but here ya go. There is a construction section in there.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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BC, can you let (us) me know the type of LED bulb replaced the halogens in my 2012 glass dome lights. This would be nice to know when boondocking. Thanks
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It's not a replacement bulb it's a new LED glass recessed fixture.
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Thanks BC. Can you provide the remaining info not yet answered?

1. Slide - Does it have an automatic lock when in (or is a locking bar recommended/required)?

2. Driver Convenience -- Does it have an extendable steering column (in addition to the tilt)? Are there side window defrosters?

3. Entertainment -- Are there rear speakers in the unit for the cab audio (for units without surround sound)?

5. Fresh Water -- Is there a gravity-fed fresh water tank fill (useful for boondocking)? If so, is the cap lockable? Does the city water fill come with a water pressure regulator?

7. Cold Weather -- As I recall from my look at the unit, the grey and black tanks are insulated with spray foam (but not enclosed in a compartment). The dump valves are fully enclosed, but not insulated or heated. Have I got that right?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:00 PM   #8
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Yes, the Winegard Automatic Carryout antenna for receiving DirecTV is what I own and it simply does not work when I plug the 50' coax into the outside plug and turn off the amplifier thingy. Works just fine when I plug directly into the DirecTV receiver by snaking the coax through an open window.

Other answers.

1. I never use the locking bar (it looks like a collapsible/spring loaded plastic shower curtain bar). I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to manually crank the slide.

5. Yes, gravity fill for freshwater. No, cap not lockable. Not sure if the city water has a pressure reducer. I carry one to install if the water pressure seems high - maybe bclemens can answer this question.

7. There is an option called the Arctic Pak that has the heaters for grey and black tanks.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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For the 2013 Solera the Arctic package is standard. Not sure about previous years.

I read somewhere around here that the arctic pack heats the grey and black tanks. The fresh tank is protected by some airflow from the furnace ducts.
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Thanks BC. Can you provide the remaining info not yet answered?

1. Slide - Does it have an automatic lock when in (or is a locking bar recommended/required)?

2. Driver Convenience -- Does it have an extendable steering column (in addition to the tilt)? Are there side window defrosters?

3. Entertainment -- Are there rear speakers in the unit for the cab audio (for units without surround sound)?

5. Fresh Water -- Is there a gravity-fed fresh water tank fill (useful for boondocking)? If so, is the cap lockable? Does the city water fill come with a water pressure regulator?

7. Cold Weather -- As I recall from my look at the unit, the grey and black tanks are insulated with spray foam (but not enclosed in a compartment). The dump valves are fully enclosed, but not insulated or heated. Have I got that right?

Thanks in advance!
i don't think dump valves enclosed
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