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Old 06-02-2012, 08:21 PM   #11
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It is quite high - 11.5 feet. I had to do quite a bit of tree trimming above our 1100-foot driveway through forest after the first trip up. On some backk roads in VT, there aren't enough tall trucks traveling to keep the branches back enough to clear so we do have to watch out for some low ones near the side of the road. Major roads are not a problem because the big trucks keep the trees from growing as low as the Solera.

We need to pay attention to clearances under bridges, too.

We don't have a good check on the mileage yet.
are there screens on windows and do they open?
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #12
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On my 2011 it has screens and windows open
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:09 PM   #13
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8,500 miles on the Solera, just drove from OKC to Panama City Fl pulling a jetski (1,000#) got at least 14mpg every fill up. Drove between 60-68 mph the entire trip. Very light wind the whole way. (that's a first for us)
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:15 PM   #14
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Also, had the oil changed before we left at a freight liner shop, about 1/2 way to Dallas the oil light came on and was reading "Hi", looked it up in the manual and it says that it was over filled with oil. Drove on into Dallas at 11 pm got the service rep to check it for us and I have to drain about a quart of oil back out. Either the service department can't count to 13 or 13 quarts is a little too much.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #15
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Just got back from a full tank trip on interstates and got about 13 mpg - a bit disappointing considering the salesman told us it would get about 20 with highway driving but I actually would have been surprised if it was much closer to 20.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:15 AM   #16
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I just got back from a trip to east Colorado from LosAngeles area and got 13 overall.
I have 18000+ on a 2010 sold as as a 2011 Solera. But to be fair the wind was howling
ALL the way back (headwind) and I was getting 14 mpg on the way to.
Since then my running lights have gone out and it's not fuses ! Naaaa !
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #17
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been told there are fuses in the carpment where sewer connections are. You have remove the small plywood section to get to them. hope this helps
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:24 AM   #18
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Updates?

Any more current thoughts from those with the murphy bed? Considering this unit within the next year...doing our due diligence
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:11 AM   #19
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When you pick up your 24M, lower and raise the bed several times (I'd recommend at least ten times) and listen carefully to the sound of the operating mechanism. If it does not sound smooth - i.e. no gear crunching and no irregularity in the speed going either up or down - make sure it gets fixed before you drive it away.

There should be some change in sound as the bed platform passes the point of being lifted up and tipping forward over the two rollers to the point where it is being controlled in its descent by the same mechanism. The reverse is true when if being lifted from the horizontal position to the vertical position - again rising and falling. The mechanism provides a lifting force at the beginning of the cycles and a braking force at the end. The most stress is in the initial lifting so be very attentive to that part of the cycle in both directions.

If there is more than one unit on the lot, you should do a comparison with all units available.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:18 AM   #20
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Did any of you consider the Leisure Unity? There seem to be a lot of quality control issues at Forest River. We want to make the best choice looking ahead at resale value.
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