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Old 10-21-2012, 11:21 AM   #21
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My advice about testing the MB mechanism would apply to any unit with the mechanism manufactured by Lippert Components, Inc and purchased by Forest River. The Liesure MB looks like the same mechanism.
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #22
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Any more current thoughts from those with the murphy bed? Considering this unit within the next year...doing our due diligence
Not concerning the murphy bed but you might check out the new 24R just intro'd last month in Hershey. Haven't seen it but looks to answer some of the issues with bed preferences.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #23
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I wonder how comfortable the split mattress is on the 24R. The fact that it's a real mattress on the 24M would seem to be superior, IMO.

And FWIW, absolutely do as bcunning suggests to raise and lower the murphy bed 10 times before you take delivery. I didn't do that and it of course broke stuck in the half up position on the second trip out. The entire Lippert mechanism had to be replaced - took about a month.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:43 AM   #24
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anyone own a Solera with new floorplan 24m-murphy bed. would like comments.
We have a 2012 Solera,just for the 2 of us ( plus our dog) and find it perfect for us.
The murphy bed is very comfortable..........and the two chairs are also very comfortable....so far it's worked fine. Highly recommend it!
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:33 PM   #25
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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.
my opinion is this if resale value is a big issue-don't buy an rv-

the leisure unity may be superior. it also costs a lot more.

price the solera 24ms at rvdirect. then go from there comparing value.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:24 PM   #26
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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.
I'm not sure what scientific method was used to determine that there are a lot of quality control issues, but I don't see a lot.

This forum is a place for people to solve problems...so if you base it off this forum then yes, the percentage is probably high, but its really pretty low when you compare to to al units sold.

We just sold a 24M to a couple that had a Unity. They loved the Unity floor plan, but their bed malfunctioned multiple times. So they bought a 24M with the cab over bed so if they ever had an issue they had the cab over bed in a pinch. With the Unity they had no options.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:41 PM   #27
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We just bought a 2012 Solera MB, We traded a winnabago Rialta, so much more room in the Solera, but I am disapointed with the manual as it is not very specific to the motorhome as compared to my Rialta. The manual that came with my Rialta told you and had pictures of where drain valves and electricle circuits were. The book with the Solera is not specific it encompasses all the units and is not specific to any unit. Not good for the do it yourself crowd. We do like the motorhome and cant wait to take our first trip.
Has anyone had any complaints about the GPS not being BRIGHT enough, or is it just my unit that is defective?
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:29 PM   #28
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Magnadyne GPS is pretty dim, compared to, say, a Garmin Nuvi. Try switching it to "night" mode during daytime - I find the higher contrast "night" color scheme makes it considerably more legible in daylight. I've set mine to night mode for both day and night.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:49 AM   #29
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My advice above on using the GPS's night mode is correct - but assumes you have already pout the Magnadyne into "Day" mode. On my 2012 Solera "S", the Solera turns the headlighjts "on" when I start the engine - compliance with daytime running light laws, I believe. This "tells" the Magnadyne (as it was wired by the factory) it is nighttime all the time. Necessary to switch the Magnadyne back to "daylight" mode manually - there is a lightbulb-like icon on the radio screen to do this. To avoid this, I actually pulled the radio and disconnected the wire that "tells" then Magnadyne that the lights are on - the "blue wire". If I want the "dim / night" mode, I manually switch to it - using the lightbulb-like icon.
More info is available in the Magnadyne threads.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #30
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Any more current thoughts from those with the murphy bed? Considering this unit within the next year...doing our due diligence
So far we've spent 14 days/nights in our 2012 Solera and love the Murphy Bed. The mechanism works great, the mattress is very comfortable, and we like the theatre chairs, as well. Our only "issue" if you can even call it an issue, is that we decided we needed a couple ottomans to use along with the chairs. We are used to sitting in recliners at home. So we bought a couple of collapsible leather ones and love the addition to our MH.
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