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Old 06-28-2010, 02:58 PM   #11
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That is an intereting observation. For my part I think we have a group that is looking to go camping without driving a very large rig. The only comparably sized products I found to replace our 97 Rialta were vehicles like the Roadtrek that were far more expensive than the Solera. It is nice to have a bit more space although we have quite a few empty cabinets that we just don't have anything we want to put in them. I loved the Rialta for its size and fuel economy. However the bathroom of your new Solera will make you forget the Rialta. It is nice to have an oven. We also love not having carpet in either the cab or the living area. Cleanup is easy.
Which model Rialta did you have? Ours had twin beds. Good with the fishing buddies but less than desireable with the bride. Did you have any transmission problems with the Rialta?
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george did yo get my reply to your questions?
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:23 AM   #12
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Solera on the road

Hi all,
We have been giving the Solera a workout. A recent trip to Northern NH, VT, the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain combined with trips to Rockland, ME for the North Atlantic Blues Festival and Boothbay Harbor have amde for a busy summer. I apologize for not returning private messages. The vehicle ran like a champ but I found an interesting problem. My right front wheel had a clicking sound that would accelerate with speed. The local Mercedes service manager told me to try removing the front wheel cover and lubricate the edges of it. I thought he was nuts. It worked. The clicking went away. There's one to file for future reference.

Does anyone have experience with replacing the Dodge grille and putting in the Mercedes grille? The are a number of kits you can buy but if I decide to do it I want to get OEM products.
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:20 PM   #13
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FL Solera,
I didn't think about this when I replied to your post about mileage you are getting. Is your friend's Winnebago on the 3500 chassis? Those tandem rear wheels in your Solera will reduce your mileage. So far, driving through the hills of northern New England and NY I am only getting about 14-15 MPG.
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Did you get your Solera yet?
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:49 AM   #14
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still waiting......for Solera

Hi George,
no Solera yet. We just got back from a camping trip scheduled long befoe we ordered the Solera. We borrowed my daughter,s 20 year old pop-up. NOT quite the same as a Rialta or a Solera. Hopefully delivery of new "house" in early Sept. Do you know if installing solar panels qualifies for the 30% tax credit ?. I think it might..... because the interest on the loan is tax deductible because the Solera qualifies as a second home.
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Interesting question

I don't know if solar panels qualify for the tax deduction but they might. Do you know of someone who can install panels on your Solera? I would consider that myself. It would certainly help boondocking.

We are heading to Acadia later this week. Maybe we can meet sometime before summer is up.
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Old 08-21-2010, 05:09 PM   #16
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george,
were you by any chance in greenville maine around august 5th or so? I was riding a bike from lily bay and I happened to see a Solera in the parking lot across fro Auntie Em's restaurant.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:10 PM   #17
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Andy,
That was another Solera. We are in downeast Maine right now and plan to return home tomorrow. Probably will go down 202 from Augusta to avoid the Sunday traffic out of state. I have removed all the "Solera" writing on the motorhome. I'm a little strange that way. If you see one with no name, that's us.
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:53 PM   #18
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Considering a Solera purchase

Would like an assistance in comparing a Solera with comperable models of rv (View or Navion) Any major difference in maintenance or quality control? Other than aerodynamics and weight, it don't understand the variances in mileage for the Mercedes diesel. Also any thoughts about the new 2011 diesels at higher horsepower using the emissions fluids.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:11 PM   #19
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Steve68922,
The first thing you want to make sure you are comparing the same chassis (3500 vs 2500) when it comes to mileage. I have the 3500 chassis and get around 16 mpg on the highway. We don't load up "heavy" and drive 60-65 MPH. New England isn't exactly flat either.
I can't answer about the 2011 diesels. I have looked at the 2011 Soleras and noticed they made some changes i.e. location of the generator and compartmental changes. Nothing earth shattering. I feel that I have been very fortunate on the quality end vs stories I have read from other motorhome owners. The deciding factor for me in the View vs Solera was money. There was a very significant difference. Good luck with whatever you do.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:16 PM   #20
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Thanks George,

I think the Solera is the 3500. (Is the distinction a dually vs single?) I have noticed quite a difference in price. Do you think there is that much difference in quality? I have wondered if it would make more sense to spend less money on an rv with a virtually identical floorplan, but with a gas engine on a chevy or ford chasis. We don't know how much we will be able to utilize this purchase, so it is difficult to calculate a break even analysis. I just don't want to have to think too hard about taking the rv for fuel cost purposes or I'm afraid we won't use it. We have more time to travel in the winter months, and it appears as though the Arctic package would fit nicely. Do you have any experience with cold weather traveling and draining the water systems? While my wife and I are attempting to be semi-retired, we also plan to do some traveling with our children ages 15 thru 22. How has your experience been traveling a parking with the Solera. We don't really want to tow anything.

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