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Old 08-26-2013, 02:07 AM   #1
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Sprinter power versus class C triton V-10

I test drove a Fleetwood Jamboree 29GT today with the Ford Triton v-10. Going up a good grade near Temecula, CA it maxed out at about 55 on the freeway. The dealer that sells Solera's isn't near any grades so I have nothing to compare my Solera test drive to. I was wondering if any of you Solera owners have compared the power of a gas class c with a V-10 to your Sprinter diesel?

Also the class c seems to sway considerably less than the Sprinter chassis with no sway bar. Will the sway bar on the Sprinter make the ride more similar?

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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We drove the 26 foot ford powered forest river model same day we drove solera
I liked the way the solera drove much better
It handled better too and seemed quieter with less squeaks and rattles
I like the size and since I was the driver we went with the solera. Get a painted one. After a year it still looks brand new
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:40 AM   #3
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By the way we averaged 60 over the grape vine without the jeep and 45 over the grade on the Oregon boarder pulling the jeep
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:46 AM   #4
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I will try to call you this evening as private message didn't seem to work
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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We received our Sunseeker 2650S about 5 weeks ago. We were very close to buying the Solera 24S because as me too as driver, itís a little smaller. Never drove a Solera, but have read enough to believe it does handle better and ride smoother than the Ford. We went with the Ford for three reasons:

1. Cost: $16,000 more (RVdirect) pricing: Based on 5,000/miles per year, the fuel savings required 15-20 years payback (depends on fuel cost and your investing skills). We didnít have enough information for the gas versus diesel O&M calculations.

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Net Cargo Capacity: Solera 24S was 1,178lbs while the Sunseeker 2650S was 3,400lbs. Iíve read many people on this forum drive over the weight limit. It may be safe, but I worry about lawyers. Check this link out:
2013 Solera 24R measured weight as delivered

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Towing: The car we tow (Mitsubishi Evo X) cannot be flat towed. So we bought an Aluma light-weight trailer Ė 1,350lbs. Tongue weight must be about 600lbs, so that leaves 578lbs for people, dogs, water, camping supplies, etc. - read above link fully for lawyer issue.

A forth reason for spouse (not me) was the folding bed in the Solera 24S. It cannot be fully utilized without slide extended and the mattress is "ok" as it must fold when traveling. When the slide is out, a foam pillow top solves all issues ( but it's not automatic, you must put it on). I have read several good posts on the two other floor plans when it comes to a good mattress solution.

In summary, first start out with your requirements based on NCC and Towing - you can't increase either without warranty and/or legal issues. Based on that, that will determine your options. Good luck.

p.s. I still wish we could have gotten the Solera 24S, but we can't leave home without bringing everything, and the Evo is not for sale!
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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You basically just stated the reasons I bought my Lexington. Not one bit sorry!!
And have queen slide but manual awning.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:22 AM   #7
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I specifically bought the solera for the joy of driving it. Turns a tight circle , fits in any camping site, able to put on any site by my self
Holds all my camping stuff and even tows my go anywhere jeep rubicon
We have s model with corner bed
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I specifically bought the solera for the joy of driving it. Turns a tight circle , fits in any camping site, able to put on any site by my self
Holds all my camping stuff and even tows my go anywhere jeep rubicon
We have s model with corner bed
I was in Bend, OR test driving a 24S with a dealer of mine. He pulled a youie (never thought about how to spell the slang term for U-turn). Left lane, spun it right around. I told him I wish I had video'd it. He said "Why?". How many people can make a U-turn in an RV?...not a 3 point turn. From left lane and then a little onto the shoulder. Even I was impressed.
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I specifically bought the solera for the joy of driving it. Turns a tight circle , fits in any camping site, able to put on any site by my self
Holds all my camping stuff and even tows my go anywhere jeep rubicon
We have s model with corner bed
We drive ours to the grocery market and park in a regular parking area. Can pull all around the parking lot without worrying about turning radiuses. And, of course, everyone has a comment about it while we're there!
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We live in a Cul-de-sac and can come in towing a 20' boat and circle around with no backing up, love the nimbleness of the Solera! Pulls the boat or jeep great.

We seem to carry everything we can think of when we go camping and we still have room in the storage compartments and even empty drawers inside! Either I'm very organized or the Solera has a lot of storage!!
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