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Old 02-03-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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Isata 3 Questions

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I am considering purchasing an Isata 3 but had some questions that hopefully others can shed some light on. What changes are they making to the 2017 model year? Is it worth it to get the 2017 verses an in stock 2016?

How do the Isata's compare in quality to the Navion/View motorhomes? I love the full wall slide on the Isata. Tons of room! I was cross shopping with the Navion G. It's nice but not nearly as much room inside, although it does have more storage space.

What is the carrying capacity of the Isata? I can't seem to locate it on Dynamax's website.

Are the Isata 3's made in the same plant at the Forest River Foresters?

Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:52 PM   #2
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1. No changes for 2017. We just rolled these out, late 2016.

2. Depends on who you ask. We're both aluminum framed construction throughout. Fiberglass Roof. Our exterior is Gel Coat fiberglass over Azdel Superlight, the View used to be wood backer (I know they were looking at changing). We have the MaxxAir vent fan WITH the rain cover built in at all locations. This means living room, bedroom and even the bathroom. Soft closing, self latching drawer guides, glass vessel sink (no plastic), 1000W inverter, Helwig Sway Bar standard.

3. The Isata 3's are built at Dynamax, not in the plant where Foresters are built. We also paint our units in house...so they never leave the facility to be painted. We paint the slides before they are installed so no tape on the interior to cover the area an outside paint shop could not get to.

As for carrying capacity...depends. Each model is weighed and its exact figures are posted on a yellow sticker on the door. That way you know what that exact unit weighs, with all selected options.

Generally there is about 1,000 lbs available. Depending on options....everything you select will add weight.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:54 PM   #3
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This might help some.
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:36 AM   #4
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Great thank you. That helps a lot! What are the key differences between the Isata verses the Forester? Is it just more standard features? Is the construction and build materials the same?

On the Dynamax/Forester do I need to plug in the power cord in order for the generator to provide power? I heard that you had to do that with the Navions.
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:34 AM   #5
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1. Sort of...construction is pretty similar. We do have the soft closing drawers, Deluxe fans in all locations, glass vessel bowl sink which is larger, Group 31 AGM batteries (versus 27 flooded), solar option, we paint in-house, which means more layers of clear, all the jambs and doors are painted along with the bumper, All LED interior and exterior, 2 year warranty, Dual pitch armless awning with wind sensor (motion retraction really),frames windows (even in the door), lighted entry handle, quick change valances, 7 cu ft refer (versus 6), iCool mattress, 15k BTU A/C with heat pump is standard, 1000W inverter, tankless on demand water heater.

2. No. What you're talking about is an "auto transfer" switch. Both the Forester and the Isata have this...just run the generator and it takes care of everything, no need to plug in.
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:50 AM   #6
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Another one most people don't pay attention to is that we use ductwork. A lot of mfg's use molded A/C ducts...which means they mold it into the styrofoam. If you have to cut over then the foam gets cut and no matter how many times you blow it out I have seen styrofoam pellets coming out for years. We use a foil faced ductwork which means no styrofoam. Little things most people don't even notice until they're on a forum complaining about it
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When we had our Thor, before the Force we had that issue with the styrofoam pellets blowing out constantly. After even a year of using the a/c and heat it was still blowing the white pellets out.
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My Isata 3 question is the width of the booth dinette (part against the wall). Neither my husband or I like the dinette (have one in our Class A) would love to see another option (ie recliners or sofa). That is one thing holding us back from the Isata 3 FW. I say we remove it and find a small sofa/recliners. I am not sure what we would do about the floor directly under the dinette but I am sure it cant be that hard to fix. I cannot find this info (dinette width) online. bclemens, I am hoping you have this information. Thanks!
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I think the total width against the wall is 75".

We just proto-typed a dual recliner option that looks like it would work also.
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Good to know. Is the prototype being built so it can be switched out for the dinette in the 2016/17 models? If so, will it have a kit to address any flooring issues caused by the switch?

DH is in love with the Leisure Travel Van/Murphy Bed model. He thinks that the 2016 leisure lounges will be very comfortable and of course loves the big tv. We both like the fact that you can move the Isata bedroom tv outside but find it funny that the bedroom tv is bigger than the front one.

I like the recliners (which is really a small sofa with separate recliners) in the Thor Citation. Although I prefer would the cup holders on the wall side of the recliners so one could lay flat on the sofa. He is 6'1" and I am 5' so it is hard to find something that fits both of us.

Also, is it possible to move the dining room table to the front of the cab to create a "work space"? Again the LTV has this as well as a few other sprinter models I have seen. My guess is it something we could do by adding a 2nd floor anchor.
Thanks for your help!
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