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Old 02-22-2019, 02:20 PM   #1
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Anyone own a Forester MB 2401 RV?

We have been all over the board with looking at RV's, and now we are back to where we started, for the present anyway. There is a 2018 MB 2401 Sprinter 24 foot RV that has very low mileage that we are looking at now. The former owner says the only problem they ever had with it was the superslide once, but that was because he did not park it level. Otherwise in it's short time of ownership, nothing to report.

Anyone out there have one of these? We would love to know what you think of it, and if there are chronic problems with them? I think my biggest concern would be the superslide. I love the room it creates in such a small space though, but it would be nice to go in with eyes wide open if there are problems that we might find out later on. Hopefully not, but I don't want to be naive either.

If you're out there, thank you for your help!

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Old 02-25-2019, 07:38 AM   #2
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We have a 2019 Forest River Forester MBS 2401W (Note the "W" meaning "wide" - the whole wall slides out and the bed folds in when the slide out slides in). It was actually built in 2018 so it's probably similar to yours. We have had only minor issues and are quite pleased with the unit. After purchase we went camping a few times to put it through some paces then brought it back to the dealer for repairs/updates that were all under warranty. We've just returned (to MA) from a a 6 week jaunt down south and have had an excellent experience. This was an upgrade for us. Previously we had a 2011 Coachmen Prism which we liked a lot. This one is built on the same MB Sprinter chassis as the Prism but it has a number of nice features (more space, safety mirrors, better sound system, etc.). So, no major issues.
We also got some extended warranty which has a longer umbrella coverage on most of the camper parts including the slide out.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:02 AM   #3
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I'm sure you know this, but the FR coach warranty does not transfer to a second owner. The MB chassis warranty will.



Another big item is to check the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) on the yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb. The MBS chassis does not have a lot of payload, especially with heavy slides and if the MH is optioned up.



I have a 2015 Forester MBS 2401R and although it has taken several years to fix most of the issues, lately it has been mostly reliable. Overall, I'm very disappointed in the quality and really poor dealer service network. It's nothing like automotive reliability or service and I wish I had known that going in.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:08 PM   #4
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You might want to post on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter specific forum. Probably more useful information available there.


I'm sure you know this, but the FR coach warranty does not transfer to a second owner. The MB chassis warranty will.



Another big item is to check the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) on the yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb. The MBS chassis does not have a lot of payload, especially with heavy slides and if the MH is optioned up.



I have a 2015 Forester MBS 2401R and although it has taken several years to fix most of the issues, lately it has been mostly reliable. Overall, I'm very disappointed in the quality and really poor dealer service network. It's nothing like automotive reliability or service and I wish I had known that going in.
I think that is what I gather from most forums, that the RV industry as a whole, has disappointed its customers, especially with the warranty work and the quality control or lack thereof, coming from the manufacturer, and then the dealership.
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It's a daunting task on trying to decide whether to buy and buy used, and find out what it will be like for ourselves. I found a good RV tech in the neighborhood, so what we couldn't fix ourselves, he could. I appreciate confirmation on the chassis warranty. I thought that was the case, but it's always good to hear it again, and not just from the seller. We have to travel an hour to have any Mercedes work, and maybe even for oil changes too, so that's not really appealing, but necessary if we are going to go Mercedes.

My husband is still undecided on buying the RV, but according to its owner, it has been good for them in the short time they have had it, with little problems. I thought I would have an RV tech do a thorough inspection, if we decide we are interested enough to buy.

I will check out the Mercedes Sprinter forum...thank you for the tip! And thanks for letting me know about the payload sticker. Don't you usually plan on 1000 lbs cargo including the passengers? I may be wrong on that. That may be just for trailers.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:00 PM   #5
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wide slide

We have a 2017 2400WS, 2 full seasons and 16k miles later, we wouldn't have anything else. A lot of room on a smaller chassis. We have all the room we need for us, the Rottie, and grandson in Canada for a month at a time. Most heavy totes go in the 17ft Lund we trailer 1300 miles one way. The DW is even satisfied with it now, as she wanted BIGGER. The MBS gets me 12-13 pulling the boat about +5 down the highway with a great ride. Sumos added as soon as we got'r home.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:09 PM   #6
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We absolutely love our Forester 2401W MBS motorhome (2017). This is our very first RV. We absolutely love it! We have not had any major issues, only minor ones that were an easy fix under warranty.

We park ours in the driveway and use it as an extra "bedroom" when company come to visit.

We absolutely LOVE IT!
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I have a 2016 2401W with the big slide out. After a few months of use I had to have one of the rollers supporting the slide out replaced because it had collapsed. Campers World did the repair with a modified bracket/roller. They didn't seem surprised at the situation and the repair seems to be holding up well. I find that the entire coach leans to the slide side though when it is extended so I block the slide side 1/2 bubble high before putting it out.

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We have a MBS 2400W 2016/ In short we love it
There was a recall on the slide out in 2017 / we had the item fixed although we never had an issue.
Just make sure stabilizers are down before you slide out
After 3 years we have 1 word for our unit SWEET
Good luck and let us know
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We have a MBS 2400W 2016/ In short we love it
There was a recall on the slide out in 2017 / we had the item fixed although we never had an issue.
Just make sure stabilizers are down before you slide out
After 3 years we have 1 word for our unit SWEET
Good luck and let us know
I really want to get one of these RV's. I think Sweet is a great description. My husband just needs to decide if he wants to invest right now in one. Thanks for your thumbs up!
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I have a 2016 2401W with the big slide out. After a few months of use I had to have one of the rollers supporting the slide out replaced because it had collapsed. Campers World did the repair with a modified bracket/roller. They didn't seem surprised at the situation and the repair seems to be holding up well. I find that the entire coach leans to the slide side though when it is extended so I block the slide side 1/2 bubble high before putting it out.

Geoff
I'm not sure what that means. I've seen people put those yellow blocks underneath the wheels though. If we purchase it will be our first RV, so I'm still a bit ignorant on many of the terminology and processes. But I wondered if they would lean since that whole side pops out. Does what you said handle that problem well?
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