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Old 06-18-2016, 12:43 PM   #11
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I am in the same boat - just odered a Forester 2401W. She saw one while camping and wanted that floorplan - so we sold our Solera 24R!

We went for the cab over bed again - we just like the option to have guests, in addition its just the perfect storage space ...like Rkloud9 said..
Got the Preferred Package: Heated Remote Exterior Mirrors, Back Up Camera with Monitor, GPS Navigation, Dyson Cordless RV Vacuum with Wand, In House Entertainment Center w/ Outside Speakers, Black Tank Flush it also Includes: Skirt Paint, Cedar Lined Wardrobe, Solid Surface Kitchen Counter, Upgraded Back splash, Fantastic Vent with Rain and Temperature Sensor and Power Dome in Living Room, Metal Wrapped Awning.
I omitted the TV (do not like the location nor the size / current draw) and the living room skylight: I do not trust that flimsy plastic in a storm, its a big bridge for heat and cold to come in. Had it always filled with 1" Styrofoam in my solera.
I traded the glass shower door for a curved shower rod with curtain (saves weight and rattle and has more room, easier to clean) and added side view cameras (do I need them?) and the cargo net.
Oven? No, used it once in my Solera to make sure its working.
Heat pump? No, extra money, noisy and you need 110V anyhow to run it - in my opinion a small electric heater works better.
Stabilizer? No, did not need them in the Solera and they add weight..
Power Inverter? No, for making coffee in the boondocks I use the generator- charges batteries in the meantime.
Steel valves is a must, TPS great to have - will get...
So far I already bought: 24 inch Tv, 2 swing arms with quick change plates (had the same in my Solera, takes 15 sec to swap the TV from front to back. Extra towel holder, an adjustable shower head holder,handle for the screen door, camco vent covers, Sprinter Window Insulation Sets from Eurocamper and 2 foldable ottoman (they work great as storage box as well).
I am all set for delivery end of July, can't wait to hit the road again! We only did 6 weeks of camping this year...
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And btw - I loved my Solera, I liked everything about it including the great support from FR and their representatives !
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:52 PM   #12
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(2) Seat cushions p/n 90526 $130 each. Props up the sprinter seats when turned around - Tip I got from watching a Winnebago view video on YouTube.


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Did you get the cushion from FR or Winnebago?

I have a 24R with the oven. If I had it to do over again I would opt for the convection microwave and get drawers in place of the oven. Just me.
I told the dealer about the front cab cushions and he said he ordered them from Forest River.

Regarding the oven I believe you get the convection microwave regardless. I know most people say they never use the oven but I thought it would be nice to have and we can still use the oven as a drawer.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:59 PM   #13
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I am in the same boat - just odered a Forester 2401W. She saw one while camping and wanted that floorplan - so we sold our Solera 24R!

We went for the cab over bed again - we just like the option to have guests, in addition its just the perfect storage space ...like Rkloud9 said..
Decided against the cab over bed for a couple of reasons. 1) More wind drag, lower MPG, less overall feeling of stability on highway with high winds 2) I didn't like the hangover which blocked your view looking up. We are new to RV's and I wanted to make this as easy for both of us to drive and not feel too big.

I totally agree with your points about the cab over making it easier to resell and having room for guests.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:05 PM   #14
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I didn't like the hangover which blocked your view looking up.
It really doesn't - but its a nice sunshade! Ans I think its a great that FR gives us the option between the 2 styles...
Would be nice to hear whether the smaller cap effects handling - from reports it does not increase MPG.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:25 PM   #15
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I didn't like the hangover which blocked your view looking up.
It really doesn't - but its a nice sunshade! Ans I think its a great that FR gives us the option between the 2 styles...
Would be nice to hear whether the smaller cap effects handling - from reports it does not increase MPG.

Anything that provides more wind resistance will reduce MPG. That cab over has to provide a heck of a lot more wind resistance! Because everyone has different driving habits I think it would be impossible to know how much it impacts MPG. Maybe FR can run a wind tunnel test?
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If it's about mpg you're in the wrong sport
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:01 PM   #17
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If it's about mpg you're in the wrong sport
Not a helpful post. Isn't that the whole point of the Sprinter based RV's?
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:37 PM   #18
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Of course MPG is a major point...like the W floorplan is available on a Ford or Chevy chassy ..quite a bit cheaper but low MPG
But for me the determining factor was the smoothness of the engine and legroom. Before the Solera I had a 28' Jayco with the Ford E450 - that was a truck compared to the Sprinter and I hated the doghouse between the seats - no legroom and exposed to the engine heat. No way I would go back!
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Hans, the side view cameras are a great addition. Over the last year they have been moved from the the nose of the Sprinter chassis to the lower front corners of the "house" and you can see pretty much everything on the sides with them. Aside from lane changes, they are pretty handy when you are without a co-pilot and you are at a bad angle at an intersection. Also, the monitor that is rear view mirror-like is much better than many other "c" brands that use the in-dash radio screen.


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Old 06-27-2016, 03:01 PM   #20
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UPDATE - switched to MBS 2401S from 2401W

We decided the 2401W wasn't going to work based on how it was going to be used. We changed our order to the 2401S for the following reasons:

1. 2401W No sofa option. I tried to sell myself that I could live with the u-lounge. In talking to our former neighbors that bought a sunseeker 2400w I was convinced it was not comfortable. (they admitted they only watch movies from the bedroom tv). In the end I said no way I would be sitting in that u-lounge for any long period of time.

2. Pulling off and needing to deploy the slide to use the bed. I wanted to have the option of pulling off and taking a nap or even overnight parking at Walmart without extending the slide. Both the W and the R beds are useless without the slide.

Now I know I'm going to hear a lot of feedback about climbing into that corner bed - yes I know the corner bed is 54" vs 60". But in the end having no couch and having to deploy a slide to use the coach the way I want to use it caused me to change to the 2401S.

Would love to hear what others think, especially their thoughts about the comfort of the "u-lounge".
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