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Old 02-20-2016, 07:10 PM   #1
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New Forester MBS Owner

After a lot of procrastinating, we finally order a new Forester MBS 20401S and should be able to pick it up late March or early April. I'd like to thank everyone for all the great posts. This forum has been very helpful in making our final decision. We knew we wanted an RV built on the MBS platform but had trouble deciding which of the three models to choose from. I really liked the "W" floor plan but didn't like the reduced storage space inside and out and also didn't like the extra weight of the unit. In the end, we felt the corner bed would be a better choice for us. Time will tell.

One of the first upgrades we're plan on is installing some type of solar panels. I'm still trying to choose between roof mounted panels or portable panels. I wish Forest River offered solar as an option.

I do have one question? Do all the new Forester MBS come with a Zamp sidewall solar plug? If so, I may start with portable panels then at some point move to more permanent roof mounted panels.
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:43 PM   #2
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May want to start puting your money and time into roof mounted panels. Renogy has resonable panels. Portable panels are known to grow legs and walk away. Consider running 6 ga wire from the roof down the fridge vent. This will give you plenty of capacity for adding panels. I am now at 400 watts, 6 ga is best to minimize dc current loss. A good reference is Jack Mayers website. Read it several times to help with your design considerations. Good luck.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:40 PM   #3
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We too are new owners of MBS2400W and love the inside space. So far problems are few and very minor.
Several things just not covered in documentation including just what is the coax connector to the left of the coach door.
Anybody know the answer.
Thanks, Michael
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Several things just not covered in documentation including just what is the coax connector to the left of the coach door.
Anybody know the answer.
I believe that is not a coax connector but the Zamp connector for hooking up a solar power system. Open the door to the propane tank and you should see the wiring, with an inline 10Amp fuse, running to it...
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Thanks but the solar connector is much lower and labeled. The connector that I am thinking of is coax and is one of a row of four connectors/outlets. There are two regular 110v outlets, a 12v outlet and the mysterious coax (I have tried connecting a regular coax terminated cable and it mates)
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Thanks but the solar connector is much lower and labeled. The connector that I am thinking of is coax and is one of a row of four connectors/outlets.
Now you have me wondering... The cable TV outlet is the drivers side in the rear corner. I'll take a look at ours tomorrow...
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:25 PM   #7
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I also have a 2016 2401WS. I have not tried that connection but believe it is the TV antenna..
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum! Everything is fine here but for future reference this particular forum (MBS Sprinter) is for matters specifically unique to the MBS chassis - the engine, frame, axels, wheels, transmission and such. For more general issues you can post in the Forester forum, and for more technical matters you can post in the Electrical, Appliances, Propane, etc. tech forums. Any way you do it, you will find the greatest help here!
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Now you have me wondering... The cable TV outlet is the drivers side in the rear corner. I'll take a look at ours tomorrow...
The connector on the drivers side is the camp cable input. The one on the passenger side should be for output to an outside TV.
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That Coax is there if you want to run a portable satellite or cant get a cable connection to the other side of the coach.
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