Join Date: Jan 2016
Trip report on our 2017 SunSeeker MBS 2400 W...
We are in our 12th day of our first big adventure in the Beast... Here are some details from the road (presently on a lake in northern Mississippi, the only camper in a 60 space Corps of Engineers campground, no hookups... Gorgeous night, full moon, temps in the 60's, livin' the life!)
We have been through conditions from 23 degrees and snow to torrential downpours to beautiful sunny days in the 80's. We have driven in all this, and you can add strong winds, heavy traffic, and pretty rough roads. So far we have covered about 2700 miles, with another 800 to go. This is our first motor home, unless you count the 1970 VW van that we camped in 40 years ago.
Overall, the lifestyle meets or exceeds our expectations, and the SunSeeker is proving to be pretty perfect for us...
Solid performance! Despite the bulk of the coach, both Cynthia and I find it pretty easy to drive. There is plenty of power, and it goes where you point it. It can get thrilling with some of the 30 mph crosswinds we have encountered, but it has always been under complete control. One must remember that this thing is basically a truck that is running at maximum load. On a smooth road it is a perfect joy... On rough roads with beat-up expansion joints, it is not so pleasant. We have had to make U-turns fairly often, and the turning radius is a real plus. MPG has run from 12.5 to16.3 per tank, and we have been driving in the 55-65 mph range. One of the craziest looking dash lights I have ever seen came on at 2500 miles. Needless to say, panic ensued. Turns out the DEF tank was down to 1.5 gallons... Put 2.5 gallons in and all is good.
These things are a perpetual puzzle, and often getting something to work takes tons of trial and error. Getting the Bluetooth to pair on the entertainment system was not fun, but it works now. The nav system in the head unit has a 100 page manual... We have been working with it, and have grown to truly love it... Better than anything else I have used. The main TV mates nicely to the TV, and the sound system is pretty sweet... I do not think the sub-woofer is working, and I am not sure it is needed.
Forest River Design and Build:
The layout of this "house" is wonderful for us. We love the dinette... It is comfy, great for sitting around talking, eating, cruising the net, watching the tv, listening to music. The bed is just right, about the same size as home. Still learning how to best use the kitchen... The dinette comes into play as a prep surface when things get involved. The bath and shower are "right-sized" for the scale of house, and works for us. We were worried about storage inside, but there is plenty, especially when you add the "attic" above the cab. We are still in the learning stages, and really overpacked. There is plenty of storage in the basement, nowhere near filled. You can tell these people have been building these things for awhile, as there are a lot of nice details that make it more livable... Lighting all over the place, including nice night-lights along the floor. Lots of USB charging spots.
The fit and finish of everything is solid, clean, and seems pretty durable. The cabinets are all solid wood, with some of the trim using thin laminates that match the wood. Driving down the road the rattles are minimal, mostly centering around the side door and dinette table... Sounds (all minor) coming from these areas, but not pinpointed yet. Everything works!
- side door is solid, but the latches for the screen door / main door are a learning curve... We cannot shut the door without working the latches, and they stick.
- the Curt controller wigged out in the super rains we drove through, causing the running lights to randomly go on and off night and day. When it dried out l taped HD plastic bags over it, and it is now ok... It also has not rained in awhile.
- in what I would consider about the hardest rain I have ever experienced, a small leak developed on one side of the forward MaxAir fan.
- the slide room, both the coolest feature and potentially biggest problem, would not extend as I was trying to show it to a relative 1200 miles from home. I called the dealer, and they were ready to fix it right away, except for the "1200 miles away" problem. They referred me to a dealer in the area we were visiting, and that is a story in itself, and not a good one. The videos from Lippert are pretty helpful, and the good news is that the slide controller in easy to find, in the basement cabinet under the slide. It has a code system that tells you what the problem is. In our case, motor 2 had a short in the wiring. and I found that the plug that connects the wiring to the motor was cracked, causing a loose wire. Hot glue & tape and all was good.
So, the adventure continues, and overall we are loving the vehicle and the living space. We have a lot of trips planned this year, and will keep in touch on the forum. Thanks to all for your contributions... I have learned so much here.
Bob & Cynthia
2017 SunSeeker MBS 2400W
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