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Old 03-29-2016, 11:16 PM   #1
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New owners of 2017 SunSeeker MBS 2400W!

Back in early January my wife and I ordered a new SunSeeker, and delivery was estimated to be in late March. About 10 days ago we were notified that the vehicle had arrived!

Our dealership is Barrington Motor Sales in the Chicago area, and we arrived at about 9:30 am last Friday to pick up our new SunSeeker. Having read on this forum and others about bad experiences with dealers and poorly built motor homes, I was a bit paranoid, to say the least. The owners of the company, Sean and Brian Bransky, met us in the office, and were really upbeat about the new RV. We were taken to the service area and were introduced to our new home on wheels, and honestly, it was near perfect. We spent the next 4 hours going over every detail of our new SunSeeker with Rich (great job!) and really had a pretty fun time. I would say the RV was perfect, but the radios were unable to receive stations due to a damaged antenna wire (Screw went I would say it was perfect, but the radios were unable to receive stations due to a damaged antenna wire (Screw want through it during construction). The new cable had not arrived yet. Sean called me the day before to let me know of this problem, so this issue was not a surprise. Overall, Forest River and Barrington Motors really did is nice job on this RV! The closing took another hour (never fun to write that check), and we were on our way.

A couple of pretty neat developments...
- we were expecting a 2016 model, but instead what we got was a 2017 (2016 sprinter chassis). We were told that this was the first 2017 model SunSeeker that they had sold.
- all the windows in the new RV are frameless with "tilt-out" openings. The unit we saw when we ordered ours had sliding windows.

Our first stop was the Container Store, where we found some drawer cabinets that fit perfectly into what we now call our pantry cabinet. (We will post some pix). Then we drove our new baby up to Wisconsin for the weekend. The Sprinter handled well, steady and straight, with no obnoxious rattles. I am sure that empty it was over 5 tons, and it pulls up the hills (plenty of 'em in Wisconsin) with apparent ease. Low hanging tree limbs surprised us at our destination, but no scratches. Temps dropped to about 30 degrees in the night, but the furnace did a fine job, and pretty noiselessly to boot. It was a pretty action packed day, and we had no trouble sleeping on that queen sized bed.

The rest of the weekend was spent packing the beast, working on the wireless system, and adding a bike rack. Sunday pm we took it for a spin and everything stayed put. Hooray! Stopped for super Ruben sandwiches at the Hideaway... Perfect!

Sadly we left our new ride "Up North", but we will be taking it to Texas in about 10 days. Can't wait!

Great start!!!


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Old 03-30-2016, 12:43 AM   #2
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Congratulations! Just took delivery of my new 2401W last night. Installing SumoSprings Solos on rear axle tomorrow. Should be pretty easy thanks to the great advice provided by the fine folks on this forum.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:40 AM   #3
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Glad to hear you got your new RV and all went well! We pick ours up in two weeks. Can't wait. Reading this forum has given me lots of questions to ask our dealer when they go over the workings of the unit that I never would have thought of!
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:01 AM   #4
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Regarding the suspension, I will drive mine for awhile to see what problems there might be. Last weekend we drove about 300 miles on all kinds of roads, and the vehicle was really steady, and about as smooth as I think a fairly heavily laden truck can be. We will see how she rides when we load it up with water, as our Wisconsin digs feature perfect, really pure spring water, so we are definitely taking it with. We will try to find a place to weigh the beast once fully loaded.

Before we saw the 2400w, we were pretty set on the Winnebago View/Navion, and we loved the Remis cab shades they feature. So we ordered those from Winnebago. Not cheap (about $750 with shipping) and I decided to have the dealer install them (also not cheap @ 4 hours labor). Really glad we did that, as I know it would have taken me much longer. They are super sharp looking.

We also added MaxAir fans with covers to the bedroom skylight and bath, as we really want to maximize fresh air and minimize AC use. Not tested yet, as the weather is still pretty cool in these parts.

More later!


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Old 03-30-2016, 12:14 PM   #5
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Congrats and enjoy!! I'm Jealous- wish they had made the "W" model when I purchased my 24S. Even so, two years later and 17,000 miles- I'm loving mine.
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:33 PM   #6
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Well this is weird! Our names are also Bob & Cynthia and we bought an identical model 3 months ago! It's a Forester MBS 2401W and has everything you described. Saved $12k over Oregon dealer price by buying from VA dealer and driving it back. We love it! It rides really nice and has plenty of power pulling up hills. And the full side slide ("W") adds a ton of room for a 25 foot unit.

But we have had several early issues. The propane regulator would not work at cold temperatures (30's) so we couldn't use the furnace nor generator that night. The gray and black water drain handles were reversed. The 12V TV plug was defective and got super hot. A drawer frame had broken wood (inside) so the latch gave us issues. All rear lights came on and would not go off. (Turned out to be the converter module that feeds the 7 pin tow connector). That one happened twice! All fixed under warranty. And the full side slide leaks rain when driven. (Still working on that one).

WARNING: I do my own oil changes and it took me forever to find a special oil demanded by this Mercedes V-6 turbo-diesel. This engine uses diesel exhaust fluid "Blue DEF" and has a diesel particulate filter so you can't just match the MB oil spec to the top of the bottle. You have to Google their spec which gives a list of approved oils, most of which are European and none of which are on the shelf of your local store! Some of the approved oils are made by Mobil One, Castrol, Amsoil but aren't commonly stocked, at least not yet. I had to special order "Mobil One ESP" which stands for Emissions System Protection. These oils have to be low ash, etc, etc. So don't take your MB to your local shop unless you bring them the right oil because they are not going to have it! (Although they will tell you it's all the same because they know better than the Mercedes Benz engineers who designed this low emission engine....)

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Old 03-30-2016, 03:50 PM   #7
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Just a note to let you know that there are threads with an abundance of information concern oil and oil changes for the MBS.

Good luck to all and enjoy your new MBS.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:27 PM   #8
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Hey, from one Bob and Cynthia to the other, it is not weird... It just demonstrates good taste on multiple levels.

Since we have really only spent one weekend in the SunSeeker, we cannot fully report on the presence or lack thereof of flaws. We got what I consider to be a great price from the dealer (Barrington Motors in Bartlett, Il.) Sean, the president of the company, shared with me that they are motivated to find the problems before delivery because, first, they get paid by Forest River to fix any problems they find. And second, of course, their customers are happier.

Regarding the oil, people who seem to know their stuff about these vehicles from the Sprinter Forum all believe that the MB recommended 20000 mile or annual oil change (whichever comes first) is the way to go. I am sure I will change it more often, as the bio-diesel mandates here in the Midwest will compromise the oil life. All that being said, I plan to let the MB folks do this for me... We have some pretty good MB shops around here (Chicago area). And where else can you get a $300 cup of Starbucks!

We will put the machine to the test when we head to Houston in 10 days, as the round trip will be at least 3000 miles. I will report on what happens.

Regarding the leaky slide, any details you can share would be enlightening, as that is the key feature and the thing that is my biggest concern about this RV.

Thanks to all for the nice comments!


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My wife and I also took ownership of a Forester MBS 2401W last August 2015. Similar problems as bob5560g. We have been out 3 times and 3 times have taken it in to be repaired under warranty. Gray and black handles reversed, 23 inch Jensen TV not able to turn on (bad power supply from supplier new power supply and it still does not work), toilet supply line leaking, 1 storage compartment still leaks, all 4 corners of slide out show daylight, trim to cover outside of fiberglass above cab bunk came loose and the list continues. I know there will be problems, but this is crazy. I already have a fix or repair daily vehicle (FORD) and it looks like I have another. Almost forgot while heading to Arizona this winter our engine light came on and had to get the engine overheating sensor replace in Texas.
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Sean, the president of the company, shared with me that they are motivated to find the problems before delivery because, first, they get paid by Forest River to fix any problems they find. And second, of course, their customers are happier.
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Very nice to hear, because this is how it should be done.
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