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Old 07-13-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hi to all you good folks of the Forest River community! Being new to the forum and rv'ing, I have great appreciation for your wisdom and experience.
My wife and I are looking at a Georgetown 280ds or a Solera 24r. Any advice? It's just the two of us, traveling for 3-4 day periods at a time.

Thanks- Eric and Barb

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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Hi Eric

Welcome to the community and more so to RV'ing. I think you'll find once you get into it you will regret not having done it long ago!
My advice would be to do plenty of research on what you think you want, which I'm sure you have done. Look at the unit on as many dealer websites as you can find it on because different pictures show things you may not have noticed otherwise. You almost always see something different about it. If you are not in a rush to buy then go to the RV shows. You will have your heart set on one thing before you go and fall in love with another unit while there. I know in Jersey the big show is January though. The Hershey show in PA is in September and is HUGE. Worth a visit.
If you have not RV'ed before I would also recommend even renting a unit for a weekend first. The reason I say that is I have found with what we currently have, and in the past, you very quickly know what you like and don't like about the camper. Something that looks great on the floorplan may not necessarily be good practically. Just a thought. It really doesn't take long to figure out what's what. Might be nice to get a feel for one for a couple of days to see how you like it. Camping World there in Lakeview do rentals. Don't know exactly where you are.
Shop around too. It may pay to travel a couple of hundred miles or more for what you want. Did for us and would go back there in a second rather than the closest dealer to us carrying the same unit. If you are buying new you will find some dealers will have the same unit but one will have more options included but the price will not be a whole lot more than the other if any. Things that you may not think off being new to this like slide toppers that if you want to add them down the road can be expensive and an inconvenience if you have to take the unit back for the work. It's not a 5 minute job!
Could ramble all day about stuff but hope it is some help. Likely nothing you haven't thought of already but always happy to help out fellow campers. Let us know and good luck with it.

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:25 AM   #3
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HI Eric & Barb and welcome to the Forum my sons name is Erick and my wife is Barb we live in NJ and we own a 2012 280DS wich we love .
We travel a lot we clocked so far 17639 miles with no problems- coach drives nice after wheel alignment {FR. River paid--thanks FR.RIV.}
Eric did you test drive the 280DS????
Good luck in your search
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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Thanks 365saq and RED Baron! I will be test driving both units in the next week, and I really appreciate your comments.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
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