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Old 02-21-2016, 10:16 PM   #1
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Just bought new Forester MBS 2401W ....

What do we need to install, modify, adjust as we leave the dealer for the first time? Anything you wish you'd gotten installed or bought for the rig before you even left the dealer for the first time?
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:19 PM   #2
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Congrats!! Before leaving the dealer -- ask for the manual for every single thing in the RV. Try to get as many as you can from them. Some you can pick up online. Be sure to get the Mercedes Benz manual set, generator, oven/microwave, Jensen stereo/nav, TV, antenna, gas/co detector (must learn what the various alarms mean), power converter.

Also get them to show you how EVERYTHING works, and to prove that everything on the RV works before you leave the lot (every switch, faucet, etc.). Open every drawer and compartment, interior and exterior. Start a punch list.
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:58 PM   #3
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Thanks, MNtraveller! Looks like you have a new one too. Keep me posted on any more advice.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:11 AM   #4
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Congrats on your new camper. Some things to consider are Oxygenics showerhead and roof vent covers. You will save a bunch by installing them yourself instead of having dealer do it. Very easy to do. Both are available at Camping World for a good price when on sale. Seeing as you just bought a new trailer you might want to see if your dealer will negotiate on their price. Who knows, their price might already be cheaper than CW.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:27 AM   #5
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Congrats.
We almost bought that unit.
Still love the layout.
Couldn't handle the price though at this time.

As said- test EVERYTHING in the unit before you take it home.
And get ALL the manuals.
Goodies to add is a personal choice.
You will see what you need as you go.

I put too much stuff on mine it seems.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:33 AM   #6
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Tire pressure - my RV dealer and one Mercedes shop have set mine improperly.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:58 PM   #7
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Things to add to new M.H.

Having to buy an expensive fridge replacement on a prior RV due to a fried control board, I can not stress enough the importance of a good surge protector. We went with the hard wire variety on our new Solera and have had two instances where it blocked connection to faulty camp ground wiring in the past year. As the new RV's come with more expensive to replace electronics it is very important to make sure you are protected from mis-wired outlets and electrical surges.
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Old 02-23-2016, 01:40 PM   #8
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Congratulations on your new Forester. This could be a long list depending on what options came with your unit, how much you plan on using it and your budget. I have a 2014 Solera. I wish your floor plan was available when I bought mine. I purchased aftermarket most items from Camping World; auto leveling jacks, anti sway assist, vent covers and vent insulating pillow inserts, water hose regulator, surge protector, memory foam mattress pad, wall magazine rack and cup holder(next to bed), frig, medicine cabinet and cupboard expansion rods( to hold items in place), roof solar panel, a second coach battery, satelitte Dish TV.....you can go on and on...I even replaced the standard front seats ( too hard & lack of lumbar) with custom ones with power lumbar , heat and massage for my bad back, and so on. I wish my unit had both the night and day blinds......
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Having to buy an expensive fridge replacement on a prior RV due to a fried control board, I can not stress enough the importance of a good surge protector. We went with the hard wire variety on our new Solera and have had two instances where it blocked connection to faulty camp ground wiring in the past year. As the new RV's come with more expensive to replace electronics it is very important to make sure you are protected from mis-wired outlets and electrical surges.
Thanks for the head up- I am going to look into that now.
Everything has a circuit board now. I came from an old school trailer with almost no electronics.
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:29 PM   #10
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Great feedback, all! Really appreciate it and keep the advice coming!
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I'm considering that model. How big is the propane tank and what is the Cargo Carrying Capacity?


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I'm considering that model. How big is the propane tank and what is the Cargo Carrying Capacity?


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All the specs are here. Those that aren't on the Specifications page can be found in the brochure available on the literature page:

http://www.forestriverinc.com/produc...elID=1543#Main

Be sure to check ALL specs to compare the models, as well as the floor plans and the feature list in the brochure - there are several differences.


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Old 03-09-2016, 11:09 AM   #13
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my propane tank has 12.2 gallon stamped on the tag.
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my propane tank has 12.2 gallon stamped on the tag.

Of which you can only use 80% or 9.8 gals. which is the stated spec. The rest of the space is reserved for expansion. At 80% you will hit the overflow reliever valve and if your tank has an overpressurization (OP) valve, as the newer ones do, it will lock up and prevent OP.


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Thanks again, everyone ... Very helpful!
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