In 1996 we bought our first Class C RV and for years never saw another that suited us as well. Also, it being a 1990 unit, both it and its driver were getting long in the tooth. Until in Oct, on a whim, we stopped at the RV show in Toronto and fell in love. We saw and bought after no thought almost our 2015 Sunseeker 2300. This is no entry level unit so it is well outfitted. Is it perfect? Not completely, so Iíll start with the raves and then the wishing.
The cockpit is pretty good. The instruments are good and well lit. The mirrors are first rate; remote controlled, heated and gives great viewing. With cameras that connect to the Backup screen automatic switched on when the turn signals are used. Cool and useful. The radio / GPS is an entertainment centre with audio input from the included 30 inch TV. Connecting to a Dolby 5 speaker system gives good sound for movies. The only significant issue is the height of the seats. Unless you are six foot four they are too low. A thick cushion in the short term fixes that. Long term?? I wish the passenger seat could rotate.
Construction, materials and workmanship inside and out, are first class, and I am picky. I wanted a fibreglass roof with a Fantastic fan vent, got it!
Large excellent windows with quality blinds, whatís not to love?
First the raves.
LED lighting, lots of it and well-placed, top marks! Including a long strip under the awning that surprises. Very important if you boondock.
Access to coach batteries and connections are excellent. Switches for patio and awning lights are well placed but need to be lit for when you come in from the dark. It would also be nice to have a very small light on the bottom step to help us old folks at night. Small thing but so much thought has gone into this unit.
Lots of storage but not necessarily where it is needed. It is a challenge to organize dishes, pots and pans, canned goods and utensils. These items are heavy and need to be near at hand if you cook a lot. We do. The jury is still out but I think there will be some modifications coming. Electrical outlets in bed and bath rooms are well placed but in the kitchen, oh my. In the underside of the single cupboard, at the front where they will encourage you to have an accident. They should be at the back towards the outside wall at least! Since our new toaster came with the new length cord we have to balance it on something or use an extension cord. An outlet under the extension shelf, another good idea, would work.
The three-burner cooktop is great, lots of heat but hard to simmer. Not impossible to fix, I think. A cutting board on top gives space when doing dishes. It has a sparker to light the burners, too bad it doesnít do the oven as well. Iím happy overall.
I would accept a shallower sink to gain a shallow drawer under it. The quality of fixtures is first rate too.
The bathroom/shower/sink gets top marks as well. Great storage above and below the sink.
The U shaped dinette is poorly thought out. To give a six-inch thick sleeping cushion means that the seat is too shallow and you feel that you are sitting on the edge of the seat and since the back is very upright it is very difficult to get comfortable. If four inch foam had been used it would still be comfortable. I regret falling for style instead of comfort. It does look good.
The fridge is 6 cuft and has a reasonable layout. The hot water tank is both gas and electric. The generator works as it should.
Drawers are well constructed with excellent slides. They could have stronger bottoms in the kitchen for my cast iron frying pan etc.
Another smaller drawer under the dinette would also be appreciated.
The basement storage is fantastic. Lots of it and all of it usable. Access for winterizing and dumping is excellent.
So, to recap. The unit is not perfect, none are, it will be improved over time Iím sure. For itís size it is well appointed and I think represents good value. I know I missed other good points but I know someone else will find them, or I will, we have only been together three weeks.
One year later, Dec 2015, still pretty happy. Put a drawer under rear half of the banquette, solar panels, winterizing bypass valve, use overcab for big basket storage, sliding shelf in rear basement compartment. Raised front seats by two inches. Built a pantry by entry door. Still a few more mods to go.
I would recommend to forget the fancy banquette seats. They take space you can use otherwise. Swivel seat for passenger. Avoid upscale, thick mattress, comfy but hard to make. Make sure you get the heated, remote mirrors, they're great! Ford gets between 8-10 mpg depending on wind direction mostly, at 60 mph. Power to spare. Huge capacity for liquids, important for boondocking and travel. Even for two skinny people we think a slide would give just a bit more floor space and room to move around.
Yep, kinda lengthy, but you asked. If my unit was a car, it would be a Buick. Definitely not an entry level unit. In one year we have gone over 13000 kms. 8125 miles.
Make sure your partner likes it