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Old 02-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hi all - after my wife and I attended the huge RV show in St Louis, MO last week we are really leaning towards the Sunseeker line. We are stuck on these 3 units. 2250SLE - 2500TS - 2650S. We really like the 2500TS but understand we cannot get the upgraded mattress due to the bedroom slide. Is the regular mattress suitable? Looking at the following options and need opinions please. 32" front tv*15K btu ac-heat pump*ultra lthr driver/pass seat*swivel seats*fantastic fan*wood fridg panel*fibergls front cap*rear tv & dvd*safe & sound pkg*artic pkg*bigfoot hyd level jacks (are these necessary)?? and wanted the serta upgrade mattress. What am I missing and do I have it equipped properly for the first time around?? I sure hope Brian (bclemems) pops in here also. Thanks to all for your comments. Bud
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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I have a forester, from 2011, so ill only offer an opinion on 3 things. The fantastic fan we use all the time, the swivel seats we wish we had. The bigfoot levellers are not necessary. Many will tell you that. But we added them at the bigfoot factory and feel it was far and away the best thing we added to our coach. Now, if you go to campgrounds that are very level, or you tend to stay in one place for a long time, you can live without. If you bounce around like we do, I highly recommend them.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:31 PM   #3
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We have the 2450 and it fits us nicely. Out of all the options, the swivel seats are the least of our favorites. Might be our model, but they aren't used much. We had first looked at the 2500 model, but the mattress changed our minds. Mainly because the slide had to be out to use it.


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MrJoe do you find it easy enough to get out of driver and passenger seat to get to the inside of the coach? We also thought if you had guests it may make it a little more roomy? Do you have trouble making the bed with it not being a walk around? That is what we were looking at.
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I would add that when just my wife and I we wouldnt care about swivel seats, but when my 2 adult kids join us it would make the living area a bit roomier. Getting out of the seats is not my favorite thing. But I dont think the class c swivel seats are like class a swivels, where you can often turn while sitting on them. On the c you have to get around the dog house.
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OK now that is the info I am looking for. The unit we were in did not have the swivel seats and we heard someone else reply that they would be a nice touch. Thank you very much!
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My wife has orthopedic issues and it literally is a climb to go in the back. We are considering moving into a thor ace class A for ease of getting around.
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Budro35 wrote "Is the regular mattress suitable? Looking at the following options and need opinions please. 32" front tv*15K btu ac-heat pump*ultra lthr driver/pass seat*swivel seats*fantastic fan*wood fridg panel*fibergls front cap*rear tv & dvd*safe & sound pkg*artic pkg*bigfoot hyd level jacks (are these necessary)?? and wanted the serta upgrade mattress. What am I missing and do I have it equipped properly for the first time around?? "

I can't comment on all the items as I don't have them all, but here is my take on what I do have on my Sunseeker 2860DS;

I don't have a 32 inch tv, but the bigger the better in my opinion.

Fantastic Fan; I use it a lot, either in Florida during my March/April jaunt there, or here in upstate NY during the summer, it's a must in my opinion. I do a lot of dry camping here in NY, it cools the RV nicely. On a real hot or muggy evening, I'll run the A/C using the generator just to cool everything down for a few moments, then on goes the fantastic fan and it's comfortable the reas of the night.

I also use the heat pump, both in Florida on the cool mornings/days one can encounter there in the Spring, and definitely in upstate NY almost anytime - lol.

Arctic package, although I use my Sunseeker up to early October here in NY, I've never had to use the arctic package, although I do have it. I ordered it thinking I was going to use the rv ice fishing, but I winterize the unit in October now.

Fiberglass Front cap, definitely, had a previous unit with a window, the front cap windows are notorious for leaking, no problem with the front cap.

Forgot what the "safe and sound" package was, but at the time decided it was a good thing to have... lol
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The 2500 is now available with a memory foam upgrade. everyone is skeptical at first because of the design, but I can personally vouch for that mattress.

Its got a firm foam core with a memory foam top built in. The memory foam will have a brown microfiber ticking. The regular is just a blue run of the mill cover.

I've spent many nights on it and I have a Serta Temperpedic at home. Slept great.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:53 PM   #10
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Thanks so much Brian! We are getting close now. Next concern are the Bigfoot jacks worth it on this size unit? Our plan is a mixture of road travel and camp sites combined and travel the country. It will be the Ford chassis. Any idea of gas mileage driving conservatively? You are such a huge plus on this forum!
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Not sure if you "need" the jacks, but we love ours. Makes leveling a snap.

I am handicapped and have a tough time moving from drivers seat to the back. I just get out and enter the side door. DW has no problem from her seat.

As for making the bed, of course it's a little more difficult than a walk around, but we don't change the sheets every day. It's just the fitted bottom sheet that can be a PITA.

Gas mileage is around 8, driving the speed limit.


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FWIW, I have Bigfoots on my Forester and feel it's the best decision I made. My next strongest recommendation is to put whichever coach you choose on a Chevy chassis. I miss my old Coachman Chevy chassis. It's roomier, get's better mileage and handles WAY better! Assuming, that is, you don't desperately need the additional payload.
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:27 PM   #13
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I am the proud owner of a Forester 2501 Class C on a Chevy base. We opted for the shorter motorhome as we can get in and out of shopping centers easier, we do a fair amount of state and federal campgrounds and I found that the ride on my previous longer wheel base (32') Class C was unbearable.



Just my opinion: The Chevy ride and handling is much better than the Ford with the V10 and I don't really plan to tow anything really heavy. My Ford V10 8 mpg, the new Chevy on my last trip 12.1 mpg (hand calculated) running on coastal and mountain roads.


I swore that I would not buy another Chevy after they "burned" me on a new 79 Pick Up with the 5.7 diesel motor, after driving the Chevy based Forester after getting out of the Ford based Tioga, there was no comparison.

We use the heat pump when plugged in to shore power, the propane heater when dry camping, both work well.


Big Foot Levelers are on my list of things to add, as we don't stay anywhere very long.


I do wish we could have opted for the better mattress, as we carry a memory foam pad that we use when the bed is being deployed for anything more than a quick nap.


We had the Fantastic Fan in our other Class C, we used it, we don't miss it enough to replace what we have now.



The 32" TV, is nice, but understand that the TV's they put in motorhomes are not the highest quality for viewing, not bad, just not the best. The Surround Sound and Sub Woofer is a nice feature to have.



I do wish we had the ability to rotate the passenger seat and I wish the drivers seat was electrically adjustable for tilting as the front of the Chevy seats have no support under my legs in the front. Maybe I am just spoiled to my 2013 Ram Longhorn Laramie Limited Edition with all of the goodies.
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Hi all - after my wife and I attended the huge RV show in St Louis, MO last week we are really leaning towards the Sunseeker line. We are stuck on these 3 units. 2250SLE - 2500TS - 2650S. We really like the 2500TS but understand we cannot get the upgraded mattress due to the bedroom slide. Is the regular mattress suitable? Looking at the following options and need opinions please. 32" front tv*15K btu ac-heat pump*ultra lthr driver/pass seat*swivel seats*fantastic fan*wood fridg panel*fibergls front cap*rear tv & dvd*safe & sound pkg*artic pkg*bigfoot hyd level jacks (are these necessary)?? and wanted the serta upgrade mattress. What am I missing and do I have it equipped properly for the first time around?? I sure hope Brian (bclemems) pops in here also. Thanks to all for your comments. Bud
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Not to get your hopes up, but we are in the process of getting the swivel seats tested and approved for Chevy The hold up has been a test chassis that has been on order FOREVER. With the Colorado getting truck of the year, they have started building that truck in the 4500 series plant, putting a strain on our supply.

We also just came out with a power seat option, but alas, Ford only due to the same constraints.

We're trying.
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Budro35, You might want to look at the Forester line, which is the upscale version of the Sunseeker. It comes with the upgraded mattress and has other nice interior upgrades.
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Sunseeker Mileage

Having literally hundreds of Sunseekers (2250, 2450, 2500 2650, among others) on our guest fleet at CanaDream, we get a lot of feedback on mileage. The range is usually 8 to 11 MPG, but the best answers may be "it depends how heavy your foot is" - the speed seems to make a bigger difference than which of the small to mid-sized RV's you drive. There is a big difference between driving 50 or 55 MPH and 60-65 MPH. Having driven through the Canadian Rockies, we averaged 25 litres per 100 km, which is better than 9 MPG over a few thousand miles. Driving down the Oregon coast, there was not a huge difference in the fuel consumption. We managed to get even better mileage on the flats, as long as there were no serious headwinds.
PS mattresses used to be one of our main concerns, and we had a tough time getting good ones until a few years ago. We've had over 20,000 guests per year use the stock mattresses over the past several seasons, and get overwhelmingly positive feedback on them now. Don't be shy - lay down on a mattress or two at your local dealer - you need to be comfortable, so compare a few.
I hope that helps. - JR
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Hi all - after my wife and I attended the huge RV show in St Louis, MO last week we are really leaning towards the Sunseeker line. We are stuck on these 3 units. 2250SLE - 2500TS - 2650S. We really like the 2500TS but understand we cannot get the upgraded mattress due to the bedroom slide. Is the regular mattress suitable? Looking at the following options and need opinions please. 32" front tv*15K btu ac-heat pump*ultra lthr driver/pass seat*swivel seats*fantastic fan*wood fridg panel*fibergls front cap*rear tv & dvd*safe & sound pkg*artic pkg*bigfoot hyd level jacks (are these necessary)?? and wanted the serta upgrade mattress. What am I missing and do I have it equipped properly for the first time around?? I sure hope Brian (bclemems) pops in here also. Thanks to all for your comments. Bud
We ordered our 2300 and bubbled a number squares. Here is what I think two years later...

We have the upgraded mattress and I cannot imagine sleeping on less. I must confess that I am a sleep number follower...

Yes, yes, heat pump without a doubt. We use the heat pump exclusively at temps above 35. I use an oil radiant oil heater to supplment heat when needed. I do run the furance about three times a winter, only to say it has been ran.

Front cap again without a doubt. This is the feature, or lack there of that has caused a many leak. Worth twice the price, and looks good (don't let bclem read this!)

Artic I give a 7/10. Got it and sometimes use it. Being where you are at I would get it (went SIU-C know the weather).

Love, love the bigfoot on lilfoot.... I read all the time people say why would you put bigfoot on such a small coach. Push a button and you are level, done.. Also if you decide on ext warrenty many will cover bigfoot when installed as original equipment (harley method)...

Safe and sound ... Yes.

Have the chevy, no swivel seats... Don't know if it would get used..

For a few bucks you can get the rear tv.. we have satt so I am very pro tv in the coach....

At the same time a biger tv at that distance is something I would not bother with.

Fantastic fan, don't have it, so I don't miss it. but since we don't boondoggle the central air on fan works for me..

For me a wood panel door has little value.

Safe and sound a decent value for what it includes..

What I would do differently.... Rather have a set of recliners instead of the curved dinnette (2300).

Wish they had real chrome or alum rims and ditched the hub caps!
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We have a 2013 2500TS on a Ford chassis. We put a 2.5" gel foam topper on the mattress, we sleep great on it. Kids love the 32" tv, we love the 24" tv in the bedroom when the kids take over the front tv. Passenger swivel seat comes in handy. We use the heat pump quite a lot, I won't have another RV without that option. Saves on propane usage from the heater, which uses up propane quick. We do not have the arctic package, and don't miss it, propane heater is ducted into holding tank area if needed. No leveling jacks on ours. Fantastic fan is a must also. 8 to 9 mpg average.
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Hi all - after my wife and I attended the huge RV show in St Louis, MO last week we are really leaning towards the Sunseeker line. We are stuck on these 3 units. 2250SLE - 2500TS - 2650S. We really like the 2500TS but understand we cannot get the upgraded mattress due to the bedroom slide. Is the regular mattress suitable? Looking at the following options and need opinions please. 32" front tv*15K btu ac-heat pump*ultra lthr driver/pass seat*swivel seats*fantastic fan*wood fridg panel*fibergls front cap*rear tv & dvd*safe & sound pkg*artic pkg*bigfoot hyd level jacks (are these necessary)?? and wanted the serta upgrade mattress. What am I missing and do I have it equipped properly for the first time around?? I sure hope Brian (bclemems) pops in here also. Thanks to all for your comments. Bud
PS. take all the options. In the grand scheme of things you'll always wonder if you "would have" used them. GET the memory foam upgrade. heat pump. swivel seats if on a Ford (2500). The 2650 has a barrel chair so not as necessary. jacks. Safe & sound is gone...the new package is "Preferred Package" that has all the same things but added a Dyson wall mounted rechargeable vac.
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