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Old 11-06-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Anyone else with a Solaire 163X?

We just purchased ours a few weeks ago and are getting ready to take it on its first short weekend trip tomorrow.
I have searched the forums but have not seen that many others have this same camper...?
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:33 PM   #2
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Palomino does not sell very many hybrids.
And smaller hybrids don't sell very well either.
There are way more Roo/Shamrock dealers than Palomino dealers.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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Thanks!

That is interesting....now that I think about it, I do usually see lots of Roos, Shamrocks and Jaycos at the campgrounds. It seems like every other site nowadays is a small hybrid - the campgrounds are full of them!!
But, very few Solaires I guess. I have seen some folks on here that have the smaller version of ours, the 147X and I think someone has the next bigger one, the 190 but I have not seen anyone that has this middle size.

Well, I guess we will see....maybe in a few years I will be the expert on this camper and when new ppl join the forum, I will be able to answer their questions for a change!
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I'm looking really hard at a 163x right now. Any more reviews? Storage, towing, and bunk ends reviews..Ty
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:34 PM   #5
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PXT,

Well, I don't have too much to add yet as it is just now starting to look like spring around here. :-) But we did take it out once last year before we put it away for the winter and are going to take it out this upcoming weekend for a short trip.
The trip last year went fantastic, no complaints at all. Everything worked perfectly, was warm, comfy, cozy on a cold fall weekend.
We kept it outside this winter and unfortunately, never were able to get the cover we purchased put on. It snowed before we got over there to put it on and since then, it has been wet or snowy weather every other time we had a day to go over there. However, my boyfriend checks on it a few times a month and it is doing fine - dry inside, no leaks anywhere.
I cannot comment on storage really either as, like I said, we have only used it once and didn't pack it full of all our stuff right before the winter. I know I have plans on where I will put everything and I don't foresee any issues. We went to a few RV shows over the winter and looked again at small hybrids, including the smaller 147X, and we still stand behind our decision to get this one - the floor plan just makes sense for us - 2 adults and a large dog.
Towing - now I don't drive it, my boyfriend does - but we have towed it without a hitch distribution kit or sway bars, with a Chevrolet Silverado 1500, about 300-350 miles so far, with no problems. One of the main reasons we picked this size and style camper is due to the light weight and ease of towing as we like to go for short weekend trips and/or move around from campground to campground during longer trips and didn't want something that was difficult to grab and go.
One more thing - we did find a few issues with the camper when we did out initial walk through. And although we did have to follow up pretty aggressively with the dealer to get resolution, the warranty department at Forest River, came through on their end. In fact, we found a small tear in one of the mattress covers on the bottom and requested a new mattress cover. They sent us a brand new mattress instead, along with the other replacement parts we had mentioned. (We had them sent to us instead of to the dealer as we live a few hours from the dealer and will just do the repairs ourselves.)
So - that is all I have for now...I can tell you more after this weekend's trip.
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Thanks for your thoughts!
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Thanks for your thoughts!
No problem! I can add more after a few trips in it obviously.

Between you and I - I hope you get one as I think I am currently the only one on the forums that has the 163X and I need a partner in crime.
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Just a heads up - New member with a 163x We've used it for 6 trips last year, and just got back form first trip this year.

Had it covered in the winter (Toledo, so SNOW all the time). So far, only 2 mysteries to solve... we got a little water in the front bunk at the hinge... we think it came in during a monsoon AFTER we dewinterized it. Also, one of the speakers cuts out... The 12 Month Warranty just died, so... I get to investigate...

Keep an eye on the foam gasket around the bunks.. ours are loose... I'm thinking I need to glue them down.

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The 12 Month Warranty just died, so... I get to investigate...

Good luck!
Did you not buy the 2nd year factory warranty for only $150?
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Rolltidewall,

Glad to see another member with the 163X! :-)
We are still very happy with ours - have used it about 4 times this year so far - 3 state park trips and one "boondocking" weekend.
The cover for the porch light did fall off somewhere in transit on our last trip - not sure how or why but that is an easy fix. We did notice some moisture in the front bunk end hinge also when we packed up the first trip but it wasn't enough to even call it "water" actually...more like condensation. The last 3 trips we have cracked a window or the roof vents a tiny bit at night when we are sleeping and haven't had any moisture since. Could be a fix for you as well?
Let me guess, the speaker that cuts out is the one over the sofa by the front bunk? When we did our walk through, we noticed that that speaker sounded "blown" and asked them to replace it, which they did. However, it still vibrates quite a bit when the TV or radio gets loud. Nothing we cannot live with - the only time we really use the inside speakers is when we go camping in cold weather and watch a movie or something. The rest of the time - we just leave those front speakers off, turn on the outside ones and sit outside.
I haven't noticed any issues with the foam gaskets yet but thanks for the heads up. We have been traveling and storing the camper with the mattresses out of the bunk ends and placed on the floor between the sofa and dinette. We just figured, the less pressure on the bunk ends, the better...it probably doesn't matter but its just as easy to do it that way as it is to leave them in and close the bunks.

We have not used the hot water heater yet...mostly because it still confuses me! LOL! I simply do not know if there is water in the tank and I am worried about turning it on if there isn't. I have read everything I can find on the internet and watched YouTube videos and I am still confused on what direction all the valves should be facing to ensure there is water in the tank. I know...its not that hard but because I am so worried about doing it wrong, I keep second guessing myself!

We are in PA and have yet to see another 163X or even another Solaire at all, on the roads or in the campgrounds.
We do gets lots of compliments on ours as people really seem to like the outside colors so that is nice!

Have a safe and happy summer camping!
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Hello everyone in this post! We're 163X owners and have been since fall 2013, actually! We totally agree, we've only seen one other 163X "in the wild". We see a few of them at the dealer we bought our from and that's it! We really don't understand why as we love ours. We see the Roo's and other similar styles, but we get all the looks when we press the button for the awning!

Our ONLY complaint is a leak in front bunk. I've tried recaulking (per dealer) and still there! Of course, we're outside of warranty ranges. Any ideas?

btw, tip of the decade! Get some Reflectix insulation and cut it to the ends. It's awesome awesome!!! Helps keep it warm/cold plus blocks out unwanted sun at 8am (we like to sleep in)
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We also purchased our 147x in the fall of 2013 and have never seen another Solaire "in the wild."
Knowing what we know now about towing (our first TT), we wish we had gone with the 163x for the little extra room it has.
Where is your leak, which bunk and is it when open or closed?
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We also purchased our 147x in the fall of 2013 and have never seen another Solaire "in the wild."
Knowing what we know now about towing (our first TT), we wish we had gone with the 163x for the little extra room it has.
Where is your leak, which bunk and is it when open or closed?
I should have included those facts... the leak seems to be when it's open though we MAY have seen it when closed (per wife). It's the front bunk. As far as the 147x, there's not THAT much more in the 163x. In fact, I'd say the deciding factor between the two should be one or two axles. Also, the weight difference. With our tow vehicle, we should have went with the 147x... but! We're happy and that's what matters
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Looking at ours, I would suggest checking the 4 corners (upper/lower left and right) where the canvas attaches to the trailer, from both inside and outside the bunk. Looking for any little gaps where water could get in those areas would be where I would look first.
Glad to hear you are happy with your 163x as we are too!
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We bought our 163x in May and have been out just about every weekend since we got it home. We love it! No problems, great prep by the dealer and with the Equalizer hitch it tows behind the Explorer like a dream. We added a power front jack as recommended by the person that prepped it for us. Well worth the extra money as cranking it up and down on the hitch would have been painful for this old guy. Hope you all enjoy your Solaire as much as we do. We are in Bar Harbor ME this week and having a great camping experience. Acadia National Park is beautiful.
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New 163x owner

Hello everyone,

My wife and I recently bought a used 2014 163x.

I have a couple of newbie questions, as this is our first RV
(tenting 30+yr).

First concern is the 12v batteries. We picked it up last month, from a local dealer, and it's been sitting in the back yard since. When I hooked it to the truck last night, I noticed the RV battery was close to dead. I know that over time the battery will go dead, but it's only been 5 weeks. I want to know if there is a master switch that needs to be shut off, or is this normal. I know some like the clock, and radio are still on when everything else is shutdown.

Also, I don't have 30a at home, so can I just plug in my dogbone, and charge the battery with 110 ?, or do I hook up a battery charger to one of the batteries. If I can just plug in the dogbone, is there a switch to activate or just plug in, and that's it. What kind of charger do I need? Can I use a car battery charger?
I know it should charge once I hook up to 30a, but I would like to charge it before we leave in the next couple of days.

Question #2, are there any useful links for understanding/troubleshooting the Electrical system ?

Thanks for any suggestions, and again, sorry for the newbie questions.


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Google "The 12 Volt Side of Life" to learn about RV electric.

You're lucky the battery lasted that long without being plugged into shore power.
RVs have numerous parasitic power drains.
You may have damaged the battery by allowing it to drain completely.

Yes, get a 30 to 20 amp puck adapter and plug it into your 110v outlets.
The trailer's converter will keep the battery charged.

I'm pretty sure your Palo doesn't have a factory disconnect switch.
They're easy to install.
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Hello everyone,

My wife and I recently bought a used 2014 163x.

I have a couple of newbie questions, as this is our first RV
(tenting 30+yr).

First concern is the 12v batteries. We picked it up last month, from a local dealer, and it's been sitting in the back yard since. When I hooked it to the truck last night, I noticed the RV battery was close to dead. I know that over time the battery will go dead, but it's only been 5 weeks. I want to know if there is a master switch that needs to be shut off, or is this normal. I know some like the clock, and radio are still on when everything else is shutdown.

Also, I don't have 30a at home, so can I just plug in my dogbone, and charge the battery with 110 ?, or do I hook up a battery charger to one of the batteries. If I can just plug in the dogbone, is there a switch to activate or just plug in, and that's it. What kind of charger do I need? Can I use a car battery charger?
I know it should charge once I hook up to 30a, but I would like to charge it before we leave in the next couple of days.

Question #2, are there any useful links for understanding/troubleshooting the Electrical system ?

Thanks for any suggestions, and again, sorry for the newbie questions.


Rick


Ours did not have a battery disconnect. I installed one and it helped, but there must be something that still draws, as it would still go dead, just took longer.
As Bikendan said, plug it in at home. My sits in storage since I am HOA, and I installed this. Works great.
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Thanks for the replies and links. I guess I'll have to watch it a little closer in the future. The disconnect sounds like the way to go.
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Thanks for the replies and links. I guess I'll have to watch it a little closer in the future. The disconnect sounds like the way to go.
you should have the battery tested with a hydrometer.
you may have damaged it permanently.
batteries shouldn't be allowed to go below 50% charge level.
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