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Old 08-24-2014, 12:15 AM   #1
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Forester 3171 vs Sunseeker 3170 (again)

Yes, again.

I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. If you looked at both and selected one over the other, what were some of your reasons.

The 3170/3171 twins seem to be lacking in usable counter space when cooking inside, compared to, say the 3050/3051. Has that seemed to be an issue with anyone that has either of these rigs?

For BClemons - what are advantages of the Forester 'soft touch' ceiling? Better thermal or acoustic insulation? Aesthetics? Other?

What do you see as advantages/disadvantages with other differences?

Do the 2015 models have the same differences as in previous years?
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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Never seen a 3171 in person. We had three reasons why we picked the 3170/3171 floor plan. DS, DD, & DS! Being a family of five, seems to be the best floor plan for us. When I'm cooking I flip up the counter too extention beside the sink and mix & chop at the table.
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:17 PM   #3
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Have a 3170ds. Flip up the counter extension and there is enough room. I am also thinking of getting a stove top cover to have a little more flat work space. A little more counter space would be nice but then you would sacrifice somewhere else.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:57 PM   #4
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We pretty much do all of our cooking outside due to the lack of countertop space. With that many sleeping quarters you have to give something up on the 3170. A bigger kitchen will certainly be on the top of the list for our next MH. Our bunks haven't proved as handy as we thought they would have.
A double fridge though..... Yes please.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:49 PM   #5
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Just traded a Montana high country 34rl fw in on a 2014sunseeker3170ds.Lots less living room but I can drive it! Everything works so far, and I love the floor plan. However, it did not have leather cab seats,and I'm having trouble finding seat covers that fit the stock high back integrated head rest bucket seats. I've bought and returned 3!I spoke with FR rep. Who suggested I get dealer to order leather replacement covers from Ford. Any other ideas? Also, what about floor mats? Thnx!
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Old 10-13-2014, 02:00 AM   #6
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I looked at the Forester 3171 and the sunseeker 3170 both. The Forester had a little nicer finish to it, but the price was quite a bit steeper. I have a 3 year old, so I didn't think it made since to pay the extra money for the Forester. I couldn't be happier with my Sunseeker.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:28 PM   #7
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Just traded a Montana high country 34rl fw in on a 2014sunseeker3170ds.Lots less living room but I can drive it! Everything works so far, and I love the floor plan. However, it did not have leather cab seats,and I'm having trouble finding seat covers that fit the stock high back integrated head rest bucket seats. I've bought and returned 3!I spoke with FR rep. Who suggested I get dealer to order leather replacement covers from Ford. Any other ideas? Also, what about floor mats? Thnx!

What about having a local upholstery shop recover them?


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Old 10-17-2014, 01:24 PM   #8
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Local upholsterer wanted $900 for each seat! Dealer wants almost $700 for both from ford. Found GT covers on line and they want $395 for both. Anyone used them? They have a good installation video, too.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:54 AM   #9
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Local upholsterer wanted $900 for each seat! Dealer wants almost $700 for both from ford. Found GT covers on line and they want $395 for both. Anyone used them? They have a good installation video, too.

Ouch! I once had an entire car done in leather by my local upholstery shop for $800 (that was about 10 years ago though)


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Have a 3170ds. Flip up the counter extension and there is enough room. I am also thinking of getting a stove top cover to have a little more flat work space. A little more counter space would be nice but then you would sacrifice somewhere else.

I have the stove top cover, also have a small folding table from Walmart I use when I need to cook inside. I'm still working out the kinks since I've only camped in our 3170 once so far.
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Dont set any hot pans on that stove top cover. Don't ask how In know that.
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:26 AM   #12
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I must admit the cooking area is limited, did get a top plate over the stove, now I am looking to replace the cooktop with an induction cooktop that will fit in place and give more flat top space, less heat less mess, and cooking pan to carry,easier cleaning also


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