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RE: Class C purchasing decision...

x 2 on the RVDirect dot com mention. We had a very good experience buying our Sunseeker from them. Now to the question you asked about. Here's some things to think about that I don't believe have been mentioned yet... With the cabover entertainment center, & especially for that floorplan, I don't think the TV viewing angle is good. The couch is right at the front of the unit. The TV would be just to your right & above you. Can you say stiff neck? The best spot to view the TV from would be the rear dinette seat but, since it's not a high back, it isn't the most comfortable. Without the cabover entertainment center on that floorplan, the TV is nearly across from the couch. I think your neck would appreciate that more. Not saying this will be a problem, but the cabover entertainment center would complicate any potential repairs to the area due to leaks, etc. Consider resale down the road. What is more desired in a class C? More sleeping space or less? I think many people choose a class C specifically for the sleeping space in the cabover. I suppose you could count the responses in this thread to see what is preferred. Or maybe strike up a conversation with a used RV salesperson to see what sells quicker or slower.
paullac 04/16/14 11:58am Class C Motorhomes
Retorque Lug Nuts After Tire Change?

My chassis is a Ford E450. I had the recalled Michelin tires. A local tire chain put replacement tires on. They told me I needed to get the lug nuts retorqued at 100 & 500 miles (actually made me sign their copy of the invoice that they told me this). Today I go to another location of that same tire chain to get the lug nuts retorqued. They told me it's NOT needed because the wheels are steel & it would only be needed if I had aluminum wheels. In fact, the guy laughed & said if there was a problem with the torque I would have known by now. So, does anyone know the actual answer on this? For anyone that has a Ford E450 with new tires installed, were you told to get the lug nuts retorqued? Thanks!
paullac 03/15/14 01:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Experience with RV Direct??

Thanks everyone for the replies, very helpful. Well, we started the process today so wish us luck. Just learned today that we'll be getting a 2015 model for the same quoted price, and also learned the coach we were trying to buy from our local dealer was actually a 2013 model (found this out because of the color differences). For 2014, this rig now has 7,500lb of towing and more fresh water holding capacity, which were two big benefits for us...So far so good. I'll update this thread as we move along in case anyone is thinking about doing the same thing. Little scary, but RV Direct seems to have their act together so we shall see... I'll toss in a comment on this post too… Congrats first of all! The hitch went from 5000 lbs to 7500 lbs during the '14 model run. However, the fresh water capacity stayed the same (I am 99.9% certain) in '13 vs current. We have a '13 3100. The brochure then lists fresh water capacity at 44 gallons plus another 6 gallons in the water heater for 50 gallons total. Now the brochure just says 50 gallons with water heater. The total is the same at 50 gallons.
paullac 03/14/14 04:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Experience with RV Direct??

There is only one caveat about RV Direct, and that is finding nearby places that will do warranty work. If something breaks, good luck with that. Not my experience at all on my RV Direct unit. There are two local dealers that have done warranty work on my unit knowing full well that they didn't sell it. I do realize not everyone has that same experience. But FR will help you out find a local shop (perhaps not an RV dealer - just a local repair shop) if need be. To the OP: Regarding this point… Realize you don't need to go to a Sunseeker dealer to get warranty work done. A dealer who sells any FR line can do it. One of the local shops I use sells FR trailers, fifth wheels, etc but no motorized units. However, they still have done warranty work on my motorhome.
paullac 03/14/14 04:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Experience with RV Direct??

Purchased our 2012 Sunseeker 2300 from RvDirect. At least $8000 less than dealer's best quote. Got a brand new unit made just for us. We were able to tweak a couple of specs to include options we wanted that were not on the dealer's unit or quote. The MH is what Forest River makes and supplies on all orders. No "special" unit for RvDirect. That is a bunch of bs. Check the Sunseeker forum on forestriverforums.com for more about RvDirect. There is a factory rep who monitors the forum who will also confirm for you that the unit is the same as all they make. Our entire experience with RvDirect was outstanding. One difference from dealer is the way you pay. Deal is completed and paid for when unit is ready to ship from factory. That way, they don't invest any of their money (and pass on savings to you). We overnighted payment to them and they overnighted back to us the title information. We went and got license plates and 5 days later picked it up in DesMoines (a 300 mile drive for us). The dealer prep was excellent and PDI of several hours was complete. We found nothing than needed fixing and drove it home. We will buy from them again. x 2!!!!! I could have written the same exact thing. We have a '13 3100 from RV Direct & wouldn't hesitate to go back for our next unit. The money thing is a little weird. We bought a stock unit. We overnighted payment to them upon agreeing to the deal (we had not seen the unit). They overnighted back paperwork to get title, registration, & plates. Got our plates the next morning. Drove from Cincinnati to Buffalo that afternoon. Picked it up the next day. Basically a done deal in approx 3 days. Here's a recommendation (but I tend to be paranoid about things): Start your insurance the day you send the money. It's a just in case thing. For example, if a tornado goes through the RV Direct lot the day after you send the money. You do, in fact, own it once the money is out of your hands. We had an extremely thorough PDI. I had not heard that one before - about RV Direct getting different units than the local dealer - but agree that's a line of BS & would make me not trust anything else that local dealer said. Also agree about ForestRiverForums & specifically the Forester / Sunseeker sub forums. I'm active there (as is RVBill3). It's an outstanding group of people & resource for questions. There is a factory rep on there who jumps in on certain questions or when the community doesn't know something. I see you already took the plunge so good luck. To the OP: Coincidentally, I was in LA for work this week (I see you're from Orange Co). I just recommended RV Direct to someone else out there this week too.
paullac 03/14/14 04:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin Tire Recall - How Long To Get Replacement Tires?

OP Here - All's well that ends well. I tracked down the Michelin LTX MS 2 replacement tires. I found them at Tire Discounters in Lawrenceburg, IN (suburban Cincinnati). Actually, they had to order them from their warehouse or distributor. It took calling around to quite a few places until I found them. They were installed this afternoon. We had some salt on the roads but I wanted to get them while they were still there. Maybe it's just my imagination but it seems like they ride smoother than the original tires. In any event, I figure I got exactly two years worth of tires for free (the originals had a date code of 0312 & the replacement tires have a date code of 0314). The receipt shows the total at $1374 (but the balance was zero'ed out). Good luck to all those searching for them. My advice would be to NOT wait until right before your first trip of the season. If anybody is in the Cincinnati area, reach out to me as I may have a couple suggestions on where you can find these.
paullac 03/03/14 04:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin Tire Recall - How Long To Get Replacement Tires?

Like I said in another thread, about this subject, we have decided to go with 4 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure tires with Kevlar side walls. Looks like as good, or better than the Michelin LTX M/S2. In AZ, because of the heat, tires last about about a 1/3 less, than cooler climates, so the 60,000 mi. warranty is attractive. Read about them here. Goodyear Adventure How? I am assuming you are doing this on your own dime, right? Wouldn't Michelin only pay for Michelin (or their other brands of tires such as BF Goodrich)? That's what I was thinking. As I said above, because the Michelins MS2's are not available they are only offering BFG or Uniroyal as replacements. And that's because those companies are owned by Michelin. The question I keep asking is how do those two brands compare to Michelin. I am in no way a tire expert. But, IMHO, Michelin is superior to BF Goodrich or Uniroyal. Maybe it's because they spend so much money saying so in advertising that they are better. Maybe it's because Consumer Reports generally rates them high. Either way I feel like I am stepping down if I go with BF Goodrich or Uniroyal. And I paid for a vehicle with Michelins on it in the first place. I bought new. I figure the better tires were built into the cost. I just find it reprehensible that they issue a recall, don't have replacement stock, say they don't have plans to manufacture replacement stock, so take brand X instead.
paullac 02/26/14 05:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin Tire Recall - How Long To Get Replacement Tires?

Like I said in another thread, about this subject, we have decided to go with 4 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure tires with Kevlar side walls. Looks like as good, or better than the Michelin LTX M/S2. In AZ, because of the heat, tires last about about a 1/3 less, than cooler climates, so the 60,000 mi. warranty is attractive. Read about them here. Goodyear Adventure How? I am assuming you are doing this on your own dime, right? Wouldn't Michelin only pay for Michelin (or their other brands of tires such as BF Goodrich)?
paullac 02/26/14 04:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin Tire Recall - How Long To Get Replacement Tires?

If you need these tires now looks like you will have to go with another tire, or brand. From Michelin today, in reply to an Email asking when the LTX M/S2 tires will be available. "Unfortunately, these tires are currently on a national back-order, with no plans for production within the next 4 weeks. We are only able to see what we have available in our warehouses; we do not keep track of what our dealers have in stock. We apologize for any inconvenience." OP Here - I've been a lifelong fan of Michelin but they are rapidly about to lose me as a customer. This frosts me. For 2 reasons. First, I called the 1-800 number & was told "we have plenty" (not that I've seen that calling around locally). Second, I get that there's a rush on the supply but then to say there's no production planned in the next 4 weeks means they're trying to shove people into their lower priced lines. They need to step up with some production of the M/S 2 line now. Wish I knew who to call because this seems like it has all the makings of class action lawsuit written all over it.
paullac 02/26/14 04:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin Tire Recall - How Long To Get Replacement Tires?

OP here with an update. Not good news so far. Tire guy said the the Michelin MS2 tires are on a national backorder with about 3 - 4 weeks as the estimated timeline. We leave on an 2000 mile trip 4 weeks from today so not real comfortable taking a chance & waiting. The tire guy said an alternative that Michelin would cover is the Michelin AT tires. But he said they're not as smooth. Any suggestions by anyone?
paullac 02/22/14 06:24am Class C Motorhomes
Michelin Tire Recall - How Long To Get Replacement Tires?

I am taking my unit in to the local Ford dealer to get an oil change & replacement tires (due to the Michelin recall). I am reading some things on the 'net that supplies of replacement tires aren't real high. I guess that makes sense given the number of tires that need to be replaced. So, looking for feedback from others who had this done recently, is there a long wait to get replacement tires? I am taking the unit on an 1800 mile trip in about 4 weeks so really would like it resolved by then. Figuring that should be OK but just curious what others have experienced recently.
paullac 02/19/14 06:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Leprechaun water leak problems

GollyCollie - Going through some older threads I participated in & came across this one. I think you've had your unit back for about a month now. Is everything good still? Hopefully so. Just curious.
paullac 02/19/14 05:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Our New Baby..............

Just got a funny PM from a member. "Nice rig.............but 20 months???!!! I'd have been pulling my hair out. I'd have found something within a couple of months, rather than looking back thinking about the additional year-and-a-half of enjoyment I missed by shopping! Happy travels......" If one guy writes that, then that means a hundred others are thinking the same thing! I guess I should explain that I wasn't hunched over the computer like a retriever staring down a ball. Odd PM, I've never understood PMs like that :) You do not have to explain at all, your life, your time, money and investment! I sent dh RV email nudges every 6-8 months for almost 3 years :) We just got our 2004 Four Winds in July and it's perfect for us so I'm glad it came along when we were ready. Looks like you are having a great time with your new toy :) Dori I, for one, am happy the OP gave some more info because I was curious about the 20 months thing too. Actually if the OP doesn't mind one more question: Was it this exact unit that you stalked for 20 months or just Bigfoot C's in general? I guess I am curious because I waited a looong time to get into our C too. We had 2 pop ups for nearly 20 years. I recall it being about 2 years of wanting one & 18 months of looking. However, here's my wife's version when I asked her just now - and I quote: "You looked for at least 2 years. At least. And you wanted one for at least 2 years before that." Anyhow, congrats & enjoy!
paullac 01/18/14 12:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Leprechaun water leak problems

the water found its way back to the drivers transition warping it enough to be noticed by the tech. I am trying to picture where your problem is. What is a drivers transition? I have a Sunseeker... But guessing he means the vertical piece separating the cab from the "house". It goes up & down from floor to the cab bunk bottom. If you were sitting in the couch toward the front, it would be on your left. Where the ladder is stored. Sorry for all the points but just trying to describe it (since I can't point to it!).
paullac 01/15/14 08:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Extended warranties...which are the best?

Here's my 2 cents on this topic, take it for what it's worth... Understand this one thing if nothing else: You generally don't win with extended warranties. Here's why: Any company that sells an extended warranty is not about saving you money but is strictly trying to make money themselves. So they price their product to include their expenses (what they need to pay out in claims & their other expenses) plus a profit. So assume you do pay them $5000, here's a rough example of how that money would be spent by the extended warranty company: *** claims - $3000 (they keep some amount in a reserve to cover what they think would be average for the particular coach including age, mileage, etc) *** expenses - $1000 (they spend some to pay the dealer a commission for selling a warranty, pay their staff, pay their light bill, etc) *** profit - $1000 (for the owners of the company to buy some nice stuff for themselves!) These are just hypothetical numbers but the idea is to say that you'd be further ahead putting $3000 in a cookie jar & covering your own repairs versus paying $5000 to cover the repairs plus everything else above. No doubt there are people on this forum & others who say, & probably did, come out ahead. But, the simple economics of the situation is that you won't (the company has to pay out less than they take in or they go out of business). About the only time I'd recommend somebody buy an extended warranty on a camper is if they don't have a slush fund already or can't park & leave untouched some money to cover unexpected expenses. Although, even then honestly, I would suggest they might want to rethink if this (expensive) hobby is the right choice for them. Again, JMHO.
paullac 01/04/14 11:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Leprechaun water leak problems

Great news. Hopefully the seas will be calmer for the rest of your voyage. Not trying to be smart or anything but not a good analogy (IMHO). You know, seas, the whole water thing. How about "hopefully the roads will be smoother for the rest of your journey". Seriously, glad this looks like it worked out for you GollyCollie, we're all keeping our fingers crossed for you.
paullac 12/15/13 08:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Leprechaun water leak problems

Paul, Thanks. Although I wasn't worried about our coming Sunseeker since no one has reported problems, I'm very glad they are making improvements to the cap. From reading the FR forum, I see that SS's seem to be continuously getting mid-year improvements. It's heartening. We will make sure to tour the plant. We are 3 hours from there, and have relatives in the vicinity whom we visit a couple times a year. Yes, FR (at least their C line including Sunseeker / Forester / Lexington / Solera) is real big on what the factory rep in that forum calls a running change. Apparently they get an idea and want to put it into production as quickly as possible. As an example, a few people on that forum lobbied for a bigger hole in the storage compartment for the sewer hose, they used the deck plates they had in stock, then started putting in a bigger one right after. Kind of cool they do take feedback and pivot so quickly. On the flip side, I think it bothers some who ordered unit X and then it updates just a few months later. Sometimes it's so fast the dealer network isn't fully in the loop yet or the website is a little off. You might have read about a bigger capacity hitch they recently put on as an example of that.
paullac 12/02/13 08:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Leprechaun water leak problems

Snowman9000 & CT51 - In a bizarre coincidence, I happened to be doing a tour of the FR class C factory right about the time this thread heated up last Wednesday. We own a FR Sunseeker. We were in the area for the holidays. A FR Engineer served as our tour guide. I asked him about this exact issue that GollyCollie is experiencing. I think I had the leak location wrong. Using the picture you have above, Snowman9000, I was under the impression that GollyCollie's water was coming in somewhere where you have the "G" & / or where the trim piece runs side to side underneath the cabover separating the cap / body. And then working in those areas somehow. Reading these newer posts since, I'm not sure if that's the location or not. Then again, I don't know if GollyCollie even knows for sure yet. Anyhow, here are a couple things he told me (not that I would have expected him to say they had a multitude of problems!): - I really pressed him on the differences between the Sunseeker / Forester & Coachmen lines. Specifically the cap. Because, in my uneducated opinion, the cap looks nearly identical on the two units. He told me it is different, at least behind the scenes so to speak. I will say that the Sunseeker / Forester is getting a new cap. I saw it on units they were building. The roof area is still flat but the front face is more sloped (all as I recall). - He said that in nearly all cases where water gets inside, the root location is high up & then works down. - He ran through how they seal that trim piece. I'm very un-mechanical. But it sounded pretty solid. Stuff like a seal inside, overlapping pieces, a seal outside, caulk, & then the trim piece itself which is more decorative than anything to cover the work up. Again, I am probably way off on what he actually said but you get the idea. Also, I do know for a fact that the two brands are made in different plants. The plant we toured makes Sunseeker, Forester, Lexington, & Solera. There is a separate plant that makes Coachman units. About the only crossover is the Coachman Division does some of the chassis work prior to FR getting a chassis. ----- Snowman9000 - I see you're in IL. If by any chance you are close to Northern IN (Elkhart), it might not be a bad idea to do the tour. It might help put your mind at ease about what you bought at least.
paullac 12/02/13 07:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Leprechaun water leak problems

I feel SO bad for your situation. Curious if there's any news on the legal front? I believe you had started that process. I imagine that takes a long time too. Also, assuming that it may never be 100% (I'm assuming that thought has crossed your mind already), have you given any consideration to selling it after getting it back from the repair? Just from the perspective that it may be at it's best then (i.e., no pooling water). I realize you'd lose money. But would you lose less versus potentially having to sell it in another year with pooling water & no warranty repair. I don't know, just a thought. You might be too far along for this now. But, especially if there are other leaks, is it a possibility to have Coachmen take it back for reconstructive work in their facility? I have a Forest River Sunseeker & know that's an option for serious problems (which, obviously, you have). Although, just playing devils advocate now, the factory might give you a redo back to factory spec which isn't "right". The dealer seems like they are trying to custom fabricate solutions even though it's taking a long time. I do think your posts are helping in that somebody somewhere has given the Coachmen brand a second thought (along the lines of you wanting to tell the young couple to run when they were picking up their unit). As others have said, best of luck as you continue to work through this.
paullac 11/16/13 07:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cover the unit vs running the engine / generator

kyhawk - Thanks for the comments. I'm always looking for a good recommendation. If you don't mind, who do you use for service to inspect your roof?
paullac 11/15/13 11:40am Class C Motorhomes
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