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Old 07-08-2014, 10:04 PM   #15
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Which floor layout do you prefer? You are going to have to live in the unit. You can fix a leak or rattle or whatever but changing floor plans is a big task.

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:32 PM   #16
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Thanks All

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. I appreciate your input.

We have a 2012 Winnebago that the windshield started leaking when it was 1 1/2 years old.
Thanks for the heads up. Lanny chimed in below that he is having that problem in a Soleil. If I go with the Forza I will definitely follow CaptBills advice for rustproofing and then examine the seal.
Have you looked at North Trails RV in Fort Myers Florida?
Not Yet. Would be convenient to do so though. We live in Sarasota (in the Winter). People seem to think highly of Independence (near Orlando) as well

a minimum of 27% off the Newmar MSRP should be a good starting point.
I was thinking along those lines, so I was surprised that the quote was closer to 18%. I’ve been looking at 2015 3437 and 3635. At 27% off, the 3437 equipped the way I would like with a residential frig would be about 162---much closer than 185. Only problem I have now is that the price sheets for those models do not include an option for a residential frig. I have an inquiry in at a dealer to see if it is available, because that would be a deal breaker for me.
you should start a spread sheet comparison of any RV that you are considering
Spreadsheet’s a great idea. I definitely have a little spreadsheet geek in me.

Thanks for the input. I’ve read about your solar setup. Sounds nice. I plan to add solar since we have so many great national parks out here in the West without Hookups.
I don't know where how you come up with a 45K difference?
That’s based on about 140 for the Winnie and the 189 quote I rec’d for the Newmar. I was hoping that was wrong. The calculation I did based on a 27% discount came out to 162----so about a $22,000 difference.

I am biased for Newmar, but full disclosure is I have owned 3 Winnebago's and was happy will all of them.
I sure appreciate your input. I went into this exercise knowing that, cost being no object I would choose the Newmar (for many of the reasons you have noted). Of course cost being no object I would go for the Ventana with all electric—and a big honkin Solar Array. I would still stay with the smaller size though.

what through me off of the forza was the immediate complaints of poor handling and ride
Thanks. I have seen the same posts. I have also seen posts from people who though the ride was great—given the wheelbase. My final impression was that an alignment by freighliner after loading would be a must-do.
I think the chassis + comfort drive would make a big difference
Agreed. I had it in the back of my mind that I might need a Blue Ox TruCenter setup if it felt too out of control after the alignment.
It's really sad when I see someone selling a 2012 model of something and right next to it is a 2014 at only 10k higher.
I know what you mean. There is a Forza/Solei on RVT now being sold by a gentleman that lost his wife. His price is about 15 more than I would pay new. Terrible situation.

I have been following your posts since you are one of the few Forza/Solei owners chronicling their experiences. It has been useful to learn about your experience. And thank you for your service sir.

Great Info. I had never heard of POR-15----but I have now. And thank you for your service sir.

ongoing slide issues with the Schwintek slides scared me off.
Thanks for the heads up on this. I wasn’t aware of it, and now I can follow the Saga.

Gordon Dewald
Which floor layout do you prefer?
You are right. There are a lot more floorplans that I don’t like than ones that I do. Pretty happy with the Winnie 34T and the Newmar 3437 and 3635.

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