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Old 05-24-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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Forest River 2400R Mercedes chassis

We have looked at and are intrigued with the idea of considering this motor home.

What pleases us the most with this specific model is the great amount of exterior storage space (about 75 cu ft). This is the only model we can find that has this amount of exterior storage space.

What concerns me is the lack of kitchen counter. I don't know where we could put a toaster or a coffee pot (and we drink a lot of coffee!).

We're not overly pleased with the position and/or the size of the bathroom vanity, but we don't think that in itself would be a deal breaker.

The rear bed that extends out the back of the motorhome. I think it's a two piece mattress. I missed finding out just how that bed works. I need to know how comfortable it would be.

Please. If you own or have owned this model, we would appreciate your responses and also your opinions about this model.

Thanks.

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I will say the Mercedes chassis forest river is a step up. I must say that working on rvs for a living I am not one to bash. Every maker has their ups and downs. But in my experience I just can not stand behind anything labled forest river. Don't get me wrong. They look great. Lots of bells and whistles. But the details just aren't there. I have more forest river warranty work than I do for any other maker. An example. As of recently we replaced 3 roofs on brand new forest river cardinal 5th wheel trailers because of de lamination. And because it was under warranty we had to use all factory supplies. Even glue. And it all took MONTHS to be shipped. Needless to say the customers were less than happy.
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We have had our 2016 MBS 2400R for 9 months now and enjoy it. We have had several RVs of all types and have had a few issues with all of them and this one is no different. So far, the MBS chassis has been great. My biggest complaint has been the interior trim attachment to the slides, it needs to be more robust. Our trim was being pried off from deploying the slides and not getting off the switch soon enough when the seals contacted. My other complaint is the GPS in the Jensen unit. I you are like me and many others, you will end up getting a Garmin RV760...trust me.

As far as the counter space, yes it is an issue and we use the flip up extension when we need space for the coffee maker or toaster. That works fine until someone needs to pass thru the door then you have to work around it.

The mattress is not bad. It is made in 2 pieces with a slanted joint so one half slides over the other when closing the slide. We have a 2" memory foam topper on ours and it is very comfortable. We leave the bed made up and when we close the slide it bunches up nicely.

We opted for the jackknife sofa in case we needed extra sleep space, but it will only be suitable for children. We may have been better off with the dinette so we would not have to deal with the table that stores beneath the sofa.

I suppose space sacrifices must be made for a unit that is as maneuverable as the MBS. It handles great and the fuel economy is a big plus too!
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I have a 2015 Forester 2401RDS and have put 18k miles in the past 14 months. I had a 2007 Navion IQ MBS before which was quite cramped on outside storage and had unhandy grey/black valve locations. Those were the two main complaints which made me switch to the Forester. The bed is quite comfortable and can stay made when slide comes in...just can't be used when in motion. Love the MB chassis. We also had some misgivings about the hallway location of the "bathroom" sink, but have found it to be pretty functional...one can be in the shower and the other getting ready in the hall....and there is mega storage in the two medicine cabinets (his and hers). We use a Mr Coffee and it sits on the range cover. We have the dinette slide on the side and the entertainment center over the cab with mega storage compartments. Agree that the Jenson unit has been a big disappointment and will probably replace (already replaced once under warranty). Have also had some issues with the schwintech dinnete slide, but it was probably a Forest River construction issue.
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I will say the Mercedes chassis forest river is a step up. I must say that working on rvs for a living I am not one to bash. Every maker has their ups and downs. But in my experience I just can not stand behind anything labled forest river. Don't get me wrong. They look great. Lots of bells and whistles. But the details just aren't there. I have more forest river warranty work than I do for any other maker. An example. As of recently we replaced 3 roofs on brand new forest river cardinal 5th wheel trailers because of de lamination. And because it was under warranty we had to use all factory supplies. Even glue. And it all took MONTHS to be shipped. Needless to say the customers were less than happy.
Being that this is motor home thread, not trailer, what manufacture of MHs do you recommend? That give you less work? Tiffin, Newmar, Winnebago?
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Having had 7 different motor coaches over the years from small to large and now back to medium (31') class C on the E-450 chassis I love my Phoenix Cruiser, the coach is a 2012 and I can honestly say I have had zero issues with the coach from day one...any time I have had any issues I call the factory and they send me a new latch or whatever. You can even speak with the owner of the company Kermit and he knows his coaches inside and out. I have had coaches from the big boys (Monaco) and I can tell you there is a huge difference between publically traded manufacturers and the little guys like Phoenix Cruiser. take a look at what FR has done with Dynamax and you will see! Best of luck.
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