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Europa/isata by del clear
Post New Message Recently purchased an Isata after having had both a larger Class A and a Smaller Class C conversion. Isata seems a perfect combination of room and reasonable size for us [two retired folks] We have done several upgrades--[1] installed a sliding shelf under the sink counter so we could get stuff out of there without lying on the floor. [2] built some folding center sections so we could have almost a "full queen" sleeping area across the coach {ours is the side dinette model, and the folding couch and the lowered dinette do not meet in the center of the aisle. The folding units fit right inside the existing door under the couch, so there is no loss of storage space. [3] built some inserts to get two levels of storage in the upper cabinets. We use them mostly for storing small stuff, and we get much more efficient use of space with two levels. [4] installed a small shelf directly above the TV for putting small stuff such as little flashlight, home garage door opener, etc. Turns out to be a good place to lose stuff because it's hard to see up there.

Of course, storage space is a challenge, but manageable since most of us take along much more than we ever use anyhow. We even hauled firewood in the large coach we had, but no more! We especially do not like the TV coming on automatically everytime the power is restored after a main shut-off. It seems the factory sound system is marginal, at best, but we dont use it much anyhow. WE don't use the TV either, much, and would just as soon that money and space were not "included". We like the stability of the upgraded suspension in the Isata, and are satisfied with the v-10 mileage, at about 12, unless we cheat and check only with a tank stuffed full and run downwind and down hill. Unlike many, we really like the leather seats. We removed a couple of things that seemed useless. One, the rear entry step-well insert to make a flat floor seems an odd thing to include. If you use it, you cant enter or leave the coach without taking more of a step than we want. It's heavy, and who wants the darn thing floating around? Also removed the bulkhead between the pass. seat and the dinette seat--it just took up space and had no function that we could find. Fueling is a little problem because of the angle of the access door and the tank spigot, the gas nozzle often gets wedged in there and you really have to jerk it to remove it. I find locking gas door an inconvenience. How much time do you spend away from the coach to give gas thieves a chance? Not much for us.

Like the big mirrors--remote controlled, of course--because we trade off driving a lot. Since we like to know when we are lost, we also like the factory installed mirror/compass/temp gadget. Interior fit and finish is above average to excellent, and we don't even have the up-graded cabinets. Have installed coat hooks in back hall and here and there for other stuff, like inside the bathroom door. Wonder why the factory doesn't do that--and be useful--rather than stuff like that rear floor?

Anyhow it seems to us that Isata owners ought to talk to one another becuase few of them will be angry and grousing about their rigs. It's nice to have something fun. [I am having a bit of trouble in warrany service for a cab area window trim piece that had faulty application of the fuzzy applique. When the weather is humid, it curls up like a raisin or your does after a long bath. The factory/dealer say I have to remove it and send it to them. They do not tell me how to remove it, tho. I have all summer to get this resolved.

Any winter storage suggestions? I run things once a month, but am wondering if I should also plug it into shore power rather than depend on the generator alone to keep the coach batteries up? Getting old enough to be reluctant to remove the batteries and bring them inside every year, but I may have to resort to that if we have hard winter.

Let's get something going
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Post New MessageEuropa/isata del clear 3-2-03  
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