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Old 06-03-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
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First extended trip with my 257sr

My wife and I just finished our first extended trip with the 2007 t-257sr we recently purchased. I thought I would share our pros and cons.

Pros:
Extra living space with the slideout couch was wonderful.
4 person dinette allows full access to all of the camper even when the slide
is fully retracted. My camping neighbor has to climb over if he needs to
bathroom while on the road. lol.
Pull out pantry frees up cabinet space previously used for groceries.
L shaped kitchen counter. Now I can leave the Keurig, toaster, and electric
tea kettle (yeah, I know, really roughing it) plugged in and still have room
for the dish rack.
Extra storage under fridge. Previous camper had water pump and hvac
lines under there.
More storage under the sink due to better plumbing setup.
Wider entry door lets me slide my full size, fold down Brinkman grill right
into camper, without blocking any access to cabinets or drawers, while
still leaving me room to move around. see pic. oh, and my cooler just
fits in the open space. Handy access on the road.
2nd entry door is very handy.
Awning is 2' wider than my previous camper. Didn't think it would make
much difference, but it sure seemed much bigger.
More and bigger windows created a nice cross breeze on windy days.

Cons:
We had a bit of an ant problem, but that's not Sunline's fault.
Black/gray tank gauges were screwy. Read "empty" correctly when I
started out. Read "full" the entire vacation (including when I got home),
even when I knew they were empty, and are now reading "empty"
correctly.
There was an annoying drip from the lav faucet hot side. Couldn't fix it so
I replaced it with a nicer single lever faucet. see pic Easy Peasy fix.
Red indicator light on electric hot water switch did not work. Thankfully,
the heater element worked, saving me some propane.
Small leak in shower drain. I expected that since I could see where the
PO tried to reputty the drain from the top. That never works! The
convenient access panel to the underside plumbing allowed me to
put a small bowl with paper towels under the trap to catch the leak
until I can remove and reseal the drain properly. Should be a fairly
simple repair.
Even though the mattress had springs, it was still a little uncomfortable,
and a lot short. Lol.

All in all, I am very happy with the features of the 257sr. Most important, SO IS MY WIFE!
HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE!
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:29 PM   #2
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One more big plus that I forgot to mention on the 257. The almost chair height toilet with angled flush jets. Don't know if it was OEM, but it's the tallest rv toilet I've ever used. Even taller than the extended height toilet that I put in my old 2000 t-24S.
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Hi Jim,

Glad the new camper is working out well

The tank gages, you may have inherited "stuff" from the prior owner stuck in the tank. Gunk in the tank stuck on the side walls will cause false readings.

This product has helped a fellow Sunline owner at a M & G we attended. I gave him some and come morning his sensors were working. I used it to eat off the scum on the top of the gray tank. And have not had to use the extreme product again.

https://happycampersstore.com/produc...g-tank-cleaner

It seems the original Happy Camper place I used to buy it from may have sold out. This appears to be the new seller or one of them https://happycampersstore.com/

Amazon has it too.

I use the standard Happy Camper tank treatment and have no tank sensor issues since 2003. But I also flush the tanks well after each trip. I have onboard tank sprayers. I have found you have to keep the tanks clean and then I have no issues.

The high toilet. H'mm I wonder if that as a special toilet or the prior owner change it. Have a make and model number?

Ants, by chance were they crawling up the shore power cord?

Keep up the good times with the camper.

Thanks

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Both Thetford and Dometic do make toilet risers to install under a standard toilet. Maybe the previous owner installed one of those?
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Both Thetford and Dometic do make toilet risers to install under a standard toilet. Maybe the previous owner installed one of those?
The toilet looks like a Dometic 310 model. I could not find a label. It is 17" tall to the rim, which is 3" taller than the toilet in my house. Things are a little cramped when using the mirror on the medicine cabinet, but I'll take the trade-off.
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That would be a special custom order for Sunline. But the original owner may have ordered it that way.

That is a "different" toilet then I have seen in any of the Sunlines.
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The toilet looks like a Dometic 310 model. I could not find a label. It is 17" tall to the rim, which is 3" taller than the toilet in my house. Things are a little cramped when using the mirror on the medicine cabinet, but I'll take the trade-off.
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That would be a special custom order for Sunline. But the original owner may have ordered it that way.

That is a "different" toilet then I have seen in any of the Sunlines.
Agreed, and that's not on a riser. The risers are pretty wide, wider than the base of that one.
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