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34 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E Sunseeker 2400B Sunseeker/Forester is now offering what some could consider the safest Class C diesel in today's market. That's because the Forest River division is building 2020 models on Mercedes-Benz's new Sprinter chassis, which features a safety system typically found in high-end luxury cars. The Sunseeker 2400B model – a complete overhaul of its best-selling 2400W – also fea- tures a lane detection system device distrib- uted by ASA Electronics that alerts the driver when vehicles are approaching from either side in the driver's blind spot. It's an aftermarket product that Sunseeker/Forester is installing as original equipment. "We're the only Class C manufacturer that does that. Safety is very important to us," says Kary Katzenberger, sales and product manager for Sunseeker and Forester. The new Mercedes chassis also prompted a complete redesign and overhaul for 2020, Katzenberger notes. "Due to the new Mercedes chassis, we were allowed to lengthen the chassis by 4 inches, so it allowed us to get more storage in it. The back wall is now a fully enclosed hanging wardrobe dresser area," he says. "We've increased the storage 10 fold for the customer. It's phenomenal what we've done with that floorplan." The new chassis also led to a new fiberglass front cap, side wings that make the coach more automotive-looking and an integrated new rear bumper. The 2400B also features a new paint color. At Open House, Katzenberger says the Sunseeker's aggres- sive pricing surprised its dealers. MSRPs with options will run between $110,000 and $115,000. (MSRPs on the sister Forester version will be around $115,000 to $120,000.) That's well below competitors using the same chassis, according to Katzenberger. "All of our competition coming out with the new Mercedes chassis are increasing their prices by 10 percent to 20 percent," he says. "We've been super aggressive in dealer and retail pricing. We're just going to be very competitive. We've always tried to put the best product out there for the best value. "We're always very conscious of our pricing, with the redesign of our interiors, trying to get a little more European automotive look, two-tone Euro cabinetry, more of a frameless cabinetry look," he adds. "That, along with all the storage, we're just really excited about this new floorplan, not to mention it's also available in our B-plus Trekker cap option or a standard Class C cab over sleeping option." Katzenberger expanded on the pricing feature. "The Sprinter market has been really, really competitive," he says. "Some of our competitors have done a really good job at higher price points. But at the end of the day, is everybody going to be able to afford that high price point? We don't think so. We've always tried to go after meat and potatoes and still want to give them a really good product without breaking the bank." Sunseeker began shipping the first 2400B's to dealers in late September and will begin full production this month. What impressed RV PRO: Improved safety is a big feature of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, but Sunseeker took that aspect one step further by adding its own lane detection system. And the fact that Sunseeker/ Forester is able to offer the many features found in the 2400B model is commendable. Why Sunseeker/Forester doesn't get the same level of recognition as competing Class C brands is honestly something of a mystery given that it offers more features at an even lower price point than those other products. The new Sunseeker 2400B should help rectify that oversight.

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