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Old 04-25-2005, 04:44 PM   #1
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The paint job on our 2006 is absolutely gorgeous! We think it's the most beautiful paint job we've ever seen on a coach (OK, so we're prejudiced) but seriously we were absolutely blown away. It has a beautiful high-gloss incredibly smooth clearcoat on the paint. Creams and green and gold and warm silvers. Not sure if these photos do justice - the colors are softer in real life than they appear here.




The "fit and finish" looks excellent so far. They upgraded all the drawers to full drawer extensions and heavy duty latching mechanisms. The gaskets on the basement doors and slides are all solid with no gaps except for one 1/4 spot on one edge.

Several really nice "surprises" - They put a large waste basket under the corner of the kitchen counter where the hot water heater would otherwise been. Just lift a counter cutout to access the trash or drop things down a hole into the trash. A big drawer under the fridge where the furnace would otherwise be. Apparently the whole coach is filtered water, not just the kitchen sink (or at least there are two large water filters in the basement (dual stage?)). We have 3 fantastic fans - even one in the toilet. We special ordered the 2-way fans but we didn't expect a fan upgrade in the bathroom.

All the 36-foot units have the large slide with bathroom sink now, and a really nice folding door (no pocket door anymore). The bedroom closet has 4 drawers underneath and 3 doors that open out (no sliding doors). There is quite a bit more storage in the toilet than in the previous models.

So lots of happy surprises this afternoon.

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Old 04-25-2005, 04:44 PM   #2
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The paint job on our 2006 is absolutely gorgeous! We think it's the most beautiful paint job we've ever seen on a coach (OK, so we're prejudiced) but seriously we were absolutely blown away. It has a beautiful high-gloss incredibly smooth clearcoat on the paint. Creams and green and gold and warm silvers. Not sure if these photos do justice - the colors are softer in real life than they appear here.




The "fit and finish" looks excellent so far. They upgraded all the drawers to full drawer extensions and heavy duty latching mechanisms. The gaskets on the basement doors and slides are all solid with no gaps except for one 1/4 spot on one edge.

Several really nice "surprises" - They put a large waste basket under the corner of the kitchen counter where the hot water heater would otherwise been. Just lift a counter cutout to access the trash or drop things down a hole into the trash. A big drawer under the fridge where the furnace would otherwise be. Apparently the whole coach is filtered water, not just the kitchen sink (or at least there are two large water filters in the basement (dual stage?)). We have 3 fantastic fans - even one in the toilet. We special ordered the 2-way fans but we didn't expect a fan upgrade in the bathroom.

All the 36-foot units have the large slide with bathroom sink now, and a really nice folding door (no pocket door anymore). The bedroom closet has 4 drawers underneath and 3 doors that open out (no sliding doors). There is quite a bit more storage in the toilet than in the previous models.

So lots of happy surprises this afternoon.

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Part II......

We got to the dealer's late due to a couple of minor mishaps, which was perhaps fortuitous because as we arrived there was the nastiest looking thunderstorm approaching from the north. Didn't look like a test drive was a good idea at all. The coach was in a bay and the dealer let me pull our jeep inside the facility and left us alone to do our own inspection. Sure enough about 20 minutes and a really really bad hail storm came in. It pounded hail for well over 30 mins. It was so loud that John and I couldn't even talk to each other standing outside the coach.

So we have gone over all the things we can do on our own but still need someone to show us how some of the items operate.

So tomorrow the test drive and the "formal" PDI.

Audrey & John (so happy to see their own coach at last!)

P.S. When we got ready to leave the dealer's, lots of folks were out surveying the damage on the tops of the coaches on the lot. Lots of plastic things will need to be replaced.
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Beautiful coach!!! Thanks for the pics. I'm glad to see WRV started painting the ends of the slides to match (blend in with) the coach.
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Old 04-25-2005, 06:58 PM   #5
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Does it have the "Solarcool" mirror tinted windows, & an exterior door for the trash can?

You said, "We special ordered the 2-way fans..." I didn't see that as an option on the order sheet. How did that work w/the dealer/factory?

The pictures look great; much better photographer than at the factory!
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Yes! I first noticed the exterior locking door where the water heater vent would have been, and that clued me in on something new and different. So you can pull the trash bin out from the outside. This apparently was a very recent modification - ours is the 2nd coach built with that "feature".

Solar Mirror Tinted Windows - well it looks like it but to be honest with the coach indoors it's hard to tell. These windows are listed on our build order so they must be there! One of the pictures shows mirror tint on the bedroom small window, so I guess that's it!

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">You said, "We special ordered the 2-way fans..." I didn't see that as an option on the order sheet. How did that work w/the dealer/factory? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
We knew about a particular model of fantastic fan that we had in a previous trailer. It has a great feature of a thermostat where the fan will cycle on and off with temperature - great for boondocking. We asked the factory rep and he said "sure, just tell us which model fan and we'll put that in". We specified the fan model # and it was written in on our order form. When the dealer quoted us a price it included a dollar amount for our special order options.

A couple of special order items we asked for ended up being standard features/options on the 2006 model anyway - the low-profile version of the King Dome, and the full VMS400CL system with tire temp/pressure sensors.

By the way - every single custom tweak we requested was done exactly as we requested. We asked for most of the small beveled mirrors to be left off (we don't like the mirrors everywhere look). We still can't believe that they put a third upgraded fantastic fan in the toilet instead of that smaller toilet exhaust fan.

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Looks great, the addition of the Smart Tire system and silverleaf monitor is a nice addition in 06.
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Sharp looking coach. It's a good thing you're timing put you inside instead of outside during that hailstorm. It sounds like you are going to have a great time.
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It is just beautiful. When we get home at the end of May I hope you are on the road and swing by our lake house so we can oooo and ahhhhh..

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Well we're spending our very first night in the motorhome right now - it's all ours now. It's like living in a small very nice condo. (I'm connected to the internet via cellphone - really nice at 230kbps).

The PDI went very well, we got lots of hours in on it, and we were able to check out most of the systems. The only issues so far have been incredibly minor (knock on wood). We still don't understand all the systems - just too much stuff. Tonight we are going to run off batteries and we programmed the genset to come on at 8:00 a.m., so we'll see what happens.

John just pulled the 50 amp plug and the lights didn't even flicker!! Amazing! (and this is coming from an EE).

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after 2nd day - OK, now we have some more serious issues to resolve.

One of the hydraulic levelers is leaking hydraulic fluid. MHSRV will work on that this morning.

Confusion over the battery fill. These aren't 2200s or even 2400s but yet a third battery (Interstate Powervolt VA1255). They appeared to be 8mm low and it's not clear the battery fill system will properly indicate when they are low and won't fill them any more, so we are trying to resolve that.

Found kink in refrigerator drain hose preventing draining and a leaky connection which wasn't even hand tightened.

Refrigerator icemaker doesn't seem to work. We found the valve that turns water on to the fridge but didn't hear any water running in the freezer. Perhaps there is one other trick.

All the environmental systems check out well. Ran on batteries (inverter), generator, as well as shore power - all of the works extremely well. Slides seem to be seated perfectly, well aligned, very well sealed. Hydrohot works on diesel as well as electric. So a lot of the "biggies" seem to be in great shape. Television system up front is way too complicated.

Did some practice driving around the lot yesterday. I can back this thing!! (With excellent verbal instruction from John of course). Figured out that I can steer from the back driver's side wheel, and line the coach up pretty well that way.
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With shore power disconnected did the Gen start when the roof AC was turned on?
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Audrey, Email me a photo of the TV set up so I can see if it is like ours. I kind of have a handle on that issue.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Wayne Routhier:
With shore power disconnected did the Gen start when the roof AC was turned on? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Oh thanks! We'll test that today.

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