After a year and a half of researching, we finally drove home a new '16 Fleetwood Southwind 34A. Well, we didn't drive it straight home, we stopped at a campground about four miles from the house and spent some quality time with it this weekend.
I feel like we got a good deal on the coach, and we got them to toss in all we needed to tow the car. So, that alone has saved me a couple of hours of my life.
The weekend provided us a short punch list.
Passenger foot rest doesn't work - should've caught this on the PDI, but oh well.
Pedestal sink in bathroom not secured well - one of the screws was found on the floor, probably came out on the short trip.
Wet bay light not working - fixture itself, not just the bulb. Again, I missed this on the PDI, but more on that later.
It goes back in a week or so to take car of the tow setup, replace a runner for the driver side screen, and to fix a leaking jack. They can hit the punch list then. If they need to order parts, they can order them and I'll do the repairs, rather than take it back up there. I've purchased a camper from these folks before, and they are good about that.
The PDI was interesting.
The tech who walked us through the coach was very friendly, and happy with life, but he knew very little about the coach. And when I say that, I don't just mean specifics about the model, every bay door he opened was like a Christmas present...
He fumbled his way through many industry standard tools, like the back up camera. I had to point out to him that one of the slide outs was not completely out, which caused an issue with the L-shaped sofa. There was very little he knew that my wife and I hadn't already learned in our research.
Combine that with the generic owners manual, and we're left with questions like: Are those speakers in the cabinets on the slideout? (I haven't shot a flashlight into them to see yet) If so, what are they plugged into? We have his phone number and were told to call if we had any questions, but I have to wonder about the answers he would provide.
I also found his lack of knowledge distracting, and I think played a part in us missing a couple of things on the PDI.
Overall, we are happy with our decision and look forward to many years driving our room with a view to National and State parks around the country. We'll have plenty of time to figure out how to get the speakers working.
And we are so, so happy this part is over with.