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Old 08-30-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Going to the other side

Ok, after 6 years of owning a trailer and always knowing we wanted a motorhome we finally put a deposit on a NEW Class A motorhome. We have done all the research and research till we can't do any more. I have been on this form for a few years and have alway looked at the Class A site. In fact we have had a subscription to Motorhome magazine for years. We bought a gas with the perfect floor plan for us. The dealer is 4 hour away so we are going this Friday and staying at a campground near by, we will stay until Monday so if there are any problems we will be back at the dealer first thing Monday morning. We are taking a PDI form and told the dealer we will need 3 or 4 hours to go through. Any last minute advise before we take the plunge?

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:47 PM   #2
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Make your PDI count, don't accept the M/H if you find problems, don't agree to come back latter for a repair and if the dealer needs to order parts don't take delivery until all the work is done to your satisfaction.

Most dealers, not all, loose any sense of urgency to do repairs to suit your schedule after you sign the papers and they have your money..

Congrats on your new motorhome and good luck with your PDI.

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:48 PM   #3
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I think it's a good idea to video the PDI. This way if there are questions later you will have a source to go to so as to find out what to do. Or take copious notes.
I would also make a checklist of things to be done when you arrive or depart a campground. It save a lot of time and grief.

Good luck with your new RV. Keep us posted, (pics are nice).

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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Best wishes as you embark on this new and grand adventure.

I suggest you carefully check the steering / front end alignment. There should be no pull either way and one finger should be all the effort required to drive on a straight road. I would not accept delivery until the coach drives straight effortlessly. It is difficult to get this corrected after delivery. Neither the coach builder or the chassis builder will want to own this problem. If the coach is not perfect, you can place responsibility for this fairly common problem on the dealer who will be motivated to correct a deficiency to complete the sale.

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:54 PM   #5
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Thanks so far we do plan on taking a nice long test drive on interstate and back roads. This dealer has gotten good reviews and it comes with a lifetime warranty on covered parts and labor.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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Check all facets of your generator. Manual start and stop. Put a load on the inverter until the generator starts and let it run until the batteries are recharged.

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Old 08-30-2014, 01:16 PM   #7
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What are you buying? Some members who bought the same may be able to shed more light on the subject.
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:51 PM   #8
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Coachmen Pursuit 31BDP was able to get a better deal on a 2014 now that the 2015 are out.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:14 PM   #9
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Enjoy your new coach!
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:28 PM   #10
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I would make sure the PDI starts mid-morning, afternoon deliveries always seemed "Rushed"

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Old 08-30-2014, 03:48 PM   #11
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As others have said pay close attention during your PDI.

I spent 4 hours with the Newmar tech at the dealer listening intently.

Even wrote down a bunch of questions ahead of time and later on wished that I would have had more ready!

There are so many systems on these RV's now to operate/keep track of,far more then on my '85 Southwind.

This forum has a wealth of knowledge amongst it's members and has been very helpful to me in our new journey and likewise will always be there for yours.

Good Luck and Enjoy!!
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:06 PM   #12
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Don't finalize the money until your PDI is complete to your satisfaction. Funny how you become a non-person that they actually look through as if you aren't there when you no longer owe them any money.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #13
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Do your PDI thoroughly, slowly and video it. Then tell the dealer you'll do final signing/payment after you've stayed in it overnight...gives you the time to inspect and develop more questions for the next day.
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We purchased the same model back in February of this year. So far most issues have been small one. The dealer on the other hand is a different story. We have a few issues that I will most likely take it back to Coachmen this fall to have corrected. Make sure you join FROG and the Coachmen Owners Association after you get the unit. Hopefully you will want to come to the FROG rally next year. Only saw one other Pursuit at this years rally. Good luck.

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