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Old 02-21-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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Are you RVing in the Phoenix area?

MY PDI is this Thursday morning at Camping World in Mesa. To say that I am nervous is an understatement.

I plan on audio taping the tech's instructions, and taking notes, but my memory is like swiss cheese---full of holes!

Heck, I am not even concerned about driving the rv home! I do worry that the tech may overlook something, or intentionally bypass something, and then when I am on the road I will realize that I have a problem.

Anyway, I would be more than happy to take you to lunch at the Landmark on Main St in Mesa (I LOVE that place) if you would go through the PDI with me. I had the stroganoff last time and it was yummy! Looking forward to trying the chicken fried steak next.

And if you want to bring your spouse she can go through the PDI and to the Landmark also! I really want to feel confident when the PDI is complete!


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Old 02-21-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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I wish I could take you up on the offer-however I am stuck here in the snow.

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Old 02-21-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Somebody getting a little excited with the purchase of their new toy? LOL...take a deep breath and relax a little - it really isn't rocket science. Probably everyone gets a little apprehensive on such a big ticket item and especially one that is going to be sooo much fun!

I like your idea of audio taping instructions. It should help you remember some of the info. Everyone goes through this learning curve and it seems to become elevated with the knowledge that you'll be seeing and doing new things with your new rolling magic carpet...heck, it IS EXCITING!

The packet you should be getting from the dealer with the RV owner's manual, along with the appliance and systems manuals/packets, will help in learning most of the nuances of each and their relationships with each other. Like I said, it's a learning curve we all have dealt with and you'll be referring to those manuals quite often as you learn more and more how the RV's systems operate. Seems the longer one uses the RV, the more you are delving into the manuals...that's how we learn. Also, you should feel better knowing the dealer is in your area. If you have questions, I'm sure they would be happy to help. Then there's the knowledgeable, fine folks here on iRV2 that are always ready to help. Camping a few times locally will help in building confidence as well. Enjoy your RV...and those 'new toy' jitters. Bob
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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I'm unavailable but I can assure everyone that the Landmark Restaurant is excellent. Besides wonderful entre's, they have an all you can eat salad/food bar you can make a complete meal from. The restaurant is a beautiful Victorian period house that has been a house, a school, a Church, and now, a restaurant.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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Nervous! Just remember that after taking the course that you will be way ahead of most other drivers on the road. Most drivers will take their driving tests when still a teenager and if they never fail to miss getting the lisc when due will never look at the questions posed by the DOT again. You will now be the onroad expert and they should all be way behind you. I know I have trouble remembering what I read yesterday let along something I studied 50 years ago!
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:13 AM   #6
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We arrived in Mesa yesterday, had to call a few parks to get a spot, this town is full of rvs. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding someone to assist with your pdi. My suggestion is that you tell us what model you are purchasing, it would be more helpful to have someone who is knowledgeable about your unit help you out.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:09 PM   #7
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #8
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there are lists for PDI's on the internet. Or you can start at the door, turn to the left and go over every thing completely around the inside of the unit and then do the same thing out side the unit. every hook up, every nook and cranny. take notes and if you can take a movie of the PDI. that's what I'm going to do, only I think I am pretty good when it comes to doing units, since I work with a RV dealership. Have done a few myself. Our guys fill the tanks up grey, black and fresh to make sure nothing leaks on the top of the tanks. wash down the slides too, checking for leaks. make sure the holding tank valves are screwed in and not ready to fall off.. there are so many little things they take for granted. make sure all the curtains and windows work, the frig gets cold and the water pump works in all the right places including the shower. A/C works, furnace. just a few things to look for. You are best to look up on the web for PDI lists
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:23 AM   #9
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We lived in Mesa for 13 years before we retired to Tucson about 6 years ago,
and the Landmark was our favorite restaruant in Mesa.
They have a soup and salad bar room that is amazing.
Dang, now that I'm thinking about it again, may have to take a ride up there some time.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:07 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the encouragement, suggestions, and kind words! I've been reading through the PDI checklists I have found and then researching a little more about areas on which I know nothing....tanks and propane being two examples.Today ought to be quite the experience!

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