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Old 07-24-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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We are going to pick up our 29' Four Winds model 28Z [the first motor home we have ever had] on Monday the 29th of July. It is at the dealership [9 hours away].
Are there any issues that we should pay close attention to in our two hour indoctrination?
Any input would be most helpful.

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Old 07-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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Have you owned an RV or even a TT in the past, or is this the first adventure, or do you mean asking about your specific RV?

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Old 07-24-2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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Many newbies choose to video the PDI so they can refer back to it. If you are a total newbie to RVs, that might be a good idea. Sometimes we get caught up in the "experience" and don't pay close enough attention. Lots of notes will help, too.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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My RV dealer, smaller shop, very nice and service oriented, put is up in a local RV park at their expense for two days. We ended up staying several more days (at our expense), just to be sure we felt familiar with everything. Even a brand new RV will have issues that need to be addressed.

Then, over the next few days, they provided us with a driving course, came over to the RV park and went through the process for setting up the RV, and how all the systems worked (even dumping, you will need to learn the good and the bad things). Even going to get a fill up, filling the propane tank, and what to think about when doing so.

They provided us with their cell number to call at any time if we had a question. They let us try to break things (identify any issues) and said that they would repair any issues found at their expense. I had a list of things after this time and they fixed or resolved all issues before we left.

They bought (at our expense), installed & showed is how to use the equipment to pull our toad.

That was a great way to get over the learning curve.

We took the time to shop and get all the other things that you will need. Remember that it is like your second home, and you will need to furnish it with all the things you take for granted at home. We probably spent $2k just getting all the things that are specifically for the RV. Bedding, towels, wash clothes, hand towels, cookware, dishes, silverware, glasses, etc., etc., etc.....
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For me, I'd make sure they have every system operating and show you how to use them. I hear a lot about people who get to their first destination and find the water pump doesn't work, the hot water heater by pass in on, hook it up to city water and water belches from the trailer or the propane systems don't work.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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As your dealer is nine hours (or ~ 500 miles, or maybe $180 worth of gas) away, I will make a recommendation.

If I were you, I would consider staying at an RV park close to where the dealer is, for at least a couple of days, to make sure that you have your questions answered and/or identify any issues that they can resolve quickly.

During this trial period, try out as many things as you can and write down your concerns or questions to resolve with the dealer while you are there. Especially for a new owner, a two hour discussion, as an introduction and learning session, is an inadequate amount of time.
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I bought from a private seller who wasn't real happy after two+ hours of me running every system, checking outlets, blinds etc. The annoyance , I found out later was because he didn't want to sell, but momma did. Regardless, I was a virgin armed with a checklist ( obtained from this great site ) and I I crawled over his rig like a roach in the kitchen at midnite. The walk thru means zero if you have not armed yourself with enough knowledge. The sheer terror of writing a check that big is also great motivation, jussayin.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

Many dealers actually have a few sites with full hookups. If so, USE THEM! We used a video camera throughout the entire walk through process. We still missed a couple of items, but the dealer is coming through on them.

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