Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-17-2011, 08:46 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
retiredmsgt2's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 25
Send a message via Yahoo to retiredmsgt2
New RV'r Taken For A Ride

I wanted to go fulltime, and visited a highly recommended Used RV lot. Became infatuated with a 2003 Safari DP, and was told that it was completely checked out and ready for the road. Financing was approved, and smiles all around as I left the lot with my high expectations. Took it to a local Corps of Engineers Park for a test. Everything good for a few days, but went to dump holding tanks and the bottom fell out...literally. Sewer pipe fell out and left me a mess (no pun intended) to clean up. Tried to make temp repairs, but grey water still leaked. Packed up to go home but RV would not start. Called dealership and they sent men to start it and drive it back to their mechanics. Dealership was faithful to make repairs, and presently have my MH after other parts came in. If you are new to RVing, recommend you take someone knowledgeable with you when you make your selection. I am new to diesel engines, so have had to learn a whole new language about driving, transmissions, tire pressure, etc. We are downsizing and selling our home so have to give careful thought to what goes with us. Study before you buy, look before you leap...but do enjoy the freedom of the road.
__________________

__________________
2008 Monaco Camelot 42PDQ
2007 Buick Rendezvous
I'm being careful...wave when you pass me !
retiredmsgt2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
historyljc's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Posts: 5,173
Hi retiredmsgt2 and welome to the forum. Sounds like quite an experience for the first trip out. Welcome to RVing. It also sounds like your RV dealer did the right thing in getting your coach repaired.. Sound advice in saying that it would be good for a novice to take a knowledgeable person with them in checking out a potential purchase. Hopefully, all will go some from here on out.
__________________

__________________
Travel well, travel safe,
Jim
2006 Tiffin Phaeton - 2011 Cadillac SRX
historyljc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 09:49 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Tallyrver's Avatar


 
Heartland RV Club
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 695
Welcome to the forum ,it will only get better.
I am sitting at a Corps park right now...Cotton Hill Ga.

Wayne
__________________
Wayne and Debbie
2014 Gateway 3650BH
2008 F350 dually diesel .
www.mudflapscampingclub.com
Tallyrver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
Senior Dude
 
Dogpatch's Avatar


 
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere, BC.
Posts: 5,584
Blog Entries: 8
Don't trust the place you buy it from, take it to a shop without a vested interest for a once over.
__________________
Les (RVM12), Bonnie, Morgan and 4 leggers Bella & Bruce
2010 Forest River Cardinal 3450RL 40' Full Body Paint- 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie 6.7 ltr Turbo Diesel, 68RFE Trans. 4x4 SRW SB Pullrite 2900 18K FMCA-420438 Good Sam
Dogpatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:07 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
WheelingIt's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: On Wheels
Posts: 1,983
A full check-up by an independent is good advice, but won't guarantee you a trouble-free RV. I know it seems horrifying to have something (messy!) like that happen, but the key thing is the RV dealership is stepping up to the plate and fixing it. We had alot of "break-in" issues with our RV (almost everyone has) one of which was the stovetop melting (yes, literally melting) due to faulty gas connections, and ours was considered "new" and "certified".

So, don't fret too much if you have initial issues. The good thing is the dealership is on board w/ fixing them. Enjoy!
__________________
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
WheelingIt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Manteca, Ca
Posts: 1,340
Welcome to the forum. When you get your coach back go back to the Corp site with a PDI checklist and spend several days goig over everything. THEN enjoy the M/H and the places it will take you.
__________________
"Piddln"
2008 Jeep Sahara '4Dr"
Ronnie Bledsoe
Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:15 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
John H...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Johnstown, PA USA
Posts: 3,325
Sorry about your first adventures, but welcome to the forum...
__________________
John, Deb; & our dog, Benji, Forever in our hearts.
2014 Coachmen Leprechaun 319DS V-10
2011 Jeep Liberty Jet & 2014 Jeep Wrangler
John H... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:18 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
sdennislee's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 6,404
Think of the repairs you make to your house and then imagine sliding wheels under it and driving it down the road.

Sorry to hear your first trip went bad for you. It really does get better. You may spend a bit of time finding the hidden gotchas but you'll survive that. The next mode you shift in to is again similar to your house when you start looking at things to modify or personalize.

Good luck and keep your chin up.

Once you have it back it might be worthwhile to have an independent pre delivery inspection (PDI) performed.
__________________
US Navy Vet, Liberty Tree Member of Oath Keepers, NRA & VFW Life Member, Alaska EMT.
2009 Safari Cheetah 40 SKQ
2009 Winnebago Chalet 231CR
sdennislee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:35 AM   #9
DKO
Senior Member
 
DKO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 127
Ouch



The holding tank experience brings back bad memories. So does the feeling of being overwhelmed with all of the things to learn with an older used unit and wondering if you have just made the biggest mistake of your life.

I was never quite sure if the switch, valve, panel, inverter, appliance or thingamabob was broken or if I just didn't know how to operate it. I nearly had a nervous break down.

But, IT DOES GET BETTER! You will make it. I have learned a lot just reading here the last year or so. Don't hesitate to ask for help. There are some very knowledgeable folks on here.

DKO
__________________
DKO
Home is where you go when there's no place else to go!
DKO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:58 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
RVNeophytes2's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 931
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by retiredmsgt2 View Post
I wanted to go fulltime, and visited a highly recommended Used RV lot. Became infatuated with a 2003 Safari DP, and was told that it was completely checked out and ready for the road...
Sarge, you're off to a great start, I hope.

I mean, we all have to burn at least one pair of shoes, you've filled that square. And, the dealer is giving the rig a good going-over.

It'll be like drinking out of the fire hydrant for awhile; that's what all of us are here for.

Hang in there, lean on your friends at iRV2!
__________________
RVNeophytes2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 01:10 PM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
 
SarahW's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: In a lawnchair
Posts: 11,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by DKO View Post
...So does the feeling of being overwhelmed with all of the things to learn with an older used unit and wondering if you have just made the biggest mistake of your life.

I was never quite sure if the switch, valve, panel, inverter, appliance or thingamabob was broken or if I just didn't know how to operate it. I nearly had a nervous break down.
Truer words never spoken!! We are also new RVers and sometimes the amount of "stuff" to learn seems overwhelming!

Sorry you had a bad maiden voyage, Retiredmsgt2! Hopefully things will get better for you. Glad your dealer stepped up to the plate for ya. Welcome to the forum.
__________________
.2012 Fleetwood Bounder 33C | 2012 Jeep Wrangler

SarahW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 01:55 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
tomwalt's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,318
Well Master Sargent, that should be a good motorhome for you to enjoy your retirement in once you get to know it and get on top of the initial set of issues. When you own a motorhome there is always something that needs fixed (even if you don't 'think' anything is broken). Welcome and don't give up. It will get better the more you learn. You are fortunate the dealer is helping you - some don't answer the phone once the check clears. I would say he is trying to do you right.
__________________
Tom and Amy from Northern Virginia.
2000 Allegro 454/Workhorse P32/TST/Crossfire
Life is a DIY project - enjoy it.
tomwalt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 02:19 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,423
Quote:
Originally Posted by sdennislee View Post

Once you have it back it might be worthwhile to have an independent pre delivery inspection (PDI) performed.
A LITTLE late for a PDI done one it's paid for and delivered to the buyer don't you think?
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 02:39 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Steve N Sal's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,614
Sorry for first experience to be a bad one. It does happen though. When you go to pick up your coach have them go over the entire coach with you. Most dealers would have a dump station as well. Have them fill those new tanks with water (and I do mean fill them) and check for any leaks. Not just the tanks but the valves as well. Most diesels have a good CCC rating I hope yours does as well. Well, again welcome to the forum and when you do have problems post them here I'm sure someone will be able to help. Enjoy all your future travels, be safe and Happy Motoring!!!
__________________

__________________
Steve & Sally / HiTee & Hudson Our Little Poms / Heidi & Houston Forever in our Hearts
04 NEWMAR MACA 3778 W22 / 05 PT Vert
Michigan (Summer) Michigan (Winter For Now)
Steve N Sal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Class A ride question resindiana Class A Motorhome Discussions 7 03-29-2010 12:31 AM
Ride Height Warranty? HPH Roadmaster Motorhome Chassis Forum 16 11-04-2008 09:59 AM
Had the ride height checked and adjusted today. Letsgoagain Roadmaster Motorhome Chassis Forum 8 06-26-2008 05:55 AM
Helicopter Ride HuBee RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 1 06-24-2008 04:26 AM
Demco Glide Ride Pin Box Notice! wrongway Excel Owner's Forum 14 01-25-2007 08:22 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.