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Old 12-22-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hello All,

After many years of contemplating the purchase of an RV and thinking my wife and I would wait for retirement, we pulled the trigger on a 2014 Itasca Sunstar 35F. We have 2 boys 15, and 12 and are looking forward to spending some awesome family time in our coach. We will be traveling from Ohio to Florida next week to the dealership Palm RV (Fort Myers, FL) for pick-up as I take a break from the corporate world. I would welcome any feedback from friends on here for a checklist when reviewing the coach. I am telling you everything will be new to me, but after 4 months of research I feel I bought this coach right.

Questions:
1. Checklist review before signing off on coach?
2. Would like recommendations on warranties? Are they specific to dealers? Does Winnebago have warranties for owners of used coach?
3. Is it worth 1259.00 to have coach treated inside and out for paint & fabric protection guaranteed for 5 years?
4. Obviously I will have the coach winterized in Florida before leaving. Will this effect my review of the coach?
5.Is there an app for this site?

Thanks to all in advance.
Alan, Amber, Connor, & Cody
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Hello from another Buckeye. Glad to have you. Congrats on your new-to-you coach.

To answer your questions:
1. Put the words PDI Checklist in the Google search box, be sure the iRV2.com radio button is selected. You'll get TONS of checklists come up in the search results
2. No recommendation but they're usually specific to dealers. We got a 7yr extended warranty when we bought our coach new. For us, it was a good purchase.
3. IMO, no.
4. You won't be able to test any of the water systems. Don't have it winterized until after you've gone through it & are ready to drive it home.
5. Yes.

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Old 12-22-2015, 10:35 PM   #3
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Same as Lori, except, wait to buy any extended warranty! You will get offers for years and be able to better make an informed decision later.
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Good luck with your new coach. I agree with Lori. Have many safe happy miles. Safe travels on your return trip home.
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Hello All,

After many years of contemplating the purchase of an RV and thinking my wife and I would wait for retirement, we pulled the trigger on a 2014 Itasca Sunstar 35F. We have 2 boys 15, and 12 and are looking forward to spending some awesome family time in our coach. We will be traveling from Ohio to Florida next week to the dealership Palm RV (Fort Myers, FL) for pick-up as I take a break from the corporate world. I would welcome any feedback from friends on here for a checklist when reviewing the coach. I am telling you everything will be new to me, but after 4 months of research I feel I bought this coach right.

Questions:
1. Checklist review before signing off on coach?
2. Would like recommendations on warranties? Are they specific to dealers? Does Winnebago have warranties for owners of used coach?
3. Is it worth 1259.00 to have coach treated inside and out for paint & fabric protection guaranteed for 5 years?
4. Obviously I will have the coach winterized in Florida before leaving. Will this effect my review of the coach?
5.Is there an app for this site?

Thanks to all in advance.
Alan, Amber, Connor, & Cody
Welcome to the RV lifestyle....

I agree with previous advice as far as getting a PDI (Pre-Delivery-Inspection) check list on line. Find one that you understand and are comfortable with.

As far as inside and outside protection, is there a place close to home this could be done? Thinking in case you have a claim. You can have your coach waxed or sealed locally, I have seen prices at all ranges from silly cheap to stupid expensive - you make the call and as far as inside protection, camping with two young lads - yup - dirt!! LOL I would look local to have this done also.

Extended warrantys, give these people a call: RV Extended Warranty Coverage, RV Warranty Specialists - Wholesale Warranties for RV Repair

See what they offer you and remember, they will come up with a package for you, if you do not like it, they will customize it to your standards.

Protection packages and extended warrantys are the way dealerships make "EZ" money. You may be able to save some of your hard earned cash with a couple simple phone calls.

Also - when at the dealership, put your corporate hat back on - ask many questions, make many notes, video the walk-thru, if it doesn't feel right in the belly - keep plugging away until it does.

A good walk thru should take hours - especially since this is your first motor coach. Some dealerships have camp sites available so you can live in it for a day or two or more to learn the systems.

Our current coach was new to us a year ago when we decided to get into the RV lifestyle - we are just sorry we didn't do it sooner. With this said, I know we will upgrade to a newer coach in a couple years, I will be a challenge for any sales person as I now know what to ask.

Lastly - with that said, there is soooo much information on irv2, do not hesitate to get on and ask a question as your walk thru happens if need be - you will probably get an quick answer.

Good luck - safe trip home - at least the weather looks good for the next few days for us in the Mid-West and don't be afraid to point your rig west and come over and see us in Hoosierland next summer - we have really great state parks here in Indiana.

Happy holidays,

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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!



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The advices shared are greatly appreciated. The family is getting excited for our trip to Florida. God bless to all and Merry Christmas!

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All,

The coach that we picked up in Fort Myers, Fl met all our expectations. The only issue was captured in the attached image of a piece coming of the drivers side front window? I need to advice on next steps.

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I would look for the local Itasca dealer in your area - being Columbus, should not be that hard to find.

I would look for the dealership getting the replacement part from Winnebago/Itasca.

Good luck..........and happy RVing!

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Yes contact a local dealer could be a independent shop or a dealership... or you can contact the manufacturer so they can help you out by suggesting a dealerhsip.
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Check out Craig Smith RV in Galion Oh. He is an Itasca dealer

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Welcome Aboard, Alan & family! You guys are going to have a lot of fun with that Itasca! Hope to see you on the road someday! \ken

PS. Spent a great number of years in Huber Heights a long time ago. Been through Marysville many times!
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