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Old 04-25-2007, 07:25 AM   #1
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We are home from our 3 week trip to Texas. I am happy to state that this list is the bulk of problems we discovered.

Shower surround leaks - Caulked entire surround and soap dish plate

Drivers side screen slide rattles terribly - Applied one strip of electrical tape along seal edge.

Drivers side corner mount mirror vibrates (hard to see what in it). - Unresolved.

2 sofa cushions busted open at seams - called dealer for replacements havent recieved as of yet.



On a side note I have to state that I am amazed at the amount of bugs killed during the trip. I had to clean the windshield every gas stop. and the front of the unit was in terrible condition after each 1400 mile leg. I measured out a couple of 4 inch blocks and counted the dead bugs within on several different locations at the front of the Mh. My conclusion is that I killed some 4200 bugs driving 2850 miles.
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We are home from our 3 week trip to Texas. I am happy to state that this list is the bulk of problems we discovered.

Shower surround leaks - Caulked entire surround and soap dish plate

Drivers side screen slide rattles terribly - Applied one strip of electrical tape along seal edge.

Drivers side corner mount mirror vibrates (hard to see what in it). - Unresolved.

2 sofa cushions busted open at seams - called dealer for replacements havent recieved as of yet.



On a side note I have to state that I am amazed at the amount of bugs killed during the trip. I had to clean the windshield every gas stop. and the front of the unit was in terrible condition after each 1400 mile leg. I measured out a couple of 4 inch blocks and counted the dead bugs within on several different locations at the front of the Mh. My conclusion is that I killed some 4200 bugs driving 2850 miles.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:55 AM   #3
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W&D+3 sure glad you had a good and safe trip. Just don't come down south during lovebug season. It will put a brand new definition on collected bugs. The front of my coach turns solid black. Had to do the same thing to our shower surround and both front side windows. My mirrors vibrate some but apparently as bad as yours. I am going to remove the head and see if there are any screws that hold the mirror in the head. Will let you know if I find a solution..................Jim
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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W&D+3...Welcome home! Doesn't sound too bad for a shake down trip! I'm not surprised with the shower leaks, and the vibrating mirrors, but I am surprised with the blown out cushions. I wonder who made them? That's a first for me.

AS for the mirrors, they're Velvacs, right? Just the mirror glass vibrates, I take it. My passenger mirror shakes just a little and I've been meaning to check it out. I have heard that Velvac has great customer service. Maybe a call to them is in order? I'm checking the website right now...
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:57 AM   #5
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Check out Velvacs website...It's awesome. We have the #2030 mirror. Here's the website.Velvac for Damon class A

They have an 800# if you want to call. If it's just an adjustment, I would bother with the dealer..

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We traded a 2000 Intruder (bought new in 2000) on new 2006 Intruder on October 20, 2006. Started from Western NY November 11, 2006. After 3 miles the speedometer and tachometer quit. A really good smack on the dash started them up again.

Ten miles later it started to drizzle rain. Turned the wipers on , and the rubber on the left one slowly sild downward. Stopped under an underpass and rebuilt it.

Next A.M. 340 miles later, outside dual tire flat due to loose valve extension. The Workhorse Chassis roadside service paid Insana's Garage & Towing Service, Washingto, PA, $95.00 to come out to the coach, (about three miles), then Rick Insana, owner, charged me $45.00 to put air in the tire.

Next several hundred miles, heard a putt-putt sound like an air horn compressor all the time. Called Workhorse Chassis and they directed me to CARL BLACK CHEVROLET, Nashville, TN, a really great Workhorse service center. Kemp Evans, the service manager, immediately called a very competent young technician, who diagnosed a broken off evaporator valve on top of the engine in less than three minutes. It appears when Damon placed the coach on the chassis the valve was broken. The tech had seen this before. Fixed, out and running in less than 1 1/2 hrs., no charge.

Here is a site that should be known to every RVer: http://www.rvservicereviews.com/

Got to Natchez, TN, where it was hot, discovered the dash air had never been charged. Toughed it out with no air to Rockport, TX, and bought a charge set at O'Reilly's Auto Parts for $27.95, and three cans of freon at Walmart for about $30.00 and charged it myself. A/C now blows 19 degrees, and kept on working.

Made it to Q/Zite and came back to Tucson on February 7, 2007. The $2610 option Dometic refrigerator quit cold, (no, warm), no pun intended. Had it diagnosed for $60.00 as a failed cooling unit by a mobile RV repair, who wanted an additional $270.00 over the Dometic warranty allowance to change the cooling unit. I declined, went back to Rockport, TX, to try to get it fixed. Got very strange results from the two Dometic repair places in Rockport, without getting repairs. Tried a couple of tricks recommended, among others, by Dometic, to get the fridge going. Meanwhile, we got along fine with a Coleman plug-in cooler and bags of ice in the fridge freezer compartment. After three weeks, pushed the on/off one more time, and next day the fridge was working fine and has done so ever since.

The speedo and tach wuit again at about 7000 miles into the trip, but got fixed again.

We loved the first Intruder, and love this one, too. We

We bought this one because the dealer gave us an offer we couldn't refuse, but I have a list of about 25 things wrong that I have mostly fixed. Damon is useless for helping with defects, as they have been for the last six years, and the couple of small things the dealer fixed had to be redone the right way by me.

The good news is, we had a great 5 1/2 month, 7600 mile trip, and the Damon never left us stuck alongside the road.
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My Velvac mirror on the drivers side used to shake bad also. There are screws inside the housing but you must first remove the glass. There is a clip on the bottom of the big mirror and top of the convex mirror. Just gently pry the clip up (or down) and the mirror pretty much falls out. You probably won't drop it because the wires for the heat will catch it. Youll be able to see the screws that tighten it up.
One word of caution. If you decide to pull the wires off the mirror , go very easy and with a screwdriver or something hold the male connector that's attached to the mirror. Mine pulled completely off and I had to order a new heated glass part. Also the clip come's with the glass because it is easy to break this also, but I had no problem removing and reusing my clip twice. Velvac is real helpful, but they charge for any thing they send you + shipping.
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