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Old 12-29-2016, 11:23 AM   #1
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It's the day I pick up my new coach at the dealer. Now What?

It's early April or mid May and Coachmen calls and says "Hey Harry, (you big bozo! See they know me...) If you want to see your SportsCoach 407FW you ordered being built, be here X/X/2017". I'll fly up to Middlebury, Indiana for the big event and wait for the call from the dealer to "come on up" for the big revile! Coachmen doesn't have factory pick up or I'd be all over it!

The above is just boilerplate for the real question so here we go.

I go to the dealer and the dealer does the Dog & Pony show of going though the coach from stem to stern. And somewhere in the process I actually put my money down and buy the coach. Can anyone give me an "Ouch"!

At this point it's all over and I own the coach... Now what???

I live 670 miles from the dealer so what do you recommend? Do I stay in the area of the dealer awhile to see if anything needs attention by the dealer. Do I go home and handle issues later?

This is my first coach and I'm flying blind with this and thought I'd come to you, the experts! Now when I say "EXPERTS" that's suppose to be YOU. So if the "EXPERTS" thing drew a blank, it may be best if you read and not respond!

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I'd definitely find a nice campground nearby and stay a night or two to check things out. It certainly could not hurt. I'd pray for a rainstorm to check for leaks too!
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I would hang around for a few days to make sure nothing malfunctions. It's kinda hard when you get it home and the dealer says they fix it if you bring it back. It will also allow you time to understand the workings of the coach and ask more questions if need be.
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I'd definitely find a nice campground nearby and stay a night or two to check things out. It certainly could not hurt. I'd pray for a rainstorm to check for leaks too!
^ Makes sense to me!
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This is my first coach and I'm flying blind with this and thought I'd come to you, the experts! Now when I say "EXPERTS" that's suppose to be YOU. So if the "EXPERTS" thing drew a blank, it may be best if you read and not respond!
From what I've read; dealers forget who you are once you drive off the lot.

You might consider finding out where the dealer lives and getting to know him. Invite yourself over, unannounced, several times. Tell him how you hate to wait for service and will be staying with him while your coach is in for service.

I'm told Jack never had a problem.

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I would hang around for a few days to make sure nothing malfunctions. It's kinda hard when you get it home and the dealer says they fix it if you bring it back. It will also allow you time to understand the workings of the coach and ask more questions if need be.

Totally agree! I learned that one the hard way when buying a 5th wheel back in 2002!
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It's early April or mid May and Coachmen calls and says "Hey Harry, (you big bozo! See they know me...) If you want to see your SportsCoach 407FW you ordered being built, be here X/X/2017". I'll fly up to Middlebury, Indiana for the big event and wait for the call from the dealer to "come on up" for the big revile! Coachmen doesn't have factory pick up or I'd be all over it!
You're going to a "big revile"? I think I'd stay away!!

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Harry,
Get a good PDI sheet and go over it with the tech. Ask questions test everything heat,air,washer,dryer,fresh water tank full,waterpump,etc. Make notes and does not hurt to record walk thru for future reference. If all else fails call someone.
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being a entry level dpmh no doubt theres problems for sure
stay in town and run "EVERYTHING" a dozen times type deal

I see there being offered for $174,999.00
only deal I don't like is the puny 340 ISB
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You don't have to worry about the rain storm, they have one at the factory. In fact every coach that comes out of Coachmens class a factory goes through a rain room and sits there pounded by rain for over 30 minutes with a technician inside who has a flashlight and is checking for leaks throughout it. They also do a pressurized test where they pressurize the interior of the unit and they look for air leaks. Both of these are reasons why they really stepped up their game to ensure that when they leave the factory they have a quality product. I was privileged to tour the facility last summer and observed how they make these things happen.


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Hey WDW, that sure sounds good to me! I understand Coachmen has really stepped up their game on the Class A's! A big reason why I selected the SportsCoach. Their new 2017.5 is really something. You look at the specs of other "entry level" as mentioned by select55 and other DP's can't touch it.

Just my opinion of course because we all love our new coach!
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Don't just hang around the dealer. Make an appointment with dealer a week later. Make this appointment before you give him your payment. Then take a 300-600 mile trip with numerous stops, both in campgrounds and off the grid. Things may turn up as you drive, hook-up in the campground, and live off the grid using your generator and inverter. Try to experience every system and use every accessory during your test trip. Use both the AC and heating systems if practical. Try to pick a route that has hills or mountains so you can test the climbing and braking of the coach.

Then when you get back to the dealer give him your list, and be prepared to wait as long as it takes to get everything fixed. You will never again have this good a chance to have everything made right, unless you drive to the factory for repairs.
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Hey WDW, that sure sounds good to me! I understand Coachmen has really stepped up their game on the Class A's! A big reason why I selected the SportsCoach. Their new 2017.5 is really something. You look at the specs of other "entry level" as mentioned by select55 and other DP's can't touch it.

Just my opinion of course because we all love our new coach!

great as long as you paid under 175K and like said run everything a hundred times try every drawer a 100 times check and check and recheck all factions before you leave this dealer
ac units ;furnace; sewer connections; inverter systems ;etc etc etc
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