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Old 05-15-2020, 11:01 AM   #1
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Shake down going well. 24RLS

After the long haul home from Seattle, The wife and I have headed to northern Michigan for the initial camping weekend. All is going great. We love the large rear window and all the extra cabinet space. Our last rig was a Livin Lite 21RBS with 21x7 box and small slideout. The 24RLS feels like the Taj Mahal compared to the Camp Lite.

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Old 05-15-2020, 11:36 AM   #2
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Well T4, I'd call that 'sweat-equity', after your whirlwind trip to buy the RV you truly wanted. Your test seems to be going well and I can see the pups have already claimed it as 'home-away-from-home. Congrats again on a terrific choice and purchase, now to enjoy the comforts of your labours (that's Canadianese, with a 'u') . Hope y'all (that's Americanese) continues to go well.....and a phenomenal way to self-isolate too.
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Old 05-15-2020, 11:57 AM   #3
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Dang looks like fall up there! Spring has not sprung....
Where are you all at?

Make sure you check the stove for security. They didnt screw mine in and almost slid out but the gas line prevented it from coming all the way out...
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Iíll be checking the furnace screws. Thanks for the heads up.
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Also remove any p-traps to remove construction debris. My bathroom sink trap was full of wire cut-offs, screws, etc. Some of that could have gone to the tank and stuck in the dump valve!

I opened all access holes such as water pump, furnace, electrical panel and vacuumed the wood chips and such. Oh well....
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Also check electrical connections on you converter panel, known to be loose. Hopefully manufacturing/ QA processes have been tighten, but worth a look.
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Also check electrical connections on you converter panel, known to be loose. Hopefully manufacturing/ QA processes have been tighten, but worth a look.
We have a '19 24RLS and this has been the biggest shortcoming I have found. All of the 12v DC crimp connections look like they were done with Fischer Price pliers. The vast majority of them the lead has pulled out of the connector with at the most, moderate effort. Many of them show stripping of too much insulation leaving bare wire showing.
A couple of hours redoing them with proper crimp pliers is time well spent.
Also be sure to check all connections on the converter, on every one of the neutrals I got at least a full turn out of the lug screws and the main neutral from the shore power line was not even snuggled down. The lights would flicker if you walked in the unit when it was plugged into shore power.
I have talked with both Todd and Kevin at ORV regading it, they are aware and say it is a constant subject of discussion and they are trying to improve the process.
I have also noticed almost every fastener that penetrates the outside skin for things such as access hatches and the like is stripped out. The skin on these is Filon on top of Luan plywood and if somebody is over zealous with the screw gun it will strip the ply in a heartbeat.
FWIW on every single truck camper or trailer I have owned or worked on this is a very common occurance.
The fix is easy enough, I pull the hatch etc slide a #10 spring nut behind the ply at every screw hole, clean up the old sealant and put new butyl tape on and snug everything back down. Give it a couple of days for any excess sealant to squish out, trim and caulk it up.

It's a bit aggravating to have to do it to a new unit but I dont mind the investment to make sure it is sealed up right.

Nature of the beast.
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After the long haul home from Seattle, The wife and I have headed to northern Michigan for the initial camping weekend. All is going great. We love the large rear window and all the extra cabinet space. Our last rig was a Livin Lite 21RBS with 21x7 box and small slideout. The 24RLS feels like the Taj Mahal compared to the Camp Lite.

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Did you buy yours from Apache? I just received word today that our 2020 24RLS (Ordered in Jan to get the larger bed) should be ready midJune-endJune. Glad you made it safely.
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