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Old 06-11-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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Getting first RV this Saturday!

Ust purchased a 2013 Itasca Sunstar Sport 26HE and picking up this Saturday. We are really excited to have an RV, but really know nothing about RV ownership. I am looking forward to learning a lot from this board, so I'll give everyone a big thank you now. :-)
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:42 AM   #2
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Howdy and great to have you with us. Congrats on the new purchase and hope you really enjoy all your future travels. Plenty of great people here with a wealth of knowledge. Have questions???? Just ask away and I'm sure you'll get all the info you need. Have a great rving experience.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:15 AM   #3
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Hi folks, welcome to IRV2. This is the best place to come when you have questions. Be sure when they show you the operations of your RV to take your time. Be sure you understand before moving to the next item. They are supposed to give you unlimited time to understand your RV. Then have fun and safe travels.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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Agree 100% with bsirby. Take your time, take plenty of notes, leave any egos home when it comes to asking questions. Asking more questions and asking for clarity, and proof will only make sure the transaction is good for both parties.

Have them show you not only how to do something but that it actually does it. It's easy to say to flip this switch to turn on the water heater, it's another thing altogether that it actually does. If they say it works on both gas and electric, then have them show you it does. Have them show you how to connect to city water, fill the holding tank and then how to drain it.

It would be good to have one of you video record what is going on so you can review it later. (Now what was this switch for?)

Read all the documents and make sure you understand the warranties and who is responsible for fixing things. If they say something is covered have them show you where in the documents it says so.

Tell them you want to see the gen work and if they say it needs more gas in it to get it to work, tell them you will wait till they come back with enough gas in it to operate. I assume they are going to give you a tank of gas as part of the deal....

A good pre-delivery check out for a newbie could take several hours. So don't get in a hurry.

Since you have a slide, make sure you understand how to operate it, lubricate it, and in the event something should happen, how to manually retract it.

Spend a few days in it getting to know it, take good notes on what works the way you think it should, what doesn't, and write down any questions. If it doesn't rain, take a hose to the roof and windows and check for leaks.

I hope and suspect everything will be fine and you will enjoy your new play toy.

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Old 06-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #5
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great advice to take my time and record the inspection!
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great advice to take my time and record the inspection!

Absolutely do that. We did and I have referred back to the video and audio recordings many times. It helps, as does asking questions here.

Our PDI took about 6 hours. It should have taken 20 hours. Don't be in a hurry.

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Old 06-23-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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Picked up the RV today at 9am. Had a great walk through...which I captured on video! Thanks for the advice! So far, everything in the RV is working great!

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Old 06-23-2012, 04:41 AM   #9
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Congratulations and welcome! That's a good looking rig. Hope to see you around the campfire.

Best of luck to you,
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:25 PM   #10
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Congratulations and have fun!

My website describes the conversion of my Dodge B-250 van into a small RV. I deal with a lot of woodworking, but hope to be quite specific on solar as well.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:29 PM   #11
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Sweet rig! Congrats and welcome to the group!
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:47 AM   #12
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Question Your Sunstar 26HE

Hi Macnut,

After owning your rig for 6 months now, how do you like it? Any major issues? What if anything would you change if you could?

The reason why I ask is that I am considering buying one or the Winnie Vista Rally 26HE ( same rigs) I currently own a 25' 2011 Monaco Montclair which is a beautiful rig but I'm having serious issues with the lack of counter space in the kitchen (none) and the corner bed as well as the lack of basement storage. All of these concerns are addressed and very acceptable in either the Sunstar or the Vista.

I hope you will see this post and take the time to respond.
Many thanks,

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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure happy that you decided to join us! Congrats on your new rig! I know you'll enjoy it and the RV lifestyle in general! Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the RV...
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