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Old 09-03-2015, 04:29 PM   #1
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Picking up first Trailer Saturday

Any advise on what to look for, specifically on a 213RBSL? Will be towing 90+ miles home, just wanna be sure I don't forget anything important.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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Here is an excellent inspection checklist:
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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Wow, dealer is gonna have a fit but I'm definitely using this list!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:57 PM   #4
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Wow, dealer is gonna have a fit but I'm definitely using this list!
As long as you haven't signed on the dotted line... I walked away from an earlier deal because they didn't want to work with me to fix obvious defects. Bought from a different dealer.

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Old 09-04-2015, 12:19 AM   #5
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Our inspection took 4 hours. We even took a lunch break in the middle of the PDI. Drove the sales guy nuts! But it was well worth it.
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Haven't signed anything yet. Hoping I can test fly this thing sunday and monday.
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Haven't signed anything yet. Hoping I can test fly this thing sunday and monday.
Watch out for the crazies this weekend, they're trying to pack five days into three!
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My dealer gave me 2 free nights of camping. Once we did our PDI which took just about two hours we towed it 20 miles to the campground. Everything worked fine.
Sales person shouldn't be the one doing a PDI with you. Should be someone from the service shop.
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yea, but if history proves anything, sales guy will be hovering and hopping around wanting his check, i mean the agreement signed.
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We were given a time with the senior mechanical tech. I showed him my checklist, and he saw that I brought a camera. I told him what I knew pretty well, like electrical and plumbing, and what I didn't know too much about, especially the WD hitch. We were in his shop, he gave me a ladder to check the top, and walked around with me. On the interior, he gave my daughter and I time to do our thing, while he was in the area. I wanted to see electrical work on shore and battery power, and water works on city water and pump / fresh tank. He hung with me through the whole ordeal, and even showed me some other things I didn't know about. We both laid on our backs together under the TT, and he pointed out features from underneath. Good guy! Nothing found that needed fixing! A lucky one!
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There are some great dealers out there, then there are some overwhelmed dealers, then there are some that are only interested in getting your money and off-site as soon as possible. Take the time to get a great one, or be willing to do your own work. Unfortunately the RV industry IS NOT like the automotive industry where you can take a unit to just any dealer for warranty work. The manufacturers want you to believe that, but in reality it doesn't typically work that way.

Good luck with your walk through and have fun camping!

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Old 09-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #12
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Got it. Walk through was Looong and it was 97 degrees. A/C felt great and fridge was cold. My tech was great. Told him I had a list, he looked at it and said no problem. Only thing he wasn't going to do anyway was climb on the roof. 90 mile tow home, even with the Husky hitch (anti sway and WD) it was a little wobbly. Of course I'm a tow rookie so it may have been great and I'm a little sensitive. Thanks for the list, and suggestions. Oh, the middle burner on the stove was not aligned well with the supply line. Tech had to straighten it and run it the whole time we were in the trailer to ensure proper operation.
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GTWags, sounds like the Dealer wasn't to bad, that's the first step, Now I hope you had a nice first trip, and as to the towing, wait till you add all your things, and have everything in place, then see how it handles, you may have to adjust or move items around, After you have traveled a few times and have the turns and the Freeway bumps down, your going to just enjoy camping, Good Luck
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It's great to hear about dealers that will go out of their way to make sure that the customer is satisfied. Congratulations!
I second what RVNevada stated; once you add your personal items into the trailer it will feel different. You will more than likely move things around inside the trailer until you get a good feel for how your TT and tow vehicle work together. Too much weight in front can cause bouncing and too much weight in back can cause fish tailing... After a few trips you will find your "sweet spot" for load distribution.

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