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Old 09-23-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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Hey all, new to everything RV. Bought a 2019 3210 BHDS at the Hershey show, towing with a 1500 hemi 3.92 rear end. upgraded tires to D bfg tako2 and timberin ses, delivery in 2 weeks. Not alot of info to be found on Aspen trail. Made a good sales pitch and after walking through about 20 trailers, we liked this floor plan the best and price was right. Anything specific to Aspen trail line I should be wary of at pdi? I downloaded some pdi checklists. TBH, I'm a little concerned about the issues regarding warranty stuff and craftsmanship but I know that is an industry wide issue. Comments would be appreciated

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Old 09-23-2018, 01:04 PM   #2
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Hello Gaer01! Welcome to the forum and to RV'ing. You are correct to be concerned about the issues with warranty and craftsmanship (huh?). If you do some diligence up front with your walk through, you may catch many of the issues that plague new owners and cause grief. The hidden issues and the issues with the internal components are few but they are there. I believe there are several pre-delivery inspection sheets and threads here on the forum. Download them all, put them together and most importantly, take your time and don't accept delivery until you are satisfied. They are in a hurry to deliver a new RV but don't let them rush you.

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Old 09-23-2018, 01:07 PM   #3
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Anything specific or infamous to Aspen trail line?
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Old 09-23-2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum - take your time and check as much out as you can during the walk through... and as soon as you get it home check the water system... We found a lot of construction debris in our Kodiak tanks and had to have the dealer get the crud out of them...
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:22 PM   #5
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Wouldn't we check the water at inspection? Or do they not do that.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:51 PM   #6
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Yes, they should have water hooked up for you. Check all sinks, showers and toilets. Also make sure they put water in fresh water tank and run everything again, this time off of the water pump.

Do not sign for the trailer until everything is fixed, DO NOT EXCEPT THEIR PROMISE TO FIX IT LATER! Get it fixed before you sign, once they have your money, their interest in making you a happy camper will diminish markedly!

Make them show you how, and in fact that everything does work. Check for loose trim and delamination on outside walls.

Get up on roof, inspect the seams/seals, any cracks, make them reseal it. If they say you can't walk on roof, make them show you pictures from someone's phone.

Turn on all electrical equipment.

Make them set up your hitch correctly.

And most of all, once they meet your expectations, get out and enjoy it
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:55 PM   #7
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Thanks a bunch
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:30 PM   #8
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I am not familiar with the specifics of your trailer but just realize it is a bunch of stuff bolted and glued onto a chassis. Almost everything they bolt on is made by someone else including the frame most likely. The woodwork, walls and roof are made by them and the guys putting everything together work pretty fast and miss things. They also use pretty cheap and lightweight components too so not exactly the highest quality stuff out there that is for sure.

But on the positive side all of us are in this boat together and odds are not a single mishap you have hasn’t already happened to one of us. And there are members on this forum that are really good at giving advice and helping you trouble shoot.

My advice is that you keep a note pad in your trailer and write down things that don’t work right or are broken as you use it the first few times. I would try and hold off on any warranty work until after a few trips out because each trip back is time consuming and frustrating. And you will likely not notice many things until after a few times out. Then repeat the process again and plan on another return trip at around the 6-9 month mark. Finally try and plan on one more trip back to the dealer at month 12 just before the warranty is up.

I actually got lucky and we got my rig dialed in after the second trip back and actually didn’t need the 12 month return.

Here are some things I suggest you check after several days out:

Fridge and freezer—keep a thermometer in it and note the temps. They typically cool best when empty but when you load them up they can heat up quite a bit. That is to be expected but it needs to cool back down again. Also, try and avoid opening the doors frequently or for long times. Not trying scare you but they are not residential appliances and they just don’t cool as well.

Doors, windows and screens. As they settle they can get out of wack. Being level is critical so make sure before you assume one is not right that you are as close to level as possible.

Toilet- make sure that it doesn’t keep running after you flush it. They don’t always seal and a small leak will be annoying and worse can water your precious fresh water tank.

Oven and stove. Gas doesn’t always flow right away but after getting the air out of your lines make sure all the burners and often light and stay lit.

Thermostat—make sure all functions work.

And my last bit of advice is to take your time hooking up, backing in and unhooking—especially when dark after a long day. I think every mishap I have ever had was after a long day of travel and trying to “just get parked”. Try and find a big parking lot and practice backing in to some painted stalls. If you drive across a painted line it is far better than a tree or power podium or massive boulder that the campground uses to delineate sites!

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:55 PM   #9
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I'm a newbie as well to being the trailer owner. There are excellent answers above me here.

I recently drove from Tucson to Knoxville, Tennessee to pick up my (new to me) 2014 Coleman 249 RB. I downloaded check out/walk through lists and added my own questions. The tech spent almost the whole day with me. We started at the top and worked our way around the trailer. I was very impressed with the patience they had at Tennessee RV with me. I hope your experience is just as good! Get your lists ready and then take your time. Don't forget to ask about where the water pump is, how to lube the axles, go over the hitching up with it again by your self with them watching. Cover your list! But most of all, take pics or video and enjoy the process of learning about your new RV!
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:46 AM   #10
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Here are a few PDI's:
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File Type: pdf PDI_V113_2.pdf (92.8 KB, 48 views)
File Type: pdf PredeliveryChecklistForTrailer2.4.pdf (150.2 KB, 44 views)


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