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Old 04-13-2021, 01:17 PM   #1
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Check new units carefully

OK, just noticed another quality control issue. there is NO caulking around my outdoor kitchen... Zero, nada, zip... I see the foam backing that establishes a barrier but it doesn't appear to be water "proof." From the inside, no leakage...but that would just be a matter of time.

Off to get Marine clear silicone or whatever it is... Gotta wait till I get a day at least in the 50's with the sun on it. Grrrr... So far, the rear light covers fell off, they "fixed" them with silicone as they would not "click" into place and they fell off again. So, I pointed it out and they put a new set of NON-OEM ones on. lots of little fit and finish things, and sealed up a hole where the water lines go into the belly of the trailer. It looks like a fix at the plant after manufacture and they didn't seal up the hole.

I expected these thing, to be honest, but still frustrating... I have a new Aspen Trail 2340BHSWE.
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:32 PM   #2
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Most definitely not standing up for the manufacturer but it is not always their fault when crap happens.
The tail light covers falling off isn't their fault, they didn't make the assembly they only bought a car load of the cheapest stuff available.


RVs and camping go together and that's nature. The manufacturer supports nature and its critters so they don't take special pains to seal all the penetration points on the units. When camping the mice and spiders and ants need an easy access point so there it is.


Also, keep in mind, if the unit is entirely sealed tighter than a bull's a$$ at fly time there wouldn't be anywhere fro the water to drain when a pipe breaks or slips off a connector.


Now see, don't you feel bad now that you understand?
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:38 PM   #3
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Most definitely not standing up for the manufacturer but it is not always their fault when crap happens.
The tail light covers falling off isn't their fault, they didn't make the assembly they only bought a car load of the cheapest stuff available.


RVs and camping go together and that's nature. The manufacturer supports nature and its critters so they don't take special pains to seal all the penetration points on the units. When camping the mice and spiders and ants need an easy access point so there it is.


Also, keep in mind, if the unit is entirely sealed tighter than a bull's a$$ at fly time there wouldn't be anywhere fro the water to drain when a pipe breaks or slips off a connector.


Now see, don't you feel bad now that you understand?
Much better... I knew I would have..."issues." All the core systems are working fine and that was my main concern so, I'm good. I can fix the rest myself. As soon as it quits snowing and going down the the teens, yes, I live in Montana and it is April 19th with four or more inches of snow falling... I will pressurize the water system while I have the bed and under sink and under stove opened.

I noticed that the undersink storage on these is really kind of not well done. I'm working on it but found one from 2018 in a vid (look at 1:25 into the video) and they did a much better job with the under sink storage back then. I wonder why they changed it... They did put the stainless sink in, but there is still room for a drawer in there and the shelf and the door by the main door to the trailer.

I'm getting ideas and you can either build or buy drawers/internal doors and buy make facing.
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Old 05-20-2021, 03:32 PM   #4
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Ordered a 4225 and also lined up an RV Inspection at the dealer to be completed during the PDI. Especially in this environment with absenteeism high in manufacturing plants and laborers doing jobs they don't normally complete.
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:18 PM   #5
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Much better... I knew I would have..."issues." All the core systems are working fine and that was my main concern so, I'm good. I can fix the rest myself. As soon as it quits snowing and going down the the teens, yes, I live in Montana and it is April 19th with four or more inches of snow falling... I will pressurize the water system while I have the bed and under sink and under stove opened.

I noticed that the undersink storage on these is really kind of not well done. I'm working on it but found one from 2018 in a vid (look at 1:25 into the video) and they did a much better job with the under sink storage back then. I wonder why they changed it... They did put the stainless sink in, but there is still room for a drawer in there and the shelf and the door by the main door to the trailer.

I'm getting ideas and you can either build or buy drawers/internal doors and buy make facing.
I did the door mod to improve access to the huge area under the sink and put in a second level and as part of this discovered "handles" that also work as towel holders. Very nice perfect match for the OEM handles.
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Old 01-03-2022, 07:10 PM   #6
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Our 2021 Colman has been back to the dealer since September.
(4 months) Working on the LONG list of defects from the factory.
Nothing huge individually. Mostly hinges not lining up. Issues with the toilet, Lots of trim pieces not glued down, fixtures not screwed in all the way. Crap like that.
Seems like this is common.
The service tech when we took delivery said.
" Write it ALL down. Bring it back. We will fix it all. but you have to hit the window."
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Old 01-03-2022, 07:31 PM   #7
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Our 2021 Colman has been back to the dealer since September.
(4 months) Working on the LONG list of defects from the factory.
Nothing huge individually. Mostly hinges not lining up. Issues with the toilet, Lots of trim pieces not glued down, fixtures not screwed in all the way. Crap like that.
Seems like this is common.
The service tech when we took delivery said.
" Write it ALL down. Bring it back. We will fix it all. but you have to hit the window."
Sorry to hear about your issues. Unfortunately, we always recommend a pre delivery inspection and tell everyone NOT to make final payments or take delivery until everything checks out. You will get it done MUCH FASTER . You will loose a few days at the beginning but it's better than a few months without your RV.

Hope all turns out well.
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Old 01-04-2022, 12:40 AM   #8
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Mine is now in since Oct. But it's Jan in MT. I'm OK till about April. The floor under the slide ripped up. That's holding up the repair.
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