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Old 05-24-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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PDI or lack thereof - what now?

My dealer had the salesperson do the PDI with us vs a technician. The only thing is after I viewed my owner's manual and saw of copy of what the Coachmen PDI looks like, I found out that he didn't go over many of the listed items on the form.

Didn't test AC because it was 65 degrees that morning or heat either because it wasn't cold enough. He did go through the hot water tank and operation, but we never tested it. Toilet flushed. Slides worked. Awning too. So that's a plus. And a bunch of other small things.

He did show or point out a lot of the features of the TT, just didn't test or operate many of them. I didn't really think much about it at that point because I knew I was taking the TT home that day anyway, and would have some time to go through it.

So what do you recommend? Did you test every button and switch in your TT before taking delivery? Microwave, oven, outdoor shower, stereo, etc? Or did you just do the major items? I need to know what to look for (that might not be so obvious) before I consider this thing camping-ready.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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Camp in your driveway for a night this weekend. Pretend you are at a campsite and you will need hot water, shower, fridge, freezer ect. Yes, try every button, deploy the awning, try a grill and stove ect..
Have fun!
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PS: Buying my 2011 used, we tested everything. The PDI took 3 hours.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:09 PM   #3
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That's a great idea! Except I'm going inside to use the bathroom...LOL!
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My dealer had the salesperson do the PDI with us vs a technician. The only thing is after I viewed my owner's manual and saw of copy of what the Coachmen PDI looks like, I found out that he didn't go over many of the listed items on the form.

Didn't test AC because it was 65 degrees that morning or heat either because it wasn't cold enough. He did go through the hot water tank and operation, but we never tested it. Toilet flushed. Slides worked. Awning too. So that's a plus. And a bunch of other small things.

He did show or point out a lot of the features of the TT, just didn't test or operate many of them. I didn't really think much about it at that point because I knew I was taking the TT home that day anyway, and would have some time to go through it.

So what do you recommend? Did you test every button and switch in your TT before taking delivery? Microwave, oven, outdoor shower, stereo, etc? Or did you just do the major items? I need to know what to look for (that might not be so obvious) before I consider this thing camping-ready.
You answered you own Question, (Test Everything Before You Buy it) or you are going to have (Lots of practice -Hooking back up),to Return to the Dealer! At times there is lots of (Little Things) that can be corrected (Before) you try to use them. Youroo!!
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You answered you own Question, (Test Everything Before You Buy it) or you are going to have (Lots of practice -Hooking back up),to Return to the Dealer! At times there is lots of (Little Things) that can be corrected (Before) you try to use them. Youroo!!
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You paid for a PDI, IMHO you did not get one or your monies worth.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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You paid for a PDI, IMHO you did not get one or your monies worth.
In my defense, a little...I didn't know what a PDI even was until I got home and read my warranty book. In my mind, at the dealer, I was experiencing an "orientation" of sorts...kind of what like most car dealers do when you purchase a new car. They sit there and explain some of the most noted features of your vehicle with you, but they don't explain what every single button does and/or test every feature.

Now I know for my next TT that I should take it more like a new home walkthrough and punchlist. Lesson learned.
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I purchased my 5er in Spokane,WA in January. It was well below freezing and my PDI didn't include anything to do with water and the A/C was only briefly turned on to see if it would at least attempt to work. The dealer said they simply don't do that in the winter. Otherwise it was was a decent PDI. I then spent 4 hours driving it over snow covered mountain passes back home to where it was even colder. After the weather finally warmed this spring we spent several nights yard camping to assure everything worked. We filled it with water and cooked/showered/used the bathroom, etc. along with trying the A/C and fridge for longer periods. We tested every button and switch we could to make sure everything from the TVs to the hot water electric element worked as it should. Fortunately, the 2 very minor issues we found were easily fixed by myself. After all the horror stories I have read on hear about poor quality I was pleasantly surprised that mine was in such great shape.
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The term PDI seems to mean two things. All dealers consider a PDI as an inspection of the unit and its systems that "they" do prior to delivery to you, the customer. We consider a PDI something we do along with the dealer in order to both inspect and get an education.

Both are right - the dealer should have tested all systems before you came in to pick up the camper. Give them a call and ask to make sure. At those temps you were talking about, they certainly should have been able to run everything - even the AC.

Since you now have delivery, do the driveway camping that was mentioned above. Here's a list of items you should look for and test... Forest River Forums - Downloads - PDI Checklist

You will probably find some things (hopefully small items only) that need to be taken care of so don't be dismayed - its almost inevitable.

Anyway, congrats on your new camper and have fun now that you have it!
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The term PDI seems to mean two things. All dealers consider a PDI as an inspection of the unit and its systems that "they" do prior to delivery to you, the customer. We consider a PDI something we do along with the dealer in order to both inspect and get an education.

Both are right - the dealer should have tested all systems before you came in to pick up the camper. Give them a call and ask to make sure. At those temps you were talking about, they certainly should have been able to run everything - even the AC.

Since you now have delivery, do the driveway camping that was mentioned above. Here's a list of items you should look for and test... Forest River Forums - Downloads - PDI Checklist

You will probably find some things (hopefully small items only) that need to be taken care of so don't be dismayed - its almost inevitable.

Anyway, congrats on your new camper and have fun now that you have it!
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