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Old 02-22-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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Things to check on a new 3051S

I could use some help we purchased a new 3051S at an RV show and when we picked it up the walk thru was a joke. We gave them a week to fix 5 things before pick up and they fixed 1, said they had to order parts. So it has to go back for warranty work soon. My job today is to go over it and check for any other issues that need to be addressed. My list so far is not bad course we haven't put water in it yet, so if you had any leaks please let me know where to look.

Please let me know of any problems areas you had I might not think to check for.

I hate to put water in it yet and then have to send it 2 hours North for service in this freaky weather. I would rather it sit under cover and winterized till I'm sure it's safe not to freeze. We have an April trip so I think we will be checking soon so it can get in for service before. Some of the stories I read about warranty work are scary.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:24 PM   #2
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On mine all the drains from the kitchen and bath room sinks were loose. Would have made a nice mess if hadn't caught this. Also the water feed to the toilet , the clamp wasn't crimped pipe just pushed on. Good luck with yours hope you don't have too many problems.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:45 PM   #3
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I used checklists I put together from this forum actually.

For the water since our used one was winterized as well, they hooked up large container of the pink stuff to auction side of water pump and we fired up all faucets etc. Will have to flush more in spring but verified all for leaks etc.

All items we found were fixed before we would sign off and do any paperwork.

If you need the checklist I used pm me and I can send the converted PDF copy.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:58 PM   #4
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Things to check on a new 3051S

Check the caulking around all the hatches,windows and lights. Mine was terrible but I cleaned mine up. Didn't want it sitting at a dealership forever to do a 2 hour job. Roof seals were great though
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:36 PM   #5
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When we picked ours up we had a good walk thru and found no issues. After a couple of weeks we found a small leak in a window. This was repaired quickly. One of the rails on the pantry broke and after the part was ordered repaired quickly. I think the design has changed on the pantry I think this was a major improvement. Too late for me, but I added two more sets of rails and fixed the problem (more support). Overall we are real pleased with our purchase.
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:50 PM   #6
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Thank you all so much for the things to look for, so far I haven't added to my original list everything is looking pretty good.

I do worry (way too much) about the water pump. I was always told to never turn the water pump on without water in the tank. I'm concerned because this unit has the keypad and I sure hope kids playing with it at the RV show didn't turn it on. Should I be concerned?

So glad I didn't buy this unit on Thursday at the show when we came back on Sunday to purchase I was really wanting to kick people & unruly kids out after we signed the paperwork. I believe my refrigerator door handle suffered some abuse from the show, it's on my list one side is like a loose tooth.

ETA: At the show on the refrig there was lots of paperwork on the correct way to remove the plastic, which didn't involve just pulling it off. When we picked it up you could tell from the plastic under the handles they just pulled it off and the paperwork was gone. Which could be my problem.
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I could use some help we purchased a new 3051S at an RV show and when we picked it up the walk thru was a joke. We gave them a week to fix 5 things before pick up and they fixed 1, said they had to order parts. So it has to go back for warranty work soon. My job today is to go over it and check for any other issues that need to be addressed. My list so far is not bad course we haven't put water in it yet, so if you had any leaks please let me know where to look.
If they hadn't fix all the issues when you went to pick it up would have told them I'll be back when you have it all ready to go. How do you know if they even ordered any parts? What parts? So now there is no urgency to get it right, they've got your money. When you take it back for the parts installation be prepared to have it sit there for a while. If the PDI was a joke just what makes you think the service will be any better. I hope my concerns about your experience doesn't upset you but I've read about this kind of thing far too often and I hope you get everything fixed promptly. Since you are in a cold clime I hope they show you how to winterize and dewinterize.
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I do worry (way too much) about the water pump. I was always told to never turn the water pump on without water in the tank. I'm concerned because this unit has the keypad and I sure hope kids playing with it at the RV show didn't turn it on. Should I be concerned?

Don't worry about the pump its designed to be able to run without water in it. As for the handles , easy to remove them and replace if necessary, you may want to try it yourself , they aren't the most reliable design .
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If they hadn't fix all the issues when you went to pick it up would have told them I'll be back when you have it all ready to go. How do you know if they even ordered any parts? What parts? So now there is no urgency to get it right, they've got your money. When you take it back for the parts installation be prepared to have it sit there for a while. If the PDI was a joke just what makes you think the service will be any better. I hope my concerns about your experience doesn't upset you but I've read about this kind of thing far too often and I hope you get everything fixed promptly. Since you are in a cold clime I hope they show you how to winterize and dewinterize.
We were trading one in and the parts they had to order were a door for the TV jack area and a knob for the skylight shade (they insist on replacing the whole thing said knob was welded on). I too was a little worried but I got an email today that the parts were in, so I guess we will fill with water & finish checking out and send it in. I too have read the horror stories but so far our issues aren't that bad. We had an older man whom I don't think ever owned a MH do our walk thru, service manager said he would get it taken care of.

My plan is to send an email (which didn't work with my salesman upon pick up) with all my issues before hand. I now need a knob for the Truck side mirror adjustment, we can only adjust right side. I'm sure that won't be in stock, so they can order it before we take it.

I hope they will take care of everything and not ruin our camping season. I will be a mean little witch if they don't.
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Check surfaces

We picked up our new 3051S last May and the problems we had were mostly scratched surfaces. There were quite a few scratches in the solid surface kitchen countertop, scratches in the vanity mirror and the door of the microwave/convection oven was badly scratched. The dealer made note of these items and Forest River paid for the kitchen countertop to be polished out. They also sent a new microwave/conv oven which we had swapped out by a local RV repair shop. The back sofa cushion was also damaged with a scratch/gouge in the ultraleather, so the factory sent us a new back cushion.
Just be sure to check all the surfaces for these kind of things. I don't think the factory workers are very careful when they assemble these units.
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