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Old 11-18-2014, 09:53 AM   #11
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cswartz another hint. And I am sorry for not stressing this earlier. Get a surge protection unit. If you ever want use shore power (50 amp service), you are risking a power surge that can fry all that new fancy stuff in your coach. I took my Progressive built-in unit with me to delivery and it was installed as a part of the delivery. It is not complicated to install but Camping World will have all the right tools. Some will tell you, they don't have a protector and never had a problem. My thought was for $300 +-, I could make sure that my $100k vacation home was protected.

PS: I have had the surge unit kick out and back on because of a surge twice now in 45 days glamping.

Footnote: I bought this unit http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In.../dp/B0050EH0FE. I use Amazon Prime so quick delivery and easy returns.

bama is spot on with his Porter Cable unit. I bought the same sort of unit - I just liked the enclosed look. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:56 AM   #12
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I feel the excitement - <SNIP>

Enjoy - and head out as soon as possible.
BigBen makes another good point here....

When we took delivery of our rig, our dealer recommended if at all possible that we conclude our PDI by "packing up and going camping" ...right next door at the adjacent KOA that our dealer owned

This worked really well! We finished our PDI in the afternoon, prepped our rig for the road (under the tech's watchful eye) and drove off to camp (all of 1/8th a mile down the road tothe KOA )

Spending the first night in the rig immediately AFTER the PDI & walkthrough reinforced all the info that had been thrown at us AND provided a very nice "lifeline" should we need it. We spent the evening futzing with all the stuff on our rig, cooking dinner in our new kitchen, and having a great "getting to know you" experience with our new RV.

The next morning, a tech from the dealer came by our site at @ 0830 and checked in with us. We had some minor issues which he fixed on the spot and one major issue that was fixed at the shop before we headed home with our new 5er.

Hopefully a similar venu will be available to you (some Camping Worlds have adjacent RV Camps)

Best of luck &
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:03 AM   #13
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Yep - spend a night in the unit. RUN EVERYTHING. Furnace, AC, Stove, Oven, TV switch units, levelers, yadda, yadda, yadda. Layout all the manuals and make that your home work. Make you a bet, you'll not be able to operate something. Too much stuff to be able to remember it all during the PDI.

One of the great things about many of the Camping World sites - they have full hookup sites - on site. We are positive many have these 'cause we will pull in and stay with Camping World when just needing an overnighter.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:26 AM   #14
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cswartz another hint. And I am sorry for not stressing this earlier. Get a surge protection unit. If you ever want use shore power (50 amp service), you are risking a power surge that can fry all that new fancy stuff in your coach. I took my Progressive built-in unit with me to delivery and it was installed as a part of the delivery. It is not complicated to install but Camping World will have all the right tools. Some will tell you, they don't have a protector and never had a problem. My thought was for $300 +-, I could make sure that my $100k vacation home was protected.

PS: I have had the surge unit kick out and back on because of a surge twice now in 45 days glamping.

Footnote: I bought this unit http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In.../dp/B0050EH0FE. I use Amazon Prime so quick delivery and easy returns.
X2 BigBen

The three most important things a new RV'er needs:

1. Power Management System:
http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In...agement+50+amp

(If you become a Good Sam member, Camping World has a special installation deal - $25 or something like that - worth the cost of membership and Good Same has GREAT rates on RV insurance to boot!)

2. Water Pressure Regulator:
Amazon.com: Camco 40064 Brass Water Pressure Regulator with Gauge: Automotive

3. Rhinoflex Sewer System:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39761-Rh...hinoflex+sewer

You will buy dozens of other items and gadgets but these three items will:
*save you thousands in blown electricial systems (and yep, BigBen is right I have hit no less than 4 camps this year with flaky power!)

* Save you bunches on blowen water systems (overpressure water can blow out your plumbing and cost you a bundle! ) And, YES, I have hit a couple camps this year with measured water pressure at 70PSI!

* do you REALLY want your sewer hose to fail? Don't skimp here! Rhinoflex is the industry standard - anything else (including the freebie Camping World is liable to give you!) is flirting with a disaster you do NOT want happening to you! Ask me sometime how I personally know this...
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:59 PM   #15
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Welcome cswartz and congrats on the new Georgetown.
You are here and asking the right questions and I'm sure you will get lots.

All I can suggest is....
1. Have someone video tape your walk around when they are showing how things work. Ask questions like how do change this or open this, or what if it stops working while camping.

2. Go to You Tube and watch all the videos on how to safely drive a motorhome. Very helpful for beginners.
It is not a car or a truck you must always remember that.
Know how high your rig is and wide.

See the Motorhome Drivers Confidence videos here.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...J9XZ6gswifZWGa


Make sure they installed tire valve extensions so you can easily check tire pressure.

Oh make sure they fill up the gas tank and full propane tank.
Also verify they filled the tires to specs as it is posted on the wall behind drivers seat. Probably 90 psi

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Old 11-18-2014, 07:22 PM   #16
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Spot on Iggy. cswartz - is this beginning to sound like a broken record? Take your time with the PDI - tendency is to get through it and begin enjoying BUT don't rush. Unless the dealer is going to drive the unit, check your own air pressure yourself. You will soon figure out why valve extensions and compressors are a BIG deal.

But remember enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:23 PM   #17
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You've gotten lots of great advice, so I'll just say welcome and enjoy the family time with your kids. It doesn't get any better than this. You will find the nicest people out there that share the passion and are always willing to help...especially newbies, as we all were.

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Old 11-20-2014, 11:46 AM   #18
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Thanks Iggy, BigBen, HSVBamaBob, Gasman94, ChrisBailey13 & Bend302 for your tips and product links. You guys are proving 100% that RVing is a community of wonderful people. Camping World is installing my surge protector and I will be ordering the other items you recommended on Amazon. My PDI is in the next few days...so I I'll be ready. Thanks again.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:29 AM   #19
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No thanks needed - but it is great to hear. Don't get overwhelmed by all of this - learn and enjoy your great home on wheels.
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Old 11-22-2014, 11:50 PM   #20
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Oklahoma get cold as I recall! Be sure your PDI walks you through how to winterize...specifically low point drains location...water heater bypass valve locations...and hot water tank anode/drain location.
All good luck and welcome to the "family"!
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