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Old 11-17-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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NEW RV'er Seeking Advice/Suggestions (2015 FR GT 350XL)

Hello everyone,

I am taking delivery this week of our very first motorhome, which is a 2015 Forest River Georgetown 350XL bunkhouse that we ordered from the factory via Camping World, which just arrived. My family (wife, 2 kids (7 year old boy & 3 year old girl) and I are super excited, but my head is spinning with all the information I have been trying to process about my coach and this new hobby/lifestyle.

I have really enjoyed reading all the great tips posted on this Forum and was requesting any and all advice and suggestions that will help me begin this excited new adventure. Tips regarding how to upgrade my coach, questions for the dealer RE: delivery, travel destinations, warranties, driving, etc. I am trying absorb everything.

Thanks!
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:10 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the new Coach I love that floor plan.


You might want to look into two sets of headphones for the bunk beds.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


These work great and they allow each bunk to watch what they want, plus you have an extra headset for each bunk in case they mysteriously break as electronics do with kids.


It would also be a good idea to figure out how to connect the Bunk Bed Skyworth TV's to the 12v inverter that the Refrigerator uses, so the bunks will have tv, without having to run the Generator.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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cswartz,


Does the Camping World have facilities where you can spend a night in the Coach at or near their facility when you first get it? That is a great opportunity to touch and move everything that you might not get to do during the Delivery walk through.


Also, you might want to video the walk through if you are not familiar with the workings of the coach so you can review them later, and DON"T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If the person performing your walkthrough can't answer a queston, have them find someone that can.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:34 AM   #4
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Nice to have and essentials

Congrats on the new coach. There are LOTS of things you can do BUT there are some things I called essentials that are (IMO) GOTTA dos.

We bought the 351DS last month after owning a larger TT. Did as you have done - read - read - read.

Here is my list of GOTTAs:

1. Air compressor
2. If necessary add valve stem extensions to make air pressure a non-event.
3. Small tool kit with adjustable wrench, pliers, vise grips, screwdrivers (battery powered) and velcro.
4. Tire pressure monitoring system
5. Surge protector.
6. Access to this forum.

Not sure of your experience level but these are the must haves for us.

Remember the time to make sure it works, is before you take delivery!! The most extensive checklist I've seen is here RV Inspection Checklist.

We've taken a camera to our two deliveries. Some of the stuff you just won't understand or remember. Take pictures and videos with self-narration.

Also - come back here and ask questions. The membership here is terrific. Have seen very little "flaming" and that's good. So come back here search, read, ask as you need.

Remember - have fun.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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If you have never driven a motorhome or large truck, the following is worth a look.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...J9XZ6gswifZWGa


There are several videos here that are pretty helpful.

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Old 11-17-2014, 10:44 AM   #6
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Hello everyone,

I am taking delivery this week of our very first motorhome, which is a 2015 Forest River Georgetown 350XL bunkhouse that we ordered from the factory via Camping World, which just arrived. My family (wife, 2 kids (7 year old boy & 3 year old girl) and I are super excited, but my head is spinning with all the information I have been trying to process about my coach and this new hobby/lifestyle.

I have really enjoyed reading all the great tips posted on this Forum and was requesting any and all advice and suggestions that will help me begin this excited new adventure. Tips regarding how to upgrade my coach, questions for the dealer RE: delivery, travel destinations, warranties, driving, etc. I am trying absorb everything.

Thanks!
Welcome to the forums CSWartz! AND - welcome to the RV Lifestyle!!

While some have mentioned goodies you may want to purchase for your new RV, the #1 overriding MOST IMPORTANT task ahead is your Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI)

I cannot over emphasize the importance of this! No matter how reliable your dealer is, you want to absolutely positively make sure everything is in working order on your new RV.

There is a file in the forums that is a good PDI checklist: Forest River Forums - Downloads - PDI Checklist

In addition, I am attaching a PDI checklist from my files as well. please take a look at this and by all means, call camping World and tell them that you have a extensive PDI checklist you want to go over with them BEFORE you accept delivery this week. The PDI can easily take several hours and is the single area you should never skimp on! (We have a very good dealer and our PDI took 6 hours for a 5th wheel - yours may take as much or more shince you are purchasing a motorhome)

best of luck and feel free to ask away if you have any questions!
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:53 AM   #7
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As Bama said - Delivery is the BIGGEST deal. Once you take delivery, what is between you and the road is next. Tires inflated and checked is a large safety issue. Trying to find an air pump is mission impossible. Gotta have a way to make sure.
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Thanks everyone for your great tips and I will definitely make sure to bring those PDI checklists with me. I met my tech today who will be doing my alk though and he has been doing it many years at that location. He was very cool and it was awesome to see my rig today with all the televisions and lights on, with the slides out. It is going to be awesome!! I am glad I have this forum to lean on for guidance and assistance. I appreciate it.
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I feel the excitement - we are fairly new to this ourselves. BUT - remember you are buying what we refer to as our 2nd home on wheels. Just like when you bought your home, you will do a through walk through and some sort of a "punch list". Same deal here made.

Glad you got a knowledgeable tech, we got a pleasant young man. But when he didn't know that the steering wheel tilted or that the bunk bed ladder was in the storage area, I woke up a bit.

Enjoy - and head out as soon as possible.
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As Bama said - Delivery is the BIGGEST deal. Once you take delivery, what is between you and the road is next. Tires inflated and checked is a large safety issue. Trying to find an air pump is mission impossible. Gotta have a way to make sure.
Good Point BigBen! Not just FINDING a place to air your tires, but finding a place you can get your rig,TOAD, and whatever in to can be a challenge. MUCH easier to pull into a rest area and get this toy out of the basement...

$150 well spent - this is a good thing to keep around the rig for all sorts of tasks (not only does it air up tires, but is is a handy tool to blow out lines for winterizing, power air tools, and occasionally goose the dog with a shot of compressed air )

Amazon.com: PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor with 13-Piece Accessory Kit: Home Improvement
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