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Old 09-30-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Red face Tips appreciated- getting my Georgetown!

I am going to pick up my new 2009 Georgetown model 378 on Friday. Very excited. Any tips on what to look for / ask when doing the walkthrough?

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Old 09-30-2009, 02:09 PM   #2
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Make them operate everything...I mean everything. The heater, stove, oven, Miro, water pumb, AC, jacks, cameras, septic tank sensors, gennie, and anything else that can be turned on, turned off, pushed, turned, pulled.

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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Take your camera and take pictures or VIDEO as they show you
how to operate everything and show you every valve, drain,
switch or electronic device.
Take notes if you can't do video.
Spend a night in it ASAP.
Consider spending a night in their parking lot if it's a long drive
to your place.
You will think of things they didn't cover!
Don't be bashful.
It's your money!!
Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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Check the sticker on the hitch rating. It is supposed to be 5000#.
Mine had a #3500lb on it. Make them swap it out if it is.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:48 PM   #5
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Everything said here is great advice. Also on the 378 DO NOT put anything electronic or subject to damage because of high heat in the cubby hole above the fireplace. It gets really hot in there and can fry stuff quick. We also noticed that the rear TV was mounted flat to the wall and being that it's LCD could not be seen while laying in bed. Poor design on FRs part there. Also know that the leveling system will not work WITHOUT the parking brake set and the engine running, the slides and awning won't work WITH the engine running. So, level the rig first then shut the engine off to open the slides and awning. Seems simple enough but it's stuff we didn't know when we first took delivery on ours.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:56 PM   #6
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THANKS ALL! you folks are great! I have been reading this forum and it is truly awesome
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:17 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new GT 378. I'm sure you'll really enjoy it. One thing I caution everyone to check is the cord connection inside the box in the rear compartment. Do so with the cord unplugged. Check the connections of each wire in the lugs inside the box. Our neutral wire was not completely tight resulting in the wire as well as the lug frying. Had it not shown on our Xantrex Invertor Control Panel that we added, we would have never known there was any problem.

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Old 10-06-2009, 07:44 PM   #8
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Yes keep an eye on your tires, and if you suspect the alignment is off have it checked. I just bought a new Georgetown in May 09. Drove it home and took a few short trips and had about 1300 miles on it. Checked the air several times always at 80 psi. Then I left for a one month trip to CA, when I got back as I was checking the tires I noticed the left front had about half the tread as the others, which I verified with calipers. This is at 5800 miles now. The right front had some wear on the inside edge. Took it to an alignment shop and the toe was off quite a bit, camber also off. I went ahead and swapped the LF with the new spare I had bought 2 months earlier for $330. After further research I found this is quite common. Lesson learned even with a brand new rig, have the alignment checked. $150 well spent. Dealer said no way FR will pay for alignment with 5800 miles on rig, but it takes a while to notice the wear, although I wasn't checking for wear, I just noticed it because it became obvious.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:56 PM   #9
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Have them show you the valve to let water into/ or bypass the hot water tank.

Let's say you don't find that valve, and you get cold water from the hot taps so you fiddle with the tank and turn on the electric heating element which immediately burns up because the tank is empty...

Happened to "a friend"... :-)
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:59 PM   #10
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Something else I did.. (warning I'm a very detailed oriented type of guy)

My 370XL came with literally dozens of manuals.

I took an evening and read them all looking for maintenance items and things to add to my various checklists.

I keep the manuals in the RV, but use my checklists 99% of time.

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