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Old 08-18-2016, 12:52 AM   #1
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Bought a preowned. What to ask dealer?

I just bought a 2012 Wolf Pup 17rr. I'm driving 1,000 to pick it up. my question: what sort of things do I ask the dealer? What did you wish you asked? Assume I know nothing. Towing with a 1/2 ton Silverado, so no issues there.

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Old 08-18-2016, 07:19 AM   #2
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If you've already bought it, there's not much to ask except making sure everything works as it's supposed to.

Go out of your way to make sure they operate each and every device on the unit.
Weight distributing hitch,
Brake lights,
Tail/running lights,
Turn signals,
Interior lights,
Interior and exterior 120 volt receptacles,
Air conditioner,
Water pump,
Water Heater,
Vent hood fan,
Bathroom vent fan,
Garage door,
Tongue jack,
And anything else that runs or moves.

Also either you or them need to ensure that all the tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.

Don't just take their word for it either, make them show you that it works and how it works. They probably won't want to run the furnace, but make them. It's important.

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Old 08-18-2016, 07:52 AM   #3
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I would approach it just like buying a new trailer with the understanding some things may show ware. Absolutely require them to show you how everything works. good luck with your purchase
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:05 AM   #4
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If it was sold as in good condition ( everything working). Make sure everything is working before you leave the dealer. Do not accept " take it and use it and you can bring it back for us to fix what you find does not work" Even if they hold to their word, you will always be on the bottom of the list as there is any labor is out of their pocket.
If you are really new as you state, record any equipment demos you are concerned about.
Ask why was it traded in?
Are there any defects ?
Check roof for damage and sealant . If you see new sealant question why it is there.
Don't expect perfect, but make sure it meets your needs then use it and have fun.

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Old 08-18-2016, 08:09 AM   #5
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Ask if the wheel bearings have recently been re-packed. Then when you get home do it again yourself to be sure they are ready to go.
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:31 AM   #6
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Thanks to all. I have a popup, but have never used anything other than the stove. So water, toilet, power, etc is all new to me.

Bama: That list is EXACTLY what I was looking for.
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:16 AM   #7
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Take notes, this is very important. You might only have one time to have someone show you how to do something and there will be so much information that you might not remember it all. If you have never hooked up a camper at a campground before, make sure you find out what hose goes where. I have two different dump places on my rv, a forward one and one in the rear. It took me a while to figure which one to keep hooked up.
Also make a check list to use before moving your camper. Also a check list when you get to the campground for set up. If there are two of you traveling it isn't a bad idea for both to check so each thing will be double checked.
Don't take anything for granted. I pulled my TT for 13 years and never had any problems with it. I did have bolts come loose to my hitch on my TV.
Drive carefully, don't let your TT start swaying, make sure your brakes are up to the job of stopping you.
Have fun and enjoy your camper.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:26 PM   #8
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In addition to the already good suggestions, I would ensure:

- operating manuals for each appliance is included
- check dates on propane tanks to ensure they've not been swapped out with older or expired tanks.
- all cranking device tools are included
- if the dealer was the original new selling dealer, ask to review any service or warranty records.
- check the state of the battery.
- not only that the gas appliances light, but, they burn a nice blue flame that they should.

Can't think anything else.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:35 PM   #9
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I would add "How to winterize and de-winterize" since you will be 1,000 miles from anyone (besides us) who will show you "for free".

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Old 08-18-2016, 08:28 PM   #10
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One other item - have them remove and replace the anode rod in the water heater if it has one. Make sure the new one can be screwed in properly - threads tend to wear out over time.

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