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Old 10-17-2018, 03:08 AM   #1
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Hey all. I just bought a 2019 wildwood x-lite. I will be in it full time with 3 dogs and a baby. I DO NOT want to deal with issues down the line... I figured this would be a good way to find out the tips and tricks for what I need to look out for. Any lessons learned out there??? Anything you wish you did when yours was new? Anything that may need extra sealing, treatments, tightening down, preplanned mainanence, monitoring, consideration, etc? Iíve noticed a few spots that seem to need to be better sealed around the tub, some loose cabinet screws, and small things. Id love so advice from people who have had to resolve issues that could have been prevented. Thanks everyone!!
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:41 AM   #2
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Read your manuals and keeping up with maintenance will help.

Keep in mind this will be used as a home and even sticks and brick houses have issues.


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Old 10-17-2018, 07:25 AM   #3
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Be able to spot and fix little things, and it sounds like you have that down. Regular inspection and repair of roof seams is important. Seriously consider putting on Eternabond tape BEFORE you have a problem. Lots of info on that on the forum and on YouTube.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:29 AM   #4
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ROOF, your unit Roof requires "Constant PM starting the Day you buy it"!! Next is All the outside "Caulking "any breach on the exterior! Youroo! !
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:30 PM   #5
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Agreed 110%. I have the roof checked every spring and fall.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:33 PM   #6
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Have a qualified company check the axles for proper alignment. No. one problem with blown tires. Also, repack all wheel bearings properly to get good wear. I don't believe these 2 items are given proper consideration by Forest River. Note...I have a 2014 32' Wildwood.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:54 PM   #7
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"DO NOT want to deal with issues down the line."

Good luck with that.

Yes, be proactive in Preventative Maintenance BUT, Feces occurs; it's just going to happen. Have a "Self Insurance Fund" set aside (at least several thousand dollars) for when you you unexpectedly find yourself in a jam. Tires ESPECIALLY need to be watched. AFTER you get your rig "Smart Weighed" you'll know what the proper inflation setting is correct for YOUR rig. If you haven't attended an RV Boot Camp, you should do so. Knowledge is power.
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Hey all. I just bought a 2019 wildwood x-lite. I will be in it full time with 3 dogs and a baby. I DO NOT want to deal with issues down the line... I figured this would be a good way to find out the tips and tricks for what I need to look out for. Any lessons learned out there??? Anything you wish you did when yours was new? Anything that may need extra sealing, treatments, tightening down, preplanned mainanence, monitoring, consideration, etc? Iíve noticed a few spots that seem to need to be better sealed around the tub, some loose cabinet screws, and small things. Id love so advice from people who have had to resolve issues that could have been prevented. Thanks everyone!!
Are you going to be full time on the move or parked permanently full time? This will make the difference on some suggestions.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:33 PM   #9
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For me, roof maintenance is #1. Most water intrusion problems are roof related and create the costliest problems.
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Foam around floor penetrations where wires, plumbing or ducting (by bathtub possibly) comes through.
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