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Old 09-29-2013, 01:05 AM   #11
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Videotape your pdi. Make them show you not just tell you how to do everything and then you return the demo. If it turns on, off, opens closes, or moves etc test it. Even have them open up where the water heater and water pump are and have them show you the winterization and dewinterization processes. Also have them demonstrate hitching and unhitching the wdh/sway control. Pay close attention to this. Practice it there and again when you get home. Do not hand any money over until everything is fixed to your satisfaction. Do not agree to come back under warranty as most dealerships keep your tt for weeks and you lose out on valuable camping time. If they don't have your $$$ yet then they are motivated to work harder to get it.

As others have said, I would take a week to set it up and then camp in it otherwise you will feel rushed to get it out without waiting for it to be right. Enjoy it and happy camping.

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Old 09-29-2013, 04:18 AM   #12
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we have done it 5 times, sometimes it was problem free others a disaster. It seems every time we did it , it was at least 94 degrees and the dealership only had 30 amp service so we could not turn on both a/c units in each RV, so sweat was the rule of the day.

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Old 09-29-2013, 05:49 AM   #13
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Its best to call your salesperson and let them know...1. ITS a PDI ..not a sales person pitching .. trying to sell you "UP GRADES".. better ..faucets..better shower sprayer...Bedroom tv mounts..the list goes on forever... and want to see everything operate properly..and learn about what ever you need to..2. IF..All that goes well.. and you can take your coach that day ...Make a list of things that you want to have on your trip.Ahead of time..all of you can do this together ..good luck
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:03 AM   #14
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take along the operation manuals wherever you go. If you forgot something or it was not covered, it might be in a manual
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:14 AM   #15
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Left home one July morning this year at 7:30, arrived at the dealer's location (112 miles east) around 9:15. We had purchased the trailer three days previous, came home, and I'd studied everything I could find out about it on the internet. It was a new 2014 Flagstaff 832IKBS, and we were done with the inspection/PDI by 10:30, and underway for home. That time included the final paperwork . . . no trade-in, just an outright sale. We asked LOTS of questions during the walk through, and tried most of the things we were shown.

We arrived back at home around 12:30, with one stop along the way for lunch. Everything from the prior trailer was sorted and ready for the new rig. We had it loaded by 2:30, including food for a three day shakedown cruise. We pulled out at 3:00, drove east 40 miles to the lakeside campground, and were set up by 4:30.

Was it easy? Yes and no. We were prepared, and everything came off perfectly, without delays at any point, and with a new trailer that was firing on all cylinders from the beginning. Would I recommend it? No. Only each individual can make that determination, since so many factors can/will be involved. We've been camping for four decades, so have this all down pretty well.

Was it worth it? Oh yeah! Supper under the awning at 6:00, and sunset from the easy chairs. Was the day emotional and draining? Absolutely. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat.

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Old 09-29-2013, 06:41 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Ford Idaho View Post
Make them show you that EVERYTHING works.
Water pump, heater.
Lights inside and out.

You are paying for this service, get your monies worth.

Question, ask tons of them.

How bad do you want to see your plan work?
They had everything running when we picked up our Wildcat. Well everything but the furnace and they cycled that for us.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:47 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Filthy Beast View Post
They had everything running when we picked up our Wildcat. Well everything but the furnace and they cycled that for us.

From what I have been reading you are among the lucky ones.

This lack of proper introduction (pdi) is fast becoming my new Pet Peeve.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:54 AM   #18
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Download a PDI list from this forum. This will help you not to forget or overlook something. And if your RV dealer is not close to home I would have a shake down stay at a CG close to the dealer. May save you traveling back to the dealer for things to be fixed.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:24 AM   #19
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We showed up on sat. a.m around 10 did the pdi and left with it around 2 or 3. Keep in mind we were going from a TT to a larger TT, so we had everything we needed.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:17 AM   #20
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I don't think we've ever camped quite that fast but this time it was the next day. We also had most everything we could think of so it was a weekend of this goes here, that goes there......

LazyDays in Seffner FL has pros/cons but my favorite pro is that they give you a free weekend at their campground to do the shakedown. If something major needs addressed, they're right there, no dragging it up and down the interstate. It was also very convenient to CW which has since moved.

The main thing is to relax, get a good feel for your unit and if you feel froggy, jump!

Happy Camping!

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