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Old 09-28-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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How realistic is it to do PDI and take home same day?

We are scheduled for our PDI next Friday afternoon. Our plan is to bring it home to load and prep (possibly try to overnight in) and then take it to a local campground the next morning. How realistic is this expectation?

I don't want to get my hopes up to take it home and then find that it needs to stay at the dealer for the weekend for punch list items.

I was told that they run all the systems starting about 2 days before so they can inspect and work on anything that turns up.

We had fun, but spent some $$, shopping at Wally World for a few kitchen supplies and other essentials. Can't wait!
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
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It can be done, although I'd wait a week to take it out....you'll find a whole bunch of stuff you forgot to get most likely. Definitely do an overnight in it, use EVERYTHING, cooking, shower, etc. If you forget something, all you have to do is run inside and get it. It also gives you time to figure out where to put everything. Our neighbors look at us a little funny when we do it, but that's OK, lol.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #3
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Make them show you that EVERYTHING works.
Water pump, heater.
A/C-furnace.
Awning.
Slides.
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?
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Make them show you that EVERYTHING works.
Very good advice...some places are pretty good at this and some aren't. The reason I mention to actually try out everything in a "real world" type setting is that sometimes something looks like it works fine during PDI, but in certain situations it doesn't work correctly. Fire up the oven, bake something, microwave something, run the A/C all night (it's still the middle of summer here in Tx). It also gets you used to how everything works. I burned the bottoms of some biscuits in mine the first day in the driveway...I didn't the next weekend at the campground though .
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Make them show you that EVERYTHING works.
Water pump, heater.
A/C-furnace.
Awning.
Slides.
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?
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:08 PM   #6
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I am not willing to compromise having a trailer as perfectly set as we can get it.

The trip can be postponed, but next weekend is a great weekend for us to go. If I could have talked my husband and his work schedule into "my way of thinkin", we'd be doing PDI on Wednesday .

Saturday is a micro "shakedown" cruise, within 30 - 45 min from home and close to Walmart! Just to say we've taken it out.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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If I compressed the time it took to move stuff into the trailer I would say one full day.
Real time was about ten days.
You can do it but your gonna work for it.

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Old 09-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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I should say, I don't mind if I'VE forgotten something, but won't take it off the lot until they've fixed to my satisfaction, regardless of my weekend plans. I know for sure that I'll have a long list after our first trip of what I'll need for next time, but that is just part of the adventure, to me.

I'm praying that there really isn't much to fix so we can go enjoy our new expensive toy in the great outdoors where it is meant to be.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:22 PM   #9
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I highly suggest you camp in your driveway for the weekend and test EVERYTHING out. I had a few minor things wrong with my trailer and ended up taking it back to the dealer under warranty.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:38 PM   #10
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We did our PDI and left the dealer and went straight to a campground. They fixed an item or two on the spot. The remainder (mostly minor) all got added to our "when we return for warranty items" list that we didn't get around to until 11 months in of ownership.

Our dealer did an OK prep ahead of our walk through. The kid who did the walk through knew very little. I relied on forums like these and Internet reading/Youtube videos to get me there.
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