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Old 10-17-2015, 12:55 PM   #21
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rblake...thinking about your need for knowledgable help on the educate you and spot anythig that doesn't look right...why not consider a local mobile RV service guy. You Probably could get one just by paying the hourly rate.
This guy is local there and seems to be in business for quite a while. Yellow pages online will have listings if you want someone else.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:57 PM   #22
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Yes. Going to Ohio for the PDI. And not going to sign for anything until problems are fixed.
I think you are smart to do that myself. I'm sure you can hire a mobile Mech. to help you out. In Fact call Youroo or Pm him I'm sure he would help you he helps everyone he lives in Ohio, worth a try. If you don't know what to look for and the terminology, it is wise to have another person with you so your not overwhelmed. If I lived in Ohio I would help you. Good Luck , but I agree get someone with some knowledge to look over your shoulder....

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Old 10-17-2015, 01:31 PM   #23
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We are purchasing a new fifth wheel from RVW in Lakeview Ohio. As this is our first RV I would like to hire a private company to come out and help with the PDI. They would know a lot more about what to look for than I would and how all the systems are supposed to operate. Doe's anyone know of a good company in the area that would be able to do this? Thanks

I just picked up my new MH from RVW on Tuesday. I drove 2400 miles from California because I saved 12,000.

Their people were great and went over everything, answered every question, and fixed everything that was wrong. They will not rush you. The owner is commited to great customer service and I was impressed.

We camped over night at the state park, found a couple other things, and they fixed them the next day. Been on the road for 3 days and just discovered a window won't latch.

Point is, open, close, turn on and off everthing. If you don't know how it works, ask. They will treat you with respect and will do everything they can to make this a great experience.

This is a learning experience. Take notes, pictures, etc., even if it takes hours and hours.

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Old 10-17-2015, 04:15 PM   #24
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We live in Ohio, so even a couple wholesalers are local... However, the wholesalers want a non-refundable $1000 deposit, so after getting quotes all-around we decided to buy from a national franchise 10 minutes from work... On a big sales day they were only 5% more than the wholesalers on same brand/model units & we actually chose a PrimeTime, a FR brand the wholesalers do not carry...

Our dealer had about 8 of each PT model we were looking at so we could have the pick of the litter. (I don't like the idea of being locked-into a single unit ordered for the customer - what if it is a lemon?) I found that Q&C varied greatly between units built just months/weeks apart... I purposefully looked at TTs in heavy rains & found that even new ones leak... One had a big stream of water running down a wall, across the floor, and under the slide-out... I took a flashlight behind every access panel & cubby & found bad PEX crimps, etc. on some units. After sales folk saw how thorough I was, they lead me away from the known-lemons... This is one reason I chose PT vs. other brands... At the time the PT units had more consistency...

Since the new units were on sale, we actually found a great deal on a (gently) used PT Tracer. IMO the workmanship was superior to the newer units (Our TT was built just after the recession vs. during the (current) RV boom...)

We have now camped for 2 seasons/60+ days without a serious issue. We have not had to take our TT back to the dealership, but they just added about 10 repair bays, so I'm confident they can get us in & out in a timely manner. IMO ALL dealers take care of their own before they work on units purchased elsewhere...
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:45 PM   #25
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Buying a new unit built by a good company and sold by a reputable dealer should be reassuring that your are getting a solid unit that they will stand behind. We just bought a new Forester and going to enjoy it, not worry that it has might have flaws.
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:32 PM   #26
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PDI does not always uncover all issues on new units!

I like your caution and I believe your course of action is wise and with a lot of merit. I do not know of a specific company that you can hire. I do know that after 3 trips back to the dealer covering several weeks and almost 3 weeks at the Forest River Cedar Creek factory, we found too many issues that needed to be fixed! Unfortunately. The majority did not come to light until after a 30 day trip from MI to Colorado then on to Maryland and then back home to Michigan. Traveling brought the vast majority to our attention. I truly believe that having a good dealer to take care of these warranty issues. If you can't find a good local dealer in FL, call Forest River and get them to help and find one for you. Since you will be full timing and parking it on one site many of these issues may not come to fruition. But if they do, step up to them quickly!
Good Luck. We love to camp, but the RV industry's quality leaves something to be desired sometimes!
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:51 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by rblake39 View Post
We are purchasing a new fifth wheel from RVW in Lakeview Ohio. As this is our first RV I would like to hire a private company to come out and help with the PDI. They would know a lot more about what to look for than I would and how all the systems are supposed to operate. Doe's anyone know of a good company in the area that would be able to do this? Thanks
We are close to rvw. We won't do the PDI for you but would help if you need something. We are not experts but have been around campers for 20+ years.
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:18 PM   #28
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f you're concerned about being sure that you understand how everything works, consider taking a video of key items, and ask for a "re-do" if there's something you don't understand. When you get on the road and don't recall how you were told to do something, whip out the video for a review.

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Old 10-17-2015, 10:09 PM   #29
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If you can manage a two day and two night trip to Ohio, I would go through the trailer on my own, before the "official" PDI. Take an 8 foot step ladder and crawl up on the roof and poke around. As mentioned take a strong LED flashlight and poke around and test stuff as much as possible BEFORE doing the PDI.

I assume this unit is already paid for, so camp in the unit overnight in the dealer's lot. Then you will at least be a little familiar with things before the tech "shows" you what you need to know the next day.

It sounds like you have things thought out and covered OK. This is really not all that tough... just use the trailer for a day and a night, get the PDI the next day, sign off on the paperwork and you should be good to go.

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Old 10-17-2015, 10:11 PM   #30
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I've never heard of paying to assist with a PDI, it is about you looking it over and being shown everything works.

Many newbies do this every day; you don't have to be an expert on everything; after all it is your money that is being spent.

You just need to go down the PDI list one item at a time and taking your time. RVW is good about this. I bought from them. They saved me at least $7K over FL dealers.

The expert that will be there showing you every system on your new unit will be an RVW employee. Before leaving know how everything works... take notes and pictures. I've even heard of a man who took videos.


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