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Old 03-08-2014, 04:12 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by cgxterra View Post
A PDI agent. Holy cow what a great idea.

You know if you could get a group of well known and feared folks who know rv's inside and out, the days of rushing people through PDI's would be over.
It is a good idea

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Old 03-09-2014, 09:49 AM   #12
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Hey neighbor Cover Dog --
We're expecting our first Hemisphere in a few short weeks. I downloaded the pdi checklist off the forum library emailed to my dealer in Medina stating that our expectation is that all systems will be up and running on both elect and LP prior to signing off on acceptance of the unit. They said "of course, we don't do it any other way". I think the big thing is (like us) new RV owners don't know what they don't know and the LP gas in an RV is a big mystery. See if you can get your salesman to get the tanks filled and have them ready for you. Good Luck!

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Old 03-09-2014, 09:54 AM   #13
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Add to it that the cost of propane in Ohio has quadruppled in the last month, the dealer may be trying to save some $$$
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:15 AM   #14
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I agree contact the dealer and ask them if they will be filling the propane tanks so you can run all the LP appliances.

You should make a list for any questions you have and have them demonstate the operation as many times as you need. (ie) Fridge start up when on LP or shore power, starting the furnace, oven, cooktop and Air conditioner. How to fill the fresh water tank, how to dump the black and gray holding tanks. What chemicals do you use and how much. If you have on generator operation. Slides how they work, How to fill and use your LP tanks. Is it safe to walk on the roof? How do you get onto the roof? Awning operation electric or manual, When should you take it down do to weather, how does it lock so it does not open when driving down the road. How do you winterize your trailer.

You will be overwhelmed with information and forget alot of the stuff they tell s you. You should be given a ownermanual which will have some information.

It would be a good Idea to find someplace near where you are picking up the trailer and camp in it for a day or two. If you have problems you will be close to the dealer for assistance. Don't be afraid to ask other RVER's questons when at a park. We were all first timers once..
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:41 AM   #15
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Videotape your dpi so you can refer back to it later on. If you have kids, leave them home or bring entertainment (ie portable DVD, iPad whAtever) so you are not distracted. If it opens, closes, turns on or off you want it demonstrated and you return the demo. Check all caulking, look for leaks, things that need repairs, even get up on the roof and check it out. Make them show you where the hot water heater and water pump are (open cabinet not just point to it). Have them show you the winterization and dewinterization process too. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:40 AM   #16
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They should fill your tanks so you could test everything and learn about any switch over valves and that all propane app. work you will need it just to check the heater out. I have never heard of a dealer not giving you full tanks of propane. They supply the bottles and the batteries not FR.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:46 AM   #17
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RVW is a different kind of rv dealer. They deliver the RV to your front door. Due to liability issues of professional transporters (and them having to worry about tunnel and bridge restrictions) RVW does not fill the tanks. However, they do a full PDI at their site before the unit ships, so I am certain they test the propane systems with their own tanks. That said, mine is being delivered today, so I will know for sure in a few hours.
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campingwilliamsons, I looked into buying from them a few years ago so I can't recall the details to some questions I asked at the time, but maybe you know the answers.

When they deliver your trailer to you (as opposed to picking up at their facility), does the RVW driver work for them or is he a contract driver? Does the driver do the walk through with you or are you on your own?
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thanks to all for the good info. we are traveling 2500 miles to pick ours up the first of April. will plan on a extra day or two in Ohio.

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