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Old 07-06-2015, 11:27 AM   #1
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Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) - My List!

We should be taking delivery of our new Forest River Vibe 308BHS later this week. It was suppose to be completed today. I know these units are selling like hotcakes but I'm also very concerned that I will have issues out of the gate. We are purchasing our unit from Jeff Couch RV Nation and it will be delivered 1250 miles from Ohio to South Texas. I will not be able to do an in-person PDI, so I've asked that the technician go by their list as well as one that I've created. Brian Combs is my Sales rep and so far he has been outstanding to work with. I've asked him to also do a PDI on my unit (As he use to work in the service dept before doing sales). I've created a laundry list of items (many based on experiences new owners have dealt with on this forum). I'm hoping they can address any issues before the unit makes a very long initial trip down here. Please add to the list if you believe I've missed anything. Some of the items cover many areas of concern. I really don't want to have a bad first experience with a brand new RV. The good news is that I'm pretty handy with tools (I'm a hobby wood craftsman as well as mechanic), so I'm sure I can address almost anything (aside from some major component either damaged or failing to function). I'm also an Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineer, so hopefully I can make my new RV fly....jk

PDI on my Forest River Vibe 308BHS
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR DEALERSHIP INSPECTS, REPAIRS, AND ADDRESSES ANY OF THESE POTENTIAL ISSUES BEFORE DELIVERY.

STRUCTURAL / MECHANICAL ISSUES
___: Ensure the 4 Power Stab Jacks and the mounting BOLTS have thread lock and are properly torqued and not coming loose.
*Many claim they were loose during the PDI. Some have backed out during the drive home, causing severe damage.

___: Make sure the leaf spring/shackles are not damaged/improperly welded to the frame
*Some claim the shackles have broken loose from the frame, causing significant safety issues.

___: Make sure the floor heating flows properly.
*Many claim there is often a blockage preventing the air come flowing through the floor/ceiling vents

___: Make sure all tanks to not leak and all external connections have been installed properly
*Many have claimed that the manufacture has actually forgotten to install the correct lines on the outside

___: Make sure both slides work properly and fully open and close. Also ensure they are aligned when open and closed.
*Some have claimed that they do not completely close properly

___: Make sure the Power Tongue Jack functions properly
*Some claim this component does not function properly from day 1

___: Make sure the Trailer Coupler is connected properly to the frame
*Some claim this component fails due to improper initial installation

___: Make sure that the covered underbelly has been secure properly and there are no visible signs of it coming loose.
*Some have claimed parts are sagging even before taking delivery

INTERIOR ISSUES
___: Make sure the pedestal bases for the dining table are secured using proper size/length screws
*Very common issue: Many have claimed the table is loose and the screws are inadequately small.

___: Make sure the cabinet drawer latches are able to hold the drawers shut, especially while in motion
*Many have claimed that the draw latches do not hold them shut while driving

___: Make sure the light above the dinette is secure properly
*Many claim that the screws are too small and will not hold the fixture in place actually causing the light to fall.

___: Make sure all trim/molding on interior is properly secured.
*Many claim it starts to fall down within the first few weeks of ownership.

FINAL INSPECTION
___: Ensure the wheels have been properly torqued and installed

___: Ensure all interior cabinet panels are functioning properly and installed correctly.

___: Ensure all exterior molding/plastic/trim/and exterior kitchen components have been installed properly.

___: Ensure all propane connections are tight and working properly

___: Ensure all interior wood panels have no exposes nails, screws, or are loose.

___: Ensure that all supports for the bunk area have been properly installed

___: Look for areas where the manufacture did not properly staple/secure wood parts together
*Couch, Bunks, Cabinets, Master bed area

___: Ensure ALL interior and exterior lights function properly (Brake, Turn signals, reverse, awning, interior trim, standard)
(LED & Standard bulbs)

___: Ensure the awning has been installed properly, screws/bolts are tight, and functions correctly

___: Ensure the exterior step and main grab handle has been secured properly

___: Ensure all windows have been properly installed, opening and staying closed without issue.

___: Ensure the skylight above the lavatory has been properly installed and screws are not loose

___: Ensure all appliances function without issue and are in brand new condition

___: Ensure the air conditioning / heating systems function without any issues.

___: Ensure all mechanical components are in excellent operating condition

___: Ensure all pumps, valves, seals, electrical components, hardware, and structural parts are in excellent condition with no visible/mechanical signs of improper installation and/or manufacturing.

___: Ensure there are no signs of fiberglass, decals, roof, or any other areas showing delamination.

Technicians Signature:

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Please sign to indicate all the above fields have been inspected and repaired (if necessary)
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:36 AM   #2
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I hope you really don't want a signature on that! I don't know anyone who would sign it. Once they sign it they are taking responsibility for it. I'm sure they will check things but you might not get anyone to sign it. Just my $.02
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:42 AM   #3
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Well of course I really want a signature. Not sure I'll get one, but if you don't ask yo won't receive. If they do sign it, then I'll know they are awesome to do business with and take ownership of their product. If they don't, then my expectations haven't been exceeded, but perhaps met.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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That's a great list- should be checked and signed by quality assurance engineer at the factory and then at the dealer for pdi! That's what we're all paying for, supposedly.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:49 AM   #5
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Down side you should be doing the PDI with the dealer even if it means waiting on your part to get there. I would never trust this type of inspection. Seen these done on new cars ya they just put the check marks down not even looking. The only way to guarantee it's done right if you are there. Later RJD
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:54 AM   #6
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That's a great list- should be checked and signed by quality assurance engineer at the factory and then at the dealer for pdi! That's what we're all paying for, supposedly.
Thanks. I couldn't agree more. It's funny that we all want "Made in America" to mean something special. It's demoralizing when crap is permitted to run off American assembly lines. Funny how China makes so many products that are considered junk and Products from Germany are considered great. American product should be second to none. The RV industry could easily improve their product and manufacturing if they simply invested more in quality and quantity. I even called Forest River and told them I would be willing to pay an additional $3000 for my unit if they could reinforce, improve, and make my unit superior to normal assembly line units. Unsurprisingly, they declined my offer. So, I hope I am a literally a happy camper when my unit arrives.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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Down side you should be doing the PDI with the dealer even if it means waiting on your part to get there. I would never trust this type of inspection. Seen these done on new cars ya they just put the check marks down not even looking. The only way to guarantee it's done right if you are there. Later RJD
i believe that due to the high number of out of state deliveries Couth RV nation does, they should have the 5 step inspection process place.

Step 1: Service Dept inspects unit
Step 2: Service Manager does another inspection
Step 3: Service dept addresses issues
Step 4: Sales Rep does inspection
Step 5: Sales Manager/General Manager performs final inspection
I guess Step 6: service dept addresses issues

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Old 07-06-2015, 12:10 PM   #8
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You are in trouble! Depending on dealer to do a real PDI is a joke. Then when you have problems trying to get the dealer to repair is a fight. I just hung up with dealer trying to get ours back in to repair floor damage from last time they work on it. Most problems are repeated item that they half a** repaired. If I could get floor repaired by them and hand me the parts to fix other items myself they would never see me again! I hope you have better luck then we had.
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:09 PM   #9
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It all means nothing - you need to be there for the PDI - as my belief is half the problems are caused by the buyer. You need to know how to use everything as most dealers and service departments don't even know and most places don't give thorough PDI's so customers know how to correctly use everything. The other half is getting service. Everyone tries to get things fixed at the same time of year - and they need it now. It leaves many campers in the sorry position of having their units in the service dept for months instead of out camping. One of the most important things I have learned is where you buy it and who you will be dealing with in the future (there will be issues and repairs needed). I have noticed they all seem to be so helpful before the sale - and after you are dealing with their service dept - not the salesman. Forget about the salesman - go in person to their service department and see if you can get along with their service department manager as he is the one you will be dealing with ...
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It all means nothing - you need to be there for the PDI - as my belief is half the problems are caused by the buyer. You need to know how to use everything as most dealers and service departments don't even know and most places don't give thorough PDI's so customers know how to correctly use everything. The other half is getting service. Everyone tries to get things fixed at the same time of year - and they need it now. It leaves many campers in the sorry position of having their units in the service dept for months instead of out camping. One of the most important things I have learned is where you buy it and who you will be dealing with in the future (there will be issues and repairs needed). I have noticed they all seem to be so helpful before the sale - and after you are dealing with their service dept - not the salesman. Forget about the salesman - go in person to their service department and see if you can get along with their service department manager as he is the one you will be dealing with ...
I concur.

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