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Old 03-14-2011, 11:57 PM   #1
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Thank you

We will be picking up our new Shamrock 21SS soon and I just want to thank all of you for sharing your insights and wisdom on here. Just spent the last 3 days reading everything I could and I'm addicted to this site. You have wasted a lot of valuable time and money for me with your ideas! Can't wait for this winter stuff to go away and for the camping to begin. First ETT for us after a number of years in a couple of popups. Thanks for your willingness to share!

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Old 03-15-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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Glad you're here Dave!!

May I suggest, in order to keep that new owner glow going--
do a thorough walk thru on your trailer at the dealer.
Make them show you that everything works. You want
water in the tank if weather permits so you can check
for leaks and that the water heater lights properly.
If it's too cold to un-winterize have them show you
where the bypass valves for the water heater are
located and where the drain for the water tank is
located and the drain plug in the water heater.
While looking at the water heater drain plug have them
show you the "hidden" electric switch to turn on your
electric water heater if you have one. Many are both
gas AND electric. You need to see the switch.
Don't turn on the electric unless it's got water in it but
you CAN have them turn on the gas burner for a BRIEF
test to show you where that switch is located and to
test that it does in fact light.
VIDEO this process if at all possible.
Borrow a video camera if possible.
Even small digital cameras and cell phones have video capability now.
USE ONE on the walk thru.
Have them show you where all drain and dump valves
are located and video their location and descriptions.

You want the refer to be cold and lit properly.
Does the oven light??
Does the microwave work, heat a cup of water to be sure.
Bring a DVD and make them show you that it plays
properly. Turn up the volume and listen to all
speakers!!
Raise the antenna and check the TV. Have them show
you where the little switch is that turns on the
TV antenna amplifier.
Light the furnace!!
Turn on the AC. Are there strange noises or bad vibrations? Is there heat/cold air coming out of all the
vents? Check each one!
Open every cabinet and storage door.
Check every drawer. Raise the bed if it has struts to hold
it up. Do they hold it up?

If at all possible camp for a night or 2 nearby in a park
or RV lot. You will be surprised at the questions that
will come up, and you'll probably find some defects here
and there that the dealer can hopefully fix before you
take it home. I'd camp in their parking lot if you
can. They might not allow that due to security at night
but believe me, they will be much more in the mood
to fix any little defects if you're still there and haven't
given them the final check!

Take your time, take their time-- it's YOUR money!!

There are online check lists for this walk thru if you're
interested.
IMO this is the most important part of buying a new RV!!
Do it right!!

Good luck & Happy Camping!!
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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also make sure they pressurized the water system.
we didn't and drove off on our way home. our first nite at a campground and the H/C valves on the outside shower, blew off. they apparently hadn't been tightened enough at the factory.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:53 AM   #4
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Great tips folks, thank you. We have done a very thorough walk-through once but I am going to ask to do another one when we go to pick it up. We did most of what was mentioned above but need to do a couple more checks that were missed from the list and I like the videotaping idea. Actually, considering we did not have this comprehensive checklist I have to say the dealer did a good job of hitting the vast majority of these items.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:18 PM   #5
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Have them show you how to open and close the awning.
Video tape this!!!
Also here's a hint.
If your awning has a black ribbon that you pull to open it--
when you are closing the awning move this ribbon sideways
slightly so it's wound up there like a barber pole stripe

rather than all in the exact same spot.
Why???
This ribbon will pile up on top of itself and cause the awning
material to be stretched in this area. This stretching will
not go away. Mine still has the same wrinkles in the
middle where it was stowed as new.
Ever since that time, I stow the strap by moving sideways
slightly and have not gotten any more wrinkles/bulges in the fabric.
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also make sure they show you how to fold up the bunk ends without trapping canvas in the seals.
this is one of the biggest Hybrid newbie mistakes. it can result in water getting in through the seals.
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:36 PM   #7
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And above all,,,,,relax!!!!
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:04 PM   #8
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Bought our Roo 21SS last spring. Here are the issues that I had.

When the slide comes in, it goes over the carpet on the floor. The carpet has a very cheap foam under pad. This under pad was out beyond the carpet and when the slide came in (plywood bottom of the slide) it would grab hold of the foam and near the end of the season tore the carpet up. Easy fix, pulled the carpet back and cut the foam back and reinstalled the carpet.

The potable water tank fill nozzle wasn't "welded" to the tank properly and the tank had to be replaced. Unfortunately we didn't notice until we were camping for the season.

The 30A fuse on the outside, drivers side, under the trailer near the front kept blowing. Found a chaffed wire and haven't had a problem. I suggest buying an assortment of fuses and assemble a small "tool kit" because some of the far away places really don't have adequate supplies.

Other than those things, we had no other issues and had a great season consisting of 63 nights camped!

Enjoy!!
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