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Old 01-17-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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things to look for on receipt inspection

we are taking delivery of our new 3120ds next week. we purchased through rvdirect.com so this may be our only opportunity to have a face to face discussion with someone. what are the 'must ask' questions for this walk-thru? we've some experience renting units so aren't completely in the dark. Has anyone recieved a unit from RVDirect? Do the delivery drivers know much about the unit?

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Old 01-17-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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Our delivery driver admitted he was more familiar with the 5ers and trailers and it ended up that I knew way more than he did about motorhomes. However having owned RVs in the past I only needed to figure out the levelers, slides and a few of the particulars of our rig which was easy enough to do on my own.

You should make sure that you have your order sheet that shows all the options that you ordered and make sure to visually inspect each one to be sure it is correct and or working then check it off the sheet.

Operate everything you can to be sure that things work. RVDirect usually provides a full tank of propane so turn on the stove, oven, fridge, water heater. Ours had enough water in the system and in the water heater to be able to test things.

Good luck and congratulations on the new rig.

Just wondering though how much you saved on the rig over a local dealer as I was floored by RVdirect's price on our rig. We saved around 17K including the delivery charge for ours from Indiana to Washington.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:28 PM   #3
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we are taking delivery of our new 3120ds next week. we purchased through rvdirect.com so this may be our only opportunity to have a face to face discussion with someone. what are the 'must ask' questions for this walk-thru? we've some experience renting units so aren't completely in the dark. Has anyone recieved a unit from RVDirect? Do the delivery drivers know much about the unit?

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NWJeeper hit it right on the head, great advise. One other thing, who is doing your hitch work? Have who ever is doing the hitch work explain what type it is and how it works......What are you towing with, this is very important?
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We saved just over $17K over dealer's absolute bottom line ($32K off his list priced). We even showed him the quote from RVDirect and he would not come down lower. Since we are having the unit delivered (cost $4K), we are saving a total of just over $13K. Then again, we had the Bigfoot leveling system on this unit (not on the dealer's) so ... it's probably north of $15K cost savings.

We plan on trailering our boat (2700#) and (ultimately) a small car (ie focus). I assume the hitch set up for the boat is no differernt that towing with the Suburban. I haven't looked at how one tows a car yet.

One thing you said concerns me: If there is sufficient water in the system to test water heater, etc.. then we will need to winterize the unit upon receipt (cold here). I assume the owners manual would provide me good instructions on how to accomplish that -- or, alternatively, can I just plug the unit in and be assured that the artic package will prevent damage?
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One thing you said concerns me: If there is sufficient water in the system to test water heater, etc.. then we will need to winterize the unit upon receipt (cold here). I assume the owners manual would provide me good instructions on how to accomplish that -- or, alternatively, can I just plug the unit in and be assured that the artic package will prevent damage?
Really depends on your storage situation and the temps. We keep our rig inside our garage and even if it is at freezing outside it is around 35-40 degrees out there. The tank heaters will protect the holding and fresh water tanks. In our plumbing bay I have strung a set of rope lights that I had laying around in and around the plumbing tubes and water filter. That is plugged into a temperature controller and set to come on at around 35 degrees automatically. I leave the cabinets open under the sinks inside and a small space heater going to keep the interior temps around 50. Keeping just a bit of heat going inside with a space heater creates a slight air movement which helps to keep moisture down too. Much better on your rig than just letting it set in the cold.

Of course if you are seeing temps lower than the teens then you will probably want to winterize. I absolutely hate RV antifreeze and only use compressed air to blow the lines when and if I do winterize. As we can get the urge to head for the coast on the drop of a hat I don't like having to spend the time to flush all my lines of that pink crap when I want to use my rig.

On our rig the levelers can only be operated with the engine running, but the slides will not operate until the engine is shut off. This little fact took my about 15 minutes to figure out when we took delivery. Start the engine, level the rig then turn off the engine to test the slides.

Since your username is "Cougguy" and you paid $4K for delivery am I to assume you live here in Washington somewhere and are a Cougars fan?
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I agree with NWJeeper about using compressed air to blow out the lines, but you'll want to get some of the pink stuff anyway and pour it in the drains so the traps don't freeze and crack. I pour a small amount in the toilet so the seal is protected as well. Congrats on the new unit and welcome to the forum.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I am in WA (TriCities) and am a real 'Coug (that is, I'm a long suffering college football fan who drinks heavily from Sept - Nov each year).
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