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Old 10-14-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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2013 Sanibel Shakedown Trip

Recently bought a 2013 Sanibel 3500 and am currently on a shakedown camping trip (3 weeks). We are in the process of checking and rechecking everything in the unit. So far we have a couple of discrepancies:

1. One Lane rocker chair in living room has a tear in the fabric and obvious scuff on the foot rest release handle, the other lane rocker chair is lacking a snap fastener bottom piece to button close the side pouch.
2. Bathroom door damaged from strike plate screw damaging door.
3. Tires including spare are 22 months old. Good practice dictates replacing tires every 5 years. Already has almost 2 years of the 5 used. Marathon ST 235/30 R16 Load E.
4. Window frame bent causing window and screen to severely stick when opening and closing. Window is located 2nd window back from door.

The most serious concern is item 4 above. The window and screen can be opened and closed, but takes a lot of effort.

We are pretty happy with the Sanibel and still have about 2 more weeks of camping and checking it out. Had one issue with the auto leveling system when it set the unit high up with all legs fully extended. Had 14.5" between the bottom step and ground. A call to LCI tech resulted in a recal (zeroing) of the system and now it is down to a manageable height.

Am impressed with the support received from Primetime and LCI.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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Hi:
We also had the bathroom door issue, the dealer replaced the door. We had on window replaced because of the same reason. Our dealer has been great (rvs of sacramento).
We have had it about one year now and have about 25,000 miles and no coach problems.
Prime time has been VERY responsive.
Ours is in for warranty repairs as we speak. the micro wave quit and a slide gasket has torn. watch out for cabinet doors opening while in transit, the slides will damage them when you open it.
We have had several rvs of different makes and the Sanibel seem the best thought out.
Enjoy, enjoy,enjoy the remainder of your trip
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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This is the second time (Barry was the first) I've heard about cabinet doors coming open. Can you advise which doors are the problem? We've pulled our unit around Ohio on several outings this summer and never had this happen. BBBlue, we love our Sanibel. Minor glitch here and there, nothing to get excited about. I usually fix the issue and move on. I'd be interested to know more about the recal on the leveling system.
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Thanks Wayne for your input. Popcorn- What the LCI tech had me do was to place the system in manual and bring down the rear then the front. I had a electronic level gage and he had me level it side to side according to my gage, then front to front. He had me do a zero calibration in accordance to the manual (pushing one button 10 time and another 10 times in rapid secession. The system supposely will remember the new level as leveled when doing a auto level. I haven't tried it, for we are still at a campsite. I check it again and it was 0.00 and 0.00. LCI tech was fantastic. The issues I had was that the height from the top of the bottom step to the ground was 14.5" and one of six of the levelers was not touching the ground hard (I could rotate the foot). After the recall, the height was 13.5" and all feet were hard on ground. From what I understand, the unit rides high, so I will have to get a step up in the future. What are other Sanibel owner having for their bottom step to ground height?
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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We had a problem with the pantry door opening while underway. Called PTM, they send a lock that is used on the Sanibel. Can a Sanibel owner please take a picture so I can see where PTM places the lock on the pantry door.

Be careful the auto level system does not raise the coach to the point the wheels come off the ground. If the wheels come off the ground, the top spring perch on the equalizer can flip down and you will have a problem.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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We had a problem with the pantry door opening while underway. Called PTM, they send a lock that is used on the Sanibel. Can a Sanibel owner please take a picture so I can see where PTM places the lock on the pantry door.
You can see it quite well on page 4 of this brochure.
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Here is a photo of the pantry door with the locking device.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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Sanibel 3500 Dumping Tanks

This 3 week shakedown is really worth the time. Today the blackwater tank required dumping, So I dumped the blackwater tank first and noticed a good strong flow through the outlet hose, then I dumped the galley tank (3/4 full), which also had a good flow. I then dumped the grey water tank (3/4 full), which did not have a good strong flow as the other two tanks. It did empty after a while. Is this normal for the 3500? I did flush the black tank after it was empty. Not sure if I did it correct. I left the black tank valve open and connected a water hose to the black tank flush connection and let it run for about 5 minutes. Is this the best method for the flush? Didn't see any instructions for it in the owners manual.
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On mine I see pretty much the same flow from all three. Either there's something blocking the slow tank (like the cutout they made for the hole in the tank) or the valve isn't opening all the way. I'd have the dealer check that.

If you don't already have one, you need the clear plastic elbow at the outlet of your dump pipe (that then connects to the hose) so that you can see the effluent. Flush until it looks good. It usually takes about 20-30 minutes in mine, but I probably wouldn't be an thorough until the last dump of the trip.
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I did not order the level up system due to weight, as Iam pulling it with a 2500 dodge diesel and am pushing the max weight.
The doors you need to watch are rear side of kitchen upper, you cannot see them when opening slide. I put double magnets on them, Barry puts Velcro strips (better idea). I have ruined one door. Do you have the corion top for your stove? if so do not store them in the slot when moving, it will scratch them.
Some of the management team at Prime time moved over from Keystone (Montana) to primetime. They were able to design a rv with the user in mind. I think they did a great job. Enjoy yours.
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