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Old 07-27-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Sanibel 3601

I am happy to say on Wednesday I am taking delivery of my new Sanibel 3601. Being only 35 and married with a 6 year old people often ask why I would own a camper, let alone buy a camper designed for the full timer. Well apparently they have never propped their feet up in their camper on a rainy day, let alone experienced the great family bonding to be had around a campfire when the weather is great. With this all being said, the Sanibel is my third unit and I consider myself very handy with them. However my dry run in the new unit is going to be 500 miles from home at the beach. Not only am I a long way from home, but who wants to spend their beach vacation fixing issues.

Can you guys please let me know what I should concentrate on during the pre-delivery vacation and the most frequent failures. Thank you for your help.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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Let me be the first(I think) to say congrats on the new unit. Head over to the sub-forums under fifth wheels check PrimeTime and you will see all you need to know,the good,the bad,and believe me -the ugly. Good Luck and happy camping.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #3
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Congrats on your Sanibel, we love ours and we are not full timers (yet).
A couple of thing to look out for before your trip.
Get some strip Velcro and tie the doors closed on both sides of the cabinet between the kitchen and the entertainment slide.
Make sure all doors are secured before moving.
Be VERY careful when filling the fresh water tank. Its easy to overfill and damage unit.
When the main slide comes in the drawer in the table can come out and damage the finish on the back of the island.
If you have corian covers for your stove do not store them behind the stove and move unit, it will scratch them.
As we use ours a lot we replaced the tires, after losing several. We put on bf Goodrich commercial ta's. got about a half mile to the gallon better fuel mileage and a smoother ride. We have not lost a tire in 15,000 miles.
They have had some problems with frame flexing, ours was one. It was repaired at no cost to us other than loosing the unit while it was being repaired.
We had a few small problems taken care of under warranty. the dealer was great.
The main thing is to enjoy the trailer, we get comments all the time of SANIBEL????????. Then we show them thru and most love it.
We put in 2 6 volt batterys as the single only lasted a weekend at most
The only real drawback is the lack of state and federal parks that will take a 40 foot unit.

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Old 07-30-2014, 05:56 PM   #4
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I am happy to say on Wednesday I am taking delivery of my new Sanibel 3601. Being only 35 and married with a 6 year old people often ask why I would own a camper, let alone buy a camper designed for the full timer. Well apparently they have never propped their feet up in their camper on a rainy day, let alone experienced the great family bonding to be had around a campfire when the weather is great. With this all being said, the Sanibel is my third unit and I consider myself very handy with them. However my dry run in the new unit is going to be 500 miles from home at the beach. Not only am I a long way from home, but who wants to spend their beach vacation fixing issues.

Can you guys please let me know what I should concentrate on during the pre-delivery vacation and the most frequent failures. Thank you for your help.
We've got 2 little kiddos too. It is a great way to bond and build memories.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:55 AM   #5
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We have the 2015 Sanibel 3601, we love ours, we had some issues with ours, but we are quite pleased. The hydraulic slide was out of adjustment. We took it to our delivery dealership and they incompetent on how to get it right. Back our trailer into some bench and damaged the end cap. Tried to get prime time to warranty it. I had contacted Rodger at prime time and advise him on what was going on. I went back to the dealer and advised them I had called prime time. They repaired the end cap. I then took it to RV specialist in Elkhart Indiana. They did repaired all of our concerns. Awesome work. We full time. Had two blow out within a week, damaged both sides of the coach. But we upgraded to the Goodyear G614 tires. We have small issues. But like everything else. It's life. I would recommend this product to a friend or family member. Quite frankly happy with prime time.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:32 PM   #6
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Me and my wife have a 2014 3600 and I met another guy with a 2014 and both units had tearing under the slide outs. I put about 2500 miles on mine and so far no problem with tires but it does worry me. FYI very first trailer of any kind and Im only 44.
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Old 02-07-2015, 02:34 PM   #7
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We are in our second week now down here in Florida and are so very happy with our 3601. We just love love it. Hope everyone has a great season in there Sanibel's
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:39 AM   #8
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My wife and I are considering purchasing a Sanibel 3601. Can anyone give me some pros and cons of this unit? Thank for all your input.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:03 PM   #9
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We bought 2015 Primetime Sanibel 39' last summer w/20 cu ft., Refrig & love. Get the hydraulic leveling system if you can. Love it!
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:34 AM   #10
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HAve a 2014 3600. Love the unit. The biggest issue I had was the dometic fridge went nuts on me. I thought about the residential unit, but the deal I got on this one was perfect for me.

Did have some slide out wear, dealer did a great job fixing it properly. Other then the fridge and my converter started to make this annoying high pitch whine (was not the fan and was replaced this past winter under warentee) I have nothing bad to say about the trailer. I am now just 18 months into ownership, have had no tire issues on the trailer with about 4k miles towed on it now.

The only outstanding issue (which has not been remedied as I have not been able to get the trailer to the dealer since my January trip to FL) was that after a year of use the memory foam mattress developed a sink hole dead center of the bed. So sometime through the night the GF or I end up in the sink hole for the night of sleep. I don't move much in my sleep, but when you can't easilly move its annoying.

One reason I have not taken it in for warentee is I been contemplating getting PT to replace it, or just go buy something higher grade. Issue is with radius corner its a custom and no trial warentees makes it harder to do.
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