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Old 02-21-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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Walk through expectations:

We are doing a walk through of our 2016 Coachmen Catalina 243 RBS on February 26th. Due to freezing weather in Omaha, NE we are unable to hook up the TT to water. How does one check connections without water hookup?

We also want to check the electrical connections, how is that done? We have a 10 page walk through checklist to use.

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Old 02-21-2015, 04:48 PM   #2
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Most dealers "should" have a protected service bay they can pull it in to for your PDI. If not... then I would delay the PDI and signing the final papers until the weather improves. Once your rig leaves their lot you loose a lot of leverage to have any needed repairs made in a timely manner.

Along the same lines... once your PDI is complete... including full water hook up and water heater test, I would expect them to clear the system, dump the tanks, and winterize it for you before taking it home.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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While you can't check the water, you can have them run through everything they did to winterize it and, also, explain what to do to unwinterize it. (If you're not familiar with that stuff.) If you're new, bring a notepad and take notes and also take pictures.

(A tip from my dealer was to take and print out, in color, pictures of all of the outside labels as the sun can make them fade and it's good to have them...especially the specifications, model info, etc.)

A realtor friend gave us this tip years ago...when doing a walkthrough, have a 3-prong tester to check EVERY outlet. (I did this on a new house and actually found 2 outlets that weren't working or wired wrong.)



I think there's also many great tips in here on walk-throughs....don't let them rush you and be asked to be showed (not just talked about) everything that they can.

Have fun...excited for you!
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:57 PM   #4
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If you get it done on the 24th, it would be above freezing for the day. They can then winterized it after.

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Most dealers "should" have a protected service bay they can pull it in to for your PDI. If not... then I would delay the PDI and signing the final papers until the weather improves. Once your rig leaves their lot you loose a lot of leverage to have any needed repairs made in a timely manner.

Along the same lines... once your PDI is complete... including full water hook up and water heater test, I would expect them to clear the system, dump the tanks, and winterize it for you before taking it home.
Ditto. Water problems are all too common. I wouldn't take it off the lot or sign anything until you do a full PDI. Unless they are a really small dealer I can't believe they don't have a service bay.
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What does PDI stand for? Thanks
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What does PDI stand for? Thanks
Pre-Delivery Inspection

It's not uncommon for a dealer to un-winterize for a PDI and then winterize it again when you are ready to hit the road. Given it's winterized, I'd be less concerned with leaks because the pink anti-freeze would make them obvious. However, I would be concerned with making certain the hot water heater works properly along with the water pump.
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Most dealers "should" have a protected service bay they can pull it in to for your PDI. If not... then I would delay the PDI and signing the final papers until the weather improves. Once your rig leaves their lot you loose a lot of leverage to have any needed repairs made in a timely manner.

Along the same lines... once your PDI is complete... including full water hook up and water heater test, I would expect them to clear the system, dump the tanks, and winterize it for you before taking it home.
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As it is a new unit, I doubt that there is any water in it. Am I wrong? Why would the manufacturer put water in it? My bet it that new units are delivered dry to the dealer.
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As it is a new unit, I doubt that there is any water in it. Am I wrong? Why would the manufacturer put water in it? My bet it that new units are delivered dry to the dealer.
There's water in it when it leaves the factory, this time of year anti-freeze. Believe it or not, they do test the water system at the factory. I know it's surprising when one contemplates the drips and drizzles found during PDIs. However, we have friends who have been hauling new trailers from the factories for many years now and they make it a point to make sure the techs dumped the "bowl" so the brand new bathroom doesn't get a splash down!
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