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Old 03-20-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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What a day. I just had to kick my nine year old out of the new camper. He was trying his hardest to get me to let him spend the night in it in the driveway. He did his homework at the front dinette..lol.

Anyway, a big thanks to you fellas who steered me in the right direction as to what to look for in the walk through. I caught some things I probably wouldn't have had it not been for the responses given. Luckily, my tech was a real hoot and made the experience enjoyable. He went out of his way to help me understand all the systems and I feel like I can call him whenever I have a question.

A few random thoughts from today:

1. I made out well with the bubble window. There were no cracks but the caulking had seperated on one side. I asked them to fix it and they obliged. When I came back out they had re-caulked the entire window AND applied the eternabond tape. I never mentioned the tape but I had read about it in the forum. I was very pleased that they went above and beyond what I had asked them to do.

2. The underside was buttoned up tight and I did not see any water damage on the interior.

3. The tech advised me not to use the water filter b/c everyone had complained about it reducing water pressure to the point of annoyance. I was planning on bringing my own drinking water anyway.

4. The Awning...ahhhh yes, the DW's must have.. Seriously though..maybe it will get easier with time. I can tell you it is in a pile in my garage at the moment. I like it...don't get me wrong...when my DW is along, we will put that bad boy up and luv it! When it's just me or me and my son, it's staying behind. Who knows, it may grow on me and I'll want it full time...I think I was just tired by the time I got home and didn't want to mess with it. As I told my wife, "I thought I was getting out of the tent business." It was set up when I got to the dealer so I had no part in putting it up there. I did help the tech take it down and that's when I got the first taste. Then we got home and the DW and I put it up, in the wind. It was on our driveway with no place to tie down. Picture me, 6' 235lb, on the verge of going airborne...it became a giant sail. Long story short, I took it off and it still sits in the pile where I threw it. Are we having fun yet!

5. We bought a few essentials at the dealer like wheel chocks (sp?), leveling blocks and a awning mat.

6. I almost forgot...the Cool Cat AC will turn that camper into an ice cube!!!

All in all it was a great day and we sipped beverages in the camper as the sun went down. I am very pleased and will sleep well tonight. The genny is scheduled to arive tomorrow so the fun will continue. I am pretty tired so I'll leave there.

Thanks again for all the help..I'm sure I'll need it again!

LM
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:22 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your purchase. Now get out and go camping.

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:00 AM   #3
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Congratulations! Maybe I missed it, but what model did you buy?
It sounds like you did very well at the dealer and they have a good service dept.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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Congrats on your camper. One word of advice, Walmart sells most of the accessories you mentioned at much lower prices for the same products. You may want to think of them first for any future accessories. Just a thought!
We driveway camp occassionally, it's a must at the beginning of each season to run everything before we hit the road. I'd rather find the issues at home instead of when we're traveling.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #5
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Congratulations! Maybe I missed it, but what model did you buy?
It sounds like you did very well at the dealer and they have a good service dept.
I feel like we got the last 17' Flagstaff 12 DD in the country; the double dinette without the storage box and extra bubble windows(which adds two feet). 17' works much better in my garage so I felt fortunate to pick it up.

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Congrats on your camper. One word of advice, Walmart sells most of the accessories you mentioned at much lower prices for the same products. You may want to think of them first for any future accessories. Just a thought!
We driveway camp occassionally, it's a must at the beginning of each season to run everything before we hit the road. I'd rather find the issues at home instead of when we're traveling.
Yes, I plan on checking out Walmart's stuff. I had a cash credit from the dealer so I decided to spread the joy for goodwill's sake.
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congratulations, sounds like a very nice unit, enjoy the summer
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new TT!!! Hope you have a great time doing what we here all love.
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Dittos on the driveway camp, even if you don't make it through the night. It will give you a opportunity to be sure you have not forgotten anything, and if some grevious error was made at least you will not be stuck with it.

BTW, I met a Casita owner, which is another small TT, who uses his old tents as garages when camping. That is where he stores things like bikes, extra gear, and even THE AWNING, so that when he is away from the camp site things don't disappear. You may want to leave the awning out though.

I will tell you that awning are important to the pardettes. My pardette and the pardettes she associates with in our wagon train, does not regard we are truly camping until the awning is out and the lights hung. I am mystified at that, but I guess that is why were are of different species...
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Dittos on the driveway camp, even if you don't make it through the night. It will give you a opportunity to be sure you have not forgotten anything, and if some grevious error was made at least you will not be stuck with it.

BTW, I met a Casita owner, which is another small TT, who uses his old tents as garages when camping. That is where he stores things like bikes, extra gear, and even THE AWNING, so that when he is away from the camp site things don't disappear. You may want to leave the awning out though.

I will tell you that awning are important to the pardettes. My pardette and the pardettes she associates with in our wagon train, does not regard we are truly camping until the awning is out and the lights hung. I am mystified at that, but I guess that is why were are of different species...
Yes, I believe I will need her for moral support when we use the awning next. There is something about those "tent poles" that give me flashbacks....instant hypertension.
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