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Old 09-21-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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New Aframe-what to look for?

After two years of looking my wife and I finally pulled the trigger on a 2017 A214HW. We will be picking it up on Saturday. I am looking for insight and advice on what to look for during the PDI process. This is our first brand new trailer(we have had older ones and a motorhome, so we are not new to rv's) and we are definitely new to Aframes. Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:01 PM   #2
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Here is a PDI checklist hosted in the forum library. It is for a hybrid camper so some of it is not applicable (like grey and black water). But it still covers most of systems on an A Frame.


http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...do=file&id=112

Some parts are outdated, like like bringing a CD. Yes spinning music discs are still around, but less and less useful.

One thing that recent A Frame purchasers have noted. Make sure the radio plays both the left and right stereo channels on the inside speakers and you hear both sides in mono on the outside. The outside speaker should be mutable without affecting the inside sound.

Test the stereo by bringing a patch cable and USB cable to connect it to a phone. To test the speakers, it is not that difficult to use software to make a simple track that switches between left and right channels sequentially. But it may be more trouble than it's worth. particularly if you have a MP3 of a song with noticeable stereo separation, like a guitar lead primarily on one side. Or just play Bohemian Rhapsody until the PDI tech screams and runs away.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:13 PM   #3
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Check that the roof panels are flat and fit together snugly both up and down without the need for buckles or latches to force them in place. Not that the buckles won't pull the roof down, just that everything should be even and close.

Examine the apex seal as best you can.
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:44 PM   #4
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Congratulations on your purchase. As you know, I just brought my unit home 2 days ago. You are wise in asking about the PDI. Sometimes things are missed. I had my rep turn on and test everything.
One thing that is very important is to make sure you have correct drop on your hitch. At first, my rep was going to send me away with my rig pulling too low. I had him change the hitch.
Anyway, enjoy you new mini home!!!
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Hello and welcome from northern Arizona! Congrats on the new rig!! You might consider filming your PDI with the dealer on your cell phone or tablet as you go along; so easy then to look at later when you have a question about something and realize you forgot what the guy said! Happy Camping!!
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:59 AM   #6
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I would make sure that:
  • You know how to use and where the winterizing valves are for the water heater
  • Location of the low point water drains and how to use them
  • How to work the refrigerator controls
  • How to work the digital thermometer to control auto or manual fan on A/C
  • How to work the water pump, including location and maintenance of the water filter and strainer.
  • How to fill and drain your fresh water tank
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:19 AM   #7
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Since you have already have RV experience then I would focus on what's different like putting up the walls correctly. Browse the A-Frame forum threads for ideas & tricks.
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+1 on the hitch. I had to flip my ball mount and re fit the ball. It gives me 16" from the ground to the flat on the ball mount and 19" to the top of the ball.

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Since you have already have RV experience then I would focus on what's different like putting up the walls correctly. Browse the A-Frame forum threads for ideas & tricks.
If you are getting the Cool Cat A/C + Heat Pump, make sure to spend time with the thermostat manual. It has a lot of features, and the operation is not completely intuitive.

Also. if the sound system is a dashboard-style unit with a removable faceplate, I found that it can turn itself on when I connect/disconnect the battery. It drains the battery in about a week. I remove the faceplate and store it in a small Tupperware dish. That way it doesn't turn itself on.

Make sure you consider the 2nd year extended warranty. You need to sign up for it in the first month of ownership. Dealers rarely mention it because they don't like warranty work.
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Thanks Bluepill for this info! It has happened to me 2x and I could not figure out why the radio was on when I put up our popup. I mute the volume most of the time so I never realized it was on until I put it up. I will definitely remove the face plate going forward. Mine works even without the 12v master switch just inside the door turned on so it's nice to know.
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