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Old 01-20-2014, 09:38 AM   #11
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Good Morning Campers

Wednesday I go to Toppers to pick up my camper. They will do a walk through with me.

My questions is during the walkthrough will they actually hook up to shore power and also water to show me everything works or will they just explain HOW everything works with actually doing it?

I printed out the checklist someone posted but then got to wondering if they actually hook everything up.

Wish me luck.
Good luck. Others have posted excellent advice.

Based on the questions asked here in the forums, I can add:

1.Make sure they explain your water heater, and how to turn it on/off on propane as well as electricity (if equipped with electric heating element). This often get's overlooked.

2. Go over the winterization and dewinterization procedures, especially the water heater bypass valves behind the water heater.

3. If equipped with a canister water filter, get them to show you where it is.

4. If you have slideouts, power awnings, and/or electric stabilizers......get them to show you where the manual crank rods are for them...and how to use them in case of electric failure. Same thing for the power tongue hitch (if equipped).

5. Have them fully explain the propane tanks, and the automatic changeover valve.

It may seem overwhelming to begin with, but take it slow and you'll be a pro in no time.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:46 AM   #12
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We also bought from Toppers. Ask questions,only a question not asked is a dumb one. Use a check list. Make a video of the complete walk thru. A great reference down the line. This forum is the greatest source of info after you get gome with your new baby. Good luck and enjoy.
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On your first trip if you have a friend with a camper have them go camping with you incase you have questions setting up or breaking camp
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:55 AM   #14
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I was also going to suggest video taping the walk-thru but someone beat me to it. Bring along someone else to do the taping and you just concentrate on what's being shown. Have a pad and paper and take notes when needed.
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Check everything. A/C, heater, water, water pump, sensors, caulking, etc and even the black tank flush. Make sure everything works BEFORE you sign the papers. If they promise to repair everything AFTER you sign you will be stick with "bring it back and we will fix everything" and the dreaded waiting on your rig for weeks before you get it back.
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I bought my 5er in the middle of winter. The dealer told me they dewinterized and tested the water system before I went to pick it up. In the PDI, they did not run water through the system again. Went through everything else with them though.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:35 AM   #17
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Just got back from dentist and was surprised to see all of the responses. Wow...you folks are unbelievable..

Just called Toppers and they assured me they would hook everything up and run through it with me to show me how it works and that it does work.

Two more days seems like an eternity. Now if the weather just holds out through next week.

Thanks again.
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I bought my 5er in the middle of winter. The dealer told me they dewinterized and tested the water system before I went to pick it up. In the PDI, they did not run water through the system again. Went through everything else with them though.
Ours was winterized when we got there. The PDI un-winterized it for the walk through, then re-winterized it while we watched, before we left.

She's still sitting out there winterized. Not worth it to un-winterize for a weekend shake down, then re-winterize it, so we're waiting...and waiting...and waiting

One thing that bugged me with this purchase is that the PDI guy said "we'll just go over things specific to the 5th wheel since you guys already have experience with TTs". uhhhh NO, you'll go through it all.

Don't let them skip over things or rush you! As others have said, if you feel pushed tell them to slow down. If there's one single solitary button they don't explain, ask them what it's for.

You paid for your new toy and they're paid to go through it with you.
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Remember you are paying them if it was me do the pdi first sign papers later
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David,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new unit.

IF the dealer has the facilities (and I'm guessing they do) and IF you have the time, "camp" for a night or two on the dealer's lot. Use every system that you possibly can. Not only will that get you more familiar with the unit, but if you have a problem or find anything that doesn't work, you are right there to ask and/or have something fixed.

Good luck!
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