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Old 06-01-2016, 11:52 PM   #1
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Question 33ik Silverback purchase

We are on the verge of purchasing the 2017 Siverback 33ik, but after reading the many threads on here, I'm wondering if we're making the right decision. I would love to hear from the many Silverback owners about their experience. Also, apparently the front cap fading is a major consideration. Does anyone know if this unit can be ordered with a painted cap? Anyone still having Dometic air conditioner problems? Rumor has it that Dometic made some positive upgrades, but I've seen no proof. Thanks for your input concerning these units.
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:38 AM   #2
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We love our 2016 33IK. No problems and have owned for about 10 months. Towed 5000+ miles.

Have had no problems with ac or have I heard of any. You have to remember that Dometic is used in most all RV's so if there is a problem it does not matter which brand you buy.

I understand the new IK's now have a white nose cap. No more brown bears which are the ones that have been fading. I have the brown bear but keep ours stored inside. No problems thus far but I keep waiting.

We have been fortunate as we have had little or no problems. Obviously some others have had some major issues. Do a thorough PDI and check everything and have it fixed before you sign anything.

I'm sure others will chime in. Good luck with you purchase...
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:34 PM   #3
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We bought ours in August 2015 and have stayed 30+ nights in it. A defective CO detector is the only issue we've had. The dealer shipped me a new one and I changed it out and the problem was corrected. The front cap is white(pearl) and I think it looks great and I'm not too worried about it fading. So far (knock on wood) both AC units have worked flawlessly.

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Old 06-02-2016, 08:09 PM   #4
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Hi,

We have a 2014 33RL with the sculpted gray nose cap, and are generally quite pleased. We've already had more than 150 days on the road and in long term snowbird sites.

As our 5th fifth wheel, we expected a few problems, and we had them. But they were relatively minor -- no front cap or air conditioner issues -- and our dealer (Holiday Hour, DeKalb, IL) did a fine job in working them out.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-02-2016, 08:25 PM   #5
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My 2015 33rl has a 2016 "oyster" cap. ( NOW) I am using a waterless, ez on and off, polish every 90 days. Looks great and takes 15 minutes to do the cap. Elements roll right off, water beads and rolls off and bugs do not stick!
Previously 2 fades.
Dometic in main cabin was defective the first summer. They replaced it.
If I can WARN YOU ABOUT ANYTHING, this is it: get up and seal or reseal every damned spot that looks like any water can fight it's way in! That means vents, a/c, antenna, AND every part of EACH slide! Ours came out of the factory with several UNSEALED AREAS!
BUY a small roll of Eternabond tape on line and stow it! You will need it sooner or later. Wear comes quickly at slide top edges where the hit rubber seals going in and out. DO NOT USE ETERNABOND WITHOUT GOING TO A SOURCE LIKE U TUBE.
That stuff is IRON!!
Also, those rubber seal strips on each front side of your unit, from the nose down to the belly ( ARE GOING TO FAIL YOU AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME) . Get SUPER GLUE stretch and seal. Mine was flopping in the wind 2 years ago and could have taken out a motorcyclist passing. I never noticed until I was on the interstate. Had to run Gorilla Tape ( another MUST HAVE) down the side to hold. UGH!
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:02 PM   #6
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We just purchased the 2017 silverback 35ik and this is great info....

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Old 06-02-2016, 09:26 PM   #7
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Also, ensure you have the following:
* Tire pressure monitoring system.
Will save you money and heartache.
* Socket and ratchet that FITS huge water heater plug. ( Don't wait till first FREEZE)
* Torque wrench with lug nut sized socket.
Check your wheels OFTEN.
* winter blow out plug
Please learn how to drain ENTIRE WATER SYSTEM while nice weather. It's a TOUGH LESSON IN COLD, WIND!
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:32 AM   #8
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Thanks to everyone for the info. We're going to order the unit today. It seems I'm getting more positive replies, so that is great. I've had numerous fifth wheels Silverbackmel, so I understand exactly what you're saying. I do basically everything on my units, and I have all the tools, etc., I need to work on these things. Mel, what is the brand of polish you use? This unit will have the new light color cap, so hopefully that will help. Also, it appears to have the new series Dometic air conditioners, which I believe are the Blizzard Nxt series. I hope this is a good thing, but only time will tell. Mel, is the TMPS system you are using from CC, or is it an aftermarket unit? I definitely want to invest in that. My present unit has G rated tires, and I haven't had any problem with the tires. Wish CC would upgrade. We're in south Louisiana, so we don't have much freezing problems.
Thanks again for all the replies. Hope we have a good experience with this unit.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:39 AM   #9
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Not comparing apples to apples here because the Silvedrback uses the Penguin? Quiet Cool units but my Dometic AC has been replaced twice in less than a year. First one lost freon after 4 months and the second one a week ago. Dometic had no 15K units with a heat pump so this time I got the Penguin low profile and so far it is working. Only issue is the two year warranty from Dometic is from date of purchase so I have a bit over a year left on this one.

By the way, I love the floor plan you are getting, especially the cathedral ceilings.

Since you are in south Louisiana maybe you would like to attend the BamaGanza16 rally Oct 5-9 in Gadsden Alabama. There are a few sites left I believe and if DDC comes there will be another 33IK there which he has had about 2 weeks now.
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Since you are in south Louisiana maybe you would like to attend the BamaGanza16 rally Oct 5-9 in Gadsden Alabama. There are a few sites left I believe and if DDC comes there will be another 33IK there which he has had about 2 weeks now.
X 2. I Got a good look at DDC new unit. Awesome. Later RJD
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