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Old 05-01-2016, 08:53 AM   #1
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New 36QBOK owner

So we picked up our new 36QBOK a couple weeks ago and after a quick trip back to the dealer to fix our front slide that would go in or out we are on our maiden voyage.

First up an explanation about the front slide. I wish I could find the thread again where someone has sent their unit back to the factory for their front slide problems. I think this would be helpful/pertinent for them as well. Our front slide was only screwed into the plywood floor instead of the metal supports (there wasn't a metal support in ours). It actually wouldn't retract during the PDI so we left and grabbed a meal but they called us and said it was just a matter of some washers that weren't installed and that they had it fixed. So back we went, put the slide in and out several times and sure enough smooth as butter.

We take it home and start transferring all our gear from the previous trailer and the slide won't retract again. This time I'm hearing crunching and splintering wood. Finally by lifting and pushing while my son holds the retract switch we get it in. Back to the dealer where they disassemble the front of the unit to access the underneath portion of the slide only to find no supports or metal plates. So the motor just pulled right out of the plywood which is the wood splintering that I heard. So the sandwiched the plywood with metal support plates and secured the motor to the metal. Tested it several times works great. Take it home pull the floor again and now the metal plates are shifting ever so slightly as it goes in/out. So my guess is after X number of in/out operations we are going to have trouble again. The real question is the value of X...? Not sure what the final fix will be but if yours doesn't have the metal supports, it's likely a ticking time bomb. I wonder if we had added a metal plate prior to the wood being so badly damaged if this could have been avoided?

So our last trailer was clearly a Friday unit, which I won't go into, but I was so focused on certain areas of the PDI that I clearly missed some of the basics this time.

Not a single drain was tightened and every single one of them leaked. One of them wasn't even attached at the trap. Nothing major but clearly I missed testing the sinks! My worry is that the shower drain is also loose. What is the best way to access/check that? Where would I notice the water first?

The kitchen sink supply lines are also leaking, I have tried tightening them, we will see if I can get them to stop leaking.

I think the city supply is leaking but I think it is on the back side of the port. Is that easily accessed somehow to tighten it?

The Bluetooth potion of our iRV radio/media center won't keep a connection and skips extremely bad when it does play. Is this normal or do others have better luck with the Bluetooth?

We had 4 of the outdoor latches that wouldn't stay shut even when locked but I know how to fix those from this forum. Until I can get a few parts I just loosened the screws added washers underneath and retightened which lifted the plates enough so the latch fully engages.

We have a possible electrical gremlin but I started a separate thread for that one.

Now on to the good. The bike rack is absolutely solid. I had the wife follow me for a short trip through the neighborhood and she said the rack didn't bounce at all. The bikes didn't even so much as wiggle. I did modify the arm a touch by adding some washers to keep it from being so loose. It's now a bit hard to get in and out but it doesn't move at all when installed.

The slides haven't leaked at all and we have had some good downpours and steady rain for a full day. No leaks anywhere.

Everyone loves the extra space and layout. At one point we had 8 people that all had to come inside for a meal due to the rain and with the back bunk table set up we weren't even cramped while eating.

It was a bit cool this week and with the fireplace providing so much warmth in the central area the propane has far outlasted what we would have expected based on our last trailer. That includes using a modified Coleman XLL grill on the propane as well.

My wife absolutely loves the amount of storage cabinets and utility of the pantry. The can pantry is a great feature. I'm have some mixed feelings on the bunkhouse. The kids absolutely love the extra space but I've noticed that they have spent a little more time indoors than in the past. I think it's partly due to the weather, but mostly due to the great space for them and their friends back there.

We had a washer/dryer combo installed in the front closet and absolutely love it. It does shake the trailer quite a bit but as long as we don't use it while anyone sleeps I don't think it will bother anyone. We actually timed it so that it would end just before bed time last night and the extra heat it put into the bedroom was perfect considering it got cold outside again. One of those unexpected benefits in the cool weather that will work against us in the summer. But we knew it would add heat to the room. We have the second airconditioner installed.

Overall we love the unit. Just hoping to get some of the water system leaks under control and then it will be perfect.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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Not a single drain was tightened and every single one of them leaked. One of them wasn't even attached at the trap. Nothing major but clearly I missed testing the sinks! My worry is that the shower drain is also loose. What is the best way to access/check that? Where would I notice the water first?
In the basement (early 2013 model year, bought in 2012), remove the screws holding down the back-side of the water bay panel. Mine is just 3 or so on the floor. I've had that thing in and out a dozen times now. Look up and you should basically see the underside of the shower.

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I think the city supply is leaking but I think it is on the back side of the port. Is that easily accessed somehow to tighten it?
See above OR just use a smartphone and record a video. You can hold it over that same little partition.

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The Bluetooth potion of our iRV radio/media center won't keep a connection and skips extremely bad when it does play. Is this normal or do others have better luck with the Bluetooth?
Mine plays fine (IRV66) *but* it has super terrible range. I will generally leave my phone at the charging station over the sink OR just inside of the door. Kind of defeats the purpose of tunes outside if I still have to go inside ot futz with it.

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We had a washer/dryer combo installed in the front closet and absolutely love it. It does shake the trailer quite a bit but as long as we don't use it while anyone sleeps I don't think it will bother anyone.
Dude, you're not thinking straight. You use this as an excuse for that ("fun time activities with the adult occupants in the master bedroom").

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Overall we love the unit. Just hoping to get some of the water system leaks under control and then it will be perfect.
Hopefully the good outweighs the bad and you get to enjoy it!
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:03 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new 36QBOK. Sorry to hear about all the kinks but hopefully they'll all get worked out.
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In the basement (early 2013 model year, bought in 2012), remove the screws holding down the back-side of the water bay panel. Mine is just 3 or so on the floor. I've had that thing in and out a dozen times now. Look up and you should basically see the underside of the shower.



See above OR just use a smartphone and record a video. You can hold it over that same little partition.



Mine plays fine (IRV66) *but* it has super terrible range. I will generally leave my phone at the charging station over the sink OR just inside of the door. Kind of defeats the purpose of tunes outside if I still have to go inside ot futz with it.



Dude, you're not thinking straight. You use this as an excuse for that ("fun time activities with the adult occupants in the master bedroom").



Hopefully the good outweighs the bad and you get to enjoy it!
Thanks, I'll pull that panel and see what I can find back there water wise.

We have been able to get the Bluetooth to work if we leave the phone/ipod right above the radio on the ledge below the tv, but sometimes it even skips there. I may pull the paneling to see if there is any metal or mounting brackets that might be interfering.

We had some good rain the past day or two and the slides and walls appear to be watertight. That might seem like an odd statement, but considering our last trailer had 3 new walls from the factory, then later a new roof from the factory, and then the slide unit pulled and refurbed all within the 4 years we had it, I'm pretty happy overall!

My neighbor still ribs me that the "babbling brook(s)" in our unit were all features of Forest RIVER and that they likely charged me extra to build in the company's namesake.

We will be taking it back out in two weeks for another shakedown to work on the electric and remaining plumbing leaks. I think I managed to get all of the plumbing squared away with the exception of the outdoor kitchen. I'm not sure how to reach the connection for the faucet and I'm pretty sure that is where the few drips are coming from.

We have a family trip planned for the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Mt Rushmore coming up in June and I just want to have all the bugs worked out by then.
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For the sink in the outdoor kitchen, try accessing it from the bunkhouse. Most of the panels in that side are just 2 screws holding them in. Unscrew them and they pull right out. It might be a heck of a stretch, but it might get you were you need to be.

As for the bluetooth, is it an IRV radio? If so, contact:
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A Division of Patrick Ind.
(574) 970-8287 - Office
(574) 970-8326 - Fax
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:27 PM   #6
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Thanks, I never thought of going through the bunkhouse. I bet that will work as I don't need to do much just get a wrench on the fitting to tighten it up I bet.

Yes it is a iRV, thank you for the contact info!
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:47 PM   #7
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For the sink in the outdoor kitchen, try accessing it from the bunkhouse. Most of the panels in that side are just 2 screws holding them in. Unscrew them and they pull right out. It might be a heck of a stretch, but it might get you were you need to be.

As for the bluetooth, is it an IRV radio? If so, contact:
Todd Eash
National Warranty Mgr.
Quest Audio Video
A Division of Patrick Ind.
(574) 970-8287 - Office
(574) 970-8326 - Fax
easht@patrickind.com
Spoke with Todd and a new unit is being sent out. Thanks for the contact information!
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Spoke with Todd and a new unit is being sent out. Thanks for the contact information!
Great! Any luck with the other stuff?
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Unfortunately, I'm still away at work. I get to travel home tomorrow and we will be hooking up and heading out with the rig for another weekend. For me it will be a working weekend, while I work on the previous issues as well as install the new EMS-LCHW50 which my wife says arrived on the front porch yesterday.

I finished adding the 3 sewer tubes under the bike rack, I bought the adjustable length tubes since I needed a quick solution while I've been traveling for work. I just extended the tubes to the same length as the bike rack and bolted them through the frame. Eventually I'll touch up the nuts and bolts with some black paint in order to minimize the look.

The bike rack worked out great! I was a bit nervous pulling away with the bikes on their the first time so I had DW follow me around as I found some bumps and one full speed stretch to test out the stability. Not so much as a single bounce, wobble or rocking of the rack or bikes. She said it was like they were glued in place. I have a 4th bike to add but it was still at the bike shop having a few things tuned up.

I converted over the Coleman grill for using it with the low pressure system and cooked out right in the front yard to test it. My neighbors are starting to think I've gone a bit over the edge...

The front bedroom slide has been fixed once for the metal plate basically ripping out of the plywood. I'm curious, is this what everyone else's slide system looks like? I need to figure out a way of reinforcing it as it is starting to come loose again.

We bought 3 maxair II vents installed along with a fantastic fan for the bunkhouse vent (with remote since the kids can't reach it). When I went to pick up the trailer they had already installed them...

We put in a washer/dryer combo into the front closet as we like to do a load of towels or clothes each day. It just makes returning home a bit easier and means we have to carry a few less towels on those trips where we will be swimming or hitting the beach etc.

I finally got to adding bed steps to my truck since I had to keep climbing up the side to use the hitch. Unfortunately, as I was installing the driver side step the retracting/hold up spring decided to fail. A spring that size splitting into 2 with one part smacking the asphalt right next to your head while you lay under the truck and the other part trying to implant itself into your thigh really gets your attention pretty quick! I also added the retraxone cover to keep the elements off my hitch between trips. So I got a bit done before I left for work, I just have to install the pop n lock to my tailgate which also arrived while I have been gone.

Good thing camping is fun, as I re-read my post it sure does seem like a lot of work too...
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You have a bunkhouse vent?! Man, I wish I did!
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