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Old 10-03-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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New Guy with a few questions if I may?

Just closed a deal on a new 2013 Wildcat 353LS via the internet. Which means I haven't actually had the opportunity to touch it and look things over in detail since it currently is almost 1,200 miles to the north.

So if maybe you all could share a little knowledge with me I would greatly appreciate the assistance.

1. Is the roof rated to be walked on? Not talking about having a party up there, just want to know If I get the nerve to climb up the ladder I won't fall through.

2. The 5th wheel has the 50amp service and 2nd a/c prep package on it. Is this second a/c location for a ducted unit or a non ducted a/c unit.

3. Will the 50amp service allow for 2 15K a/c units to be connected or only 1 each 15K and 13.5K systems?

4. The fireplace is under the entertainment center on a slide out and has the faux stone face around the fireplace. Does anyone know how difficult it would be to remove the faux stone surround? The wife would prefer it finished as is the entertainment center.

5. Do all the slide out extend and retract at the same time or can they be done individually? I didn't even know that some RVs did them at the same time, this was something new to me.

I'm sure there will be more questions to come, but I would sure appreciate any feedback you can share on what I have posted.

Here is the Wildcat we purchased.
2013 WILDCAT 353LS REAR LIVING 2 BATH 3 SLIDE 1 LEFT W/ DISOUNT DISCONTINUED 5W in RVs & Campers | eBay Motors
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:36 AM   #2
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Roof

If it has a ladder the roof is meant to be walked on. I try to limit the amount of time on my roof. You also have to go up there to "maintain" your roof.......... (check seals, and seams)

As far as your other questions, I cant give you any information, but others will be getting up soon and answer them for you
Lots of knowledge here, stay tuned!
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OBT, Welcome! and enjoy your new camper! Great looking unit!!!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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Thank you for the early morning "Welcome" and assistance.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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Even if it doesn't come with a ladder, it doesn't NECESSARILY mean that the roof cannot be walked on. My friend had a Bigfoot that came without a ladder but it had the support structure under the skin for attaching a ladder, which he did after getting an overlay to show him where the supports were. Talk about measuring 10 times and drilling once..... But if it doesn't come with a ladder, you'd want to check with the factory to be sure the roof is okay to walk on.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #5
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Thank you, this one does have the rear ladder already in place. Now, I have to figure out how to get an extra air conditioner unit up the ladder....LOL!!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:52 AM   #6
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I don't have a wildcat so I can't afar them all, but 50 amp service would allow for up to 4 15K btu AC's if a person really wanted. I added a second 15k to my Sabre. To get three unit up there, I used a bobcat and lifted the unit the other couple feet myself. Then got on the roof and gently picked it up and adjusted it over the opening. One thing, if you ordered from a dealer, it may be easier to have them install the second unit. I saved $150 by doing it myself, but wished I would've just had it done. In my Sabre, the ducting is setup to access grin the front bedroom vent area where the 2nd AC goes. So it can be ducted or just direct blow down.

Congrats by the way!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:59 AM   #7
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All of your questions will be answered when you do the walk through. Write down All of the possible questions that you may have. get all of the written material that you can for every aspect of the unit.

Take your time in the walk through and work everything as many times as it takes until you are comfortable with it. check every Key with every lock and buy an extra set if Blanks from the Dealer and have another set made later.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:37 AM   #8
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Whenever times come for pick up please take a PDI list with you. A very good one to be found in the download section of this forum. And it is highly recommended to spend the first night)s) at a campground close to the dealer. You do not want to find out issues to be fixed by the dealer after having driven home 1200 miles.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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Well I did find out that this model has an electric slide on the master bedroom and the two opposing slide in the living dinette and entertainment kitchen are hydraulic powered and open at the same time unless you manually reset the flow.
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where do you live that you couldn't find one closer than 1200 miles, to at least look at?
hard to believe that a closer Wildcat dealer didn't have a 353LS in stock for you to look at, even if you didn't buy from them.
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