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Old 03-14-2016, 09:53 AM   #1
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Cleaned up The Gifts Left by FS

I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning out all of the sawdust and construction debris from the areas behind the inspection panels, (under the water heater, under the bathtub and the area containing the water pump and converter). I must say that I was a little amazed at what I found. It is obvious that the workers do not take any time to clean up in the least. If they drilled a cutout, the plug was just left there. When the cut out was made for under the bathtub, the piece that was cut out was just left where it fell. And, there were mounds of sawdust everywhere. I guess none of that is really a big deal, but it just says, “I don’t care”. By leaving things that way, it seems to say the trailers are built as fast as possible and shipped out the door. I would think it would not cost an extra $25 per unit to do some minimal cleanup and I think the statement it would make not to find the cutouts just laying around would be well worth the $25. I know there is not a lot of margin, but does a company really want this as a reputation?
Anyway, I am not gripping too much, because it did help me get to know my trailer just a little better, (could be I found out a few things I wish I had not known). I am sure I not alone in finding all the “gifts” that FS left for me. I am also sure I will be finding sawdust for a few more months to come. The good news is my trailer is now a little lighter than it was and I have a few more pounds for cargo.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:01 AM   #2
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Sometimes the dealer will clean up that stuff. My dealer got most of mine. Still had a a fair amount of sawdust and a few screws.


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Old 03-14-2016, 10:12 AM   #3
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I de-winterized mine yesterday. I have to say that I was impressed with the new years crop of sawdust that I found everywhere.

I cleaned the TT good last year and was satisfied that I got it all. Holy cow, I just kept staring at the floor wondering where it came from. I guess the FR fairy must have stopped by over the winter and sprinkled my TT.

I think I will start collecting it and put it towards my next upgrade.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:13 AM   #4
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I think all of us have found "gifts and presents" left for us by the kind hearted employees. Just part of the "experience".
They left me a lot of nice presents...
Of course the round wood cutout plugs,
Nice colored pieces of wire, assorted gauges.
A nice assortment of various screws and staples.
And of course the sawdust and bits of styrofoam.
All in all a nice little assortment...and after 2 years I'm still finding little "gifts"
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:22 AM   #5
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I don't mind the "Gifts" of saw dust, wire nuts, insulation, and screws. What ticks me off is the prompts to learn DIY lessons, like tighten plumbing fittings, find the short in the wire, why don't I have d/c power circuit breakers and why don't import ST (specialty trailer) tires have to meet the same specs as car and LT tires.


Of course then there is that detailed owners manual that covers manufacture liability and not much more.


It's all part of the world of RVing, the RV lifestyle, and the RV experience.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:32 AM   #6
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I don't mind the "Gifts" of saw dust, wire nuts, insulation, and screws. What ticks me off is the prompts to learn DIY lessons, like tighten plumbing fittings, find the short in the wire, why don't I have d/c power circuit breakers and why don't import ST (specialty trailer) tires have to meet the same specs as car and LT tires.


Of course then there is that detailed owners manual that covers manufacture liability and not much more.


It's all part of the world of RVing, the RV lifestyle, and the RV experience.
Finding loose plumbing fittings, unconnected wireing/shorts, ect, falls under the heading of "suprise suprise suprise", not "gifts".
"Gifts" fall under the "happy to leave it for you".
"Suprises" fall under the "Gotcha" heading.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:34 AM   #7
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I don't mind the gifts. I can't find the color and style screw they use locally, so I appreciate them leaving some extras around for me. As far as all the sawdust goes- I'm gonna go through my new camper and clean everything and check everything out anyway, so I'm glad I saved the $25.
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I don't mind the gifts. I can't find the color and style screw they use locally, so I appreciate them leaving some extras around for me. As far as all the sawdust goes- I'm gonna go through my new camper and clean everything and check everything out anyway, so I'm glad I saved the $25.
Problem with that line of thought is the stuff actually comes back. It's like dust bunnies...you clean em up, but they come back.
Clean up now, go on a trip, and I guarantee not only will you find it's come back
but there's more of it. Like rabbits, it multiplies!!!
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1 year after purchase, still need to vacuum after a couple hundred miles! Keeps coming out of wall/floor joints.
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