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Old 05-03-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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New 8528IKWS

Just picked it up Friday. Been doing a shakedown all weekend at a nearby KOA, close to where we bought it. Weather has been great. Ran everything hooked up to shore power...including A/C, for the first day. Running everything Boondock style for second day. Only warranty item so far seems to be stereo. Can't get sound from tv through to stereo speakers. Radio on lowest setting is way to loud. Service from Gimme Shelter is amazing. Matt their rv tech came out to campsite to address this and a few other minor issues. Told him about other owners comments on this problem. He's looking into it and will get back to me. Have a few mods I want to do. Definitely replace fridge fans. Need to put in louvered heater vents to redirect air flow...p/s didn't notice till now there are no heater vents directly in the bedroom area. Have to look into possible mod for that. Moved up from a 10 year old 25í Mallard, w bunks and no slides. Right now seems like I have loads of space! D/W is going crazy trying to figure out where to put everything. Along with many weekend outings, main trip this year will be a month to NL.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-03-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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Really nice! Congrats!
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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Congratulations, won't take long to fill up the extra space
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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We just got back from the shakedown cruise of our new 8528RKWS. I could almost have written your post! DVD sound cuts out and TV sound won't connect to stereo, louvered vents are needed, and we love the interior storage space. All in all, a very comfortable 5th wheel. Congrats to you!
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:00 AM   #5
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Congrats on your great looking 8528IKWS!
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:44 AM   #6
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Congrat's, but you got the wrong color - just kidding, our 8528IKWS in white (the Platinum Package) arrives late May. Hope you have many good trips with it.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:03 AM   #7
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Congrats on new 5er! We have the same one. We got it last October. Our shakedown was to Myrtle Beach.
We agree on the heat issues. too much heat in bath/steps area. Not enough in the living area and none in the bedroom. I am going to put in adjustable registers and redirect the basement heat run to the bed area.
the slideout for kitchen/sofa is way out of adjustment and the wiper seal doesn't touch the roof when room is extended and the floor is lower than the main floor.
The biggest issue is the refrigerator though. It keeps the temps at about 25 to 30 degrees in both the freezer and fridge areas when at highest setting.
There is no thermistor adjustment that I can find. I guess I need to contact a service center for this problem.
Overall we love the space and usability.
Enjoy yours!
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:06 AM   #8
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Oh, I forgot to ask.....what radio brand do you have? I know lots of folks have trouble with the iRV(?)
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Oh, I forgot to ask.....what radio brand do you have? I know lots of folks have trouble with the iRV(?)

iRV66. Hopefully dealer solves the problem (replacement) for me. If not I'll call the number listed on other posts. Heard other got replacement shipped direct to them. Not sure if it's the same for Canadian customers.
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I can tell from the pic of your 8528 that it's the latest version...you have the storage compartment near the area on the slide that the BBQ grill hangs. You also probably have cabinets in the kitchen in the angled area that backs up to the bathroom.
We don't have the iRV radio, it's a genesys or some such thing. I don't use a radio or TV much so I don't remember specifics.
One thing I did do was put a switch on the radio so i can turn off the power to it when we're boondocking. Even when you turn it off there is still power usage so I put in a switch to kill all power to it. I also put LEds in the pendant lights over the island.
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