Took delivery on 4/7/2012 of a 2013 25DS
We took delivery on 4/7/2012 of a Flagstaff 25DS that was ordered on 10/12/2011. A 2012 model was ordered but the paper work on the delivered TT says it is a 2013 model, built on 2/29/2012. This is my first experience with a TT.
I must admit that I am a little disappointed in the quality and workmanship of this unit. I do not recall from the initial walk through of the 2010 Rockwood 2502S unit that was in stock at a different dealer, that it was a cheaply built as our new 25DS. Our main concern was finding a unit light enough to be towed by our 2006 4.0L Tacoma. We liked the floor plan of the 2502S, the calculated weight margins were adequate, but I was nervous about towing with the Tacoma so we decided to trade up to a 2012 F150. Pulling it home Saturday on I-80 made me realize the decision to upgrade to the 5.0L F150 was the correct one, as I cannot imagine pulling the 25DS with the Tacoma, even though the numbers said it was possible.
What I have found so far that makes me unhappy with the quality and workmanship are:
Sawdust and construction debris were not cleaned up.
Removing panels under the cabinet below the stove, to get to the incoming electrical service wire to determine if it would be possible to add a Progressive Industries Hardwired Surge Protector, disclosed that daylight can be seen coming through a gap between the side wall and the wheel well; itís big enough to allow unwanted insects to enter the trailer.
The TV mount arm was installed crooked so that with the TV extended and rotated, it is very noticeable because of the difference in the space between the TV frame and the ceiling.
Although it is not noticeable when closed, the furnace door frame hinges were installed on the wrong frame rail, removed and installed on the correct rail. The holes left by the hinge screws were not touched up.
There was an apparent defect in the dining table top and an attempt to fix it had been made by filling in the defect, but the filler was not sanded out, leaving a rough texture to the table top. Also, the height of the table allows it to be pushed into the window. We could see ourselves or one of the Grandkids pushing it into the window so I made a frame to sit on the floor so that the table legs will not slide on the floor enough to allow the table top to hit the window.
We did not notice on our initial 2502S walk through, but on the 25DS, the left side wardrobe door cannot be fully opened as it hits the window curtain valance.
The lid to the storage under the mattress is spring loaded so when the mattress is lifted, the lid opens. The vinyl trim around the lid was deformed, leaving a sharp point on one edge of the lid, which put a nice rip in the underside fabric of the mattress.
The adhesive backed Velcro strip that holds the seat cushion in place pulled loose on the first attempt of removing the cushion. The dealer rep was standing there but made no offer to fix it, but itís no big deal as the fix is simple by adding a few screws with a Teflon washer every few inches should prevent the Velcro strip from pulling off.
I donít know if there are any problems with the plumbing or any of the appliances. The PDI did not include testing any of those as the dealer had scheduled 20 deliveries for Saturday and the place was in a state of semi-controlled chaos.
Bottom line, we will be calling the dealer to set up an appointment to take care of a few things and next weekend we are going camping, so there might be more items added to the list.
Regarding the addition of a Progressive Industries Hardwired Surge Protector; it is possible, but you have to be a contortionist to get to the wires so I am leaning towards just getting the EMS-PT30C Portable Surge Protector.
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