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Old 01-22-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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We will take delivery on our newand 1st ever camper trailer anything this coming Friday. I have learned from all the reading on this forum that I had better go over this thing with a fine tooth comb. However I realy dont know what to look for. The obvious broken stuff is ok, but what about the unexpected. Where do I need to look, open up, crawl into, or take aprt?
Were do I look folks, any help appriciated.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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That is a very difficult question to answer, because there are so many different systems, features, and moving parts on each unit that should be looked at and tested. I've actually contacted Forest River to suggest that they develop a 'delivery inspection' list that is customized for each trailer model and set of features, similar to the window sticker you see on a new vehicle. That would help isolate and identify every key component that should be inspected. You have a good start with the basic physical inspection of everything obvious

I'll start off your extra checklist with a few of my own 'lessons learned' from my purchase last fall:
- How many service panels are there? There should be at least 1 for the fridge / stove, 1 for water systems, maybe more. Remove each panel and check each system uncovered.
- Check the location of the water filter (is there a filter in it?), the hot water tank, bypass valves, winterizing valve and line, water pump, and all drain or release valves
- test the breaker panel (every switch). Are there any in-line fuses anywhere? Identify and check each one separately
- test the furnace, the fridge, the stove burners, AND the oven. Our oven still won't light!
- test the A/C and fan on all settings
- test the propane tanks, any propane line switches, and any quick-connects
- check that the Radio, TV, and DVD units are all functional and hooked up properly
- check for loose or poor fitting hinges, handles, and clasps on everything. Open each door several times, and try every latch or snap several times
- test any slide-outs several times. Any unusual noise, movements, or problems?
- test all power jacks, awnings, etc. several times. Go to full extension and fully closed a few times each. Also check the awning for flaws, rips, Etc.
- test the manual override system (cranks) on your jacks, slides, etc. We had the wrong cranks supplied with ours.
- test every On/Off switch that exists on your unit, and know where they all are. Do they all work? Do the indicator lights come on?

I'm sure there are many more ideas out there. Good luck with the new unit, and enjoy your camping!!
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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Hi Mike,
The concept for a PDI is to both learn from your dealer and to check over the trailer before you have accepted delivery. The sale is not over until you sign and you are in control until that point. Ask questions and make them earn your business.

By the way - Make sure to sign up for the Forest River 2nd year warrenty extension for an additional $150. You probably need to do that directly with FR and you want to do it within 10 days (technically).

Bring a pen and paper, flashlight, CD and DVD if equipped with a TV and radio.

Some people like to video their PDI for future reference, which is not a bad idea especially for systems that you might not need or use for a few months.

In general, work everything from locks to lights, all switches, appliances, entertainment stuff and ALL systems (do this on just battery and also on shore power), check the roof, ceiling, walls and floors.

Are they installing a weight distribution hitch for you? Make sure you watch them do it and ask questions. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about your WDH.

Attached is a list made up over time. It keeps getting revised. Most of it is borrowed from posts like this one or other lists I have seen. Its detailed and will give you a good idea what to look for.

Most of your dealer's customers probably don't do this but plan on a few hours or more and it might be good to warn the dealer ahead of time that you plan to take this time to do it right.

Once you are done with your inspection, you have a choice to accept the trailer or not. Assuming all is fine except for the inevitable minor items, then you leave it there for the dealer to fix before accepting delivery or schedule another day. Its very tempting to take it with you but you might not get the same level of service or timeliness once you sign the paperwork. It depends on how good the dealer is.

After you eventually bring it home, make sure to setup in the driveway and camp a night before your shakedown cruise, which is a whole 'nuther topic.

Good luck and congratulations!
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Hi Mike,
The concept for a PDI is to both learn from your dealer and to check over the trailer before you have accepted delivery. The sale is not over until you sign and you are in control until that point. Ask questions and make them earn your business.

By the way - Make sure to sign up for the Forest River 2nd year warrenty extension for an additional $150. You probably need to do that directly with FR and you want to do it within 10 days (technically).

Bring a pen and paper, flashlight, CD and DVD if equipped with a TV and radio.

Some people like to video their PDI for future reference, which is not a bad idea especially for systems that you might not need or use for a few months.

In general, work everything from locks to lights, all switches, appliances, entertainment stuff and ALL systems (do this on just battery and also on shore power), check the roof, ceiling, walls and floors.

Are they installing a weight distribution hitch for you? Make sure you watch them do it and ask questions. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about your WDH.

Attached is a list made up over time. It keeps getting revised. Most of it is borrowed from posts like this one or other lists I have seen. Its detailed and will give you a good idea what to look for.

Most of your dealer's customers probably don't do this but plan on a few hours or more and it might be good to warn the dealer ahead of time that you plan to take this time to do it right.

Once you are done with your inspection, you have a choice to accept the trailer or not. Assuming all is fine except for the inevitable minor items, then you leave it there for the dealer to fix before accepting delivery or schedule another day. Its very tempting to take it with you but you might not get the same level of service or timeliness once you sign the paperwork. It depends on how good the dealer is.

After you eventually bring it home, make sure to setup in the driveway and camp a night before your shakedown cruise, which is a whole 'nuther topic.

Good luck and congratulations!
I like Triguy's advice! Especially the part about accepting the trailer and leaving it there to have things taken care of. Obviously some people a fussier than others and what might matter to you won't to the next person.

The way I look at it is I'm paying good money for what I buy and I want it to be "perfect". The only part you'll have to get over will be the fact that things aren't always made as they should be or could be. All trailer manufacturers' have their strong and weak points...

good luck,
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