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Old 04-30-2016, 07:28 PM   #1
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2017 Surveyor 33RETS

We hooked up the 2015 Puma today and traded it for a 2017 Surveyor 33RETS, it is a much different beast.

The interior is awesome, almost like a fifth wheel and the exterior is clean and sleek. We had a few issues, most were corrected on the spot by the dealer. We had a kinked outside shower line, the DVD was unplugged, loose trim panel in the front pass thru compartment and a loose trim molding on the ceiling. The couch is the biggest problem, the arm is indented and there is a hole in the cushion. The dealer is submitting a claim for it to get us a new couch.

It is definitely heavier than the Puma. I have installed my Pro Pride on it and the DW has equipped it. It will be interesting to see how it handles now that it is loaded. I told her this needs to last her a long time.
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2017 Surveyor 33RETS with Residential Refrigerator and Inverter
2005 Ford Excursion 6.0L 2WD
Nights Camped 2016 27, 2017 29
Nights Camped 2018 4 Scheduled 25 (so Far)
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Old 05-01-2016, 12:25 PM   #2
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Nice looking unit! Enjoy!


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Old 05-02-2016, 09:00 AM   #3
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Congrats on your great looking Surveyor 33RETS.
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Old 05-04-2016, 01:05 AM   #4
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:30 AM   #5
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Wow, nice rig! We also pull our Roo 21SS with an Excursion. Now you've got me thinking upgrade.
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:05 AM   #6
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I wanted to give a review of the 33RETS now that we have owned it for a couple of months and taken it on several trips.

The 33RETS is really a joy to spend time in, there is plenty of room for 4 of us and 2 dogs. The 05 Excursion is equipped with a Pro-Pride hitch and handles the camper just fine, it does feel heavier than the Puma we traded in.

On the maiden voyage to Ft Wilderness we had a couple of hiccups. The dealer did not wire the batteries in parallel so they were not charging right, I fixed that problem while on the road. Speaking of the inverter, when we returned home it quit working, I contacted the inverter manufacturer and they exchanged the bad one with a new one. It was a simple replacement.

The furniture is a disappointment. So far we have had trouble with the recliners not closing easily and the arms of the couch collapsing. The dealer replaced the right arm and is working with FR on the left. They are also working with FR on the recliners.

The TV connections were poorly run and bad and the DVD player was not wired properly. On our FL trip I replaced the TV with a same sized unit from the house just so we had something to watch because at the last minute we could not get the Jensen to work. When we got back I looked at the TV. I ran new cables from the DVD to TV and sound bar, fastened the DVD player in properly and corrected the TV settings to make everything work.

The awning is a disappointment because the slide under it takes up so much room. I contacted Surveyor and they changed the awning supplier and all 33RETS units now have the awning over the slide. We use a pop up tent towards the front to watch TV etc.

Other small items: The kitchen drain leaked, it was a simple repair to reseat the elbow. The bed storage compartment struts are weak, I will find suitable replacements. The blinds behind the chairs were damaged by the recliners not closing, the dealer is working with FR on that.

Things to keep in mind about the 33RETS. The front pass though storage doors are 21" wide so some chairs and blue tanks will not fit. The electrical, TV and water hookups are on the back so the bike rack has to be lowered to plug them in. BTW, the rack is heavy. Bikes on the rack need to be carefully positioned, you don't want one popping a handle bar into the camper's fiberglass.

The water heater is in the rear of the camper, it takes a minute for the hot water to reach the shower. The black and grey tanks are large, 4 of us did not fill the black tank in 6 days. On a separate trip we did not fill the grey tanks in 3 days so I am impressed.

The residential refrigerator is great, we know boondocking will be tough but if we do we will buy a generator. The refrigerator is large and handles a weeks worth of for for my hungry teenagers.

Yes, this is a couples camper but the sofa pulls out into a bed and there is plenty of room for an air mattress in front of the recliners. The bed room has a ton of closet and drawer space so we all keep our clothes in it.

We have had a few small items but all in all the camper has been great! We are much happier with the 33RETS than we were with the Puma 30FQSS.
2017 Surveyor 33RETS with Residential Refrigerator and Inverter
2005 Ford Excursion 6.0L 2WD
Nights Camped 2016 27, 2017 29
Nights Camped 2018 4 Scheduled 25 (so Far)
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:17 PM   #7
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Coolharts, can I ask you a quick question. We just ordered the same model and have some questions about satellite hook ups. We asked if they could drop two dedicated lines just for satellite and they would not. Have you hooked satellite up yet? Direct tv. Needs a line with no splitters and I am in panic mode about not being able to get our direct TV hooked up. Any info would ease my mind.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:10 AM   #8
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That is a very nice rig, the floor plan is about like mines.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:16 AM   #9
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Hi, We have the 2016 33RETS and love it. We have been wondering how in the world to attach bikes to the bike rack on the rear! if you could post pics or explain how you do it so they dontt come loose, it would be greatly appreciated. Maw Maw and Paw Paw have to bring grands bikes!!
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:22 AM   #10
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Hi, sorry we won't have ours till like May . Would like to ask you also, have you hooked satellite up yet to the camper. I am a worrier and stay up nights thinking of things to worry about with new camper. We physically have not seen this camper so it's really hard. The other night I found out the slide with stove and frige is about 8 inches shorter in dept then our current camper. Just gives me something else to lay awake for.

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