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Old 08-16-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Just joined, 2018 Surveyor 251RKS

Moved from a Skyline Koala 19WQ to the 251RKS. With 5 years of 8-9 months each year on the road we are not newbies to RVing but we are overwhelmed in a pleasant way with push buttons replacing manual labor. A couple of questions I have. Is there anything you have discovered in using the Surveyor that was not covered in the dealer orientation? Are there "quirks" that you have found that require specific maintenance or modification? I imagine we are going to enjoy the added space. If only I can adjust to clearing the gas pumps with the added length.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:42 PM   #2
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Welcome and enjoy your 2018 Surveyor 251RKS!
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:05 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. We have a 2017 251rks and love it we have had almost no issues. What we have had have been small and I have repaired on my own versus driving 1+hrs to dealer. Here are a couple items:
1. under the slide you find the wires in plastic and attached to a flat piece that is supposed to go above the slide mechanism. For us it dropped below and rubbed on the tire. You can guess what happened. Easy fix but poor design.
2. make sure the outside bedroom door is closed when putting the awning in and out. If you don't the door will hit the awning supports and not allow it to close properly.
3. the bedroom get warm if you keep the bathroom doors closed. We close them when we have guest staying on the pull-out couch. Not a big issue. I am thinking about putting a vent on the top of the pocket door. I think that might help.
4. We purchased a slide topper and it has cut down on the noise from the rain hitting the slide out. We couldn't be happier with that mod.
5. I put the grab/push bar on the screen door. We have been real happy with that mod.
6. We do use the BAL X-chocks. They keep the sway down from front to back. doesn't help with the side to side.
7. for the sewer hoses I keep 2 15ft 1 5ft (I made), "Y" connector and elbow for hooking up to a sewer for longer stays. Makes dumping a little easier. I can stow all the hoses in the bumper.

Good luck and happy camping.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:00 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. We have a 2017 251rks and love it we have had almost no issues. What we have had have been small and I have repaired on my own versus driving 1+hrs to dealer. Here are a couple items:
1. under the slide you find the wires in plastic and attached to a flat piece that is supposed to go above the slide mechanism. For us it dropped below and rubbed on the tire. You can guess what happened. Easy fix but poor design.
2. make sure the outside bedroom door is closed when putting the awning in and out. If you don't the door will hit the awning supports and not allow it to close properly.
3. the bedroom get warm if you keep the bathroom doors closed. We close them when we have guest staying on the pull-out couch. Not a big issue. I am thinking about putting a vent on the top of the pocket door. I think that might help.
4. We purchased a slide topper and it has cut down on the noise from the rain hitting the slide out. We couldn't be happier with that mod.
5. I put the grab/push bar on the screen door. We have been real happy with that mod.
6. We do use the BAL X-chocks. They keep the sway down from front to back. doesn't help with the side to side.
7. for the sewer hoses I keep 2 15ft 1 5ft (I made), "Y" connector and elbow for hooking up to a sewer for longer stays. Makes dumping a little easier. I can stow all the hoses in the bumper.

Good luck and happy camping.
How did you fix the wires under the slide, it just happened to us and wed like to know how you stopped the wire harness from rubbing on the tire. Thank you!
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:38 AM   #5
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This morning I crawled under the slide (retracted). I did not find any wires in the wheel wells. The closest to the tires are the brake wires and they seemed well anchored with reasonable clearance. Does this sound like I understood your concern correctly? I really appreciate your help. I am seen as a safety nerd close to being a belt and suspenders guy.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:24 PM   #6
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I haven’t made a good permanent fix to prevent the wire and support from dropping down below the slide mechanism. What I did for partial temporary fix was reposition how it was attached to the outer part of the slide. What we are doing for now is when DW is available, I am outside the trailer watching to make sure the wire structure is going above the mechanism. If she isn’t around I bring in the slide about half way. Then check to make sure it is going above.
I spliced the wires together with crimp connector, while at the campground. And duct tape the support temporarily at the campground. Where the split in half I put in a small hinge and small screws, so it folds in that location. I will most likely redo that with a connection, making them a better permanent soldered connection. I did write Surveyor of the bad design, I thought I had pictures, but I am not able to find for you. I would take new, but TT is stored at a different location for the next several weeks.
I did remember 2 warranty issues that we had:
• The edge of the stoves top coating (porcelain?) was chipping off in less than 4 months of taking ownership. I sent pictures to dealer who sent to Surveyor they shipped a new top to the dealer which I picked up from dealer and installed. 1-minute easy install versus pulling trailer 90 min.
• Our Microwave died sometime last year or over the winter. Our Warranty Forever covered the replacement at the dealer. For the small Forest Point Microwave, they valued it at $450. A similar one (different brand) is probably available at Walmart for less than $100.
If you want, you can reach out to me via private messenger if needed. We are NY Capital District if you are ever in the area.
Again, good luck and Happy Camping.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info, weve had our 251rks since March and that is the only concern weve had...and that just happened!
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This was useful!

I just posted the same question as Andy10 and then found this thread. Am printing out to use. Thanks
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:21 PM   #9
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Welcome to the forum.
Our 2016 251rks never has been taken back to the dealer for any repairs. We did have a leak in the shower, but we fixed it.
We also removed the tire from under the trailer; I could never imagine getting under the trailer to grab the tire. I did notice that the pressure of the support frame for the tire had left an imprint on the tire: NOT good.
I also filled all the gaps under the trailer with foam.
I also wired in a satellite plug so that I have a direct line to the TV.
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Ram 2500 / 251rks
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Welcome to the forum.
Our 2016 251rks never has been taken back to the dealer for any repairs. We did have a leak in the shower, but we fixed it.
We also removed the tire from under the trailer; I could never imagine getting under the trailer to grab the tire. I did notice that the pressure of the support frame for the tire had left an imprint on the tire: NOT good.
I also filled all the gaps under the trailer with foam.
I also wired in a satellite plug so that I have a direct line to the TV.
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Ram 2500 / 251rks
I had to replace my spare tire as the under trailer carrier damaged it. I was afraid that it would have blown if I put it on the trailer. Dealer made an adjustment to the carrier. I have not had a chance to check out their work or how the tire looks now.
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