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Old 05-17-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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various flaws found in new rv

I was just wondering if it was considered normal to find little glitches in the factory craftsmanship after you get your camper home and thoroughly inspect it. Nothing big...just little things that I touched up or screwed in better, etc. No complaints..just glad I am comfortable with tools and tinkering.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:19 PM   #2
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I did the same thing for the first week. Checking everything and making small adjustments including the plumbing that I could reach.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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it would be abnormal if you didn't find these things!

pretty standard with nearly all RVs, no matter the brand.
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Most of them you can find more issues in new then with used. My brand new rv has issues, and stupid things like no tp holder.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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I took delivery in April on a 2011 Cherokee 39P. The dealer did an awesome job of going through it and fixing the little things. And no we did not get a toilet paper holder. We never mounted the tp holder in our Roo.

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Old 05-17-2011, 02:38 PM   #6
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Yes it is normal. Not made by robots, but by plain folks like you and me.

Wait till you find all that saw dust, cut wires, screws behind or underneath everything. I got my shop-vac out and cleaned it good.

Every once in a while I'll do a round with my Robertson screw driver (square head) to tighten things up. It's essential a house on wheels, things will loosen up over time with the flex of hitting bumps on the road.

A friend who has a '09 Springdale 30 foot - which had been used for 3 summers at the same location - was shocked to see it falling apart when he did a long trip. Tightened everything up and all was well.
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Mine came with two T/P holders, you have a choice, left or right !
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it is normal to find things. I still do find things every now and then. I seem to always come home with a few things on a list (as with my last trailer) when I dewinterize I will go through and check plumbing connections and screws on the cabinets and various nuts and bolts.
most important on a new camper is check the lug nuts as stated in the manual and on the stickers on the camper. also just go through and make sure all is hand tight on the plumbing. I had a few connections that were loose. no big deal all part of ownership.
ours came with a TP holder but it was not installed- I prefer to use 2 fingers, the middle and index to hold the roll
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TP Holder... That's what that thingy was. I thought camping was meant to rough it. I use leaves and tree moss. Time to move up I guess.
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TP Holder... That's what that thingy was. I thought camping was meant to rough it. I use leaves and tree moss. Time to move up I guess.
Stay away from pine cones.
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Hey that's why I camp, so that I can fix all the small things in the camper Ok, kidding aside, yes, it seems to be an UNFORTUNATELY accepted fact that there will be some number of small problems.
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All I know is that we are VERY happy so far and can hardly wait until memorial day...maiden voyage! I was relatively sure I wasn't experiencing anything unusual with the odds and ends but I now feel better knowing it! It'll be fun tinkering on it with my son...he loves to help <5 years old>
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:23 PM   #13
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Use the 2 color cob method.....Use a brown cob first...then use a white cob to see if you need another brown one.

Worked for Kimberly Clark/Kleenex for 12 years making TP...Can tell TP stories 1/2 the night.
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I didn't find very many things that needed tightened or adjusted but like miatared, I found a good deal of saw dust, wire ends and screws in hidden places.
The worst mess I found was behind the fireplace. You could'nt see it unless the TV was popped up but there was plenty of the above mentioned items, plus a tangled mess of wires. I took the TV off and removed the fireplace so could gain access. I vacuumed up the debris then rerouted the mess of wires and tie wrapped the excess out of sight. Looks a lot better.
If you really want to see a mess, look behind your Concertone!
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Hey that's why I camp, so that I can fix all the small things in the camper
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Use the 2 color cob method.....Use a brown cob first...then use a white cob to see if you need another brown one.

Worked for Kimberly Clark/Kleenex for 12 years making TP...Can tell TP stories 1/2 the night.
How come we missed out on the TP stories at the FROG meet?

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TP Holder... That's what that thingy was. I thought camping was meant to rough it. I use leaves and tree moss. Time to move up I guess.
Too Funny!!!!!
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How come we missed out on the TP stories at the FROG meet?

Thinking we were all to busy with other activities...lolol

Going to lunch today with 2 of the FROG couples here in Broken Arrow. We'll see if we can get a picture posted later.

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If you really want to see a mess, look behind your Concertone!
You aren't kidding looked like a sawmill behind mine! I discovered this when removing the radio to fix it. Radio was DOA from the factory (new camper). Luckily just a loose wire nut on the power connection.

I had some small items here and there but nothing major (knock on wood) with my Salem. I had a lot less problems on the new camper then I had on my new house.

If you aren't at least a little "handy" I can see a camper be a very expensive and frustrating purchase always sitting in the shop. Just the nature of 'em... Don't get me started on my boat...
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I was just wondering if it was considered normal to find little glitches in the factory craftsmanship after you get your camper home and thoroughly inspect it. Nothing big...just little things that I touched up or screwed in better, etc. No complaints..just glad I am comfortable with tools and tinkering.
to the Forums. Yes, unfortunately it's the norm. No matter what level of RV you buy or who the manufacturer is there's always something that could have been done better or should I say done correctly. One thing I will say though is I have a pretty good collection of screws, found 7 more the other day when I replaced a lighted switch near the door, wire nuts and other items just dropped and covered up. Nothing major to date. I usually have a tool box and various light bulbs, fuses and some odds and ends just in case I need to fix something while on the road. and enjoy it!!!
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