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Old 09-26-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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New Guy needs advice

Greetings all,

I'm new to the site and to RVing in general. We will take delivery of our 19RR on Friday, Sept 14. For those of you with more experience than we have, what should I be looking for during our intro session?

We're buying from Outpost RV, and so far have had outstanding service. I'm sure Kyle will make sure that continues. We are going to stay in their campground for the evening just to make sure that everything works. I'm sure we won't be able to test every system/item, so what suggestions do you have so that we can make the most of our time there and our trip home.

Thanks in advance!


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Old 09-26-2011, 06:39 PM   #2
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take notes take notes take notes if all else fails take notes !
ask questions ask questions !
ask where the hw heater bypass is
ask where the water filter is
make them show you everything about the convertor
ask where the gfci outlets are
ask where light switches are and what they turn on
ask specifically how the hw heater works and where the switches are
theres more I am sure .

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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Run water through all the lines from the city water. Then shut off the city water and run the pump and make sure water makes it to all taps.
Run the water heater on propane. Run the water heater on electric.
Run the airconditioner. Run the heater.
Light the stove. Light the oven.
Run the fridge on gas. Run the fridge on electric.
Take a night light and go around and plug it in to every place it will plug in to make sure all outlets work (inside and out).
Take a note pad with you and don't be shy about making a "punch list" of things that don't work right or that you need help with.
Now is the time to ID as many things as you can.
Good luck.

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
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Awning operation - manual or automatic
Propane tanks, auto switchover
Batteries - one or two
Low point drains
Water heater bypass valves
Air conditioner control, heat controls, are they together
Water tank capacities - verified
Water pressure test on city water line
What does the converter sound like when cycling
Tire pressures
Tongue weight
WD and Sway control hook ups, adjustments
Bumper strength - what you can and cannot attach to it
Toilet operations,
Electric brakes - test the breakaway switch
Jacking points if needed for a flat tire
Does your trailer include a spare (not all do)
Weights and cargo capacity
Toy hauler door capacity
Fridge ops - gas and electric, time to expect to cool down
Lug nut torque, retorque in how many miles

Sure there are more but a lot to cover
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:59 PM   #5
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Before you go to pick-up (I am assuming you meant Oct 14th?), watch this video (there are 4 of them), they helped me understand it a bit better prior to the walkthrough.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:34 PM   #6
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Thanks very much for the input! This is exactly what I was looking for and will help greatly as we get familiar with the new TT.

You are right. Oct, not Sept.

Thanks again!

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Old 09-27-2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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...and when you load your motorcycle, jack up the front end and put some blocks and a ramp under the door to lessen the angle tween the ramp and the hauler floor. Do this lest ye rip the kickstand spring off the bottom of your bike. (yeah - did that...once)
Fortunately the H-D dealer was within twenty minutes and they stayed open to sell me a $7.00 spring.

Lotsa folks on here w/ great experiences. Check the "Pimp my" thread, some great ideas there.

Take it on a "shake down" cruise of sorts. Pick a local campground and spend the night. We went to a local county park. We found out ALOT about many that heavy-assed dining table they say goes inside. NOT!!
(we put ours outside by the wheel well and use TV trays inside and the campground picnic table outside)

Get an equalizer hitch. Period.
Make sure you got enough tow vehicle. (That Smartcar won't get it - neither will that Explorer!)

Check back on this site often - there's plenty of winter projects I've picked up from here that I'll be doing. (Spare tire, extra cabinets, etc)

Most of all - enjoy the experience. Oh - savor the journey - its half the fun!

...lotta work to do this winter
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:03 PM   #8
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If I was going to do my walk thru again I would take digital pictures of EVERY THING that was shown or mentioned during the walk thru.
I agree with those above...ask lots of questions and take lots of notes....and.....ENJOY THAT NEW RIG.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:26 PM   #9
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As I was reading this, one thing came to mind that seldom gets mentioned in a walk through. If you don't like it, WALK AWAY. I'm assuming you still have not signed the last papers, so therefore you can walk away.

We bought ours off the lot. Walked through, asked to get a few things fixed, and we'd be back in a few days, never signed anything. Went back and picked it up, did a shakedown, and had one other problem. Took it back, dealer repaired, and all has been well for 3 years now. Hope you have the same fortune, or better.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:19 AM   #10
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Besides taking written notes this is where a smart phone can be put to good use - lots pictures and video with sound.

Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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