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Old 08-18-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Many stories from our 23ikss this past week

So we just got back from a wonderful week of camping in Maine. Couldn't have asked for better weather. This was our 5th trip out this summer (24 days camping in total), so we've put our 23 ikss to the test and she's been a great camper so far. We did discover a few things about our 2014 23ikss this time that we'll have to go back to the dealer to get fixed on warranty. Plus a minor incident when we arrived at the campsite and one MAJOR incident on the way home that I'm glad the family is safe.

First, somehow we popped a tire. As I was backing into our site, my wife guiding me in, she yelled to me that she heard hissing. Sure enough, there was a rock embedded in the tire. We quickly got her into her site before she ran flat. Luckily I purchased roadside insurance with the camper, and I had a service truck there within a couple hours changing out the tire with the spare. We brought the tire in but they couldn't repair it - the rock hole was too big. They said we must have hit the rock just right to get that to happen. I'm guessing the tire grinded on it as I pivoted the camper into the site.

Next, I noticed that the rightmost cabinet door above the couch was out of alignment - actually hanging low. The screws to the cabinet hinges were stripped and not gripping the "wood" behind it. Not sure if it was kids yanking on it on a previous trip or just a factory faux pas. But should be easy to fix.

Then, as setting out the slides, I noticed a piece of plastic hanging down under the dinette/couch slide. The piece of plastic that curves/bends when the slide is closed and holds the electrical wires running to the slide out up above the grond somehow snapped. Luckily it didn't hang very low and I could still drive back. But another warranty item nonetheless.

Then, the rear outdoor speaker started crackling this week. The distinct sound of a speaker starting to blow. We always play music very quietly, so I know it's not from misuse. Tempted to replace with better speakers altogether, but I may just use the warranty again on this one.

Finally, a very scary experience. We always keep the fridge on auto and run on propane when travelling. About halfway home of a 4 hour drive, everyone in the truck started to smell a REALLY strong smell of propane. Keep in mind we were driving 55 mph at the time. After waiting a few seconds to see if it would pass, and it didn't, we pulled off at a rest stop that was coming up just to see if we could see where it was coming from. Two other cars had pulled off as well, and followed up to me telling me that they could smell it in there cars as they approached me on the highway. I couldn't really smell it anymore now that I was stopped, but I quickly killed the propane and went to check out the camper. When I opened the camper door it smelled of propane very strongly. I got the kids out and away from the truck, and carefully opened everything I could to air out the camper. After 20 minutes the smell had completely dissipated. I'm stumped as to what could have leaked propane, why my fire alarm wasn't going off in the camper if it was a gas leak, if it was the fridge why it didn't kill the propane after failing to light, and how in the world we could smell it in our truck while driving. Going to call the dealer tomorrow, but any thoughts?
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Wow, I'm glad everyone is safe. Keep us posted on the propane issue. I'm heading out Thursday for our first trip with our Roo. Where did you camp in Maine?
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So we just got back from a wonderful week of camping in Maine. Couldn't have asked for better weather. This was our 5th trip out this summer (24 days camping in total), so we've put our 23 ikss to the test and she's been a great camper so far. We did discover a few things about our 2014 23ikss this time that we'll have to go back to the dealer to get fixed on warranty. Plus a minor incident when we arrived at the campsite and one MAJOR incident on the way home that I'm glad the family is safe.

First, somehow we popped a tire. As I was backing into our site, my wife guiding me in, she yelled to me that she heard hissing. Sure enough, there was a rock embedded in the tire. We quickly got her into her site before she ran flat. Luckily I purchased roadside insurance with the camper, and I had a service truck there within a couple hours changing out the tire with the spare. We brought the tire in but they couldn't repair it - the rock hole was too big. They said we must have hit the rock just right to get that to happen. I'm guessing the tire grinded on it as I pivoted the camper into the site.

Next, I noticed that the rightmost cabinet door above the couch was out of alignment - actually hanging low. The screws to the cabinet hinges were stripped and not gripping the "wood" behind it. Not sure if it was kids yanking on it on a previous trip or just a factory faux pas. But should be easy to fix.

Then, as setting out the slides, I noticed a piece of plastic hanging down under the dinette/couch slide. The piece of plastic that curves/bends when the slide is closed and holds the electrical wires running to the slide out up above the grond somehow snapped. Luckily it didn't hang very low and I could still drive back. But another warranty item nonetheless.

Then, the rear outdoor speaker started crackling this week. The distinct sound of a speaker starting to blow. We always play music very quietly, so I know it's not from misuse. Tempted to replace with better speakers altogether, but I may just use the warranty again on this one.

Finally, a very scary experience. We always keep the fridge on auto and run on propane when travelling. About halfway home of a 4 hour drive, everyone in the truck started to smell a REALLY strong smell of propane. Keep in mind we were driving 55 mph at the time. After waiting a few seconds to see if it would pass, and it didn't, we pulled off at a rest stop that was coming up just to see if we could see where it was coming from. Two other cars had pulled off as well, and followed up to me telling me that they could smell it in there cars as they approached me on the highway. I couldn't really smell it anymore now that I was stopped, but I quickly killed the propane and went to check out the camper. When I opened the camper door it smelled of propane very strongly. I got the kids out and away from the truck, and carefully opened everything I could to air out the camper. After 20 minutes the smell had completely dissipated. I'm stumped as to what could have leaked propane, why my fire alarm wasn't going off in the camper if it was a gas leak, if it was the fridge why it didn't kill the propane after failing to light, and how in the world we could smell it in our truck while driving. Going to call the dealer tomorrow, but any thoughts?
I would have your dealer look at the kitchen slide for a propane hose problem. The same thing might have happened to the accordian cable tray that holds the propane hose. To have that much smell of propane sounds like a broken line for sure or a overfilled tank that had a pressure relief valve go. One easy way to check all connection is a spray bottle used fro misting plants, ad some palmolive and water and spray looking for bubbles on all connections.

Dealer involvemnt is needed here and make sure they find something.

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Old 08-19-2013, 08:57 AM   #4
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Good job dealing with that emergency situation!

Gas can actually be drawn into the trailer by the lower air pressure created when moving, so check your tank connections. Beyond that, let the service department look for the issue.

Good luck with the situation.
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Wow, I'm glad everyone is safe. Keep us posted on the propane issue. I'm heading out Thursday for our first trip with our Roo. Where did you camp in Maine?
Bayleys camping resort in OOB. Great place for kids.
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Heading to Moose Hillock in Warren NH this week.
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Heading to Moose Hillock in Warren NH this week.
I've heard good things about that place. You'll have to let me know how it was. It's on our list of places to visit sometime.
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So the dealer is sending a service tech to my residence this Friday. They're going to address the propane since it's a safety hazard, and squeezed me in before the labor day holiday. The rest of my items will probably require a second visit after the holidays. But he'll assess my issues at least while here. Having them come to me is a definite perk of the extended warranty I purchased. I live an hour away from the dealer. I didn't want the extended warranty but my wife talked me into it. I'm still not sold that it will pay off in the long run, but I'm liking it today.
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Bayleys camping resort in OOB. Great place for kids.
We were there Sunday,Monday and Tuesday last week. What was your Site #? We were in 32.

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We were there Sunday,Monday and Tuesday last week. What was your Site #? We were in 32.

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What a coincidence. We were there Sunday to Sunday, site T5 abutting Gaelan Pond.
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