Originally Posted by Bowhnter
Hi, we are purchasing our first TT next Saturday (provided my F150 super crew) pulls it fine. It is a Vibe 268RKS.
We are also new to camping as well.
Since we are new and will probably be fairly overwhelmed at the PDI, how much time should I make them spend on it? Or should I just make a service appt for a few weeks out and bring it home and give it a good going over?
I have the checklist that would probably take ~4 hours or so...
First, (you may have already done this) Do more than look it over, sit on it, lay on it and pretend you are living in it... step into the shower. Don't just look at it, "do" it. You might find something that you just can't live with.
Here's the deal. RVs are not like automobiles, in that, there is little QC. In fact, you are the QC tech at this point, don't expect anyone has done their job.
You get this one time to be sure its right and this one time to refuse it. Don't buy it until it is right and you know it is. Don't buy it expecting the dealer to fix it later. If its not right be ready to walk away or come back later.
Yes, going through the entire PDI is a pain. But, better a little pain now that a lot later or worse. You have ventured into owning a complicated toy. Its more like your home than a vehicle, but being mobile it is more complicated than your home. It almost demands you become a RV expert... a DIYer and a handyman. You have to become RV smart, search this forum and elsewhere to know how to maintain your new home.
You must be allowed to take your time. Do not rush it and do not be rushed. Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to get dirty if you have to. Leave the kids and dog with sitters so you have no distractions. Eat a good breakfast that day and bring water to drink.
There is just so many things that could be wrong that you don't want to find out about later.
It should be ready for you either inside of a clean place, chocked and leveled. Do not accept it outside in the mud and dirt!
I would probably have them start on the hitch and brake controller install if you are getting those; in the interest of time.
To check everything and every function they must have all the things available that the unit works on and is hooked up to....
...add water into your FW tank (fill it up), so you can test (those things) without city water; a fresh battery to test (those things) without shore power - including slide out - run it in and out a few times while looking for binding; LP gas - again to test those things.
You will them need to connect to city water and shore power to test all those things.
Somethings that come to mind....
After you have taken in the basics and find them acceptable.
Turn on the fridge and get it cooling.
Make sure the WH is filled and will heat water on gas and 115Vac
Put a cup of water in the microwave and make it boil; then put it in the freezer, it should freeze it before your done.
While its doing its thang, check every knob, switch, light, outlet and every feature and function of everything in the unit. Inside and out.
Make sure every burner lights and oven if you have one.
Know how to winterize (obviously not now). Let them show you where the WH bypass valve is. Make sure it isn't in bypass!
Make sure they give you all the parts and pieces you are paying for.
This is probably the wrong time to start accessorizing, give it some thought before buying a lot of stuff for a future garage sales! I wish I had heard that earlier!
However, you will need a good water hose and a good sewer hose. Walmart has them, as well as many other camping supplies such as black tank chemicals.
Know the bearings greased, lugs are at proper torque, tires inflated, lights turn and brake work. And brakes are working, including break-a-way. Know safety features and how to hookup.
When WDH is setup properly your truck and trailer should be level. You also most have a very good sway control.
Don't forget to lower your antenna (you did test it, right?)
Drain the FW and tanks.
Drive slow and get to know the drastically longer vehicle and longer stopping distances.
I won't get into the capabilities of your F-150, but your new home on wheels grosses at about 8300#. We don't think we will do it, but typically most over load them. From experience, this is a whole heap of trailer for a F-150 that might not have all the trailering options. If your camping is in the mountains, you will see what I mean later.
On this forum, there is literally no such thing as a dumb question. Don't let all the "whose got the best truck brand, tire brand and size, hitch setups, and weight" debates deter you, its all in fun... mostly