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Old 07-11-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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Greetings from central Indiana - questions

Hi All,

We pick up our 2008 FR Wildwood 31QBSS on Friday. Four young kids, so we're looking forward to lots of adventures!

Couple of initial questions where I'd appreciate forum input:

1. Unit doesn't have an auxiliary shower. Should we have one added? Can't tell when/if this is truly useful, so perhaps some of you could populate my imagination? Kids are 10, 8, 7, and 5, so I'm thinking at least something to rinse off Crocs and dirty feet?
2. We'll probably be storing it outside, are the covers worthwhile or more of a gimmick? Any guidance on brand? Are the warranty lengths accurate?
(side note...I doubt we'll spend $300-$500 on both the cover and the shower, so if you had to prioritize, what would you pick?)
3. One squawk we had during the pre-purchase inspection was that a previous owner had used a caulk in some areas that was running down from the windows. Sticky, white, and I'm sure the 100+ weather here recently didn't help.
The sales guy pledged that it would be cleaned up and re-caulked and I spoke with a service guy this morning who confirmed that it's not unusual for folks to use the wrong stuff and they just have to clean it up. Any concerns, here? Clearly I need to be willing to walk away from the final purchase if it's not cleaned up as promised. My small fear is that they'll get it cleaned up for Friday, but that we'll keep having it leech out during hot days and it will be a sticky mess for years to come. Then again, I tend to think whatever was going to move/drip most certainly did so in the recent heat wave, so perhaps the bulk of it has either found its final "groove" or made its run.
4. Any other general guidance in terms of picking among options that they'll be presenting to a first time TT owner at Camping World? Reading the forum for the first time, it seems like a clear elbow link for the water dump system is useful...beyond that, I'm not sure what's a "need" versus "want."

Lots of other little questions, but I'm going to wait until we get the full walk-through from the dealer before wasting everyone's time.



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Old 07-11-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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to the forum and congrats on the camper!!


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Old 07-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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Welcome!! I know you're super excited, just like we all were when picking up our units. Congratulations and happy camping!!

#1 - I love the outside shower. I use it frequently to wash my hair instead of having the water fill up the gray water tank from the inside sink or shower.

#2 - Many would tell you that covers are unnecessary. They sometimes trap moisture, leading to other problems, and when stored outside, the wind will whip the cover around, causing paint, decals, etc. to rub off on pressure points. So in this case, I'd take the shower over the cover.

#3 - This would concern me a bit. Why was the PO using caulk around the windows? Was there a leak of some sort? If so, i would want to be assured that the leakage problem was fixed before I paid for the camper.

#4 - Leveling blocks, wheel chocks, a good sewer hose, "blue boy" waste water tank, good quality, heavy duty extension cord, bars for your refrigerator. Those are just some of the things I think are the "must haves".

I hope everything turns out great during your PDI. Good luck!!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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Welcome aboard and congrats on your new-to-you Wildwood! There are a few items that you most likely will need to have but a lot of other stuff can wait until you determine the need for it.

Good sewer hose(s).
Water regulator - one that displays pressure can be helpful.
New fresh water hose - keep from contact with sewer items.
Level - I also use the bulleye round disk on counter top.
Leveling blocks - at least 1 set but recommend 2 sets.
Power surge protector - big investment cost wise but can worth it.

Have fun,
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Not much to add to the other posters, just wanted to say greetings fellow Hoosier!
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:16 AM   #7
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Terier/Trudinator, thanks for the input.

Regarding the caulk concern, I wondered that as well. Did they think they were just being proactive in their attempt to seal the windows, or did they have issues?

Any counsel for how to press this point pre-sale? I did not see any water damage inside during our walk through on the lot.



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