Originally Posted by tgduffy
I appreciate all the replies and advice. I stayed awake last night, after reading some web-based PDI blogs and am concerned about 2 things. First, it sounds like new trailers are full of issues. Are most new trailers plagued with hundreds of issues/problems or is there a good chance my new one will be ready to take camping?
As the author of one of the PDI checklists floating around (and on this site), I can say a LOT depends on the dealer. If they have thoroughly gone through the trailer already, then most, if not all of the "little things" have probably been fixed. If the dealer waits until PDI to review the trailer, all bets are off.
Best advice I can offer is work closely with the dealer, let them know what you want to do and when. Then:
look at the trailer carefully before you are set to pick it up (if you can) and make a list of what you see and give it to the dealer for them to work on.
Give the dealer a copy of the PDI checklist you intend to use and tell them that that is what YOU will cover in the PDI.
Finally, as repeated by others, don't sign financial/ownership papers UNTIL you've done the PDI and are satisfied with the trailer.
Be pleasant, assertive, businesslike and flexible. Take ownership of the trailer you want in the condition you want it in.
For your question, I can tell you the last three trailers (all new) that I have purchased here in Northern California were ready to go camping when I picked them up. I camped in each one the day I picked each one up and found one had a small water leak at the infamous FR water filter and the other two were essentially perfect. YMMV