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Old 01-21-2011, 12:54 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by svamarlins View Post
I get that I just wasnt sure if it comes with the trailer or we have to buy one at the dealer that day
I would think that the battery should be included in with the purchase price.....I have never heard otherwise.


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Old 01-21-2011, 12:55 PM   #12
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oh ok, thanks

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Old 01-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #13
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3HC, if if wouldn't be too much trouble, could you post your checklist? We will pickup our first trailer from RVW in Ohio this spring, and I want to be prepared for the walk through. I have no idea what to expect except to expect the unexpected. Thanks
I developed our check list by visiting the display model the dealer had on the lot over a couple Saturdays & it was tailored to what “we” wanted/needed/expected in the 5er we were buying.
What was on my list may not apply to your experience.

Like I said before makes two copies of the floor plan on 8x11 paper for making notes on as you walk through.
Take your time. You’re laying down a nice chunk of money on this thing. Make the dealer work for his cut!
There are no stupid questions. Well yes there are but ask them anyway. Again you’re paying a lot of money.

When you get it home, ice down a couple beverages & spend a whole Sat sitting in the unit reading the manuals.
Do another complete bottom up inspection. Guarantee you will come up with more question & maybe a couple more things you want the dealer to address.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:59 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by svamarlins View Post
I get that I just wasnt sure if it comes with the trailer or we have to buy one at the dealer that day
Never heard of a camper coming without a battery.
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svamarlins, send me a PM and I'll e-mail it to you. Unable to link it.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:28 PM   #16
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hopefully when I take delivery of mine in 5 to 6 weeks I dont have any major issues to deal with and I agree it is a good idea to have some sort of a check list when you do your walk thru to write any and document any discrepencies when you take delivery
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:46 AM   #17
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Learn from our mistake--don't take it until it is all fixed!!!! We purchased our new Wildwood26TSS in June of 2010. When we went for pickup, there was water damage. We were told a door must have been left open, to go ahead and take it and camp all summer, then bring it back for warranty repair. We did, and had a punch list to them of other problems with the new trailer--refrigerator handle was melted, laminate on table was nicked, faucet was broken, etc. On our first camping hook up to water, we had a leak in the kitchen faucet that shorted out the hot water heater. They told us it would dry, no problem. WE also had a leak in the bathroom sink that caused damage to the bathroom vanity. It was supposed to have been pressure tested already when we bought it, and we use a pressure regulator when we hook up. We returned it for repair Oct. 2010. We went to pick it up last weekend, got partway there and received a call that the new faucet (faucet 3) they had put it had a leaky/broken seal, and would have to be replaced, so we turned around and came home. We picked it up later in the week, and found the following problems: bathroom counter outside strip was replaced (we don't know why), but it is loose, and not lined up with top edge, leaving the laminate cardboard exposed. The bathroom vanity was not repaired (wood parts) where the leak had damaged it. Mini blind that fell off while going down the road wasn't only not fixed, the blind is gone completely. (they said they have a new one and forgot to put it in). Where the water damage from the door being left open was fixed, it was very shoddy workmanship. At the refrigerator, the frame of the fridge is now BENT and there is black foam sticking out the top. At the entertainment center, there are staples sticking out everywhere, the slide out for the tv was mounted won't slide out because the shelf was mounted too low, there is brown wood putty on the ceiling, between the tv shelf and the trim there is a gap of 1/4 inch........the list goes on and on. We bought a new rv, and never got one. We asked them to just keep it and give us a new one since this repair was botched so badly. They said they would only give us trade in value, but we can't even trade it in anywhere else because it looks so bad. They had it 6 months the last time, we were told we had to wait for Forest River to manufacture the wood parts before they could fix it. It is a 5 hour round trip. We just want the new trailer we bought, and never should have agreed to take it as it was, but were assured it would be fixed like new. What should we do?????
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:00 PM   #18
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i found this one on line..
its not forest river, but it has some good ideas like brining popcorn to test the microwave , good ideas that i would not think of!
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:52 PM   #19
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Checklist? Forest River has one that the dealer is to go over with you and you sign it and get a carbon copy of it. At least my dealer did it and the form says Forest River on it. Seems to be a standard deal with FR.

We bought at an RV show in January, a model at the show. We went to the dealership for the paperwork/financing and the form was presented then and filled out and we signed it then. I was a bit nervous that we did this 'approval' before actually doing a walkthrough.
It sat on their lot until last week when we got our walk through. It was hooked up for them to tow to our home - no water in it (still had the antifreeze in the plumbing). They assured me everything was checked and it would be fine.

I've now tried and tested everything (ok, maybe not every 110 outlet) and yep, everything is fine and works. The only glitch I found was the vent hose from the freshwater tank is not there and from posts here that seems to be a fairly common FR thing to forget. Probably not worth my time and money (gas) to take it back to the dealer for a fix. YMMV of course.
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Checking windows in the list above is a good one I never did and my escape window blew out on the last trip. See Flagstaff for more comments.

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