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Old 02-09-2014, 09:42 PM   #21
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I think you'll be fine. Never seen one that didn't have a few quirks here and there no matter what you pay for it. If you do have any issues, I'd come to the forum first. Probably better techs and macgyvers on here than at any dealer. Owning one is definitely a learning experience, but over time, if you're a little handy, you'll pretty much become your own RV tech. We're on #7 RV now, and still learning.

We've always joked that when we decide to get another one, we're either building our own (been working on prints for years), or, finding the biggest piece of junk we can for cheap where we don't feel so bad when stuff goes wrong. The more you spend, the more perfection you expect, and the more you're let down when stuff does goes wrong.

I think the unit you have selected is excellent bang for the buck and I think yall will enjoy it. I'm with cootr68 on the test run. That's what we do. Go through it and put it through the paces for a couple of weeks, sometimes a month before we ever hit the road. We usually find most small issues then if their are any.

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:22 PM   #22
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So, here it is. For several years my wife and I have wanted to get a travel trailer to spend more time with our young girls. We have family and friends who camp and are always singing the praises of their adventures. In the past year, I first pulled the trigger on the 2013 Chevy 2500HD tow vehicle, and after much thought and sore muscles going in and out of trailers at several shows, purchased a 2014 Wildwood Heritage Glen 300BH. Delivery is in 6 weeks, which is fine given the winter we're having and the fact I have time to see what things I needs to consider before our first time out. This is where the fear sets in......

After scanning through many of the forums, is there anyone out there who can calm my nerves which have me thinking that this thing I bought is going to fall apart a mile after leaving the dealership (which, if I read right, will disavow any knowledge of my purchase 5 minutes after the sale is complete), leak if I am not constantly on the roof catching raindrops, bounce like a carnival ride every time a take a breath, and basically fall apart before I open my first beer? After reading many of the forums, I am now thinking this is the best worst decision of our lives!

All will be OK, won't it?!

I don't know, I have heard some shady things about those Heritage Glen units, may want to steer clear of them...

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:40 PM   #23
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Buy the extended warranty!


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Old 02-09-2014, 11:05 PM   #24
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If I had this forum when I started 40 years ago or if I had found it before I bought my new trailer 11 months ago I could see your concerns.

I wouldn't give up the adventures, friendships, fun and knowledge I've gain. Plus all my kids now have kids of their own that have gotten into rvs. As it has been said you read about the problems for the most part you won't run into most or any of them. This forum is a great resource and so will fellow campers around you as you use it. Check your new unit carefully, develope a relationship with your service department if your not comfortable with mechanical service and repair. You should get many years of fun and adventure ahead. Enjoy
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:45 PM   #25
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One tip that really helped me was "Camp close to home the first time out." Did we have a problem at our first camp? Yep. Did our dealer show up and address it that same day? Yep. Are we quite happy with our purchase? Yep.

Every dealer's different, but from what I've seen over the last year of TT ownership is that, for a little while at least, most dealers are going to make sure you're happy enough to not want to just return their product and demand your money back. Dealer's don't like returns and they don't like trade-ins. Old products (even by days) are items they want off their lots. Well, basically, every product they have on their lot is a depreciating asset they don't want, but 'used' products are going to depreciate faster than 'new' products.

Hopefully your dealer is like the vast majority out there. They're going to take care of you during the time between "Please don't return this" and "Hmm, maybe I can sell him a new one."
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:47 AM   #26
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With tt's, comes repairs and maintenance. Most problems can be worked out within the warranty period and the others afterwards are usually within the average persons capability. I have owned three trailers that have had leaks. My current trailer is a 2013 Grey wolf 29dsbh. Great trailer but within the year many things had to be worked out and I found a leak on a storage compartment door on the exterior. I caught it early so no biggie. What I am saying is that you don't need to worry but you do need to be aware of the possibilities if you don't check everything from time to time. Check the seams on your roof at least every six months, make sure you have sealant around every compartment and window on the outside and that there is no breaks in the bead of calking. Don't ever rely on butyl tape alone because it will fail you. Be on top of your new trailer and you will get the most life out of it and enjoy it for years to come!

It took me failing to do my part to maintain my previous trailers to learn now that in order to enjoy your trailer and keep it in pristine condition you must keep on top of it no matter how old the trailer is.

I wish you the best with your new trailer and like others have said, enjoy it! They truly do give you memories and enjoyment that you will remember forever. Cheers!
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:01 AM   #27
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Be sure to go to the library section of this website and download the PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) checklist.

As has already been mentioned go to the nearest campground or RV park with full hookups and live in the trailer for a couple of days. It’s the best way to “break in” a trailer.

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Old 02-10-2014, 05:18 AM   #28
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My 2 Cents.......

We have been camping for over 30 years 4 different campers only minor issues.... as with a house, things wear out & break. Do you homework & learn the how to's of towing & maintenance....... Take your time & don't be afraid to ask questions.....

The boys grew up camping with us... we met a lot of great people saw things we would have not seen otherwise. We stayed closer that way, I believe.
Now the grandson is starting to camp with us as well. The DW has a niece that had never been out of state but one time with us, grew up in a 3 county area, to each their own but I think that is sad. The kids grow up so fast you just turn around & they are out in the world on their own........ enjoy being with them, camp, just do your homework ask questions, it is not rocket science...... it's fun.


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Old 02-10-2014, 04:46 PM   #29
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X2 what Oaklevel said. We grew up tent camping and doing the motel thing, so all I could do was dream of an RV one day. However, we traveled 48 states before I ever owned one. When I met my wife, she had only been on one youth trip when she was younger, other than that never traveled. She was hooked after one trip, especially when she caught on to the fact the bathroom was behind us all the time. 11 years and 7 RV's later, Camping / RVing is still our drug of choice. My kids absolutely love camping, and cruising the RV lots, which we do every time I'm home to keep up with the market. It's kind of funny, but my 5 year old can make a saleman blush with her knowledge of these things, having started camping at 7 days old.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:06 PM   #30
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Thanks, everyone, for the words of encouragement and advice. I guess I kind of knew it wouldn't be so bad, but it's nice to hear that from experienced campers. We are all pretty excited and are looking forward to meeting everyone in the years to come!

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