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Old 10-22-2013, 11:53 PM   #1
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Buying an RV more than 100+ miles from home.

Jim and I should be picking up our new RV in Cleburn, Tx. We live in New Caney about 100+ miles. This will be our 4th in 4 yrs. We keep upgrading.

We have all of the necessary items to go camping but I suggested to Jim we needed to camp overnight in an RV Park or State Park close to the dealership to make sure everything works. We live too far away for something to go wrong and have to return to get it fixed. There is a dealership that sales FR close to us but I read bad reviews. Makes me leery using them.

When we do the walk through at the dealership we will be so excited and not really paying any attention. (Don't ask me how I know.) We may have the AC on for 10 -15 min, Ok it works. Water faucets, OK they work. Slide out works. Drawers pull in and out easy. But when we actually go camping AC will be on for awhile may crap out in 45 - 60 minutes. This is where the true test begins.

All have FUN and Camp safe...........

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:21 AM   #2
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Congratulations, I think that is a good idea, camp for a couple days close to the dealer and check everything out. When we buy a new rv I will try to take delivery on Monday so service department is open during the days we camp.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:47 AM   #3
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Jim and I should be picking up our new RV in Cleburn, Tx. We live in New Caney about 100+ miles. This will be our 4th in 4 yrs. We keep upgrading.

We have all of the necessary items to go camping but I suggested to Jim we needed to camp overnight in an RV Park or State Park close to the dealership to make sure everything works. We live too far away for something to go wrong and have to return to get it fixed. There is a dealership that sales FR close to us but I read bad reviews. Makes me leery using them.

When we do the walk through at the dealership we will be so excited and not really paying any attention. (Don't ask me how I know.) We may have the AC on for 10 -15 min, Ok it works. Water faucets, OK they work. Slide out works. Drawers pull in and out easy. But when we actually go camping AC will be on for awhile may crap out in 45 - 60 minutes. This is where the true test begins.

All have FUN and Camp safe...........

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We brought our FW from FunTown in Cleburne. On our first trip out from Cleburne we went to Glen Rose and stayed at the Tres Rios CG - just a 50-60 mile trip from Cleburne.

It's (or was at the time) an Ocean Canyon Properties site and a nice place and not far from Glen Rose which has a lot of attractions, including the Dinosaur tracks.

You might consider it for your first trip out and can go back to Cleburne if necessary on your way back to New Caney.

Feel free to PM me if you need more information.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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State Park near Cleburne

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We brought our FW from FunTown in Cleburne. On our first trip out from Cleburne we went to Glen Rose and stayed at the Tres Rios CG - just a 50-60 mile trip from Cleburne.

It's (or was at the time) an Ocean Canyon Properties site and a nice place and not far from Glen Rose which has a lot of attractions, including the Dinosaur tracks.

You might consider it for your first trip out and can go back to Cleburne if necessary on your way back to New Caney.

Feel free to PM me if you need more information.
Also there is a state park about 15 mi from Cleburne with camp sights by the lake, a few have 50amp service and most have full hookups, nice place.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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It's always a smart idea to use a live in a new trailer at a RV park or campground that is close to the selling dealership.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #6
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That's how I did it. Went directly from PDI to closest campground for 2 days. My dealer is 430 miles away.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:25 AM   #7
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I just did that at the start of October, about 200 miles away. I was going to find a local campground to use, but turns out they have power only area for camping on site. It was pefect as it let me use everything (they filled my fresh tank) and had a dump station for my to use before I hit the road. So I was able to move everything, put it all away, and use the camper for a night. Found two items to address in the AM, and then we where good to go.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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The best selling internet RV dealers (like RVWholesalers - owner a member here - and RV Direct), recommend camping at their facility when you pick up your camper at their site (most are free for a few PDI nights).
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I just did that at the start of October, about 200 miles away. I was going to find a local campground to use, but turns out they have power only area for camping on site. It was pefect as it let me use everything (they filled my fresh tank) and had a dump station for my to use before I hit the road. So I was able to move everything, put it all away, and use the camper for a night. Found two items to address in the AM, and then we where good to go.

I've read about a couple dealerships that do this now. It's a great option and to me it really shows that the dealer cares and is committed making sure you are happy.
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Dont rely solely on reviews for a place to have you maintenance work done. Every dealer will have some unsatisfied customers. Maybe bring it to your local dealer for some minor warranty work, say rehanging a day/night shade, and get a personal feel for them. That way, no harm done and you leave with some sense of whether you want them doing your more serious work. I bought in longview but get service in shreveport/bossier. After 2 trips there, I've become confident in their work. Took it back a 3rd time now. Good luck and enjoy the "new."
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