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Old 07-21-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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Need advise on pick up new motorhome

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Tomorrow I'm going to pick up my new Forester MBS 2401R. What should I do or ask to make sure every things are good before I am driving of the lot? I am first time owner and first time Rving and it's means I am very green. I am ready for my retirement and feeling great.

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Old 07-21-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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You do what they call a PDI (pre delivery inspection) and the form is available here on this web site and it's a check list of things you go over with dealer of all things relating to operation and quality of the coach just to name a few. Take lots of notes and ask a lot of questions. Later RJD
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Plan to take most of the day, do not let them rush you. Test everything and follow the PDI, if the salesman can't answer the questions have him get someone that can. Once you drive off the lot you loose a major portion of your leverage. Oh ya get everything in writing that they are going to fix.
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:45 PM   #4
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Thanks I've printed out PDI list last night. It is a long list and i intent to go item by item as on the list with them. It's going to be a long day but I am excited.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:29 PM   #5
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I mite suggest , get down on the ground so you can look underneath engine, looking for wet spots or leaks, back side of wheels, mite sound crazy but I once bought a gasser, first thing I found at home of coasre is power steering leaking.so off to the ford place I had to go. Roof, if you can, get up there. Make sure to hook up to water run everything an like was said follow PDI list. An expect something to be wrong, they all have problems, it's part of it . For all of us. They will throw extended warranties at you, I sugguet not to buy, you have a year to shop for them if it's something you want .
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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From experience, be sure to fill ALL tanks, fresh, gray and black, COMPLETELY full, after first checking that the gauges correctly show empty. You should have water standing in the shower and in the toilet!! Water lines should be pressurized and hot water heater on. Then check that the gauges show full.

Then go about the remainder of the PDI, and last thing, take a flashlight to closely examine all the plumbing sites and compartments for water leaks. That should have allowed about 2 hours for water in the plumbing. IF NONE, then have the gray and black tanks emptied. Check that you have HOT water from the water heater. You can then empty the fresh water if you don't want to travel with the tank full.

There are many other PDI items but water leaks in the plumbing is a critical check. As Reagan use to say, "trust but VERIFY". The "trust" part is optional.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:32 PM   #7
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I would recommend recording a video of them explaining and training you if possible. There have been many times where I'm sitting there and wishing i could remember what they told me.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:40 PM   #8
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Will you be one person or a couple? If two, have the other person taking notes, using a smart phone or an iPad is also handy. Use the video and record options to help recall what the tech is explaining. As a newby, I picked up my Solera alone. After a three hour PDI, my brain was jello, overloaded with trying to remember everything. I was very nervous when they handed over my keys to drive off. I had flown to the midwest to p/u my RV and was taking a week driving home the 1,700 miles. The first night remembering a few things, and slowing learning all the various systems each day, frequently checking my notes and manuals. By the time I got home I felt confident and had everything down. Of course, going on this Forum continues to educate me even more.
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Plan to take most of the day, do not let them rush you. Test everything and follow the PDI, if the salesman can't answer the questions have him get someone that can. Once you drive off the lot you loose a major portion of your leverage. Oh ya get everything in writing that they are going to fix.
X2. Don t let them rush you. Take notes & ask questions. They will want you to sign off that your OKing the motor home has been inspected by you. Take a flash light and look down the body of motor home at angle looking at body and paint. Look for flaws Congrats and good luck!
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:12 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=raptor;1265882]Hi,
Tomorrow I'm going to pick up my new Forester MBS 2401R. What should I do or ask to make sure every things are good before I am driving of the lot? I am first time owner and first time Rving and it's means I am very green. I am ready for my retirement and feeling great./QUOTE]

Ask your dealer if they have a campsite on premises or nearby. Many dealers have a small campsite right there at, or very close to, their dealership where you can camp for the first night or two. Glamorous as it would be to camp at the nice RV park down the road? No, but the technicians are just a short walk away when needed to explain (possibly again) how something is/was supposed to work, or how do you turn on/off something. RVs of all types are very complex objects with many systems that have to work together; better to find out one isn't playing nice while you are parked behind the dealership than 500 miles down the road!
AND...yes, DO plan on at least 5-6 hours to do the complete PDI list. Do a search for PDI lists on this forum, or in Google, and you will find some very extensive lists. That is the one you want, and videoing the guy explaining everything is genius! I am so doing that next rig PDI.
Good luck and happy camping!
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