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Old 09-11-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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Things you overlooked/missed/forgot when doing a PDI/walkthrough?

I am getting ready to take delivery on a trailer and I am curious what others have overlooked/missed/forgot when after doing a PDI or walkthrough and then getting home or going on the first camping trip. I have been looking at PDI checklists and just sold my motorhome so I do have some experience.

Thanks for any stories or ideas.

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Old 09-11-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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Great question! I had a really good pdi but wished I hadn't gone through it alone. Take good notes and pictures of anything new to you.

Just thought of something - wished I knew to have spare fuses. The electric tongue jack blew a fuse before I got it home.

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Old 09-12-2012, 06:30 AM   #3
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We get panicky folks here every once in a while--
help! I can't get my slide (in or out)
help! I don't have any hot water
These 2 are fairly common.

PDI make sure you know where the main battery fuse is located
AND make sure you know where any slide fuses/breakers are located
AND how to manually crank a slide in an emergency.
You need to know where your water pump is and where your
water heater bypass valves are located.

On some trailers you actually have to remove screws in a panel to
get to this stuff IF that's the case you need to know where
to start.

My nightmare would be out in the boonies wanting to go home and
can't get the slide to go in

Also, we get folks who go camping the first time and can't get
some appliance or other to work at all.
Or they find water leaks or faucets that don't work or are clogged
with construction debris.

I won't buy a trailer unless the system has been filled with water
and the fridge is on and cold and the water heater is tested on
electric and gas and the furnace and AC and stove and oven
and microwave...... Turn on every faucet and check for decent
flow. Flush the toilet, run everything!! Crank up the antenna
and check the TV and radio DVD player.

Do your day/nite shade move up and down easily or are they
really hard to move??
Open and shut every window. Often one or more will not move
as easily as they should!

You'd be amazed (or maybe disgusted) at how many items on
this short list don't work from the factory!
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:47 AM   #4
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If this is your first tt/5er, hitch and unhitch. I've seen a lot of first timers who have been confused with the process. This would include chocking wheels and understanding the leveling process. I had one dealer who had a couple fake "campsites" on their lot and part of their PDI was to hitch up and park it on thier "campsite" and go through the entire set up/tear down process.
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:50 AM   #5
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FW Drain. My fault, I asked for an abbreviated PDI since I've owned several campers.

Bubbles in awning fabric. In my defense the bubbles would only show after being in the sun an hour.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:15 AM   #6
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Glad to hear you've read through some lists. There's just too much to inspect to not follow a detailed list.

In general, inspect everything with a fine tooth comb.

Use every appliance on both AC and DC where applicable.

Test the water system on both city connection and via the fresh water tank.

Test the water heater on both gas and electric. Same thing with fridge (start the fridge on electric at the beginning to allow it to cool somewhat). When you switch to propane, listen for it it ignite (you might need to be outside to hear this).

Climb up on the roof with a tech and check every seam and seal. Have them touch up where needed.

Have them show you the location of every fuse. I think Terier mentioned this, too. Especially, any hidden inline fuses and resettable breakers. Have them demonstrate how to reset the breaker (it's a tiny button). Buy extra fuses in the right size from them or at a hardware or auto supply store on the way home.

Tell the dealer you intend to take a few hours.

Schedule your pickup in the morning to allow time and so they can fix the inevitable small issues that you find.

Do not sign the acceptance paperwork until you are satisfied. Your greatest power is now because they wish to complete the deal. Now is the time to stand firm.

Finally, have fun! A good PDI should be a great learning experience if this type of camper is new to you.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:22 AM   #7
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Then go out and buy a multi meter and dedicate it strictly for the camper .
Make sure it's a.c./dc. ( not the group)
And has ohms .

Just my two cents after pdi.

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Old 09-12-2012, 08:23 AM   #8
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I forgot to ask you something. Is this a pull behind or a fifth wheel? If it is a TT, have the dealer show you exactly how to use the weight distribution hitch. They will set it up for your TV/TT combo, but you will want to learn how to adjust it yourself once the TT is loaded.

If its a 5ver, I'm sure there are things you need to know to adjust but I cant help you with that.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:42 AM   #9
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When we took delivery of our 5er we went with two clipboards in hand.
I printed out two each of the floor plan, the specs/options sheet & also took our little Flip video camera.
We walked around asking questions, taking notes & taking pictures/videos.
We then asked for a little time alone with the new unit.
An hour later we compiled one (small) but comprehensive list including a copy of the floor plan with bullets where we felt items needed to be addressed.

We arranged to come back the following Sat after they had a chance to review & address our list.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:43 AM   #10
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The roof is probably one thing that gets overlooked often and I would recomend taking a good look at it. Check for any large bubbles in the membrane and check to see that all penetrations are properly sealed. I went over my trailer with a fine tooth comb and still found a couple minor issues when I got it home.

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