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Old 09-23-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Finally took delivery of HW296

Hello everyone,

I finally took delivery of my ordered unit. Took a full 8 weeks and I got it just in time for camping I hope. I may not be able to get out Columbus Day weekend because of the late hour but I should be able to go the weekend before. Can't imagine there are too many people breaking down the door to camp in October in New England on a non holiday weekend.

I must say I have some missed emotions. The unit is new and totally empty. I will now have to work to fill it all up with our stuff only to then take all the stuff back out when I close it for the winter. Gonna be a whole lot of work for 2 short nights of camping. Reminds me of the work it took to tent camp. I do want to go because the kids are excited and I too would like to use it. But man is it gonna take a lot of work.

I have yet to really check it out and figure out where and how I will organize it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the A/C unit on it was a low profile and it might just fit into my garage. Not sure who loses the spot. Hahahaha.

I did notice a spigot valve on the fresh water tank which will aid me in winterizing. It looks like an easy value to pump my Antifreeze through. Gonna check that out closer to make sure it functions how I guess it does.

The unit did come with tank monitoring. It displays battery life/charge, fresh, grey, and black water tank levels. It was also pre-wired for solar energy. Just need to buy the panels if I choose.

Did not get a Genisis 2.0 for a radio but rather an iRV unit or something. Seems to work ok. It had an HDMI input so that is good. TV has an HDMI input as well but unfortunately the two are not connected with an HDMI cord so you cannot get HD from the stereo/dvd player to the TV (no HDMI out on the stereo/dvd player).

I too have a VERY loud power winch. It really does not sound good at all. Not liking that too much. Gonna scare me every time I use it. lol.

I will report back this weekend when I have a chance to open it up. Got some rain coming in so I can't open it for the family to show them. They will have to wait a day.

Vin.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:40 PM   #2
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Congrats on finally getting it. Hope to see pics of it most pics out there are of older models and it sounds like they improved somethings. Wish i got the low profile AC. And solar prewire. What is this spigot you are talking about? I only have a valve to drain the tank my fill is regular.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:06 PM   #3
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Hi Kinma,

Did you notice that the end of valve had a barb fitting? It was not a simple smooth spigot to drain but rather a barbed end where you would slide a hose onto it and use a pipe clamp to tighten it up. If you open the valve and drain the system, then place a hose on the barp and place the other end of the hose into the antifreeze gallon it should suck up into the system once you put your water pump on. What I do not know is if it will suck air out of the actual tank.

Like I said, I have to look at it closer.

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Old 09-23-2014, 09:13 PM   #4
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��Yes you need to post some pics..... and hope you have a great camping weekend.

I like going to the northeast during this time of the year, we will be in the Finger lakes region up in ny for Columbus day weekend for our final trip of the year. Hope the fall colors are nice.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:34 PM   #5
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Vin can you take pics? I only see the hose from my pump to the tank ill look closer in thr morning though. I was thinking of adding a winterizing kit n valve and bypassing the water filter. My WF is just in a horrible spot. Hope urs is in the cupboard like I've seen in other pics.
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On the load winch. Mine is very load too. I dont even open the pup at home in the morning till after 9am. I have read that if you grease the gears that might help. Ill be trying that this weekend.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:54 PM   #7
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Finally took delivery of HW296

Plan the camping weekend at home-in the driveway. You will have a lot of "whoops-forgot that or hey this doesn't work". Wally World is great for pots and pans- cheapest set possible. Knives, can coozies, toilet drop ins, small dish drying rack, target has collasple hot dog forks great for s'mores, water hose and pressure regulator, sewer hose, spare fuses. I recommend all really greasy cooking for out side. Oh and get those little 1" felt pads for where the bathroom folds up and walls rub together and for where your front door handle will rub against the ceiling.

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Congratulations I know you are happy just to have it in your driveway finally. it has definitely been an adventure for you, hopefully 1 you can look back and laugh at.
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Test of picture post.

This is a picture of the damaged area in my HW256 just before the insurance company totaled it and crushed it. The floor was soft under the vinyl floor at the end wall. You can see the discoloration.


If this works, I will be able to post pics.

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Well that did not work.
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