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Old 05-06-2016, 07:38 AM   #1
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Newbies...a little bit nervous

Would like to introduce ourselves. G and B is Gloria and Bruce. So far it is always Gloria posting, lol. Bruce just retired from J&J after 42 years. (he was a youngster when he started) We are scheduled to pick up our Forester 3051 in 10 days. Yay! I have been scouring the forums for months, however, now I feel like I am on overload! Feeling a bit overwhelmed and nervous. We have not owned a motorhome before. In our "previous lives" we both camped, however, my ex took care of all of the maintenance type of issues with the trailer and Bruce had a seasonal site and didn't tow or really do much to the camper. So I think we will be having lots of questions! I have already learned so much from reading the forum that my head is spinning.

My first question is a PDI checklist. I have used the search feature and didn't really come up with a comprehensive list. Does one exist? Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance!
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I am on a phone so I cannot see it online but I believe there is a documentation or publications section of the forum that has a check list.

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Here is one off the FR site, good luck:

http://www.eaglecapowners.com/camper...Inspection.pdf
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Congradulations and enjoy the new rig!

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Old 05-06-2016, 05:12 PM   #5
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Welcome to the club.
I am a newbie as well with limited experience with campers. Most of my camping has been a little more rugged than the plush accommodations offered in today's RVs.
There are a few good PDI checklist's in the Library section of this forum.
If you are retired, have the time, and if there are facilities available (most dealerships have sites), maybe try the motor home out at the dealership before you drive off into the sunset. .
We did this with our new TT and it worked out great. We ran everything the unit had with power, water and propane. Found a few minor fixes, but it was great to be near good help and the parts dept. as we checked everything out.
Just an idea.
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Congradulations and enjoy the new rig!

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Old 05-06-2016, 05:42 PM   #7
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Perversely, the PDI's on this site are in the Miscellaneous section of the Library, accessed through the pea-green bar under the forum titles section at the top of the page.


Enjoy your new rig, take your time and check EVERYTHING in your PDI. Much better to do it at the dealership than at home or on the road for the first time.


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Congrats and RELAX! In no time it will all be second nature. At first it's big and imposing but by the third trip it's just like you've done it all your life.

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Old 05-07-2016, 12:15 AM   #9
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I believe there is also a camp setup and take down list that you can use. For me the fun part is the setting up and taking down, course that is where most st of the main stakes are made. Just take it slow and easy and you will enjoy every minute of it
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:01 AM   #10
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I believe there is also a camp setup and take down list that you can use. For me the fun part is the setting up and taking down, course that is where most st of the main stakes are made. Just take it slow and easy and you will enjoy every minute of it
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:41 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Just a lot to learn and figure out but that's half the fun.
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:48 AM   #12
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The above site has just what you need for comprehensive check lists and lots more.

Deb and I were new to camping 18 months ago and it was only last fall when we felt that we had learned from our experience with our 5er and by talking to people (including neighbors with similar trailers).

I hope all goes well for you and you enjoy every day on the road.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:50 PM   #13
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Welcome. Just take a deep breath, exhale, and smile. Something new is always a bit intimidating until you start doing it. Then you find it was pretty easy. Just take your time. Learning is part of the fun.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:25 PM   #14
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If you join any RV club you will find lots of folks with years of experience to help with problem solving. I highly recommend it when you start out.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:34 PM   #15
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RVing ain't rocket science but, some new skills and understanding is required. Folks new to RVing (or even just considering it) would be VERY well advised to find and attend an RV Boot Camp. The Escapees RV Club run an EXCELLENT Boot Camp, usually over a weekend. Other groups offer Boot Camps too including Mark Polk's DVD series ( RV Education 101 - videos, DVDs, books, tips and information for RVers ). Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and, sometimes dangerous. At Boot Camp, you (and approximately 200 other "newbies") will have all the systems found on modern RVs thoroughly explained and demystified. RV Boot Camp graduates are safer, more knowledgeable RVers and, they're better informed RV buyers.

Welcome to RVing! Adventure awaits.
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Old 05-08-2016, 06:27 AM   #16
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Would LOVE to attend a boot camp! I am going to look into that today.
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:31 PM   #17
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Boot Camp

Found a boot camp being offered by Escapees. Sounds very good. Is anyone familiar?
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:59 PM   #18
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I took the Escapees RV Boot Camp back in 2011 in Gillette, WY. I was towing a 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe Travel Trailer with a Toyota Sienna minivan. I've since "graduated" to a 39' Super C-Class diesel puller. Time and money VERY well spent (so much so that I expect I'll attend another Boot Camp soon as a refresher and, to learn more about my big rig). Excellent presentations and camaraderie. If at all possible, GO FOR IT!
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Nice floor plan. Congratulations!
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:20 PM   #20
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You will love your 3051. We do ours. We have had our 2014 for over two years and driven 34k. We have had very few issues. It was a lot of fun learning all about the inner workings. YouTube and this forum has been a great source of information. Lots of 3051 owners on here, so don't hesitate to ask any questions or concerns you have. First recommendation is some driving hints. The rear end of the RV really swings out when turning. It helped me a lot to watch some driving videos. This one in particularly. Long, but worth the time.
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