We returned from our Easter break Florida trip last night. A total of 1623 miles round trip. We stayed at Tropical Palms. Pretty nice, the store was lacking but there was a Camping World right down the street.
The first issue we had was our side and rear cameras, (link at the end for that thread).
On the way down to Orlando I noticed just how bad the front alignment is. I never noticed before, maybe I was too occupied with the first drive, Toad test drive...the newness? It was driven pretty much only in the dark except for the Toad test drive. The steering wheel is off center to the left about 6 inches. Far too much for a new unit. Lots of drift, even small cars push the rig hard. Wind is all White knuckle. And it was windy...we had just gone past the Raleigh exits before the twisters hit last Saturday. Storms, wind, and rain most of the day. I looked around the forum and found a few closed threads about this issue. Also found others with the same problem in other forums. From what I gather...Forest River only offers Warranty on alignment-steering issues for the first 90 days. Will be looking into our extended warranties and making calls this afternoon.
Rattles and more rattles. We stopped at a Walmart in SC and picked up thick felt cabinet stops. That got most of it with some rearranging of our stuff. When we got to Orlando I removed the thumb screw holding the TV in place. Once behind the TV I found a scrap panel with a vent cut into it, removed it. All the wiring from the TV was loose and the ground isolater hooked up to the TV was bouncing around. I manage to tape everything together and use a small nylon bungee to hold it up and out of the way, (did the same thing in the bedroom). On the way home we still had one huge rattle we just couldn't figure out till about half way. Around South of the Boarder I figured out it was the antenna. A few cranks up to get it off the roof and all was finally quiet. Hopefully I can find some kind of boot or weather proof sock to fit over it? Maybe antenna's shoud be on the rear of the unit rather then over the drivers head? Other then that....I think some fire resistant soundproofing, panels, on the underneath of the entry steps or/and self stick carpet will just about get it about as best as I can without a remodel?
Destroyed Bathroom drawer. The bottom drawer had fallen out on the way down. I expanded the metal end of the lock for a tighter fit thinking it would hold. It was so much stiffer. After we got home I found the drawer laying on the floor...completely out, off the tracks, broken back panel, ball bearings all over the place. Wonder if they will replace it or if I need to go to the depot and get some higher quality glide tracks?
The splendide washer/dryer combo works great. A little self training to make sure everything isn't wrinkled. The vibration and shakes are just too much, like a Disney ride. Must be a way to isolated the thing with rubber or something to buffer it? Anyone else?
Note to one's self.......... The gray tank fills fast with the washer on the longest heavy duty cycle....very fast. More water is used then the manual says. Leave the gray valve open when doing more then one load of laundry. The shower was maybe an inch from full...almost a big mess. Our old Outback TT had 2 gray tanks. Think we may have been spoiled?
I don't like the fact that the sewer connection is right under the water connections. I find myself trying to be as percise as possible to not allow the hoses to touch one another. Wondering if a system of check valves would be enough to use my drinking hose for the black tank flush, rather then carring 2 hoses?
I'm thinking an automatic reel for the electric is well worth the expense?