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Old 05-08-2017, 08:38 AM   #1
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First trip report on our new 8329SS

Went to the Tadpole rally in Indiana over the weekend. It was our first trip out in the 8329ss and I can give a positive "thumbs up" to this camper.

Coming from a 21ssl Roo, the storage and the space were light-years ahead of what we had. And it was great taking a shower in my own unit, and not having to trudge to the shower house. We even brought our 35 pound Aussie dog and we had plenty of room to stretch out and relax.

We both found the bed moderately comfortable. Much more than I was expecting. And just having space in the bedroom to get dressed seems like such a small thing, but when you never had it and then you do, it is a delight.

It pulled pretty good. It weighs quite a bit more than the Roo did, but it pulls easier. The 21ssl has an 8 foot deck in front of the "box" and it acts like a parachute at speed. With the "box" of this camper nestled up close to the truck, all the air goes over it and drag is greatly reduced. I still have a bit of tweaking to do to my hitch as it felt a touch 'tail-happy'. It was almost like it was heavy on the back end, so I might run it down to the scales and see what's going on if I cant adjust it out with the hitch.

We did do a bit of cooking inside (something we never did in the Roo) and it worked out ok. We had plenty of counter space for both of us to be working, but the stove is typical "camper-issue". Very small and crammed into a corner. By the way... Does anyone know how to open the vent cover for the stove hood? I think I have to do it outside, but I couldn't get it to move and I didn't want to force it and break something.

Of course, we had a couple of issues that need addressed. Our fridge worked fine at the house, but did not cool at all in the campground. The freezer seemed to stay slightly above refrigerator temps, but the fridge section was way too warm to trust food to it. The camper was level enough for the fridge to work properly. I was flashing the temp lights on the front as a trouble code, but not in any pattern listed in the manual. I even called Dometic and they didn't have a clue what that particular pattern meant.

The other issue is the plastic 'cardboard' underskirting tore off at the front half of the first piece. it folded back and we ground a few inches of it off before we stopped and noticed it. All I could do was to put it back up best as I could and use a couple of straps to hold it in place. We had SEVERE cross winds going across Illinois, so I don't know if that tore it off, but I am not very happy about it at all.

The good news is that neither issue was a weekend killer, and the warranty will make it all good. Overall, I am just in love with this camper.

Tim
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Good for you the issues sound like things that are easy for the dealer and FR to take care of.
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I forgot to mention...


We were lamenting the ability to kick you feet up while sitting on the sofa. The wife bought this storage ottoman from Walmart.



The color perfectly matched the dark brown leather of the sofa and recliners. We use the storage part to hold all our décor knick-knacks while travelling so they don't get damaged. It is just the right height to work well with the sofa. Cool thing is... It sits right behind (to rear of camper) the kitchen island when all the slides are closed. It's like someone at walmart looked at the 8329 and designed an ottoman just for it.

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Big +1 on this ottoman. Works great to put stuff in and carry back and forth from the house. Also works great as "shoe storage". We have a 2906 with opposing slides and a couch across the back. Throw it on the couch for transport and it fit between the slides.

It's just all around handy.

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We were lamenting the ability to kick you feet up while sitting on the sofa. The wife bought this storage ottoman from Walmart.



The color perfectly matched the dark brown leather of the sofa and recliners. We use the storage part to hold all our décor knick-knacks while travelling so they don't get damaged. It is just the right height to work well with the sofa. Cool thing is... It sits right behind (to rear of camper) the kitchen island when all the slides are closed. It's like someone at walmart looked at the 8329 and designed an ottoman just for it.

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Congratulations on your new camper! Enjoy!
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I bought the exact ottoman! It works great!
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The thumb clips for the vent are brutally stiff. I worry about them breaking but so far no issue.

Oddly, my frig had developed a similar issue but only on shore power. Freezer is fine but frig will get warm. Running on gas fixes it. You reminded me I wanted to fire it up and see if I could figure it out before our next trip. May be the first issue I need to call factory about.
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Dressing in the bedroom is a huge plus! Not to mention, not having to climb over DW to get out of bed.
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Tim, glad to hear you are enjoying your new rig.

I Am not having any issues getting dressed in mine but I still draw horrible comments from the camping neighbors about my bright white tan when I forget to cover everything. One guy even yelled something about wearing a burka. Lol...
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If you turn the vent on above the range then go outside an push the thumb tabs the fan being on helps pop the vent open but you do have to push hard on the tabs
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Have dealer check fans behind fridge an ducting at top vent it has a hard time because it is in the slide an no roof vent
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