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Old 02-03-2014, 09:56 AM   #1
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1st Time RV Owner Needs Advice on PDI

After years of waiting we are picking up our 2014 Jayco 31FS in a couple of weeks. My wife and I are trying to figure out what we should plan on for the walkthrough/inspection at pickup. I have read everything from taking 4 hours and checking every seam to just getting an overview of the systems operations. Does anyone have any recommendations specific to the Jayco brand?

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Old 02-03-2014, 10:20 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your 1st TT.

Being you’re fist time buyer. Make sure to take your time, bring a note book write down a few notes. ASK lots of questions. You will not remember everything. Our dealer did a pretty good pre-checking everything out in advance, so I was comfortable that everything worked. The only thing we did not check during our PDI was the hot water heater. This is a good time to ask about changing a tire to cleaning the roof. Our Service department was great, to call and ask question. If you live relatively close to the dealer and you can drop it off if something does not work right, maybe a little less time is needed, but if you have to travel a long distance then spend enough time. If you are buying a WDH from the dealer watch them set it up and ask questions as you may have to tweek the setup once you have the TT loaded.

The PDIs typically happen after you sign the paperwork. Personally, I would contact the dealer in advance a request a pre walk through (5-10 minutes) just to make sure you do not see some kind of damage (water leaks primarily), and to make sure the unit has the interior, and options you request. Once you sign the paperwork the unit is YOURS.

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Old 02-03-2014, 10:40 AM   #3
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Excellent advise Jagiven! The pre-walk through is a very good idea. Don't want to find out you have the wrong color couch after all the paperwork is signed. My advise for the first-time RV'er is to tell the person doing your walk through that you're brand new to camping and take your time. Test everything in the trailer. For example, I discovered on our "shake-down" trip that the dvd player's video output was never plugged in behind the unit. I'd get sound, but no picture. Make sure your jacks work, windows slide like they should, doors open and close correctly, AC blows cold and heat blows hot. I also recommend testing the plumbing system as well. On our trailer, there was an issue with the black tank flush that we didn't discover until we were camping. We had to tow it back the 50 miles to the dealer for the fix. Basically, if you leave the lot uncomfortable about something, that's not good.

But don't let me make you nervous, this shouldn't be a nerve-wracking process. Just take your time and make sure you understand how everything works. You'll have a lot of fun with it, I'm sure. Welcome to the group - you'll also want to read through the forums, there's a lot of very handy info here! Sounds like it'll be a great summer for you!

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Old 02-03-2014, 11:31 AM   #4
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Tons of great advice so far. Plus one on taking your time and taking notes.
I would add that as he demonstrates that you follow it up and also accomplish the task. Such as; slides, awnings, jacks, WDH (will need adjustment once loaded), water heater, jacks and so forth... DONT LET THEM RUSH YOU!!!
Also ask about all the maintenance you will need to preform.
I would also recommend reading the owners manual before your PDI/walkthrough
You can download one from the Jayco web site.
Also look the site here, there is a ton of great info

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Old 02-03-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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Congratulations on the new TT. This is a great thread for us too as we'll be taking delivery of our first TT in a couple of months. Besides lots of notes, one of the other things we're planning to do is video the inspection/walkthrough. It may be a little awkward, but we also want to make sure we get it right...
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:36 PM   #6
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Once you are done with the PDI you may ask if you can call the service tech with any questions you may have after you bring it home. Our tech offered this and I did call him on a couple items that I needed clarification on (because there is so much to take in). It was a big help.
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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Our dealer recommended bringing a camcorder and didn't rush the PDI and walk-thru. There are some items we didn't go over (water heater as mentioned) and water pump but those can be tested later...you have a 2 year warranty so don't worry if you find something minor a few months later. Our tech understood we were first time TT owners and was very detailed and took his time in the walk-thru. All of the operational and set-up/break-down details will seem overwhelming at first but after several trips, it will seem like second nature. Ask questions here and if possible, find someone in your area or at a CG with a TT like yours and ask questions...that helped me out with specifics about my unit.
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Toothdr, congrats on your purchase! Congrats and welcome to JOF. You have lots of great advice already.
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If you are going to video the session maybe have a 3rd person as cinematographer so you can both pay attention and take separate pictures of any deficiencies so you will have a before and after repair/adjustment reference. It doesn't matter how well you pay attention you may still notice something later. Good luck and have fun!
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