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Old 02-04-2014, 10:26 PM   #11
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Great advice from everyone! I would add that you make sure to write down step by step how to hitch/unhitch with your WD hitch. It might look easy & simple, but there's several steps involved, all of them critical & all of them must be done in correct sequence. Also, make sure they show you how to roll up your awning manually (should you lose power or in the unlikely event that your awning motor stops working. Also make sure you write down what each of the switches in your switch box control. Also have them go over how to remove a tire. If there is no jack/lug wrench with the trailer, have them tell you what size lug wrench you need to buy. Once you have the trailer & leave the lot, stop someplace & practice unhitching, taking pictures with your phone of how everything looks all hooked up. Make sure you chock the wheels & have a block of wood to put under the trailer jack before you start. Good luck & enjoy your trailer! It really does get easier & you'll get quicker at doing things as time goes on. Like anything else, repetition is the key.


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Old 02-04-2014, 11:22 PM   #12
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Make sure the dealer shows you that ALL the appliances work in all modes of operation.
Make sure the furnace and air conditioner work.
Ensure the refridgerator and water heater function in both electric and gas modes.

The water heater in my 2013 Eagle 284BHS was installed sitting on its own gas supply line, in effect choking off it's own supply of gas. It was clearly a case of sloppy work during production. I had to return to the dealer to get it fixed, about 90 miles each way. Jayco refused to compensate me in any way for my cost in pulling the trailer back to the dealer to get the production flaw fixed.

So save yourself similar grief and expense and make sure the dealer demonstrates everything works in your presence during the delivery walk through.

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Old 04-28-2015, 07:13 PM   #13
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Wed have an agreement with our dealer (80 miles away) that he'll order the White Hawk 23MRB we want, but we don't have to commit to buying it till it comes in and we take a look at it to make sure it's what we want. Our plan is to take our PDI list with us when we go for the first look, and do a sort of pre-PDI, and then, assuming we do want the unit, set up an appointment for the real PDI.

We may not know till it comes and and we see it for the first time exactly how much it will cost, and even if we do have a starting figure, we won't know till they see our PUP what they'll give us for the trade-in, so it won't be possible to have a contract or a cashier's check ready to go - not to mention that we'll want to think about whether it makes better financial sense to finance and take the interest off our taxes.

We sure will be ready for this, thanks to all the advice and experience y'all have shared on the Forum, and we think doing a "PPDI" will help us when we go through it a second time.

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