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Old 01-16-2018, 11:21 AM   #11
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I would suggest a PDI check list there are several on the forum.Get up on the roof make sure all the seams are level.Look for any abnormalities in the application of the roof.We did not do that and argued with Jayco for 1 1/2 years for replacement.Remember you only get one chance to pick your rig apart.Once you drive off the lot its Asta lavista baby from Jayco!Is a cool looking rig!
Thank you...great advice. I've looked at the roof and it seems to be ok (I'll look again before we sign) but what exactly would be and automatic "stop the presses" kind of thing for the roof?

Good looking set up you have there in picture.

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Old 01-16-2018, 11:36 AM   #12
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On my roof the DICOR material had a ripple from a hasty installation!Sounds like your doing all the right stuff.Those videos suggestion sound awesome also.A guy on the forum posted his video on U tube.His problems got handled real fast. Thanks
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:39 AM   #13
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Do not believe the dealer if they say the PDI has been done. Have them walk through it with you. My dealer said it was done and clearly had not been done given the issues after sale.
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:43 AM   #14
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Rips, tears, holes, or improperly applied sealant around seams, or anything that sticks up from the roof. We look at campers we are interested in at least twice. The first time is to see if we like the floor plan. Storage, where do we sit to relax inside, can I stand up in the shower without my head in the skylight. Will we be happy with the layout and design for several years, or do you have to compromise a lot. The second look is for anything that's not right. Fit and finish, broken, missing, damaged during build or transport. Does it have a spare tire, or an outside ladder. Look at it from different prospectives, and like you're paying a million dollars for it. Get the dealer to take care of any problems or concerns immediately.
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:44 AM   #15
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On are 16 Eagle RSTS we have had for 27 months.Was doing clean up and just noticed clear plastic protective covers on microwave and frig controls had never been removed lol.Just curious if yours got removed for PDI.
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:50 AM   #16
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If it's not in writing

With the signing, you can only go back on what is in writing. I was required to complete all paperwork prior to a delivery date. When I arrived and noticed problems, I was told that they could get to it in a few weeks. Benign enough, except I flew from NC to FL to pick it up and that was a one way ticket. After having to talk to the boss who was rather condescending, the repair was made. Anything else they promise you that is not in writing they will forget about instantaneously.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:05 PM   #17
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That is a gorgeous looking rig! I have not done a PID in a MH, so you have features I am only familiar with via renting them. You want to test every feature, function, I would even request to take it for a drive to ensure it handles properly.

If it is winterize, have them hook a jug on antifreeze to the pump, and pressurize the systems. And let it sit while reviewing everything else. If the pump cycles, there is a leak. Depending on the leak, it may take a while before a pulse from the pump. Inquire, how to winterize and de-winterize. Inquire about where is the pump, and filter(s) are located. Many people are confused about how to fill the FW (fresh water) tank, so ask!

If there is a generator ask about how to use it, and put a load on it. Usually they stop working when the fuel tank reaches ¼ tank. Also ask about how and when to exercise the generator.

If it has a auto leveling system, spend plenty of time understanding it, again many people struggle with them, ask about how to recalibrate.

All the other systems, ask many many question, make sure how they work, as many items will work on both 12V DC and 120V AC. Some items will only work on a single power source. Go back to it if you have another question later. This reminds me you will have a power disconnect, make sure to understand how it works, as there are lots of parasite drains on the battery, and your battery will be dead within about 2 weeks, if not disconnected.

If there is a TV over the driver’s head, it will not work while driving, so come back here and we will tell you what to do to fix that issue, if the passengers need a little entertainment while in motion. I am sure the dealer will not make this MOD for you, but it is easy to make.

Some of the employees that do PDIs are very good at their job, and others just want you out the door fast, and do not tell you much.

Also do not be surprised that the dealer wants you to sign the paperwork first, then do the PID.

As for an extended warranty, I cannot tell you if it is worth it on a MH, on a bumper pull I would not get it. Most of the things that will go wrong, will be found in the first few trips, after that you may find an item periodically, and they will be fairly minor.

Slightly off topic a bit, also inquire about required maintenance and a maintenance schedule. For example, leaks due to caulking failures are not covered under warranty.

Happy travels!
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Rips, tears, holes, or improperly applied sealant around seams, or anything that sticks up from the roof. We look at campers we are interested in at least twice. The first time is to see if we like the floor plan. Storage, where do we sit to relax inside, can I stand up in the shower without my head in the skylight. Will we be happy with the layout and design for several years, or do you have to compromise a lot. The second look is for anything that's not right. Fit and finish, broken, missing, damaged during build or transport. Does it have a spare tire, or an outside ladder. Look at it from different prospectives, and like you're paying a million dollars for it. Get the dealer to take care of any problems or concerns immediately.
Really good info, thank you.

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That is a gorgeous looking rig! I have not done a PID in a MH, so you have features I am only familiar with via renting them. You want to test every feature, function, I would even request to take it for a drive to ensure it handles properly.

If it is winterize, have them hook a jug on antifreeze to the pump, and pressurize the systems. And let it sit while reviewing everything else. If the pump cycles, there is a leak. Depending on the leak, it may take a while before a pulse from the pump. Inquire, how to winterize and de-winterize. Inquire about where is the pump, and filter(s) are located. Many people are confused about how to fill the FW (fresh water) tank, so ask!

If there is a generator ask about how to use it, and put a load on it. Usually they stop working when the fuel tank reaches ¼ tank. Also ask about how and when to exercise the generator.

If it has a auto leveling system, spend plenty of time understanding it, again many people struggle with them, ask about how to recalibrate.

All the other systems, ask many many question, make sure how they work, as many items will work on both 12V DC and 120V AC. Some items will only work on a single power source. Go back to it if you have another question later. This reminds me you will have a power disconnect, make sure to understand how it works, as there are lots of parasite drains on the battery, and your battery will be dead within about 2 weeks, if not disconnected.

If there is a TV over the driver’s head, it will not work while driving, so come back here and we will tell you what to do to fix that issue, if the passengers need a little entertainment while in motion. I am sure the dealer will not make this MOD for you, but it is easy to make.

Some of the employees that do PDIs are very good at their job, and others just want you out the door fast, and do not tell you much.

Also do not be surprised that the dealer wants you to sign the paperwork first, then do the PID.

As for an extended warranty, I cannot tell you if it is worth it on a MH, on a bumper pull I would not get it. Most of the things that will go wrong, will be found in the first few trips, after that you may find an item periodically, and they will be fairly minor.

Slightly off topic a bit, also inquire about required maintenance and a maintenance schedule. For example, leaks due to caulking failures are not covered under warranty.

Happy travels!
Wow..thats a lot...thank you and I'll be asking later about the TV mod.

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Old 01-16-2018, 03:03 PM   #20
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Nothing new to add except to reinforce: TAKE YOUR TIME! Like others, video the walkthru. Or better, one person takes notes, the other person takes video.

Personally, I'd be willing to spend two hours or more going over every doggone inch. Up, down, in, and under! I'd strap a doggone GoPro to my forehead and record everything: opening doors, going under the coach.
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