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Old 01-12-2019, 06:57 AM   #1
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We're picking up our new Pinnacle 38REFS today on a cold Georgia day. We're so excited. Does anyone have any special advice for us on the initial checkout to make sure things are working properly?

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Old 01-12-2019, 08:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome!

Take your time during the walk through and be sure everything works, and that you understand how it works. We took notes, and thought about videoing certain aspects so we could refer to it later.

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Old 01-12-2019, 08:09 AM   #3
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First and moist importantly, Congrats on the new purchase!! Nice coach!


if you have the option to take along another set of eyes, someone that has been thru a new purchase or even someone that has a trailer. The more eyes the better. Pick it apart. That's a $100K+ unit and it should be perfect in my opinion.
I start at the top. Take your shoes off and climb the ladder and get on the roof and look over EVERY sealed area on it. The front cap area, skylights, vents, everything. Make sure that sealant is not cracked and is covering everything it supposed to cover. It's probably DiCor brand sealant, which is good stuff, and have them throw in a color matching tube for you to be able to re seal things down the road if need be.
Next, do a complete walk around the outside. Have them show you all the wheel lug nuts are torqued to proper specs and the tire pressure is correct. Have them SHOW you what those values are and write it down so you don't forget later. Open and close EVERY compartment door for proper operation and turn on every light in the compartments and on the exterior. Write down where every switch is located for those lights. Make sure decals don't have bubbles, paint job of the graphics is good, and REALLY look over the front lower area and the front cap area for stone chips that may have happened in transit down there. Make sure the front jacks and leveling system work properly. That has to be done when the slides are in. Take a look underneath to see the openings in the underbelly are sealed around the plumbing lines, gas lines, etc.
Inside, run all 5 slides in and out, run the awning in and out fully. Make sure the furnace and hot water heater work when its not connected to shore power, AND when its connected to shore power. Run both A/C units. Fireplace works, fridge works , Turn on all the water faucets to make sure they work connected to city water supply and they work via your water pump and fresh water tank. Look for leak under the sinks, etc... Turn on and off every light, and write down where the switches are located. Sometimes they put switches in stupid, hidden locations. Open and close every door and drawer. Check you counter top(s) for possible scratches. Check over the furniture. Sit in it, recline in it, look it over for possible scratches and/or rips/tears. Check the blinds/shades on the windows. Make sure they installed all the tv's and they work.
I'm sure I may have missed a few things and someone else will chime in. Take your time going over it. Don't be in a rush and don't let them rush you. I'm sure they aren't THAT busy today.
One last thing, make sure you have a good feeling about buying it. Have fun and ENJOY!
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:16 AM   #4
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Welcome from Alabama.

Be sure to get a morning appointment. Do not let them talk you into a afternoon one.
I told the salesman up front that I and the wife wanted to go over it alone first and I would let them know when I was ready for the walk through. Check everything and just sit around and look at things and get up and check some more. Do not be afraid to say "I don't like that". Be willing to say "I can come back when it is fixed".

Tell them now so they know what you want. (I think it makes them do a better job on the preparation).

Do not be in a hurry.

You will be overwhelmed the first time.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:26 AM   #5
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Congratulations and welcome! X2 on the previous posts.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:44 AM   #6
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Welcome and congrats on your new Pinnacle 38REFS. You've got good advice in posts 2,3, and 4.
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Make sure they show you all of the shut off valves. In mine you have to take the drawer out under the oven to get to the ice maker shut off valve. They did not want to show me all the low point drains because you have to take out screws and remove panels I told they I have all day and can wait. I don't think the guy could run the screw driver and his mom did not teach him the righty tighty lefty lucy. It was some free entertainment for the day. Don't let them make a bunch of changes on your fifth wheel plate without you being there they said mine needed raised so I would have clearance on the bedrails when I already have around 9". If your wife asks a question make sure they give her the answer.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:36 PM   #8
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Do NOT let the dealer rush you thru any PDI....try everything...every button and knob...ask any question about anything you do not understand....be sure it is hooked up to power and water....try every spigot and the shower, open every ceiling fan...see the oven work....if you have the tankless water heater...fell the hot water come out of the spigot....make sure everything works or do not sign anything.....my opinion based on experience!
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:41 AM   #9
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Probably too late to help you. But for others.

All great advice here. Just donít overlook the small stuff. Our 2018 North Point checked out great. Got it to our first destination and began stocking up. Only 1 shelf in the freezer? Took 4 weeks to get them from the dealer.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:10 PM   #10
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It seemed we were two shelves short...so I just made two out of 3/8 plywood....works fine...can’t see them with the door closed....

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