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Old 03-05-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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Our Eagle has almost landed!

Hello JOF members, you have all been so helpful as we perused the info you have shared. In January, we selected and ordered a 2014 30.5 RLS from RvD. Based on some of your advice, we ordered the thermal pane windows, 2nd ac in br, and most of the other available options excluding the bumper mounted grill, as I believe I would prefer an outdoor stove, and we have our Reese slider hitch installed and ready to go. We are very excited and will be leaving Saturday morning for the trip to Des Moines for the scheduled pick up of our unit! We have enjoyed our Starcraft pop up camper for about 15 years, but we are ready for our "retirement home" on wheels, as DH hopes to retire from the fire dept soon.

Before we head out on Saturday, can you please share your advice with us regarding what we need to take along with us, how best to utilize the pdi, (though I have been reading some good info about this) what is in the starter kit, (I know I read about that somewhere) and if anyone has the 30.5 and can give us a definitive answer as the the bed size I would sure appreciate it! We plan to sleep in our new happy camper very basically on the way back, for a night or two, and will be taking along some basics. We are towing with our Ford F-250 crew cab and look forward to any parting wisdom you might like to share.

Thanks again, and in advance!

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Old 03-05-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new 5er and welcome! Sorry, but I can't answer your other questions as we haven't taken deliver of our TT (out first) yet.

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Old 03-05-2014, 03:21 PM   #3
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Welcome to JOF and CONGRATS on your new "Retirement Home"!!
As for specific questions on you rmodel, I am not able to answer.
As for the PDI, you said you have done some reading, be prepared to take a lot of notes. We took a camcorder along on our first PDI so we could review certain things at anytime.
Don't let them rush through the PDI. YOU take YOUR time and let them explain everything the way you understand.
"Starter Kit" includes an inexpensive 10 foot sewer hose and a few little items you may already have used in your Pop-Up.
Check fit on all cabinets, check flooring everywhere including the shower, check that everything works with 120 volts and those items that will work on 12 volts.
I hope this helps a little.
Good Luck and I hope you have many fond memories in your new 5'er!!

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Old 03-05-2014, 03:54 PM   #4
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:05 PM   #5
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As a guy that does the PDI's, its all about the customer. If you have questions, ask. If you need something repeated, ask. YOU bought this trailer... YOU need the info. Don't be shy in asking questions. I have been with customers for as little as 30 minutes, and as long as 3 hours.

Check everything, question even more. This is your time to get to know your new Jayco.

Every dealer is different on the buckets. I like ours. They are not cheap, have the basics, plus a bit more. Some typical buckets items are toilet paper, toilet chemical, water hose, sanitary hose, 30 to 15 amp connector, water pressure regulator, and gloves (for the sanitary hose).
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The water system, as of what valves to move for city water or filling the tank.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:15 PM   #8
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Congrats on the new 5er - happy for ya and excited that ours may not be too far behind. Really take your time and as John mentioned above, ask questions. Adult learning comes from doing so after they show you something, ask to do it. Awning operation, slide operation, leveling and electric hook-up are maybe a few tasks you might do while at the dealer.

Oh, make sure the camera batteries are charged cause we want pictures
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:23 PM   #9
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Do you get to stay a night or two while there to check the FW out before leaving? I was thinking that was one of the things RV Direct said was possible.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:07 PM   #10
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I am also the proud owner of a 2014 30.5 RLS

The queen bed with our FW is actually made by Denver Mattress and is a full size queen.

We are very excited for our Jayco. Have a great time!

Jim & Kim from Colorado

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