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Old 01-18-2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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Inspection request

We are acheduled to pick up our new trailer this coming Saturday. We will do the inspection with the tech, which will include running water from all faucets and drains. My question is would it be appropriate to ask the dealer to winterized my water system again once we are done? It's gonna be March till we use it again and it can get pretty cold here in central NC through mid March. Plus, I'd like the extra knowledge to see how it's done first hand.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:51 PM   #2
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Won't hurt to ask. 50/50 chance.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:13 PM   #3
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We are acheduled to pick up our new trailer this coming Saturday. We will do the inspection with the tech, which will include running water from all faucets and drains. My question is would it be appropriate to ask the dealer to winterized my water system again once we are done? It's gonna be March till we use it again and it can get pretty cold here in central NC through mid March. Plus, I'd like the extra knowledge to see how it's done first hand.
I haven't had to winterize a trailer yet or go through a PDI, but I may find myself in a similar spot in a month or so. So...

IMHO, if the dealer knows that you are going to ask when the inspection starts, it may be little problem to winterize using air while showing you where the drains are, how to drain the water heater, etc. With all that done, then showing you where and how much RV antifreeze to put in may not be a problem.

At least I hope for both of us the dealer has no problem with your request. Please let us all know how it goes.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:36 PM   #4
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It will come from the factory already Winterized. Unless you plan on using it right away way I would suggest leaving it that way. The water system is tested at the factory before Winterizing so I would think it would be ok come Spring. If not it is under warranty. We bought our Eagle last year on New Year's Eve and I left it Winterized. The dealer asked me what I wanted to do.
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Leave it winterized(if already done).. If it's winterized, the water pump is working so you don't need to test that. When u de winterize test it and if things don't work, then make a warranty repair apt.. Chances are you will find other things that need fixed, so get a list together and get it all fixed at the same time..
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It will come from the factory already Winterized. Unless you plan on using it right away way I would suggest leaving it that way. ...Snip.
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Leave it winterized(if already done).. ...snip
Because of my situation, I'll let the dealer know that after the PDI is completed and acceptable (which will include filling tanks, testing the water pump, and faucets), I'll need the trailer to be winterized when I leave with it.

It's too far for me to return the unit for warranty repairs (~1,800 miles) and since I agreed to buy it, I've learned that Jayco dealer's service policy repeatedly moves units they did not sell to the bottom of their repair priority list. If the unit has plumbing problems when I get it home, I have little faith I would be able to get them fixed by summer.

Paranoid? Maybe, maybe not. I just don't want to gamble the first year of using a brand new trailer because I didn't do my 'due diligence' during the PDI or did not have it winterized.

(Of course, if I pick the unit up in, say, March and the weather forecast is in my favor, THEN I'd risk not winterizing it.)
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I would want the unit in my possession and would offer to pay them to winterize it after the PDI if necessary. The unit would have the batteries disconnected and such..
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doing the sold get readys and deliveries of RVs at my dealership. This time of year we gladly throw in a winterize after the delivery (walk thru). Never at a charge. However I usually perform the winterization while the buyer is in financing.

I will tell you how to winterize during the walk thru. I will even show you where the valves are. For insurance reasons, most shops (including ours) dont really allow the customer in the shop when actual "work" is being performed. We even do the walk thrus outside unless it is sub freezing temps.
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to see how the PDI goes and will let you know. The good thing is the dealer is about 45 min from me. If I leave it winterized at th PDI, I'll still have time to check out the water system before our first use in March. I'm in the short rows and getting nervous and reading anything I can for first time owners. This forum is a great help.
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to see how the PDI goes and will let you know. The good thing is the dealer is about 45 min from me. If I leave it winterized at th PDI, I'll still have time to check out the water system before our first use in March. I'm in the short rows and getting nervous and reading anything I can for first time owners. This forum is a great help.
Good luck and enjoy. I taped my PDI so that I could look back at it and had the video instructions on how to use everything.

I also bought my trailer in the winter, but waited until spring to take delivery and do the PDI. It extended the warranty and I did not have to worry about anything as I had not taken delivery. They stored it all winter at no cost as well.
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