We bought ours at an RV show one year ago and I picked it up with fresh snow on the ground. (Toronto) Our trailer advertized a Powder coated frame so I did not sweat it. They had pulled the trailer into a heated garage and I checked most of the stuff but the water system. Even the brand new battery was in original packing and not installed. Good thing about winter pick up was that it was already winterized with all the bypass fittings etc.
Its personal choice. I liked having mine home because you will never find the things at the dealer that you will find at home when you sit in there and start playing around. Only issue I had was the stereo was not wired properly. IE one outdoor speaker was paired with one indoor so I reconnected things myself.
Since your warranty will start the day you pick it up, I would vote for waiting until a few weeks prior to your first trip. Leave it stored on their lot (for free I trust), and wait for fair weather. you will be much more likely to find all the issues if you can fully test things during above zero temps.
If there's salt on the roads where you live then forget about picking it up until spring. It's not worth the pain of constantly wire brushing and spray painting rusty spots that'll crop up forever after.
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I bought mine a few weeks ago from the same show as you. I'm going to leave mine at the Dealer until right before our first trip. That way, I don't pay for storage and the warranty doesn't start until later.
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2012 Keystone Passport 2910BH
Chris, Kyla, Brooke(daughter, 19), Griffin(son, 6), Maddie (daughter, 3),Boozer(13 yr old Shih-Tzu)
Well, as usual, I listened to all the opinions and then decided to do my own thing. Due to very warm temps and high anxiety, I'm heading to dealer next Saturday to pick up unit!
It's indoor, and we can pull our TV right inside and while we're doing the complete walk through/inspection, they have a tech setting up the hitch. Forecast is for plus temps , will update after the trip home.
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I don't know what your warranty is, but you have to remember that even if you have a two year warranty you are going to park it in Oct the second year and the warranty will just run out when its in storage. The warranty excuse only works if you can use the trailer year round. Although you know, if you bring it home we will get six more weeks of winter.
I agree with the above, your warranty will start as soon as you drive it off the lot. I would encourage you not to pick it up until normal camping season starts. If you get it March 10, your warranty will expire March 9, 2014. If you take a trip October 1 2013, then put the camper away until April 2014, you won't know if anything is broken prior to the end of your warranty period.
I would wait until the average start of camping season in your area, that way you can have a shakedown trip 2 weeks before your warranty expires.