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DH & I will be with our DD and husband when they go to pick up their new travel trailer. We have what we think is a pretty comprehensive list to make sure they understand all mechanics and we check everything out. I'd like to ask if there are any items that you may have missed checking when you picked your travel trailers up from dealers, and wish you had checked more carefully. I am wondering if I am missing anything on my list. Thanks in advance!!

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Add get up on the roof to your list. Make sure everything is secure. Crawl underneath and do the same. Have fun.


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Here's a link to some checklists from the FAQs Sticky in the "Beginning RVing" forum posts that are very complete in my opinion.

Make sure all the remotes, etc are there. I had a friend who just picked up hers last Sat and when she got it home and was looking at it again, her air mattress for her sleeper sofa wasn't there. They are shipping it to her.

Ours was preowned unit,but we found out that we have no remote for the radio/cd/clock and there is no way to set the clock w/o it, so it just flashes all the time.. Could buy one but it's about $35 or so.

Check all the systems: water, gas, cookstove, oven, microwave, furnace & a/c.

If you think they will need it later, they might want someone to video tape/record the PDI. Then they have it to refer to in the future..might come in handy when and if they decide to sell it also.


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Bring a video camera and designate one person to video tape the entire thing. Someone suggested that to us and we can't thank them enough. We have watched that video several times, even keep a copy in the trailer. Make sure they not only demo how everything works (and I do mean everything) but repeat the demonstration yourself so you have had a chance to do it while being watched. If they installed a WDH and/or sway control, have them hook it up and unhook it for you and then you do it too. I mean take it all the way off the ball and put it back on. Pay special attention to just how the hitch sits on the ball when properly coupled so you know what it should look like. Check all the caulking everywhere and even run in and out slides. If there are any young kids, either leave them w/ a babysitter or bring something that will entertain them the whole time. We brought a portable DVD player and sat our 4 yr old on the sofa in the RV. She watched a new movie she hadn't seen and was mesmerized for the whole thing. I would check on her periodically and i knew she didn't know how to open the outside door (I just opened a window so I could hear her if she needed me). We were inside the shop and the mechanics around us all knew she was in there. It was a little distracting but better than having her tag along the whole time (babysitter idea wasn't possible that day for us but I highly recommend the babysitter idea). Do not and I repeat do not sign for anything or give them any money until the PDI has been completed to your satisfaction and everything has been fixed to your satisfaction. Make sure they know ahead of time to schedule extra time as you plan to go through everything. Good luck and remember to have some fun with it!


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Open and close each cabinet door/drawer, look for loose screws, sticking doors etc. Run the blinds up and down, I didn't check all of mine and when I got home i found one of the strings had a small knot in it preventing it from going all the way up.


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Go through how to work Awning, when I bought new TT in Oct, it had a different brand awning from my previous one. When i picked up new TT, I was concentrating on the new things (like the slide and the auto light water heater). I did not really pay a lot of attention to the awning operation. The following weekend, it took a while for me to figure out how to open and close the awning.

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Just wanted to say thanks again for all the ideas! We picked up our camper on St. Patrick's Day, and had my dad videotape. I've already watched the DVD once to make sure I know how to dewinterize the camper (as I am none to patiently waiting for our first trip)! The following weekend, my 3 yr. old daughter and I went back up to videotape for some friends who were picking up their camper, and I borrowed the idea of bringing a new movie for her. Worked perfectly, and we are both fairly certain we can do everything with these! now if the weather would just cooperate a bit and warm up so we could go camping!


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Thanks for all the advice! We are bringing our oldest (at seven, he's very interested in helping set up) but am attempting to find a babysitter so the youngest can stay home...and am adding to the list! Can't wait to pick it up and try it out!

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I totally agree with the video camera, you can go over and over it, and the sound track is there - priceless!! I would also have the dealer hook up the water to city water and see it work....check for leaks at the pump, which could be under a couch. Underneath, check those levelers, oftentimes they are bent on the lot. Have fun, and enjoy the day....camping is a great thing. Safe travels.

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anaro wrote:

Bring a video camera and designate one person to video tape the entire thing. Someone suggested that to us and we can't thank them enough. We have watched that video several times, even keep a copy in the trailer. Make sure they not only demo how everything works (and I do mean everything) but repeat the demonstration yourself so you have had a chance to do it while being watched. If they installed a WDH and/or sway control, have them hook it up and unhook it for you and then you do it too. I mean take it all the way off the ball and put it back on. Pay special attention to just how the hitch sits on the ball when properly coupled so you know what it should look like. Check all the caulking everywhere and even run in and out slides. If there are any young kids, either leave them w/ a babysitter or bring something that will entertain them the whole time. We brought a portable DVD player and sat our 4 yr old on the sofa in the RV. She watched a new movie she hadn't seen and was mesmerized for the whole thing. I would check on her periodically and i knew she didn't know how to open the outside door (I just opened a window so I could hear her if she needed me). We were inside the shop and the mechanics around us all knew she was in there. It was a little distracting but better than having her tag along the whole time (babysitter idea wasn't possible that day for us but I highly recommend the babysitter idea). Do not and I repeat do not sign for anything or give them any money until the PDI has been completed to your satisfaction and everything has been fixed to your satisfaction. Make sure they know ahead of time to schedule extra time as you plan to go through everything. Good luck and remember to have some fun with it!


This is really good Info. Thank you very much....


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