Episode 122: Picking up Your New RV

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On this weeks show my guest is Lynn Butler, owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. Lynn and I discuss picking up you new RV at the dealership. What kind of walk through should a consumer expect? How does a PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) differ from the consumer walk through on purchase pick up day? What is looked at in a PDI? When is it done? How can you remember all the things you’re being told?

On walk through day I got a thorough explanation and demonstration of all the trailers systems.

Tips for a successful pick up day include:

  • Mark out the whole day for this big event.
  • Videotape the demonstrations.
  • Make sure you get all of the manufacturer manuals for appliances.
  • Make sure you do your hitch work ahead of time so you can safely tow your new trailer home.
  • Bring your spouse or a friend along for an extra set of ears.
  • Make plans for a shake down camp out close to home

With the help of the dealer I determined before pick up day what my hitch needs were and had the proper set up to safely tow it.

Also this week I’m chatting about what I learned at Camper College regarding water – hoses, pressure regulators and quick connects! Serious damage can be done to your plumbing if you release water at a high PSI  Into your system. Some campgrounds have water pressure as high as 110 PSI while trailers are manufactured to withstand 40 PSI.  A water pressure regulator is an essential piece of equipment in your RV tool box.

It’s important to make sure you don’t exceed the manufacturer recommended PSI coming into the trailer. A water pressure regulator will help you avoid costly mistakes.