First time buyer picking up new TT this weekend

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by mindnova, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. mindnova

    mindnova New Member

    Ok this is my first RV purchase. I bought a Prowler 830Y. The unit is 30 feet long. This will be my first time pulling a camper, I will be pulling it 300 miles home.(and quite frankly I,m nervous)
    Although I am going through all the posting looking for advice is there anything anyone could suggest watching out for when picking up the unit. Also besides taking it slow and easy, any other tips for a safe and uneventful trip home.
    Also we intend on checking for places to park on the trip home. That should be no problem but will allow us to use the RV and look for any problems.
    I,m making a checklist of what I find here and what ever else I can think of.
     
  2. rookie

    rookie New Member

    First time buyer picking up new TT this weekend

    I am in the same boat! Any advice as to brand preference or qualities to look for?
     
  3. mindnova

    mindnova New Member

    First time buyer picking up new TT this weekend

    Sorry I'm too new to advise on brand preference. Here is somthing of interest I think. The 830y model is sold under Terry, Prowler, and Wilderness. As a matter of fact the fleetwood brochure is identical for the Prowler and the Wilderness. It is interesting to note that in a comparision of resale values, there was a difference of about a thousand dollars, with terry being at the top and wilderness being at the bottom. I called Fleetwood and asked what the differences were in the 830y under each name. The reply was there were no differences except in color schemes and the logos. Here is a perfect example of the name making the product value different.
    As far as qualities to look for, I looked for workmanship, water heater bypass factory installed, large fridge, good layout and I like exterior storage acess. I looked in the back of cabnets for hidden flaws and checked the caulking for completeness and neatness to help decide if they put the extra effort into getting it right.
    But you can still miss things, The dealer had the mechanic do a run through of the RV and we signed off on it. That evening I set it up at a campground on the way home to give it a trial. It was late and we were exhausted when we got to the park. We tried the hotwater and got a brief bit of warm water and then cold. I waited an hour and tried again,same thing. We went gave up and went to bed. The next morning I tried again and it was the same. So I went out and opened the pressure relief valve and it was hot enough to almost burn. After some thought and reading the owners manual we decided to check the bypass. Both of the valves were open which allowed the cold water to bypass partially the hot water tank. The hot water tank was full but under use the cold would flow faster. We closed the correct valve and it worked great!!
    So no matter how hard you check it out you can miss something. The dealer had told us to bring a notebook along and list any problems we had in the next couple of weeks and then to bring it in and they would correct them. That also was a selling point, he was concerned that we get the full enjoyment from our purchase.
    Thats about all I can think of at the moment. I made it home without chewing all my fingernails to the quick, I just took it slow and easy and rested a lot.
    Anyway good luck and just keep reading through the posting and asking questions.
     

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