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Old 05-16-2016, 11:31 AM   #29
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Thanks a bunch. Another item I would have taken for granted! I think my salesman is going to love me on that day.
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:16 PM   #30
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You might alert him that you intend to spend the night there and to go over everything with a fine toothed comb....in case he wants to save embarrassment and do that before you get there.


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Old 05-16-2016, 12:55 PM   #31
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Our Blue Ray would shut down when AC came on while running on generator (not plugged in). Took a full rewiring as it was wired wrong at factory.

Second problem which is pretty common, was the propane tank indicator. Empty, 1/2, whatever, it always indicated full tank.

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Old 05-16-2016, 04:41 PM   #32
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Our Blue Ray would shut down when AC came on while running on generator (not plugged in). Took a full rewiring as it was wired wrong at factory.

Second problem which is pretty common, was the propane tank indicator. Empty, 1/2, whatever, it always indicated full tank.

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Gosh darn it. I think at this rate I would have to tear down the whole van to see what all may be done wrong. Thanks for continued suggestions everyone.
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Old 05-16-2016, 05:01 PM   #33
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Bring a DVD movie so you can make sure surround sound settings are working for both TV's. My sister in law's surround sound wasn't wired correctly and had to wait a long time before they were able to get to the dealer to get it fixed.
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:52 PM   #34
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Second problem which is pretty common, was the propane tank indicator. Empty, 1/2, whatever, it always indicated full tank. ...
Do they EVER work? We had our propane tank replaced, brand new indicator, the whole nine yards. It STILL reads wrong. In our case it doesn't stick on full, but it always shows us being under actual by at least a quarter tank.

It's maybe a good idea to jot down what the tank was reading and how many gallons actually went in, for each successive fill, to judge accuracy and see if patterns emerge.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:14 AM   #35
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Bring a DVD movie so you can make sure surround sound settings are working for both TV's. My sister in law's surround sound wasn't wired correctly and had to wait a long time before they were able to get to the dealer to get it fixed.
Thanks. I was going to do that but forgot! A blu-ray/DVD combo is in the bag of stuff to take:



What do you think? Am I prepared or what???

Inspection is tomorrow afternoon....
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:08 PM   #36
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Wow. Impressive. And I thought I was being weird. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:42 PM   #37
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Channel Locks, Crescent Wrench, and multi-tip screwdriver.
Very handy. Some even have different size shanks so it can be used as a nutdriver for two sizes.

You won't necessarily need these for the inspection but nice when on the road.

Oh and how could I forget, the ubiquitous duct tape, Gorilla brand is my new favorite. Closest thing to the mil-grade I can find.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:39 PM   #38
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Thanks. I did not show the full tool box I am also taking.

But keep the suggestions coming.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:44 PM   #39
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One thing I forgot on our first trip was a 15' piece of either RG-59 or RG-6 coax to hook up to the cable TV.
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Of course a new Airstream is going to have a warranty....

We found the service center personnel to be very attentive and interested in solving any problems we had.

Here's one check that escaped everyone: .... pull the sink nozzle all the way out, like you would do when showering. Ours pulled out 2 ft. Kind of bummer for the first night in our new rig. (The flexible water line was caught by something behind the vanity).

These are really quite complicated machines with many systems and even subsystems. I personally was not alarmed with the items we found, that's why there are warranties and service centers.

My experience is these are well made campers. There are a couple exceptions in my mind on choices with regards to window coverings and sound systems. But overall I see where if something needs repair, they stay repaired.

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Old 05-18-2016, 09:53 AM   #41
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Of course a new Airstream is going to have a warranty....

We found the service center personnel to be very attentive and interested in solving any problems we had.
So far that is the impression I get.

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Here's one check that escaped everyone: .... pull the sink nozzle all the way out, like you would do when showering. Ours pulled out 2 ft. Kind of bummer for the first night in our new rig. (The flexible water line was caught by something behind the vanity).
I ran into this when I was testing one of the AS trailers. I did not think to check it with the Interstate and now will do that . Thanks.

I will report back on what I find this afternoon. Hopefully it is a short list and we can start using it right away.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:49 AM   #42
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So I spent an entire afternoon at the dealership. Overall, the fit and finish well exceeded my expectation. I thought I would find a lot list of problems but I did not. Here are the issues that I saw:

1. The Flojet on-demand pump made a huge racket. Turning the shower caused the whole side of van to vibrate. Popped the access panel at floor level by the heater and the problem was obvious. It was not the pump! But rather, a length of Pex pipe that went to an elbow. The pipe was cut just a hair too long causing it to touch a metal part of the chassis. That in turn amplified the sound ten fold.

Was disappointed to see that they used the start-stop pump rather than the proportional one. I will probably replace it as I did on my boat 15 years ago.

2. The water heater is a disaster from fit and finish point of view. It is an ugly beast with the most flimsy metal lid on it. Any time you attempted to open it, it would scrape of the paint on the body of the van! Was doing the same on the one inside the showroom.

They suggested upgrading to a Truma heater but unfortunately the large bezel on these units would not fit in the same cut out of the Interstate. There unit itself slides into the same space but the plastic flange is 1 to 2 inches and there is no clearance in the body to allow it. THey are investigating a way to make this work. If anyone knows a solution here, would appreciate hearing about it.

3. The water pressure in the sink faucet was very low. When you first started it, you got nice flow but it would go to a trickle with the pump cycling on and off instead of increasing run time to keep up with pressure.

4. If you closed the main AC vent that is pushing air down, the left side of the AC would make a gurgling sound. Nothing major but a bit annoying now that I know about it.

I think that was it so I went ahead and signed the paperwork . Will take delivery Monday of next week. They will be doing their own inspection and make repairs/fixes.

Thanks to everyone's ideas and suggestion. Was good to be prepared to find nothing regardless .
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