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Old 08-01-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Pre-Delivery Inspection

I'll be taking delivery of a new 2013 Interstate Lounge on Friday.

Anybody have any words of advice during the pre-delivery inspection process?

Any "I wish I had known that" before driving away from the dealership?

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Old 08-01-2012, 07:26 AM   #2
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Take a camcorder with you to take a video for future reference.
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Spend your first night at the dealers lot. Check everything that night and have any issues corrected before you leave in the morning.
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Two things that worked for me:
1. Download the owners manual from the Airstream site (the latest they have posted is for the 2012 MY, but that will get you started) here:
Airstream, Inc :: Owners Manuals
Read the manual thoroughly before your delivery appointment and build a list of questions to ask at time of delivery.
2. Find the time to spend the night in the moho after delivery (if there aren't better options, the dealer should allow you to park overnight on his lot) and use this time to read the 2013 owners manual and try every system and function you can. Hopefully the dealer has left some water in the fresh tank for you. Build another list of questions to ask the next day at the dealership.

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Old 08-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #5
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Great advice from Terry, Richard, and Wayne. I strongly endorse spending the night, if possible. Make a checklist before you get there, and a list of questions for the next day. Wish I had video taped my orientation.

Congratulations on your new Airstream!
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. All excellent ideas.

I will use the video camera in my smartphone.

Already downloaded the owners manual and gone through it once. In the process of going through it again. This time I'll put together a list of questions.

I'll see if I can spend the night at the dealer.

Thanks again for your great responses.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:45 AM   #7
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What dealership are you using? Our local Airstream dealer here in Gulfport, MS. has several spots plumbed and wired for over night stays.
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We agree on spending Night One on the dealership lot! In fact, they (Can-Am in London Ontario) strongly recommended it.

Good thing, too, because this was in March and the furnace decided to blow the fuses-- twice. The owner finally loaned us a space heater from their shop to get through the night.

To us, the main thing was the ***warranty*** from Can Am. If anything went wrong, they simply fixed it, no questions asked. And some other things did. Like the cupboard over the bunk working itself out and falling on the bed somewhere in Wisconsin, en route from Ontario to Vancouver, BC.

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Make sure you check your systems on all power sources (shore, battery and propane) to ensure they work every way possible and that you understand the operation every way possible. Good luck!
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Go to a car wash and while one is spraying water the other can be inside looking for leaks.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:44 AM   #11
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Spend your first night at the dealers lot. Check everything that night and have any issues corrected before you leave in the morning.
We have four pads forRVs, but we had to stop allowing overnight stays after ournsurance threatened to cancel our coverage. We have an unofficial deal with a close by campground for our customers.
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Go to a car wash and while one is spraying water the other can be inside looking for leaks.
Most dealerships don't have a car wash on site, and frown on allowing their techs to travel to one with the customers.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:55 AM   #12
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Definitely take it out on the road and use both city streets and then some open road. Have someone ride in back while on the road and listen for noises.

Check tire pressures, especially the inner duals. One of mine had a bad Shraeder valve and was down to 25 psi. You will need a double-sided gauge to do this.
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Thanks for the idea of video-taping the walk thru... I'm picking up a 'new-to-me' Airstream Interstate in a couple of weeks... I'm reading the manual, building my list of questions, but videoing the walk-thru is the best idea ever!
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cnq50b: Just noticed that you are a "neighbor". Are you buying from a private party or a dealer?
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