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Old 10-20-2015, 06:27 AM   #1
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Shake Down Cruise: Part I

Finally got the new 2015 FC 28' Twin out of the driveway for a 10 day outing at two campgrounds. We previously had a 2007 Safari 25' FB, and in between, a 36' diesel pusher and a 32' Class C. So, we have some RV experience, but I'm still amazed at how much I don't know and what I learn with each new trip. Here are some observations from our shakedown cruise on the new rig.

A. We are towing with the 2003 2500 Suburban we bought to tow our first Airstream. And, it still does the job. While I might want a new truck, my wife says the Suburban is a keeper. I have to agree there is no compelling need to replace it!

B. We ordered the FC with the Voyager rear camera installed at the factory. I was used to rear and side cameras with the motorhomes and really appreciated having the rear camera on the FC. Didn't realize how much I was missing not having the camera on the Safari. The only problem is the monitor tends to shake loose from the dash mounting if I don't get a good seal on the suction cup.

C. Used Andersen levelers for the first time. Easy and fast. Again, wish I had them with the Safari.

D. Lost the pull tab on the Zipdee awning the last time I rolled it up. Have read other threads on how to recover the tab and will be more careful in the future!

E. The door, as many others have noted, really has to be slammed shut. Will get that adjusted with other minor warranty work.

F. Other minor warranty issues: (1) a popped rivet in bedroom overhead; (2) front street side stabilizer will not come down - looks like a screw from an LP line coupler is wedged against it; (3) black tank level sensor - can we really be filling the tank in two days? - digital readout shows "0" when dumped, but about "15" after adding chemical packet and a little water and quickly reaches almost full by next day; (4) remote for tv behind dinette also turns on bedroom tv - not sure what to do about that!!!

G. Where did all the basil go? We really like the spice rack to the left of the cook top and had it packed tight on both shelves. Noticed after second leg of trip some bottles were missing from the top shelf. Figured out the basil and oregano disappeared. Only thing I can figure is they rolled under the oven and bounced down the gap between the floor and side of trailer. They definitely are not visible. Wonder if they can do any damage wherever they are? Anyhow, I got some adjustable spring loaded refrigerator shelf bars to see if they will stay in place and keep the spices in the rack.

Overall, all systems worked great, and we enjoyed the early Fall weather. Headed home to take care of some business and regroup. Heading out for Shakedown Cruise Part II in next few days. Will load the Fiamma bike rack this time and test the dual Honda 2000 generators converted for LP. Can't wait to see what I'll learn then! Meanwhile, Stonewall, our doggie, says he just wants to go!!!
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:55 PM   #2
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If you are bouncing things about, you might want to have the balance verified on the tire/wheels. Strange that should happen... unless you were offloading or towing over really bouncy roads.

If you have not had them done after pickup from dealer, do it. Also, consider 'Centramatic' balancers...
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:01 PM   #3
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Awesome, welcome back!

A couple of thoughts:

We have two TVs and remotes in our 27FB. Both remotes, when aimed right (or should I say wrong), will turn both TV's on and off. Same brand TV, same remote signals. We aim a bit more carefully now and it seems to work OK most of the time (e.g. only the intended TV turns on/off).

Like many others here, we use Kamenstin magnetic spice tins. They attach quite nicely to the hood over the stove - the only spot in the trailer where anything magnetic will stick!

We're going to be really sad if your See Level sensors are not returning good results, given that we just switched to them from the awful Micropulse sensors we had before. Per the manufacturer, poor grounding is a possible cause of bad readings, so have them check that at your first warranty visit.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:56 AM   #4
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When the spices disappeared, we were passing through a very bumpy construction zone. Nothing else in trailer jostled around. Basil and oregano just decided to jump ship. They aren't going anywhere now with spring bars in place!
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:14 PM   #5
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We pick up our Sport 22FB on Nov. 2nd and a new world will open up!!
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
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I have had trouble with things disappearing down the oven vent slot behind the stove. One was plastic and it melted when we used the oven. It's almost impossible to get anything out of there.

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Are you aware that the bathroom sink empties into the black water tank?. If you use it a lot it will accelerate the tank fill speed. Not a good idea by AS.
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:49 PM   #8
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Regarding your awning pull strap, I found the easiest way to recover it is to carry some clothes line with you. Attach a rope to each end of the awning roller, together with a helper (your wife) pull and extend the awning & the pull strap will fall out, then let the awning retract & remove the ropes.
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:36 PM   #9
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Are you aware that the bathroom sink empties into the black water tank?. If you use it a lot it will accelerate the tank fill speed. Not a good idea by AS.
I've never seen a Bathroom sink that emptied into the Black water tank...anyone else????

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I've never seen a Bathroom sink that emptied into the Black water tank...anyone else????

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Yes I have, my 2008 Safari 28' bathroom sink emptied into the black water tank.
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I've never seen a Bathroom sink that emptied into the Black water tank...anyone else????

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Some of the new models do.
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My neighbor has a mid '70's Tradewinds that dumps the bath sink into the black tank.
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[QUOTE=avionstream;1701687]Some of the new models do.[/QUOTE}

Point noted... I wonder if they simply took the easy route around a difficult piping situation....glad mine goes to Grey Water

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