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Old 06-14-2020, 01:55 PM   #1
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Bought a Used 2019 GT 27FBT-What should I have dealer check?

I just bought a pre-owned 2019 Globetrotter 27FBT from a non-Airstream dealer. It will be delivered to my local Airstream dealer tomorrow, 06/15.
I've asked them to PDI it, but am hoping the community can provide suggestions as to particular areas or service bulletins of concern that I should have them look into.

Examples I've found in other threads:
  • Upper cabinets not secured and coming loose.
  • Floor bubbling

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2020, 06:55 AM   #2
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Also have them look at possible separation of the sink from the counter top, it is mounted to the underside of the counter top. Others have reported the seal on the bottom of the shower leaking.
Have them make sure the power awning is working well on just battery power.
So far we haven’t had any issues with our GT.
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Old 06-15-2020, 10:15 AM   #3
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Also have them look at possible separation of the sink from the counter top, it is mounted to the underside of the counter top. Others have reported the seal on the bottom of the shower leaking.
Have them make sure the power awning is working well on just battery power.
So far we haven’t had any issues with our GT.
Good luck with your purchase!
Thanks!
I'll add these items to the list. I'm really excited about the GT. Can't wait to start enjoying it.
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:35 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

Susan, welcome to the Airstream Community and Fourms!

Yes to all the previously mentioned items. Were very happy with our 2019 GT - Im writing this from Chatfield State Park in Colorado. Wishing you many happy camping experiences!

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Old 06-16-2020, 08:43 PM   #5
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Susan, welcome to the Airstream Community and Fourms!

Yes to all the previously mentioned items. Were very happy with our 2019 GT - Im writing this from Chatfield State Park in Colorado. Wishing you many happy camping experiences!
Thanks Jeff and Caryle!

Looks like you guys are having a good time in CO.

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Double check on the floor bubbling. We have friends that just bought a new 2020 27’ GT. It has the floor bubbles right below the kitchen sink. Dealer is fixing. I suggested to them to make sure the dealer pulls the cabinets to do it right.
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Have them load test the batteries and if they are wet cell also report specific gravity of each cell, then report results along with an interpretation. Have them inspect the tires carefully and ask if they can spin test them to detect signs of belt separation. You don't know if the previous owner overheated them. this will identify serious issues with the tires. Inspect the water heater for signs of scale. Test the A/C heat pumps have them report temperature differences in both modes. Test the refrigerator to be sure it is efficient and strong. Have them make sure the furnace works. Good luck.
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What Brian said.

Do a complete walk thru/orientation with the dealer. (offer to compensate if they are reluctant.)
Ask to camp overnight on the dealers lot, try ALL systems. Including AC & furnace. If unsure ask again, take video of Q&A.

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Since pre-owned, inspect the black water tank. If the previous owner did not practice good tank management there could be an accumulation of "solids" in there. With the water off, open the toilet lid and step down on the flusher pedal to open the flush valve. Using a flashlight look into the tank and see what you see. You may also be greeted by a horrible smell. If it is clean, great. If it is not, you will want it cleaned out. That is something you can do yourself if you have access to a dump station.

Any idea how many miles it was towed? Have them check the tire treads for wear. Also check the spare.

There were some 2019 GT recalls. One related to the spare tire holder and the bracket holding it up. Have them check all issued recalls and see if they were done on your unit.

Look throughout the interior including in cabinets for any missing rivets. If the previous owner was towing with too much air in the tires, on really bumpy roads, or if they used an Equalizer hitch (which can flex the frame), you may have popped rivets. Have them replace any popped rivets.

For the two pop up vent fans in shower and lavatory, have them check the gasket beneath the lid. We had one of these fail right away.

Someone mentioned batteries. You should have the two standard AGM batteries. If the previous owner discharged them too much it may have degraded the batteries. Have them check their health.

Check the operation of the door. It should easily open and close. You should not have to slam the door or pull or push on it to be able to lock it. Make sure both the deadbolt and the doorknob locks engage easily and fully lock the door. If not, have them adjust. Not all dealers know how to do this well and some just lubricate the heck out of it. That only works for a while.

Make sure all the windows open easily and check gaskets around windows.

Pull out the rear awning and make sure it pulls out ok. Make sure the hook to secure the awning is still attached to the awning (the bolt holding it can unscrew and come off if not secured with Loctite or something). Make sure your trailer has the rod with the hook on the end for locking and unlocking the awning.

Have them put water in the fresh water tank and check operation of the water pump and flow of water out of all faucets including exterior shower.

Ask the dealer to give you a tour of the coach and explain how to work everything like they would a new customer.

Your trailer should include the stuff that came with it. This includes a bag of stuff from Zip Dee to manually retract the awning. These items include a cable to hook the awning motor up to your battery, the "emergency winding tool" (which I think actually goes with an older version of the awning), a flexshaft with hex driver drill bit to adjust the main arm bars, and a hex shaped rod about 4 inches long used to manually turn the motor. You should also have the crank to manually crank up or down the stabilizers and the crank to manually crank up or down the tongue jack.

Also make sure you have the Airstream bag that came with the unit containing all the product literature and manuals and the user manual for the trailer.

Good luck and happy trails!

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