When we picked up our new fifth wheel two months ago, we knew it was going to have to go back in for some fixes. Most of the damage was really caused by the salesmen and lookers apparently running the slides in and out, as it caused some doors to move, hinges and doorknobs to be bent or ripped off. Someone had also left something on the floor of the main slide causing a large scratch that penetrated the coloring of the flooring. The service manager has been great, and was the one who found some of the items and ordered parts.
Other issues that we have had would include venting issues. The front bathroom has serious venting issues (primarily, a lack of venting in either the black or gray tanks). Evergreen is aware that some of their units have a problem with venting of the front gray tank, but the black not venting is new to them. Also, when the island was set on the floor, they “kinked” the pipe coming up for the main sink drain and causing the tension to spontaneously and at irregular intervals remove the drain line from the sink, usually with the sink full and causing a big wet mess.
Now that it is at the dealer and the service folks are working on it, they have found that the rear black tank has a rather large problem when it becomes more than 2/3 full. It starts leaking from “somewhere” and causes a big mess for them.
Since we have never owned a fifth wheel before, I do not know if these are typical problems or not, and honestly, most of the reason it was going back was from damage that the sales staff caused. If it all gets fixed in one shot, I will be happy with that.
This brings me to the picture above. This is what our van looks like when you put the essentials of living from the camper into a van. We are living out of the van for a week while the camper is gone, and it will probably take another week to get all the stuff back into the camper and reorganized. What a mess. We are tenting in three tents and two dining flies, and are using the library and starbucks more so we can do school and Cindy can work. So far so good.
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