How Important Are Those Pre-Delivery Inspections Anyway?
Turns out very important!
We set the expectation with the delivery manager that we would need a very detailed inspection. Mostly because we have never owned a 5th wheel so already we needed to learn how things worked, but also because we were buying pre-owned and didn’t want a ton of problems right off the lot.
So glad we did. Our inspection last just over 2.5 hours and boy did we end up with a list of repairs.
- Awning Strap broke while pulling it down.
- After pulling it down twice, we found the awning would not lay properly against the trailer rolled up.
- The door latch that holds the door open was broken off.
- 2 light bulbs were burned out and needed replacing.
- Vent cover on the floor had a screw sticking up and it was tearing into the underside of the slide when opened & closed.
- All the window blinds had to be restrung as only 1-2 of them would stay up.
- Copper gas line under the sink had been crimped. Whole line needed to be replaced.
- The bottom shower seal was old and ripped. Meaning shower water leaked from the door.
- Extension for the Dinette Table slide was not installed properly. They repaired and we ended up giving to my parents to use.
- Propane tank cabinet was severely bent and the door would not latch. It appeared the former owner would unhook and then drag the tank against the frame as they were loading and unloaded.
- The bumper caps where people commonly store the sewer hose had completely rotted and crumbled when he pulled them out.
- Former owner added a cage to bumper to store generator. No keys so they had to cut the locks and replace with new set.
- Emergency Window was accidentally sealed and could not be opened.
- All 3 slides had a very high squeal when opened or closed so all the slides were re-lubed.
Due to this pretty extensive list of issues on the day were were to pick up, they requested they keep the trailer for an additional week to have time to fix everything. We agreed on the week in exchange for them also adding a wheel bearing lube to all the tires as they could not find the last maintenance dates.
In the end everything was repaired, although we have one set of blinds still giving us a little trouble. The take away here is don’t rush your PDI inspection and don’t be afraid to ask a ton of questions on how to work the rig. Also having a video camera to record everything never hurts either!