Back to the Dealer

It has been about a month since we brought our Little Guy Max home and for a number of reasons, we have not been able to take it out for a shakedown trip yet. Last week, we started talking about where we would like to go. Before conversations got too far, we noticed a problem. Russ and I went into the trailer to get a feel for items that we would need to bring with us and as we opened the shower door, I noticed the shower liner had separated from the wall and the panel was bowing out from the floor pan all the way to the ceiling. This prompted us to do a detailed head to toe inspection of the entire unit. We also noted some of the tubing along the front end of the trailer coming loose.

A quick search through the Little Guy Facebook Group conversations (if you own a Little Guy or are considering buying one, this is a great resource) informed me that we weren’t alone with the issue with the tubing on the exterior. This appears to be a common problem. In one instance, the tubing came off and wrapped itself around the tires while the people were driving. Luckily they were able to safely pull over to the side of the road. I did not see any complaints or suggestions on how to fix the shower wall.

I looked through our paperwork and since we are still within 90 days from our purchase, I called the dealer. The earliest appointment was a week away. No camping for us this weekend!

So the first time out of our driveway with the trailer and we are heading back to the dealer. I will admit, I am a bit nervous about hooking it up to the truck again! I am sure someday in the future it will become second nature, but right now it is completely new to us. The dealer had hooked up our vehicle when we bought the trailer and gave us a quick overview by pointing at parts. My suggestion for anyone towing the first time – have the dealer unhook everything and try to hook it up yourself before you leave the dealership.

Surprisingly, with the help of a checklist in the manual, we hooked up the trailer (thank you Liberty Outdoors !). It took us about 45 minutes. I hear on a lot of YouTube videos posted by RVers the importance of communication. I now see why. Russ and I have been married for 26 years so we have a little bit of an advantage in that department, but there are still things we can improve upon.

Being the newbies that we are, we had no idea what to expect bringing in our RV for service. One thing not to expect is that you’ll be able to go home with your RV that day. Or the next. We were told that it would take at least a week or two.

So it looks like it will be a bit longer before we hit the open road. Back to living vicariously through other RVers on YouTube!

Update: 

6 weeks later, we finally got our RV back. The repairs were minor and took only a day to fix. We fell through the cracks and the dealer didn’t put in the order for the parts until after we had contacted them after 3 weeks of not hearing anything. Frustrating experience but just glad to have our RV back home and looking forward to taking it out soon on our first trip.

 

 

Accessories you need for your RV

I am not sure if I am alone in this, but I have had feelings of awkwardness and ignorance – the likes I have not felt since a freshman in high school – from the moment we brought home our Little Guy Max trailer.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this is our first time as RV owners. Russ and I attempted tent camping a few times and I can’t say we were exceptionally successful. During one memorable attempt, we arrived at a campground as it was starting to rain. After about an hour, frozen fingers and a few colorful words, we gave up and walked into the campground office to ask if any cabins were available. What possessed us into thinking we were qualified to do this?

Well…it’s too late now. The RV is sitting in our driveway and we have a mile-long list of all the places we want to visit. Before I can even begin to be stressed about how daunting it will be to try to back into our first campsite, apparently there is still quite a bit of shopping to do. Hitch coupler locks, chocks, sewer hoses, something called a “dogbone”?

Different RV’s come with different amenities, but I have found out there are items that you will still need to purchase in order to take full use of your new investment. Thankfully, there were many helpful people online willing to give us advice!

Here is a list of what we wound up buying for our Little Guy Max. You can click on any item to see more detailf:

  1.  Weight distribution hitch & sway bar
  2.  Brake controller
  3. Trailer lock
  4. Levelers/chocks
  5. Leveling blocks
  6. 30 amp RV extension cord
  7. Sewer hose kit
  8. Sewer hose seal
  9. Sewer hose support
  10. Drinking water hose
  11. Water regulator
  12. Water filter
  13. RV surge protector
  14. Hasp lock
  15. Dogbone electrical adapter
  16. Torque wrench & socket
  17. Tire pressure gauge
  18. Air compressor
  19. Insect screens for: Furnace  Refrigerator vents  Water heater
  20. Dehumidifier
  21. Patio mat
  22. Outdoor folding chairs
  23. Fridge/freezer thermometer
  24. White lithium grease
  25. Holding tank deodorizer and waste digester
  26.  RV toilet paper (quick dissolving & septic safe)

Hopefully, this helps to give you an idea of some things to think about for your own RV. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to let us know in the comments below!