Charles R. Petrach
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Nice!
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Charles R. Petrach
Thanks. Dogs like it also
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Rick Holly
WOW! What fun. What kind of truck will you use to haul it?
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uva7
thats awsome, because i take my boat to the lake and cant tow 2 things at once, i still tent camp......  
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Charles R. Petrach
Silverado 2014 1500. Tow weight is only 4600 lbs
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Keith Brownmiller
So you and Bonnie are bringing the travel trailer to the reunion and providing home cooking for us.
The Gunny
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Rick Holly
I'll send you another Eagle of the Sea decal for it, if you want one.
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Charles R. Petrach
I would put it on the bumper
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Ray Jones
Wendy and I are hoping that I get my ssdi next month. We have been looking a motor homes.
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Ray Jones
Very nice Charlie
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Charles R. Petrach
Thanks to all we like it.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Well, even with all the crap dealing with moms estate, Donna and I found time to go to the RV Show in Denver over the weekend.

We had decided after our two week road trip last summer, that we needed a bigger trailer. There wasn’t enough room for 3 adults an 3 dogs much less entertaining my in laws who traveled with us. We has shopped the lots and online and had a couple of favorites we wanted to see in person and see others we hadn’t considered.

We got to the show about 9:30 in the morning and left at about 1:30. We looked at probably 30 trailers out of the 100+ that were there. But none of the favorites we had identified were there, but, there were other models from the same manufacturer that showed us the problems with the ones we wanted to see, so they were now out of the running and luckily, they were out early so now we’re looking with an open mind.

By 1, we had 2 new favorites and 7 contenders so we went back to the favorites and gave them a good hard look. We wanted some time to process and do some research on the brands and models to see if there was anything to worry about.

So to make the story shorter, we skip to Sunday night. We’ve decided what we want to look into but need to wait to see what the final distribution from the estate is and how much SSA is giving me (just got my first check!). This is important because a stipend that I was receiving as part of my retirement ran out when I turned 62. It was there to take the place of SSA until I could draw it. As it turns out, I got an $300 a month raise, enough for a trailer payment.

So Tuesday night we went to look at the trailer we had decided was our best fit and made a deal. We’ll get the new trailer on the 26. I’ll post pics after we get it home.

Before you ask, it’s a 2019 Dutchmen Atlas 2952RLF a 34’ fifth wheel.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Here are the pics of the new trailer.

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Charles R. Petrach
Looks similar to my brothers he has a fireplace in it also
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
I wasn’t sold on the fireplace and would have opted out of it if I had a chance, but, when we brought it home, it was cold (you can see the snow in the pics) and that thing really put out the heat!
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
We’ve had our first week trip in the trailer. Took it up to Montana to visit my son.

The truck had no issues towing it. Around here I average between 13 and 20 mpg, depending on if I control my lead foot. Towing the trailer we averaged about 12 and got as high as 14. Never had issues with any of the climbs.

Only real issue I have with it is the mattress. Brick hard, so we put on a foam topper. Now it’s too soft. So we’ve bought a new mattress.

We’ll be heading out to Southern Colorado in a week. We’ll see if the new mattress is as good as we’re expecting.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Well, this mattress is much better than the one that came with the trailer. Woke up with no pains.
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uva7
that's awesome ….. 

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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Preparing for the final trip of the summer.

3 nights in Grand Junction, 2 nights Flaming Gorge UT and 2 nights Debios/Wind River WY.
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Rick Holly
WoW! Both RVs are incredible.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Thanks Rick, nice to hear from you!
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

Well, first trip of 2020 was a disaster.  We were at Devils Tower KOA on Father’s Day.  Had a nice steak for dinner, wife and daughter were playing board games at the dinette and I was relaxing in my recliner after the rain stoped.

Then, a loud bang and the trailer shook.  I just knew someone had hit the trailer or the truck into the trailer, but there was no one outside.

A couple of hours later, I’m getting ready for bed and the wife yells at me “Leo, should we be seeing light under the dinette?”


The floor had separated from the wall on the drivers side slide out. The screws were still in the wall, they had pulled through the plywood floor and there was now a gap about 3/4” wide.  I could stick my hand through to the out side.  To say the least, we pack up and headed home Monday morning.  There is supposed to be a 3yr structural warranty so it should be covered, just waiting for Camping World to get it into the shop and the manufacturer to decide what to do.

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Rick Holly
Oh no! What a nightmare. I hope there is a happy ever after ending. 
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Me too.  Still waiting for the dealer to get it in the shop. 
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Rick Holly
Let us know how it ends.
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Charles R. Petrach
We got a new class c will be heading to see my mom in Michigan, self contained so still avoid people. Will post photos on the trip
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Charles R. Petrach
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Rick Holly
That is one beautiful camper!
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Charles R. Petrach
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Rick Holly
I am simply amazed how big RVs are. Unbelievable. Very cool!
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
The saga continues.

on Tuesday, July 21st, I get a call from Camping World, but I don’t answer because there was no caller id.  The service advisor leaves a message that she’s heard back from warranty and my trailer is out of warranty by 5 months.

I call, but can’t get her on the phone - unavailable, so I call the manufacturer - Keystone/Dutchmen.  I get a very nice woman who knows I’m upset and calmly looks up my trailer and tells me that yes, the 12 mo warranty is up but I’m covered by a 3 yr structure warranty and that the dealership hasn’t submitted anything to them about the problem, so no, they haven’t denied the claim yet.

Its 3 hrs more before I get the service advisor on the phone and explain all this to her.  She puts me on hold and calls warranty.  She comes back to me and says that warranty is going to resubmit the claim against the structure warranty.  I remind her that it’s hard to resubmit when the manufacturer never received a claim to reject.

Bottom line, I think the dealerships warranty department/person didn’t bother submitting because they didn’t know there was a structural warranty until I questioned the denial.

I think they know better than to short cut me now because I’m not afraid to go to the manufacturer.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Heard from Camping World yesterday (July 25th), the manufacturer has approved the warranty work. Trailer will be in work this next week. Donna and I might still get to take it out for a week.
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Charles R. Petrach
Glad to hear that you will be back on the road again.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Hope so, we’re running out of summer fast.  Not that I’m complaining, this has been one screwed up summer. 
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Charles R. Petrach
We are hoping to take another outing in October maybe to the Grand Canyon area.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Well, the trailers not done yet.  Still waiting for them to get it done.

hope you had a good trip.
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Charles R. Petrach
Trip was great 12 out of 13 good campgrounds. Spent a week at my moms house in Michigan. Then Rushmore on return trip.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

Latest update.

So, talking to the Service Writer this morning, they have tried 2 separate fixes that Keystone approved.  Neither has worked.  As of today, the trailer is in the repair bay , disassembled, waiting for the mfg to recommend the next fix.

The timeline so far:
6/21 - floor fails, 6/22 - dropped off at Camping World
7/21 - CW warranty person says trailer is out or warranty - I direct them to mfg for 3 yr structure warranty
7/23 - CW gets approval from mfg for first repIr attempt
8/18 - 2 hr job is finally done and fails - request to mfg for a different fix
8/21 - CW gets approval for second fix
8/26 - second fix fails - request to mfg for third fix.

At this rate, I might see my trailer next spring, I hope they winterize it...

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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
After 73 days, I have my trailer back.

The service advisor went to lunch, knowing I was going to be there to pick it up at 1.  Poor guy that I dealt with had only been there a month and had to deal with an irate owner.

if the warranty guy had done his job right, I would have had my trailer back by the end of July, not the 3rd of September.
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