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Old 01-27-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Picked up our new 2012 38RE from the dealer yesterday afternoon. Our first Th wheel so I went to the fairgrounds for a couple of practice backing turns and headed home to back in the driveway. Was not as difficult as I had expected. The big surprise came this morning as I ran out the slides. The bedroom went first, then both of the rear slides started out. After about six inches of movement I hear crunching and crackling noises. Immediately stop the slide movement and begin to investigate. The drawer in the rear entertainment centerwith the lock was not locked and had slid open. The trim on the passenger side slide caught on the drawer. Minor damage, no wood splinters, just a bent slide rail on the drawer and a loosened trim piece on the slide out. Dealer sent out a technician to the house who removed the drawer. A visit to the dealership is scheduled for next week to repair the wood trim on the slide.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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Thanks for the update, I should be gettingmy REin a few
weeks making sure that drawer is locked will be on my check list. Let us know on how you like it.
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rrs, congratulations on your new rig. We had a close call once with the drawers. Now, we always try to remember to check before opening any slides.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
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Does anyone know how they run the exhaust out from the
generator on the Redwood 36RE? On most 5<sup>th</sup> wheels it just comes off
the side but on the RE has the bedroom slide close to the front. I wanted to
use one of the exhaust systems to get the fumes above the camper, don’t think I
would want that under the bedroom. </span>I
will be using mine at some of the NASCAR race weekends and they pack the
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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I had similar problems on our 36RL the first couple of times I put the slides in and out. The problem I had was with the cushions moving forward on the couch in the rear and getting caught behind the edge of the slide trim. My wife also left a knitting bag on the couch and it had moved forward while traveling and then it jambed in behind one of the slides when I was opening the slide.



I now double check to make sure everthing is in the proper location before moving slides in or out. So far, none of the issues that I have had, have caused any damage.



This is our first 5th wheel, so, still lots to learn.

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:46 AM   #6
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I will add a check point to our set up list as well. My bride and copilot says she will be in charge of interior set up and take down prep while iI manage the exterior prep iI will add " get bride out of the unit before activating slides" to my list . I had a fifth wheel in the past but no slides and it had plenty of battle scars due to one oversight or another . We expect our new 36RE to be delivered in a week or so and with all the new features a check list will be a must have item for us Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
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It a good idea to have a check list during opening and closeing of slides. I had a keystone and one of my cabinet doors open during travel and we did not check the door and broke the glass in the door.
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Hello Flyfisher
It must be a bride thing about in charge of the inside. I think I have heard the same thing. They say my 36RE should be in about the same time. So the race is on.
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Our 36RE arrived today! We opted for a smaller TV and 2 windows in the back and Redwood made that happen without incident We are going in this Friday for the walk through and acceptance etc.We are anxious to get it out for the maiden voyage but my brides schedule is a bit hectic right now.
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We finally got our walk through and acceptance of our 36re done yesterday at Windish RV in Denver. The process was abreviated due to snowy conditions but we feel confident that all the major components are functioning properly. It was 25 degrees outside and the inside was a very quiet, and comfortable 70 throughout. I noticed that there are many switches in the coach, mostly for lighting, that are not labled i am going to label them for on off and function until we are more familiar with their function. We plan to tow it from the dealer on Friday or Saturday so we will get a better run down on the auto leveling and hook up process then. I spent about an hour in the parts department selecting the various items we need for storage and campground hook up; sewer and fresh water hoses, pressure regulator, coach and tire covers, spare fuses and light bulbs, cleaning supplies, wheel chocks, misc. electrical adapters, exterior step stabilizers, king pin security lock etc. I had to bring a catalog home so my bride can pick out everything that needs to be color coordinated. I have started wading through the volumes of manuals provided for all the appliances, generator, AC/heat pump units, entertainment system etc. Wow, much to learn but until the snow clears a bit I have some time to study. I think I need to build a spread sheet of some kind to keep up with all the maintenance requirements.
Bottom line is we could find no problems of any kind, the dealership experience was 5 star and we are chomping at the bit to hit the road. We plan to stay fairly close to home this summer giving us an opportunity to shake the bugs out of the coach while we are near our dealership.

Safe travels to all
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