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Sophmores 8 months 4 weeks ago #1

Hello All. Nancy and I got our first RV last spring, a 2012 Blackwood 36RV. After a bit of travelling and some "hard knock" type lessons, we are thinking of trading up, possibly to a RW 3401. Any comments or suggestions would be welcomed. In the meantime, we'll be reading the forum posts to try to pick up some wisdom--we have learned a lot but there are still lots of gaps!

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Sophmores 8 months 4 weeks ago #3

Be sure to search thru many articles posted on this website about buying and selling. Also pro's and con's. This has been a well discussed topic.

Happy Trails!

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Dave & Nancy,

Welcome to the ROG and great to see you posting on your first day. You will find lots of members willing to share experiences and offer help.

Don't forget about the annual Rally, which is returning to Shipshewana, Indiana in July.

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Sophmores 8 months 3 weeks ago #5

Hi Danny and Linda. That is a beautiful looking rig you have. We decided to downsize (a little bit!) and went for a 340. Thanks for the offer and good luck
Dave

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Sophmores 8 months 3 weeks ago #6

Hi Andy and Judy, thanks for the very prompt welcome! We are taking you on your suggestion about the rally. Sorry we won't meet you there, but maybe next year, or maybe we will be getting out your way next summer.

At the risk of stirring up a hornet's nest, I notice that Redwood links to 2 owner groups. I did a quick visit to the other one this morning and it seems like the two groups might not have diplomatic relations! Is there something here a newbie should know about, or best to leave undisturbed?

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The ROG is owned and managed by your fellow Redwood owners who volunteer their time. The other forum was originally owned by Redwood RV, but they sold it to a private company about 5 years ago.

Here we have no problem with posts referencing the other forum, but I do not believe it is reciprocal. While I have not used the other forum for many years, but I recall, when the ROG was formed, any posts referencing ROG were deleted by owner/moderators.

In addition to hosting this website and forum, the ROG also assumed responsibility for the annual rally from Redwood RV in 2016 and maintains contact with the Redwood Executive management team. We also provide the technical library, which is located in the left sidebar under "Resources"
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Dave, you will find many of the same owners on both forums and many posts will be duplicates, but not all. I frequent both and am also still an active member of the Montana Forum since a Montana was our first 5th Wheel.
Many of the problems that come up are common to almost all 5th wheels, so any 5th wheel forum can provide useful info.

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Dave - same as Michelle, I am active on both Redwood forums. I would suggest you do both for the same reasons she said above.

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I too am on BOTH Redwood forums, along with RV.NET.......

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I believe last spring and early summer I posted several times referencing the Annual Rally and the ROG on the "other" forum, and no action was taken by the site administrators. Maybe attitudes are changing. I for one welcome an additional venue to offer a free exchange of ideas and information.

Jim

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Sophmores 8 months 3 weeks ago #12

Well this is encouraging, I will need to check them out, diplomatically!
Dave

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Thanks for the update Jim - that is great news

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Sophmores 8 months 3 weeks ago #14

I should update my first post here--we have moved beyond thinking and next week will own a 2018 RW340. Intend to pick it up and then head straight into the Canadian long weekend as initiation! Pretty excited!
Dave

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Sophmores 8 months 3 weeks ago #15

Congratulations! Be sure to perform your own PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection). If you are not comfortable, consider soliciting a RV Inspector. This will be your last chance before you accept delivery and make a non-refundable payment...Prepare to be there all day if you do this thoroughly...See if you can spend the night in it while still on the lot. It's not final until you drive away!

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Sophmores 8 months 3 weeks ago #16

What a great reply! Thank you so much. Will definitely spend some time looking over those attachments. We expect to arrive at the dealer late morning and spend the afternoon with an overnight stay on the lot

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Dave - Are you purchasing from Hitch N'Go, if yes, rest assured Paul will give you a thorough walk through. I was there after the 2014 rally and had planned to go for work after the rally this year.

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Sophmores 8 months 2 weeks ago #18

Experience talking...Make them pull a few random A/C Supply vents. You may find them excessively long into the ducting causing an air flow problem.

If you have the front bedroom closet, make them pull the shoe boxes (it's 4 screws each side) and see if there is ANY insulation in there.

Double check your axle ratings. Verify that you have 8,000 lb axles if you have a unit with a 16,600 GVWR.

Check to see if you have H-rated tires if you have the 6,000 lb axles.

Did you get the Disc brakes?

Look into you floor vents. Make sure you don't have a bunch of saw dust in there. It's a fire hazard.

Run all of your appliances on each option (LP versus electric).

Check you slides to make sure they close and open properly and fully.

That's some of the bigger issues we found...

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Sophmores 8 months 2 weeks ago #19

daveconnor wrote: I should update my first post here--we have moved beyond thinking and next week will own a 2018 RW340. Intend to pick it up and then head straight into the Canadian long weekend as initiation! Pretty excited!
Dave


Congratulations! We are all so excited for you. I haven't seen any of the 2018, so I am looking forward to doing some walk through coaches at the rally.

I agree with others, I love the benefit of multiple forums. I think Andy is right. Hopefully, any issues are becoming a thing of the past. The people that participate and contribute are great on both sights.

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