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Old 11-20-2017, 04:43 PM   #291
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Im a little scared and can't find a place for golf clubs.
Should I ask the dealer for inverter? What is an inverter?
Is this a great coach to drive to the desert and turn on air conditioner for my puppies and me while I am waiting for my husband to finish 18 or 36 holes?

Anything I should know about before I pick up besides I want new batteries?
Inverter? What is that. Yikes.
Class b's are notoriously short on storage so you'll have to look around for a space to stash the golf clubs once you are inside.

An inverter is a device that converts battery energy (DC) to wall-plug type energy (AC). Your primary AC devices will be the microwave and air conditioner. You have to have a lot of battery power to run them for any length of time. You can also run them with the generator (noisy) or when you are plugged into shore power - neither requires an inverter.

If you are going to campgrounds near golf courses, you probably won't need an inverter because shore power will probably be available. If you intend to sit in the van in a parking lot while DH plays golf and you need AC, you will need to run the engine and use the dash air, run the generator for the rear air, or significantly increase your batteries and get an inverter.

IIRC, the Galleria has six batteries; two for the chassis and four for the house. Coachmen puts in 105 AH wet cells. If you ask for new batteries from the dealer, they will put in the cheapest Walmart batteries available.

Here is my best tip: Don't be afraid to walk away and don't sign the paperwork until you have everything you want. The dealer will promise a lot and deliver very little and once they have your money, you are unlikely to receive the service you expect. If this van has been sitting on the lot since 2016, there is probably a reason - it is up to you to figure out what that reason is and whether you can live with it.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:07 PM   #292
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Great thank you.
This was traded in has a clean carfax but 1 owner that traded up. I was told.

I appreciate your wisdom and the blog to educate me.

Any advise is really appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to answer my cry for help.
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:03 AM   #293
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I'm Jim, and wife is Sandy. We live in NW Washington.
Last month we ordered a new Roadtrek Simplicity. Must wait till late March for it to come in!
We have been RV'ing since the 1980's with pickup campers.
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I know there has to be some sealant so the mounts don't leak, but don't know what is "normal." Seems like a lot around the awning so perhaps something "bad" happened to the awning (happens all the time) and it had to be replaced. Not a reason to void the sale, but I'd check the walls and cabinets on that side for evidence of prior leaks. Perform the "sniff test" for mold or damp - THAT is a reason to void the sale.

I have the Crossfit but since these are both by Coachmen, I'd guess they are similar in build quality. Later today, I'll get a selfie stick and see what my roof looks like.

Not everyone reads the introductions - suggest you post this question on the general forum.
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Old 11-21-2017, 02:01 PM   #296
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It doesn't look like silicone to me.

Silicone is the wrong sealant for RV exteriors. They are guaranteed to fail.


The blob looks like Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant.





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OK. Even with a selfie stick and step-stool, I'm too short to get a really good picture of the van roof, but I think this shows the amount of sealant on our rig. You are looking across the top at the back of the awning. As you can see, the braces for the awning have very little sealant, but there is plenty around the roof perforations for the solar wiring. Hope this helps.
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