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Old 03-16-2019, 02:19 PM   #1
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Lot rot? Jammed slideout on a new 2019 Vista LX 35F we're looking at?

We're looking at a new 2019 Vista LX 35F and took it for a test drive today. It's been on the lot since May. When we looked at it last week all of the batteries were dead because the disconnect had been left on.

When we arrived at the dealer today it was outside and running and I suspect it was jump-started today for our test drive. It has 800 miles and the Check Engine light was on. When I turned the heater fan up it blew out a lot of dust. It drove OK, highway and local roads, but seemed to have a lot of play in the steering wheel, which I've read can be corrected with a steering stabilizer. It also had some sway which I've read can be corrected with after-market sway bars. OK, not a problem.

After the test drive we asked to see the slides out. The front slide went out but seemed really loud. Is that normal?

But when he tried to extend the rear slide, the back part went out about 6" - 8" and stopped. It would not go out or come back in. It turned out that the front part of the slide did NOT move at all, so it was just the rear part moving. So the slide went out asymmetrically until the back part scraped against the interior wall and jammed there.

Is asymmetric slide movement a problem on RVs? This would be our first Class A. I would have thought there would be a safety interlock mechanism that would have stopped the slide and/or reversed it if it jammed or started coming out lopsided. But it didn't; it jammed solid.

The price is very good ($100K) and it's loaded with options. It really fits our needs but I'm not sure I could have confidence in it. I get it that there will be issues and that's why there are warranties; I'm OK with that. But asymmetric slideout movement and no safety mechanism (DC current monitoring or whatever) to stop it from hitting the wall and jamming? That seems like a problem, especially if it happened on a campground...

Any thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 03-16-2019, 04:16 PM   #2
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Needless to say all those things would have to be addressed and repaired before you go any further. The slide issue could be minor- only needing a re-sync on the motors--- or could be more serious. But that operation of slides needs to be perfect before going any further. The fact the batteries were dead could have contributed to the issue as that slide motors require a good slug of voltage- always with the engine running-- to operate the slides. You never want "asymetric" extension or retractions on the slides.

The check engine light likewise could be minor or more serious. It needs to get to the Chassis dealer (Ford F53 I assume) to have the code read and addressed and repaired. Could be something easy as reflashing the ECM.

If its been on the lot since last May I'd consider offering a substantially lower price than what they are asking.

Of course this could all be minor and there is a warranty--- but I urge you not to go further until they get it all right. Driving it off the lot with bugs always means a headache for you. Ours was out of service 3 months the first 6 months we owned it with all sorts of bugs. You don't want it back at the shop awaiting repairs when you want to be using it. Once the bugs are worked out it may be OK to buy it?
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:02 PM   #3
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100k is a pretty good price for an LX. What is the reputation like for the dealer? Have you looked for pricing on the same unit from another dealer in the area?
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:38 PM   #4
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It's a large dealer with multiple locations in a couple of states (not CW). I asked why the low price and the salesperson said they take the manufacturer's rebates and put them aside. When they need to clear old stock they use that fund to cut the prices so they're not really "out" the money most of the time. They have four for sale in two states, all at the same price. That, of course, doesn't answer the question why they can't get rid of them but I have not read anything that says it's just a bad product.

The price is so much lower than others for sale I'm probably willing to deal with the problems because they can't add up to the price differential. At least not in Year One.

I also just watched a bunch of Schwintek videos on YouTube and since my wife and I are pretty handy I'm now thinking it's not that big a deal.

I agree on everything I've read here. Since I wouldn't have any place to store it for three months they offered to keep it at the dealership at no charge. He said they do that when they sell RV's at shows because no one wants to take them home in the winter.

The good thing is I won't be retiring until Fall so I've got the time to let it sit for a while being repaired although that's obviously not optimum.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:55 PM   #5
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As Americanrascal said, don't take delivery of it until they have PROVEN to you that EVERYTHING on your list has been fixed to your liking.
Is it La Mesa RV? DEFINITELY don't drive it off the lot until you've tested everything. They will tell you it's all done, hand you the keys and then go home. All a dealer wants is to hand over the keys and be done with you. Of course there are exceptions, but this seems to be the rule.
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Before I placed a factory-order for our new Minnie Winnie 22m, I had a great discussion with Heidie, the sales manager back at Winnebago. I wanted to find an honest dealer of Winnebagos, and I asked her if she could make any recommendations. Heidie explained that dealerships with a Gold Star, as shown on their website, are top-flight dealerships. I purchased from such a dealership here in Washington, and I couldn't be happier.
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:14 PM   #7
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All of this can probably be fixed. That’s for sure. But I would not buy that coach even if everything was fixed. Seems like 3-strikes and you’re out. Stories that start out this way usually end up with sad endings.

Look harder, I bet there is more wrong.
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If you like that model I would go to the other states and check them out. The batteries are a none issue as long as they are replaced, not just charged. The slide could be an issue and a check engine light on for a new rig that hasn't gone anyplace has me concerned.
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There should NOT be play in the steering, not even a little. When you move the steering wheel the front wheels should follow. If there is really play in the steering then that needs to be addressed before you ever sign papers on it.

A steering stabilizer would not correct play in the steering, it makes the MH come back to center faster (or stay on center better). If the rig is wandering due to ruts in the road or passing semis, that's not (necessarily) play in the steering.
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Old Yesterday, 10:03 AM   #10
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Thanks all.

The dealer is https://www.generalrv.com/

By "play" in the steering I meant that the steering wheel has to be constantly (and I mean constantly) moved to keep the vehicle on track. I've read that this is not uncommon and many posts described it as "fatiguing" after a while, which I would agree with. "Stay on center" is a better description so perhaps a steering stabilizer would help that.

While in the back sitting on the dinette I did notice some sway on the highway and a bit of porpoising (haven't heard that term since I worked on jet autopilots a long time ago ). A tank truck and a large travel trailer passed us and the winds were high that day but I did not feel any instability or buffetting, so that's good.

Are sway bars and SumoSprings complimentary or exclusive; i.e. would you normally do both? From what I've read the SumoSprings could fix both the sway and porpoising.

We definitely would replace the batteries with AGM's; the question is whether we could get the dealer to cover some of the cost difference. The salesperson said they would test the batteries and if they were bad they would replace them. I'm thinking they may have been dead all winter so this could be a sticky point.

The Winnebago electrical diagram for the 2019 Vista LX 35F slideouts shows one large one on each side across from each other, which is not correct. It does show Power Gear and not Schwintek and the slideout track looks like a set of vertical teeth than the "swirly" ones I've seen for Schwintek's. I've attached a picture of the slide and gear track on case anyone can identify the manufacturer.

Agreed on the "Stories that start out this way usually end up with sad endings." comment. I've certainly read a lot of those. My plan is to go there and spend hours going through it front to rear and creating a list before we sign anything.

But some of those stories are just "What the heck were you thinking?" also. Things like "my baby was crying so I didn't know I signed an As Is contract" and my favorite "I didn't know there would be so much interest on my loan". <sigh>

I'm finding a lot of similarities between an RV and the corporate jets I used to work on: Very expensive, guzzle fuel at a rapid rate, and high maintenance costs. But heck, you only live once and you can pull an RV to the side of the road, unlike a jet.
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Walk away. Like has been mentioned, there's too many issues before you've even signed. Try the other states.

Keep in mind that RV sales are down -40% across the board. You should be able to find huge discounts on last years models EVERYWHERE in the country right now. Why settle for a unit that has all those problems?
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The gear shown is the Power Gear "Slim Rack" slide out. As you thought NOT Schwintec. And there should be one of those gears top and bottom of the slide on both ends of the Slide.

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Of course not.

On the plus side, we're a member of Costco and today I learned that their Auto purchase program includes RVs and that dealer I'm working with is the local Costco dealer.

I used the Costco Auto program when I bought my last car it I saved literally thousands. In addition, you get 15% off service, parts and accessories, just not at the time of purchase. So if they won't discount what I want to add, I'll just do it post-purchase.
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