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    Posted: 29 May 2016 at 3:31pm
Originally posted by Plantguy

I just took my new 179 for a 3 week trip. Many small isues came to light. I meet another rpod owner and checkerd out his pod. The pop out had a boot wrapped around the metal frame where it rests against the body when opened. Mine does not. The 1/4 panel under the 3 storage doors in the pop out came apart. I took a closer look and the guy who stapled it to the frame never checked his gun 1 there were no staples in it. It just left the marks a staple gun leaves. The door under the burners fell off. I purchased new screws and reset the door. Many of the 1/4" panels that separate the heater area from the storage area were not thoroughly pinned. The wiring under the frig. can be seen between the frig and the pop out. And finally, it appears that the pop out does not completely open as the cushions all hang over the edge about an inch. Am I being picky here or is my 179 a lemon?
Ken, plantguy

We had several fit and finish issues with our 179 when we picked it up in December. In addition to some of the ones you list are others where the staples were so long that they poke through the boards and into the storage area underneath.

As for the slide-out extending, if you look along the top and side edges while it is extended, you will see a seal. The facing of the slide-out should be compressing this seal. If it is not touching the seal, then it is not fully extended. If it is, then it is fully extended, even if there is a little cushion overhang.

I also had the wiring showing. I removed the panel and used a couple of wire ties to tie up the cables, making sure that they could still freely move with the slide-out when it is moving out or in. I then used some anchors to replace the screws that were not holding well anyway. You can see pictures in my mods which are linked below in my signature.

Short answer: You did not get a lemon. Unfortunately, these leave the factory without a good QA check, or we would not see these type issues. Then again, we might be paying $25k-30k for them. I think that even with minor issues, we are getting a trailer that is basically good. The minor things are annoying, but not fatal flaws.

BTW, check the crossmembers for your water (fresh, gray, black) tanks. Some of us have had problems where they were not installed tightly and there were gaps, bent screws, or missing screws. If the crossmembers are not installed tightly, there is the possibility of one failing and the tank dropping onto the pavement while traveling. In ended up replacing one screw in each bracket with a stainles steel bolt, washers, and nylock nuts. The dealer tightened the screws, but I wanted the extra assurance of bolts.
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Originally posted by WillG

Interesting... I was surprised to see the wooden spacers along the main curved roof panel as I was told it was all metal and had sprayed foam insulation not the fiberglass mats shown.... the aluminum sides I see - what do they insulate the sides with? 

Yes, the front and back are wood with fiberglass insulation (I figured they would have moved to a metal frame on the front and back by now).  Straight sides and the floor are metal frame with foam insulation.
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