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Old 07-01-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Since there seems to be so few treads on the citation sprinter, I decided to start up a new one. We just came back from signing our paper work on our new baby. We ordered a new unit back in April because there were zero to find within 600 miles where we live in Phoenix AZ. We purchased from Lazydays of Tucson since they were the closest dealer to us and should take delivery on Tuesday after they install a satellite on the go system.
I plan to spend the night in their campground to shake out anything that may need attention. We're taking our first trip with it up to Oregon and then back down the coast. Any suggestions on places that are a must see or areas to avoid would be helpful.
We will be a family of 4 with 2 small dogs traveling and should make for a cozy experience for the 3,000 mile round trip. I have attached a couple of low quality pictures.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:42 AM   #2
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One place to dry camp is the Samoa Cookhouse parking lot in Eureka if you are going up 101.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:43 AM   #3
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New here. I just took delivery on a 2013 Citation from Lazy Days in Tuscon last week. Would like to compare notes on your experience. I had a few items that did not match up with the photos and specs. AC unit was not keeping it cool on the overnight shakedown in Tuscon. Mattress was supposed to be innerspring. No splash guard on the wood cabinet next to the cooktop but is shown in the factory photos. Noticed it was not on your photo. Very pleased with the trip back to Texas and the staff at LD's
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Coyotesfan ,

Did you get a build sheet from MB on the specs of your chassis ?

If yes , could you please post it .

I am finding that every RV manufacturer seems to have different specs or they do not show the specs that they ordered .

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Old 07-24-2012, 02:54 AM   #5
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Nice looking vehicle!

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Old 08-04-2012, 11:12 PM   #6
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New here. I just took delivery on a 2013 Citation from Lazy Days in Tuscon last week. Would like to compare notes on your experience. I had a few items that did not match up with the photos and specs. AC unit was not keeping it cool on the overnight shakedown in Tuscon. Mattress was supposed to be innerspring. No splash guard on the wood cabinet next to the cooktop but is shown in the factory photos. Noticed it was not on your photo. Very pleased with the trip back to Texas and the staff at LD's
Mine sounds identical. I'm still waiting for the splash guard to arrive for the wood cabinet which was pictured in the brochure. I got the rear TV option but did not ship with the outside mounting bracket. I had a 1pm appointment for my walk though and had to wait 2 more hours before it was ready, but it really wasn't. They did a poor job cleaning it up inside and out. I have two deep scratches on the back of the RV near the rear window.
I was going to stay the night in there campground but the restaurant was closed so I just drove 3 hrs back home. The first time I tried to use the A/C the thermostat gave an E2 error message. Called their tech support line but did not get a call back till the next day. I found on the internet the error was because the thermostat was above 99 degrees and did not know what to do. Blowing on it or resting a cold cloth would allow it to come on. I asked about this at camping world and they said it was a know issue and ordered me a replacement under warranty. The tech from Lazydays told me it was an electrical issue and to disconnect the battery, reset the breaker etc. I just listened since I already had my answer.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:26 AM   #7
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Thor has been good at sending the missing parts but has been stand-off-ish regarding the cooktop splash guard. I told them the cabinet wall is closer to the cooktop than the back wall and it makes no sense not to have one on the cabinet. At that point I said just sell me one.
The roof AC crashed two weeks after delivery. You can't just charge it. It has to be replaced. waiting on that.

Overall I am pleased with this coach. I purchased a 2012 Coachmen Concord in December and it has been in the shop for repairs for all but 52 days of the 7 months since I took delivery. I could not even get an apology from the dealership, Motorhome Specialist RV in Alvarado, TX or Coachmen. We got so disgusted we finally purchased the Thor. Our spring and summer ruined without the RV and having to fly on our cross country trips. We are presently waiting for the lawyers to settle that one while I am making payments on two RV's. So far I have been stopped and asked about the Citation twice in the past week and gave Lazy Days a recommendation and expressing my displeasure with the treatment by the Texas dealer who also sells Thor products.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #8
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I have yet to see another Citation in my travels, but I do get approached alot about them. We just finished our first vacation from Arizona up to Astoria Oregon and back down the coast. Although I've only been RV'ing for a few years, this was truly a pleasure to drive. My last coach was a Tioga 31ft and compared to this I WAS driving a Mercedes. The lack of road noise and the adjustable seats made the trip most comfortable. Size was another obvious factor, since I went places I would never have considered in a larger rig. I took some forest service roads back to view waterfalls in Oregon and had no trouble making the turn around.
Our group included two grown teenagers, two small dogs, my wife and myself. I first thought with the shorter coach it would fell crowded, but it never did. Even with the slide in during travel there was plenty of room to move around.
Our only issue during the trip was the generator was over heating while driving though 110 degrees in Palm Springs CA to have the roof A/C unit on. After talking to the service people at Camping World, this seems to be a common problem with no real fix. Since they box this under the coach with little to no ventilation they tend to over heat and shut off.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
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Coyotesfan ,

Did you get a build sheet from MB on the specs of your chassis ?

If yes , could you please post it .

I am finding that every RV manufacturer seems to have different specs or they do not show the specs that they ordered .

Thanks ,

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Sorry, it took so long to post this. Not sure this is what you are looking for, but here is the order sheet I had for delivery.
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Welcome to the group. I started this group two years ago and have found plenty of folks who are more than happy to share tech and camping advice.

I love my Citation and my wife and I travel with two cats. I upgraded the suspension with shocks and sway bars. Huge difference! Also added outboard arm rests to each seat and a swivel to the passenger seat.

Safe Travels!

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