Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: San Jose, CA
For any model (not just yours)
Things I thought about when I did my walkthrough
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. If the technician points at something, feel free to ask them to explain how exactly it works, it’s much better to try to figure out the propane heating system with the help of a technician instead of wrangling with it on a freezing cold night with no backup! This is also a good time to ask about maintenance for all these systems, as well. Put the RV through the paces.
Bring a flashlight will be used to look in corners, underneath tables, and in all the little nooks and crannies that are oftentimes forgotten
Bringing your camera with you is a great way to make sure you’re documenting any issues and have something to reference in the future should the need arise.
ASK QUESTIONS HOW THINGS WORK
Start at the exterior. Take your time as you’re inspecting the outside.
Keep an eye out for anything that seems off – loose seals, cracks in fiberglass, rust. Using a ladder climb on the roof and ensure any gaskets, seals, or areas where the roof was cut are sealed. As you make your way around the RV keep an eye out for delamination, bubbling, or protruding nails.
Look closely at the doors and windows to make sure they’re properly aligned (improper alignment can cause leaks in the future).
Test all locks, keys, and baggage compartments to make sure they work smoothly and are flush against the doorjamb.
The interior. Plug, Test each light switch, the radio and entertainment system (bring a DVD with you if you have a player that needs to be tested), and anything that is electric. Make sure your slide(s) move in and out smoothly and are aligned properly. Open and close your closet doors. They should easily close without having to be forced shut. Using a flashlight check the corners of your closet to make sure your flooring is secure and that the hanger rods are attached sturdily. Examine every piece of furniture to make sure the seams, filling, patterns, and cloths are all matching. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Ensure your counters are level, cabinets are secure and aligned, and any trim is fastened tightly.
The bottom line is if you’re unsure whether something is right or wrong, make a note of it. The dealer is expecting you to be as critical as possible. You’re spending your hard earned money on an item that will help for years.
A thorough inspection will save you the headache of having to pay for a repair in the future that would have been covered during the walk through and will give you the peace of mind knowing you did your best protecting your investment.
Record everything on your smart phone in individual files you can label for later reference. make a short video of the hitching process, one for tank maintenance, one for fridge operations, and so on. Don’t be embarrassed. You will be thankful for these videos in the months and years ahead. If there are two of you, one person can focus more on doing the recording while the other focuses more on actually listening to the technician.
Force the service technician to show you everything, and we mean everything.
The dealership may have your rig set up when you arrive, but you still need to learn how to do all that set up for yourself. Ask the tech to allow you to open and close the awning, the slides, the stairs, etc. If the air conditioner and refrigerator are already on, turn them off and start again. Also, if your rig comes with electric awnings, stabilizers, etc., learn how to manually operate each, in case of a power outage or other problem. Inspect everything.
Inspect every nook and cranny of the exterior and interior. The manufacturer may have missed small items or others may have come loose during transportation. Inspect all the systems. Attach a water hose, and run the sinks, toilet, and shower. Look underneath for leaks. The most common complaint we hear is from people who discover a leak on a trip and have to schedule a time to take the RV back for repairs. Even if the rig is winterized, don’t skip this step! The dealership may be able to fix several items right away.
If a trailer, don’t focus your entire walk through on your new rig. You should also bring your tow vehicle over and practice setting up and using the weight distribution, sway system, and trailer brakes before pulling away.
Plan a shake down trip.
Don’t haul your rig across the country without doing a shake down trip first. Camp close to home or in the driveway (but don’t run the AC unless you have 30 amp) and play with all of the systems to see if you can operate everything independently.
2019 FR3 33DS Motorhome
650 Watts Solar, 400Ah LIFEPO4, 2000 Watt Inverter, 40A DC/DC Charger, SumoSprings, Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer, BlueOx Trac Bar, Truma AquaGo WH, NVIDIA Shield TV
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