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Old 05-28-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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04 Revolution operating questions

So I'm looking at a 2004 Revolution (I've seen a bunch) that I'm strongly considering purchasing. It's on it's 2nd owner, who is a great guy, but he's NOT RV-mechanically inclined at all. Basically I have questions that he can't answer.


The RV has an inverter and it's been converted to a residential refrigerator, which is great. The inverter appears to be in the compartment under the fridge. Can I assume that this is the "factory" inverter - I was told it was 3000 watts. What else does the inverter power on these coaches?


Is there a long-term-storage battery-disconnect? He keeps it plugged in to avoid battery discharge. Coach batteries are 3 years old and they're 6v deep-cycles in series.

Same questions for chassis batteries - what's the disconnect/store procedure?


Last, this is a low mileage rig - garage kept, so it's cosmetically great. However, the current owner of 3-years hasn't done much more to it than change the fuel filters, so it's due for a bunch of maintenance. Anyone want to take a stab at what that would run retail?
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The inverter would power every outlet, every light, every electrical device on board when no power is present. It was probably stepped up to handle the fridge draw.

Battery disconnect should be in the engine compartment, right side. But if stored long, parasitic draw is still present, only real way is to disconnect the batteries by removing them at the terminals.

Check the water in the batteries.. if full, good sign... if empty, they are toast.

Maint wise....

CHECK THE FOLLOWING:

Tires dates
Airbags
Oil
Coolant
Bushings in suspension
Radiator / Fan
Compressor and compressor valves.
Crank it up, let it air up, while parked Press and hold the brake. The air gauges should fall a little and hold. Release the brake, press the brake, they should fall a little and HOLD. When you release the brake, they should come back up pretty quickly.
Genset oil and filter.
Run slides in and out.
Drive it, watch slides for slippage. Make sure they don't pull out at the bottom while driving.
Test all switches, A/C, Heater.
Run the stove, water heater, heat pumps if equipped.
Make sure the steps consistently extend and retract.
Run the leveling jacks up and down more than once.


My guess is you would want to put it on an alignment machine at a truck tire shop and check at least. It's cheap but worth it.

If everything functions, then change the oil, air dryer, fuel filter, oil filter. Change the genset oil and filter (do this every 300 hours on the genset). Have it aligned. (expensive tires, you don't want them getting chewed up by a stupid alignment issue. My local shop charged me 125 to do it.)

All of this should cost you around 1500ish.

If the airbags in the suspension need to be replaced, you want to know that ahead of time as it's 2800ish per end.

If the tires need to be replaced, you want to know that ahead of time, this can cost upwards of 5-7k.

Lastly, low mileage + age = not as great as high mileage + age. Diesels like to be run. Hopefully the owner took her for a spin often.

Run Lucas when you fill up with Diesel each time. It's a hassle, but the motor loves that stuff.
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Check the marker lights for water inside them, check the brake lights for water in them. If there is a leak around a seal, they would probably still have condensation in them.
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