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Old 08-22-2016, 10:49 AM   #1
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1st time owners-what do we need to know?

We just bought a 40' Revolution and have never owned an RV before. What type of routine maintenance (other than what you would do for a regular vehicle) needs to be done to keep in good condition and avoid expensive fixes down the road?
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:14 AM   #2
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I would do a test run on your new RV.... take a trip somewhere (not to far from home) and get familiar with your coach. Make a list of all issues and get it fixed via warranty. Sometimes issues wont arrive till months down the road...
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Boy, you aure jumped in with both feet LOL. Hope you dont get disheartened too quickly.
Maintenance? What does the chassis mfg manual say? Oil changes, proper tire inflation, check rubber parts, basically like you would do to your cars. Except way more expensive.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

I think most manufacturers recommend routine service (oil, change, lube, etc) about every 15,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first. Lots of folks use Speedco for their routine service, costing about half what a truck shop will charge you.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Take a weekend trip somewhere nearby and pull up Youtube videos on how to do & fix stuff. Beer is optional.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:47 PM   #6
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Start by reading your manuals. A briefcase full of them should have come with your Motor Home. I'd start with the American Coach (or Fleetwood) then the chassis and drive train etc. You shouldn't have to buy a book or magazine for a long time.
After that you'll have plenty of questions for this forum, and you'll get plenty of great answers.
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Read and execute the DOT Air brake pretrip test.

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We just bought a 40' Revolution and have never owned an RV before. What type of routine maintenance (other than what you would do for a regular vehicle) needs to be done to keep in good condition and avoid expensive fixes down the road?
some of the things to do are....1--run your gen as often as possible(when not using...2 hrs a month is recommended )2-- not knowing where you are from or if you will be using it year round..make sure you winterize the fresh water system...at best drain all the lines and if in the cold part of the country add the pink anti frezze 3--check the roof yearly for condition of weathering 4-- make sure the tires maintain their pressure and are parked on wood/concrete if stored outside and covered
this is just comes to mind..I'm sure more people will have more ideas...Chcuk
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We just bought a 40' Revolution and have never owned an RV before. What type of routine maintenance (other than what you would do for a regular vehicle) needs to be done to keep in good condition and avoid expensive fixes down the road?
some of the things to do are....1--run your gen as often as possible(when not using...2 hrs a month is recommended )2-- not knowing where you are from or if you will be using it year round..make sure you winterize the fresh water system...at best drain all the lines and if in the cold part of the country add the pink anti frezze 3--check the roof yearly for condition of weathering 4-- make sure the tires maintain their pressure and are parked on wood/concrete if stored outside and covered 5...maintain the batteries year round..if you can keep plugged in when stored
this is just comes to mind..I'm sure more people will have more ideas...Chcuk
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We just bought a 40' Revolution and have never owned an RV before. What type of routine maintenance (other than what you would do for a regular vehicle) needs to be done to keep in good condition and avoid expensive fixes down the road?

# 1 check the date on your tires.
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Oh my. That is such a broad question for a complex vehicle. Each system will have it's own needed maintenance. Fresh water, plumbing, black tank, 120v, 12v, AC, Refrigerator, house batteries, convection microwave, heat to name just a few.
Don't want to overwhelm you. Get familiar with the different systems on your coach. Read the manuals so you at least have a basic understanding of what is in it.
Ask more specific questions once you have done that. You'll get a much better answer when it is more specific.
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Well you have the basics down, most people don't post here until they are stuck. This is a great resource. spend countless hours reading old posts, even threads that may not interest you initially. There are pearls of wisdom buried everywhere. when stuck you know where to get answers...
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You did not say if this was a "new" or "used" coach.

Very different answers to your question.
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HELLO NEWBE- What I have learned as a class A owner is most issues are electrical. I reccomend 12v as well as 120v circuit testers as well as a test meter. Luckily the cost of these items has come way down and can be had at big box stores. For example, there is now a 12v circuit tester that lights green when the sharp tipped probe housing the light is contacting 12v negative ground while the alligator clip end is connected to 12v hot. Reversing the connection the light will show red indicating the hot wire. This device is less than $10. As far as your tool box goes most repairs and modifications can be done with common tools. If you are out on the road and must perform mechanical repairs many auto parts stores now rent/loan tools. Especially those that are of a specialty nature. Lastly, learn to do your own oil changes and lubrcation. That will save you major bucks. Happy Trails
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