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Old 03-01-2013, 08:14 PM   #15
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Just out of curiosity could you list the things your manual says need to be worked on? I just can't for the life of me figure out what all they want you to do.

Maybe part of it is that as fulltimers, our appliances don't sit for part of the year, they are in use all of the time. So just our normal day to day living takes care of a lot of the things that would be on a list some where.


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Old 03-01-2013, 08:44 PM   #16
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with the exception of checking the actual LP flow to the fridge valve, my lp delevery guy does it for me for free every year when he checks the big tank on the side of the house.

we do almost everything ourselves, I downloaded the f/l m1 through m4 and take about 2 weeks to check em off
if the brakes get worn I will have them changed at a shop
but they are easy to inspect without removing wheels
greasing the chassis is the best way to get up close and personal and really learn your chassis.

i just finished the greasing,

its daunting at first but gets easier

and you will look for stuff missing or broken that a shop simply will not
like the foam sealing stuff, all the sudden having chew marks on the body seal .

best advice is to read and read again then get the right gear and make a week of it

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:28 PM   #17
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If you have an optional extended warranty, read the requirements. They usually require the appliances that are covered be inspected, and tested annually and have documentation for it.

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:24 PM   #18
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If you have an optional extended warranty, read the requirements. They usually require the appliances that are covered be inspected, and tested annually and have documentation for it.

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My service plan (a.k.a. "extended warranty") states that: "You must maintain Your Unit according to the manufacturer's recommendations as outlined in the owner's manual."

In some instances the owner's manual states that service needs to be performed by a qualified RV service technician. For example, an annual PM inspection of the LP furnace.

Since I chose to pay for the "extended warranty", I will need to incur the additional expense of some service by a pro to keep it in force.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:42 PM   #19
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Do what you're comfortable with- I wouldn't bring it to CW though, almost assured you'll have problems afterwords. I do as most have responded (filters and oil changes done by me, as well as battery maint.) We use our coach all year so I do a little each time we go out and nothing "piles up". You'll get the hang of it- read the manuals and apply the info. to how you guys use your rig.

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