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Old 08-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Delivery of our 1st Class A

We take delivery of our new (OK used) 1999 Newmar Mountain Aire tomorrow. It is our first RV and we are so excited.

What should I watch out for? We are complete newbies to this lifestyle and are looking forward to be RVers.

Thanks for any help.


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Old 08-03-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Search this site for a 'pre-delivery checklist' it will be more than worth your time and to your advantage to have it with you. You will be caught up in the excitement and may overlook key issues or points that need attention. Good luck and happy trails.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Good choice. I second what CN said in above post. You will be so caught in the moment, if as my wife and I were, that you just do not pay close attention to checks and walk-thru as you should.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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Do you know how old the tires are? May be high on your list of needs.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:04 PM   #6
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Do you know how old the tires are? May be high on your list of needs.
Should check that before the purchase and, if new tires are needed, use it for leverage to lower the price or get them thrown into the deal.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:10 PM   #7
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If they don't mind getting videotaped, I would tape them going through the usage and maintenance of ALL the systems in your rig.

There's just so many things to remember, you might miss one important detail.

My opinion.

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #8
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For the "rath of the bunghole" ...
Check for the completion of the fridge and other service recalls.
Check for the operation of ALL features including storage relay, bird isolator relay, antenna booster 12v feed, both LP and 110vac powering of fridge and water heater, dash AC to check that the heater hose valve is closing, heater under the bed needle valve doesn't leak in open or closed position.
Check proof of all service records. Quiz them if the Onan generator spark arrestor has been blown out, and if the water heater has been delimed to see if they were thorough. Fluid level check of HWH jacks and rear fan hydraulics can also be quizzed.
Check all lights (inside closets, outside bays, above generator) outlets, GFI's including the outside light under the steps.
Check for the dates on the tires (as mentioned earlier) and batteries.
Check for operation of security system zones, switches, and proper operation.
Check emergency window exit in bedroom.
Check that toilet bowl holds water, grey and black dump valves don't leak.
Check fluid level, and battery level sensors function.
Check wipers, cruise, all switches on dash function including overhead squirrel cage fan feeding 4 outlets at the top of windshield.
Check howard power center steering function, exhaust brake, proper air brake functions. Tilt AND telescoping wheel.
Check for noisy a/c-heater fan below center of dash.
Check that the speakers switch from cabinet stereo to dash radio when ignition key is on.
Check that the heat pumps in the roof AC's work.
Check that the Todd auto transfer switch (when plugged into shore power) auto switches to generator feed after starting the generator.
Check all slides, awnings, and shades for function and tears.
Check antenna routing switch box for proper function.
Check and recheck....
Make notes as it can be overwhelming the first time around.
Ask for ALL the Newmar & Spartan operators manuals which will include all information manuals for the various components in the coach.

We have the same coach so feel free to ask away as this forum rocks.
Confirm (or Purchase) that the battery charger is a multi stage type to help your batteries last (ie progressive dynamics charge wizard or equiv.)
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for the advice. We to the new toy and looks to be in great shape. Camping World (it was a consignment there) changed the tires and batteries before they would sell it under their name. Look out folks, next Saturday, we take it out for our first overnight excursion!
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Try to make sure that there are as many owners manuals for your coach as possible. Ask if it is ok to contact the previous owners for any questions.

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