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Old 01-08-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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Expectations of log book when purchasing motorhome

We received only a handful of repair/service receipts when we purchased our coach 7 months ago. It was a 2007 Cayman with 32,000 miles. We did not receive a service log. We decided to create a computer generated log including all prior service/repairs plus add our service/repairs as we go along. Is a computer generated log acceptable? What items do you want to see when you are purchasing a unit? What should we include? What do you think of a seller not having complete logs prior to his purchase? Thanks

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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I'd still want to see the receipts. Anyone can put a bunch of dates and numbers in a spreadsheet.


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Thanks. That is what we thought.
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If you buy a used MH from a dealer don't expect them to provide copies of any service records. The last thing they want is for you to get the name and address of the previous owner before or after the purchase.
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I keep all the service receipts/work orders. I don't keep a log.
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While I am very computer savvy and have all the tools at my fingertips, I maintain a hand written logbook that can be transfered to any new owners. I have done that for years. Every fault, event, maintenance routine.were all recorded at the time as things unfold. So there is an unaltered record that can be reviewed.
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I expect no records and I would really appreciate it if people would quit calling me about vehicles I sold years ago. I would certainly show a buyer records and receipts at the time of their purchase from me, but I would never send a copy with the vehicle. There are privacy issues and implied guarantees that could come back to bite.
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We keep a log that pretty much covers everything including daily logs on trips, rv manitenance, generator maintenance, phone numbers, etc. Ours is complete, and we only keep large dollar receipts, like tires, batteries, etc. i built the spreadsheet and have provided it to others that ave requested it. Our experience with dp owners is they are pretty honest and their records are pretty accurate. I guess, if someone doesn't believe our records are accurate, they probably wouldn't purchase the coach anyway. JMHO
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I used to keep very complete records in the form of a word processor document. Through the years I changed to a simple file folder holding all the reciepts and a hand written recap. Every year, I review the past history and make a list of what is due to be done in the current year. I then check it off as I go.
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I have been using this site ToDo List web Get Mail Name (click on "to do list manual" to review) for a couple of years and it has been good to me. It reminds me in an email when certain services are due and also what services have been completed. I do some of my own services and although I have receipts for fluids, etc. I have no receipts for labor so a well maintained coach could look like nothing was done if the owner did everything. For instance, I did a complete coolant system change to OAT when I first bought the coach and did the Allison transmission filter and transdyne change just to be sure I had a baseline. The records I received showed the fluid change but not the coolant change. I for one will provide the new owner with all of my records including those I received from the previous owner. The new owner can then decide what they want to do with them. I expected the same when I bought the coach.
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I keep an excell spreadsheet
it tallies next due, total costs, notes and sources
i keep printed receipts for fluids, filters and the like.
It makes it easier for me to open it and see whats due next

which just reminded me I am due an annual this month
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Originally Posted by chuydog View Post
If you buy a used MH from a dealer don't expect them to provide copies of any service records. The last thing they want is for you to get the name and address of the previous owner before or after the purchase.

From me, you would get it all. Everything!
If a private party does not provide them, run away.
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Log book

We purchased our 2000 HR Endeavor from a dealer who provided all the information of the only owner it had...he traded up and we sold our class C ...older and smaller..

He provided all reciepts and also explained any issues he had and when they were fixed..tire reciepts...brake repairs and everything..even told me how the one lower door was bent...trying to teach wife how to ride lawn mower..( that is fixed and repainted..

Even told me one issue I need to fix before summer...he thinks the clutch fan is going bad...and we even have talked by phone and have lunch meeting in Feb...so I was lucky..

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Originally Posted by FlyingDiver View Post
I keep all the service receipts/work orders. I don't keep a log.
X2.... I keep the actual records on only big-ticket items and warranty stuff done. Should be enough, and the receipts are pretty self-explanatory. Even for me

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