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Old 09-09-2015, 06:14 PM   #1
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My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first motorhome. It's a 2005 Fourwinds Windsport 36a. We are hoping some experienced Rv'ers can help us out on what to look for when doing our final insepection.

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Old 09-09-2015, 07:06 PM   #2
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There are going to be many good tips and they are all from experience. One of the common sales pitches, whether private or by dealer, is tires have deep tread or they appear to have a lot of use left in them. Get right down there and check out the date code. It is entirely possible for an '05 to have the original rubber on it. 6 new tires could be anywhere from $1800 to $3000 plus depending on your choice of tires. If the tires on it are in excess of 7 years old you are gonna need to give serious consideration to replacing them.

If at all possible attach city water and check out all your plumbing and the water heater both propane and electricity.

No doubt many others will chime in with their important points.

Good luck.

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Before you sign the papers, ask the dealer to let you live in it one night, that will give you an opportunity to try everything.

Put the jacks down, put the slides out, check all the light bulbs, operate the stove, air conditioners, furnaces, check the fridge and be sure it works on LP as well electric. If it has a washer dryer, run a quick cycle (I'm sure there will be room in the gray tank). Check the entertainment systems to be sure everything works. Look for water stains inside and delamination.

Do a good test drive of about a half hour that way everything will come up to operating temperature. Check all the gauges. Get out and look at step operation, sewer and water hook ups, fresh water pump, exterior lights, slide topper and awning condition. Get up on the roof and check seam sealer all over and condition of appliances up there. Check all of outside for delamination. Look under the slide outs for water damage on the floors.

I am sure I have left things out. Good luck
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