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Old 10-16-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Pre Delivery Inspection - Diesel

After reading all the information on the forums about problems with new motorhomes and difficulty with service after delivery I put together a comprehensive list for an upcoming delivery. I used a variety of sources and modified to fit a new DP. It may be overkill but want to avoid having it back at the dealer right after I get it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. We have never had an RV before so have much to learn and need to makes sure we know how to operate everything.

For those who already have a motorhome/coach/rig/RV suggestions are welcome. For those thinking of buying you may find this useful.

Jerry

ITEMS TO TAKE FOR INSPECTION:

o Video camera with charged battery
o Camera
o RV Info folder
o Clipboard or black notepad w/Pen
o Livescribe small notebook with Livescribe pen
o Blue paper towels
o Gloves
o Fifty foot tape measure
o Calculator
o Flashlight with fresh batteries
o Tool bag
o Inspection mirror
o CDs for testing
o DVDs for testing

OUTSIDE WALK AROUND .
o Roof sealing – Climb on the roof and inspect all seam, gaskets, or any other place
o Windows – check closely around each window to make sure it has been properly aligned and sealed.
o Doors – check the gasket used on all doors for proper adhesive and coverage.
o Storage Compartments – open and close each door checking for alignment and gasketing. All hinges should be tight and secure and the latches should hold the door tightly closed and be easy to open. Look for any signs of moisture that might indicate rain leakage. Verify that compartment lighting works properly.
o Check for leaks
o Sliding tray and locking mechanism
o Locks



DRIVER CONTROLS
o Gauges
o Driving controls
o Mirror adjust
o Cameras- L, R, Rear
o Parking brake
o Transmission
o Shade adjust
o Leveling system
o Air system test
o Air bag
o Exhaust brake
o Front shade operation
o Windshield wipers and washer
o Dash A/C, heater, defrost functions
o Dash fans
o Audible backup alarm?
o Emergency start?



WINDOWS
o Open and close every window and operate the locks.
o Pay particular attention to the two safety egress windows or emergency windows and make sure they operate.
o Locks and latches should work freely but securely.

DOORS AND LOCKS

VENTS FANS
o Kitchen
o Toilet area
o Shower skylight

ENGINE
o Oil level and fill location
o Coolant level and fill
o Transmission fluid
o Power steering fluid
o Windshield washer fluid
o Air filter
o Oil Filter
o Fuel filter
o Fuel water purge
o Engine start from engine compartment?
o Engine block heater operation
o Brake fluid?

GENERATOR
o Oil check
o Start
o Coolant
o Temp monitor
o Load monitor
o Shutdown
o Access for maintenance?
o Air manifold functional

INVERTER
o Activation
o Monitoring

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CONTROL
o Power cable and connectors
o RV batteries (house batteries)
o Total shutoff - battery disconnect switch
o Circuit breakers
o Battery vs Generator. Vs shore power
o Battery charging
o System monitoring
o Shore power hookup
o Lights, 120 Volt A/C
o Lights, 12 Volt DC
o A/C outlets have power
o A/C outlets have power
o GFCI breakers function
o 12 Volt DC ports have power
o A/C supply to RV when connected to shore power
o A/C supply to RV when generator is running
o A/C supply to RV when inverter is running off batteries
o DC supply to RV when connected to shore power
o DC supply to RV when generator is running
o DC supply to RV from batteries
o DC supply to RV from tow vehicle via umbilical cord
o Battery charging when connected to shore power
o Battery charging when generator is running
o Battery charging from tow vehicle via umbilical cord
o Automatic power switching between available systems (shore power, generator, inverter)
o Location of fuse and breaker boxes

WATER INPUT
o Hookup Fresh water hose and connectors
o Fresh water tank fill valve
o Valves - city or tank, fill or use
o Fresh water tank level indicator
o Fresh water tank drain valve


WATER FLOW
o Water pump
o Outputs
• Kitchen Sink
• Shower
• Bath sink
• Toilet flush
o Water drain(s)
o Outside shower
o Water heater tank drain valve

APPLIANCES
o Refrigerator
• Lock down
• Adjust shelves
o Ice maker
o Microwave
• Work turntable
• Security
o AC units
• Front
• Rear
Filters
o Heat pump function?
o Thermostats - Front and rear
o Water heater; propane and electric
o Awning operation
o Furnace operation and filter
o Stove
• Cover
• Stove top, burners, igniters
• Stove hood exhaust fan and vent cover

ENTERTAINMENT
o Antenna deployment
o Amplifier?
o Selector box
o DVD player
o TV living
o TV bedroom
o TV outside
o Radio
o CD Player
o Cable TV connector

SEATING & FURNITURE
o Couch opening
o Driver power seat adjustment
o Closets – Next open and close all closet doors checking for free operation and proper alignment -locking
o Blinds – Operate each blind and check for alignment
o Floor Coverings – Inspect carpet and other floor coverings in all corners to insure that they have been properly fastened down. If tile is used inspect the grout to insure that it is complete and has been cleaned up properly, especially under any sliding cabinets.

o CABINETS
o Hinges and latches
o Adjust shelves
o Pull drawer to stop, return closed, try to open it like road vibration might do

BED
o Mattress size & condition
o Cover throw pillows
o overhead lights
o Under bed storage
o Engine access?

LIGHTS EXTERIOR
o Headlight low/high beam
o DRL
o Turn signals Front. Rear
o Tail lights
o Brake
o Marker?
o Door?

LIGHTS INTERIOR
o Bedroom - over bed lights
o Bath
o Kitchen
o Living
o Driving area reading lights

WATER DUMP OPERATION
o Gray tank level indicator
o Black tank level indicator
o Sink and shower drains work
o Hookup Sewer hose and connectors
o Valve operation
• Gray tank dump valve
• Black tank dump valve
• Sewer hose storage tube or compartment
• Black tank pressure wash connector and valve

PROPANE SYSTEM
o Operation
o Monitor
o Fill procedure

SLIDES
o Seals
o Extend and retract
o Slide topper awnings
o Slide lock

TIRES AND WHEELS
o Pressure specification
o Pressure check
o Lug nut spec and check
o Brake system operation

SAFETY
o Fire extinguisher
o Test propane, smoke, and CO alarms
o Emergency egress

DOCUMENTATION
o Title
o Temporary registration and tag
o MSRP sheet
o RV manuals
o Engine manuals
o Engine manuals
o Warranty documentation for all major components and appliances
o Roadside assistance
o Proof of insurance
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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When we were looking for our first Type C MH we took a video camera along so we could keep track of what we saw and liked.
When we bought our second Type A MH we already knew what brand and model we wanted so didn't take the camera.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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send the list to dealer and tell them you will be check on these and expect they all be check by them before you get there and fixed.

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:54 PM   #4
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I suggest you get a friend to handle the video camera duties so you (& spouse?) can focus on learning about the coach and the inspection.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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I think no3putt has a great idea, and your list is excellent. Do have a question though. What are you going to do with a 50 foot measuring tape?

And the "Livescribe small notebook with Livescribe pen" got me going. I had to Google this to figure out just what it was!!!! Boy things sure have changed since I retired. What ever happened to the restaurant napkin and a soft pencil?


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Old 10-16-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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I think no3putt has a great idea, and your list is excellent. Do have a question though. What are you going to do with a 50 foot measuring tape?

And the "Livescribe small notebook with Livescribe pen" got me going. I had to Google this to figure out just what it was!!!! Boy things sure have changed since I retired. What ever happened to the restaurant napkin and a soft pencil?

Good Job Butte64
Thanks Pete.
I got the measuring tape from another list and memory fails me why. So now you know why I need the Livescribe pen!

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:28 AM   #7
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Do not forget a pair of 'mechanic's coverall'! Any time I am looking at a vehicle to purchase I crawl around under neath it. I look for loose bolts/fittings, rubbing hoses/electrical lines, for leaks, broken/missing fasteners. Look for any signs of damage or out of 'normal' repairs.
Check the drive line, look for signs of it being lubed on a regular basis and just the general condition of the underside.
Otheriwse your list looks to cover most everything.
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Its a shame. As a previous posted said, the RV industry is where the car industry was back 25 years ago. "Just build them and get them out the door. We will fix them later if the customer complains" attitude.
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We would like to think that because it is brand new and we just paid lots of money for it, then it must work.

My friend's new boat (~$1M) had a well lit, walk-around engine room. No oil change could be simpler. You turn a valve, push a button to turn on the pump to remove the oil, push another button to pump the new oil back in. Just reach down, unscrew the filter and... Turns out there is not enough clearance to actually remove the filter.

In addition to functionality, we need to check for use-ability. It may have been convenient for the person building it, but does it make sense that you have to lie on the floor on your back to reach in there to turn that valve? I saw an RV the other day where the dip stick tube had not been bent at the factory. It was pointing directly at an obstacle, making me think that no one had ever used it.

The problem is that the person who designs it and the one who builds it are both confident that they will never be called upon to maintain it.
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We would like to think that because it is brand new and we just paid lots of money for it, then it must work.

My friend's new boat (~$1M) had a well lit, walk-around engine room. No oil change could be simpler. You turn a valve, push a button to turn on the pump to remove the oil, push another button to pump the new oil back in. Just reach down, unscrew the filter and... Turns out there is not enough clearance to actually remove the filter.

In addition to functionality, we need to check for use-ability. It may have been convenient for the person building it, but does it make sense that you have to lie on the floor on your back to reach in there to turn that valve? I saw an RV the other day where the dip stick tube had not been bent at the factory. It was pointing directly at an obstacle, making me think that no one had ever used it.

The problem is that the person who designs it and the one who builds it are both confident that they will never be called upon to maintain it.
Thanks, interesting point.

And great picture of your waterborne RV.

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I would let the Dealer have the list ahead of time, and tell the Dealer in advance you plan on recording it. Some Dealers will say no to the recording, and no one likes surprises.
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I would let the Dealer have the list ahead of time, and tell the Dealer in advance you plan on recording it. Some Dealers will say no to the recording, and no one likes surprises.
Thanks for the suggestion. I checked and they do not have a problem with recording. You are correct, better to check in advance.
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Every time I bought a coach I tried to be slow and precise
In the end you are so over whelmed it is a crap shoot
It takes weeks to learn a new coach ......
the list is fine and all but good luck with that ... it would take a team to work through that list
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Every time I bought a coach I tried to be slow and precise
In the end you are so over whelmed it is a crap shoot
It takes weeks to learn a new coach ......
the list is fine and all but good luck with that ... it would take a team to work through that list
Consider giving each inspection item a priority level. Then you will be sure to do the most important checks first. The rest can be done at home or at the campground.

Focus on the A and B items at the dealership. The C's can be handled at a subsequent maintenance visit.

Priority Level

A) Must be corrected for safe operation of the vehicle. (e.g. brakes, propane leak, driver controls)

B) Must be done by dealer/factory. (e.g. Oil leak, slide operation, wheel alignment, flooring repair/replacement)

C) Could be done by owner. (e.g. Tighten screws, replace bulb, glue trim, lubricate squeaks)
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