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Old 12-03-2022, 05:03 AM   #1
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Oh no, not a single manual included!

Just traded our 2006 33R Bounder off for a 2017 36Y Bounder yesterday. This new RV is mint, has never been slept in, the drawers have never been used, and still has the sticker from the factory on the countertop! Basically, it wasn't used. Got it home last night and as all new owners do when its too late to tinker, we go thru the owners manual briefcase. And to my surprise, I can't find it. These things never leave the RV's and will go to the crusher with the RV when its days are over. Just an unwritten rule. How can an RV in such condition, not have that briefcase tucked away still in bubble wrap unopened???? These are to RVs as Logbooks are to airplanes, valuable. Lol
So my 1st night was a sleepless one when I started thinking of all the manuals I need to find and download. I'm OCD in that I like to have at my finger tips, manuals for every item onboard! Once I started thinking about it, must be 50 or so.
Going to be an ink and paper shortage when I get done, not counting the time required to find all of that.

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I can feel for you....rant away!

Just bought a new to me RV that the previous owner only had for about 2 months. Many stickers still on, items wrapped in original packing, parts taped inside fridges, cabinets, drawers, etc.

Thankfully the manuals case was still there, but a few important ones missing plus no purchase extras you sometimes get that help.

Fortunately I quickly found and downloaded a couple of missing manuals, the toughest was the awning as Carefree of Colorado didn't have a couple of their brand new lines online yet...
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Congratulations on the new rig!

I downloaded electronic versions of all the documents. I also created new documents on the computer. I kept copies on a laptop and an iPad. I used a "sync" program to keep the laptop and iPad directories in sync. The iPad was always handy, and in my opinion was easier to use than paper when fixing a problem. You could use an Android tablet in place of the iPad, if you'd rather.

When I sold the coach I put what paper copies I had in the case, then put all the electronic versions on a USB drive, so the new owner could copy the info to the devices he uses.

As a suggestion, if you go the electronic route make sure all documents are in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). You can open, enlarge, print and share PDF documents among all common operating systems and printers.

Attached find the list of manuals for my coach, complete as of its sale this past Summer.
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I simply downloaded everything to my laptop. Pretty easy to do that and less weight to carry around. Then it is easy to search for what I need in the manual.
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Have purchased 4 new rv's in past couple of years. In each case the owners manual's were generic, covering all models. Even the individual appliance manuals were inadequate. I have always had to go online and print the manuals I required.
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.........Going to be an ink and paper shortage when I get done, not counting the time required to find all of that.........
No need to print them out...........download each manual and save them on your computer with a tabulated list of all the rv equipment, manufacturer, model and serial number.........that is what I do for my rv's, boat and vehicles.
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Just traded our 2006 33R Bounder off for a 2017 36Y Bounder yesterday

SO............have you contacted the salesmen and inquired about the 'manuals'
They may have placed them somewhere for safe keeping
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Old 12-03-2022, 12:16 PM   #8
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These days too many dealers toss any & all documents they find in a trade-in RV, all in the name of "privacy". They can get sued if they inadvertently pass on some slip of paper with the former owners personal info on it, so the clean-up crew is ordered to throw out whatever records they find. Yeah, I know it's stupid, but they won't take the time to scan through a file to see what's there, or trust a minimum-wage worker to make a judgement call. So the baby gets thrown out with the bath water.
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Old 12-03-2022, 05:31 PM   #9
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Now who stores this stuff in the oven? At least I have everything now. Just in time too. Trying to figure out all the HDMI cables, splitters, range extenders, and the antenna for the 4 TV's has proven to be above my pay scale.
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Most owner's manuals are too generic to be much use anyway! You can write down the make and model of all the individual systems and Google for manuals!
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Now who stores this stuff in the oven? At least I have everything now. Just in time too. Trying to figure out all the HDMI cables, splitters, range extenders, and the antenna for the 4 TV's has proven to be above my pay scale.
That's where our 'package' was when we bought our RV

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Have you checked all of the secret places.... behind the bedroom tv... under the bed... above the drivers or passengers seats?

Maybe you just haven't found them yet.... Most people stash them in the oddest places because after a while, you figure everything out you need them less and less.

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These days too many dealers toss any & all documents they find in a trade-in RV, all in the name of "privacy". They can get sued if they inadvertently pass on some slip of paper with the former owners personal info on it, so the clean-up crew is ordered to throw out whatever records they find. Yeah, I know it's stupid, but they won't take the time to scan through a file to see what's there, or trust a minimum-wage worker to make a judgement call. So the baby gets thrown out with the bath water.
They need to go into the smart TV's then and get rid of any profile info.

I had no clue of the previous owner until I found his name in the smart TV.

I Googled it and got his name and wife's. His college and graduation date. Where he works and title. His home address and phone numbers to several different locations, previous employment, some other random info and even the Lat/Long of his home in case I own cruise missle or want to send him a case of booze.
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We bought our 2016 Bounder 34T in 2016. We had very few manuals in our nylon owners bag. A generic Bounder owner manual, a Ford 2015 F53 owners manual, 3 Sony TV manuals and one other. All others I went to appliance manufacturer to get manuals. Luckily on the REV or Fleetwood website can look up coach by VIN. Then it list everything installed at time it went down assembly line.
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