Originally Posted by frazierdee
My hubby and I just bought a 2000 Monaco LaPalma. We pick it up tomorrow,will do a walk thru with service people. We are fairly green RV'ers - we owned a 2001 Winnie for a short time. We need, and are open to, and would appreciate any and all new RV owner advice. We travel full time for biz, mostly West Coast, Arizona, some trips a little further east. Are there any particular questions we should ask the tech during our walk thru? As I said we are in the "pre-K" group of RV owners. Got a lot to learn.
Welcome to the La Palma Family. I also have a 2000 La Palma which over all I am very happy with, but there have been a few little problems.
Things I would recommend you check closely are:
1. Tire age: If they are over 7 years old have the dealer replace them or lower the price by the cost of new tires. (Check the date on new tires also) I discovered my tires were 11 years old and scared the heck out of me.
2. House Batteries: Check fluid level and charge. Dealer told me that had checked mine, but they died on my first trip only to discover two were bone dry, two were 50 down and they had not been checked at all. Dealer did reimburse me for the cost of 4 new battries and their installation, but it was a pain in the rear.
3. Have them open all awnnings so you can check the over all condition and connections to the coach.
4. Check seals on all slides, I had and still have a leak after Monaco installed a new seal at their shop in Colburg, OR. Check the carpet behind the drivers seat with the slide out.
5. Consider adding "Steer-Safe" units, it made a world of difference on my La Palma.
6. Take your time and make lots of notes as they walk you through the operation of everything as there is so much you will not remember it all with out good notes and please don't ask me how I know that.
Good Luck and I hope to see you down the road.