Jerry, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and I hope we can be as helpful to you as many others have been to me. Congratulations on your first RV. Are you mechanical? Do you have any electrical or plumbing experience? First I would recommend that you make certain that every thing is safe. You may wnat to start with the drive train, suspension, brakes and tires. There is a date of manufacture on each tire in a box. Hopefully they are at least all four digits. The first two digits will be the week, and the last two will be the year after 2000 the tire was made. Even if the tread looks ok these RV tires don't last but about 6 years on average. Once you have the chassis ready, you can focus on the house side of things.
Again be certain of safety first. Start with the LP gas system; no leaks and every thing functions properly. Be sure to have a good working CO2 detector on while you are testing and then using gas appliances or when you have the generator on.
Check the electrical 120 volt ac system and the frame of the coach is well bonded to ground and all circuit are working properly. Water system for no leaks and that holding tank do not leak and vlave function properly.
Tip: Make sure the black (toilet) holding tank is at least 2/3 full before dumping it (pulling valve out). This will give the contents time to break down some and you should have a good surge and flow of water to push out solids completely. After dumoing black tanks, close valve and open (pull) the grey tank valve. This will flush out the remaining contents from the black tank.
It is permissible to leave teh grey tank valve open but only when you are connected to a sewer system. You should close it prior to dumping of the black tank a day ahead so you will have plenty of sink and shower water stored to flush things out after dumping the black tank.
Check the roof for signs of sealant gapping open and be sure to clean and reseal ASAP. Let us know what kind of roof material you have so we can recommend the right sealant. Good luck and enjoy the website.
Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
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