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Old 04-19-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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make/model/serial numbers

We all receive generic owner's manuals for our appliances,TV's, stereos,etc in our RV. None/very few of them contain the specific model and serial numbers of these items. How many times have we went to purchase a part or obtain service and had to return to the RV to locate these vital numbers, usually with some inconvenience? I was reminded of this last week when I attempted to order a part for a patio awning. Sure, I had the owner's manual with me; but the parts woman pointed out that it was for a series of Dometic awnings, nothing specific. Good thing I carried the broken parts with me, she was able to discern the correct replacement part # from measuring the broken part, while conversing with the supply house folks.

Today I created a list of everything concerning our RV that has a brand/model/serial number, and of course those vital numbers. Copies of that list are in the RV, my wallet,and on laptop computer. Hope this is useful to someone.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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owner's manuals MAY contain model number info, but NEVER serial number info, UNLESS someone hand writes it in

For each appliance, download the PDF version from the Manufacturer

I have a program on my laptop (I have a PDF editor, I think it's called PDF-View but Google was not all that helpful there. PDF-EDIT a free download from source-forge, claims to do the job, (NOTE: I know nothing about this program)

Use it to "Edit in" the model and serial numbers on the spaces normally provided and save the result to your hard drive, Use AcroRead to verify the edit took

Now you just take your laptop with you to the store. and there is the info
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:20 AM   #3
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Some manufacturers will list the model and serial numbers of all the appliances and awnings and post them in a cabinet. I just took a photo of the list and when needed, look it up or print it. For Dometic items it is very important to include the product # too!
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