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Old 07-06-2017, 02:10 PM   #1
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I did a search for "Checklist" and found a lot of threads, but nothing compact and in one spot. Is there a sticky or concise list somewhere? Here's what I have started:

1. Check California Emissions cert (i.e., legal to register in CA).

2. Check temp in refrigerator/freezer. (They will have the coach plugged in before I arrive.)

3. Check all light switches and outlets. (Take 12V car adapter to make sure those work.)

4. Start generator and check that it is charging batteries.

5. Run water in all faucets and shower, flush toilet.

6. Check TV (outside channel reception) and DVD player.

7. Turn on heater and run hot water (Truma combi).

8. Start propane burners in kitchen. Open and close exterior propane valve.

9. Check operation of all doors and drawers, including screen doors.

If something can be fixed with a screwdriver or wrench, I'm not going to fuss because it would cost more for us to find a hotel than it would to just fix it ourselves, but I don't want to hand over a check and find that something major, troublesome to fix, or expensive doesn't work.

Your insights would be appreciated.

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Also, what should come with the coach besides paperwork? This one should come with the tables and posts, but should it also have a dump hose, fresh water hose, etc...?
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I don't see the most important one--drive it in varying conditions and at different speeds to make sure it is comfortable to drive and performs properly.

Even with new vans, you will most likely find some brands that you are comfortable with, and some that you aren't, while driving them. When you may be driving for long periods, comfort and ease of operation become extremely important IMO.
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Thanks for mentioning that! I was thinking more in terms of you have already decided which van/model you want and you have agreed with the dealer on price, etc. and now you are picking it up.

I keep reading about people who buy their rig, start to drive it home (in a different state, perhaps) only to discover that the water pump doesn't work or the toilet won't flush or the battery doesn't charge, etc. They go on to say that once you have paid for the coach, the service department might say it will take a week or two (or more) to fix the problem and then you are stranded - either buying airfare home and returning later or staying in a hotel. Admittedly, these are mostly rants on Yelp - famous for having the unhappy people most likely to post, but still...

I'd like to avoid that by being as thorough as possible at pick-up and before I've written the check.
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I have an Excel checklist we used when we picked up our Roadtrek Agile this year. If you are a member of the Facebook group it is in the file section or I could post it here once I get to my computer tomorrow.
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Thanks! I don't do Facebook, but DH does. If you can post it here, that would be great, but if not, please tell me where the Facebook group is and how to sign up.
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Also, what should come with the coach besides paperwork? This one should come with the tables and posts, but should it also have a dump hose, fresh water hose, etc...?
This depends. If you have a macerator system, the hose will be there. If gravity dump... depends on the manufacturer.

My dealer has a "gift pack" of stuff that he provides to new purchasers. It doesn't come from the factory and this likely depends on the dealer. It included a dump hose, fresh water hose, toilet paper, ect. Last purchase, my third rig, I already had all the stuff I wanted, but took the toilet paper. LOL
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You should have the dealer run you through all the systems and procedures on the van from electrical and water hookup to dumping. Checking outlets would require you to have a shore power hookup and thus your cable. I suspect it could take you more than an hour. If new to RVing in a B it can be daunting. It might be a good idea to video record the session via a third party (not you because you need to pay attention).

My first B I did this. My second B I went to the factory in Winnepeg and made some custom changes and pretty much knew everything about it on delivery and just made a cursory check. My third B I actually spent three days in orientation at the factory and slept two nights in the B at the parking lot and took an initial run to downtown Cleveland for a lunch.
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I would take the time to watch this hour-long video.

I know this is a different model than what you are planning to buy,
the equipment might be different,
but just by knowing what others are paying attention to, you will develop your own set of questions to ask when you are picking up your rig.

Enjoy !



ps. the video shows to me how a good and conscientious customer-centric dealer would help its customers.

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