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Bruce Brown

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Posted: 07/08/20 02:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not sure of your location but if you were anywhere in the area I'd be glad to help you figure it out - as I'm sure many others would too.

Other than that, take it one step at a time and enjoy the journey.


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joerg68

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Posted: 07/08/20 03:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For a starter, you might want to watch this orientation video by a large RV Rental company:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DPSW4PD-J9k
It is geared towards Class C usage, but there is a lot of commonality between the basic systems.
But you need to find someone with more experience to give you "the tour". Maybe at a dealership?
It is not rocket science. Many, many people have successfully conquered RV usage. I see no reason why you couldn't be one of them.
In the end, you may still learn that a smaller RV is better for your personal preferences and needs, or that RVing is not for you. But now that you have the rig, you have a great opportunity to find out about that.


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Posted: 07/08/20 04:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

look down your street find some one with a rv in there drive ,ask for help. #2 hire a rv tech mobil service guy. he,come to you and go threw the hole rv, you can take notes even a movie. cost about $150. bucks but you,ll be well informed what your doing. p. s watch that electric hook up do things wrong and you,ll fry your rv electric system.

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Posted: 07/08/20 05:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you aren't handy, look into a Mobile RV Tech...pay him for a couple hours to go thru the system, check for leaks and other issues.


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Posted: 07/08/20 05:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sure if you call the nearest rv dealer they would give you an official walk through for a small price, or maybe even free.


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Keep posting on here and someone will always help you out. Most RVrs in a campground or anywhere would be happy to give you advice and help. Check your tire codes too. When were they last replaced? (Since you received all the records) 7-9 years is max regardless of how they look. As has been stated, everything on the coach is like your house, it's either 12V or 120V. Get a cheap tester and find out which is which. Make copious notes for future reference. If you have trouble remembering, get a label maker and label everything. Above all, remember a happy wife is a happy life....[emoticon].....Dennis


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Amen on the happy wife. Thanks for all the responses. I may go the route of the service guy. Again I believe my investment was sound so I have some room for repairs and upgrades - I earmarked 10k even though all records indicate it is road ready. The tires are 2 years old with no wear. Aqua hot almost brand new. Generator has only 300 hours and the engine checked out. At least 1 of the ac units kicks out frosty air almost runs you out of the coach. Thanks again

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You have not listed your location. You may find a Tech in your area using this list http://www.rvservicereviews.com/

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What you need is a pre/post delivery inspection... This is a service that is included when you buy new but often not with used RV's Not a good "Tour" takes a few hours. Two suggestions.
If you have a way to make friends with someone buying a rig not unlike yours. Join them for their tour.

Or contact an RV service Technician.. There are some that are "on site" service who come to you. And set it up. They can likely give you a firm price (Say 4 hours) but may give you a discount as it's all talk no work.

Second. You Tube is your friend here. Just about every system on a RV has been video stored on You Tube. thousands of DIY RV repair videos. Some of 'em are rather good.

OMEY (you will fine mention to him from time to time) Thougt I had a link. DO not.

Did find this link: https://rvtechcourse.com/home-study-option/

Can not make a recommendation on it however as I did not follow it.


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You said that you run the 50 amp to the side of the house. Please make sure you have a correctly wired 50amp plug. 220 house outlets are different than the RV outlets. If you use the 220 house power you will destroy many of your RV appliances per my understanding.


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