6. Taking delivery of a RV is exciting.
are some things you must do to make sure you are still happy with
your choice further down the road. Whether you are getting a new
or a used RV you must give it a thorough inspection. The dealer
will make a PDI (pre-delivery inspection) on all new and used
units. This is to make sure that all appliances are operational
and there are no obvious defects in materials or workmanship.
Dealers do want you to have a good unit, but with the costs associated
you want to make sure that you are getting what you ordered or
wanted. So do the following:
Walk around the unit slowly.
Look at every square inch of the ends and sides for bulges, cuts,
dents. Open and close every outside storage door. Check the corners.
Get a ladder or get on the roof where you can see that all edges
are sealed. Also, make sure that all openings have sealant around.
Now look under the RV to make sure that there is nothing hanging
to low and if a motor home check for fresh oil spots and also
the engine compartment for oil or anti-freeze. Check the tires
with a tire gauge and by running your hands over the tread feeling
for any cuts or bulges. Be aware that a vehicle that has set on
a lot for a long period of time may have good tread on the tires
but there can be ozone damage. It has been reported that tires
over eight years old should be replaced even if the tread appears
Now go inside. Stand
inside the door and see what attracts your attention first. Is
it something negative. This is what you will see every time you
enter. Inspect the trim around the cabinets and decorative paper
to see if all cuts and seams match. Walk the floor checking for
any uneven or spongy areas. Inspect every square inch of the
ceiling for leaks or signs that there has been leaks. Most any
problem can be repaired but to me the most scary is a roof leak.
Most dealers will have an area with hookups for people traveling.
to stay in this area for the first night. Don't go out to eat.
Cook your dinner inside your RV and use it as you would expect
to use it. Make notes of any thing that you have questions or
needs attention. The dealer where I purchased my last RV has a
campground on the same property and placed my RV on a lot in the
campground on Friday and we stayed there till Monday when we made
the final financial arrangements.
After all discrepancies are corrected, go settle up and HAPPY
© 2003 Bob Taylor