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Old 07-30-2006, 05:21 PM   #1
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Newbie Walk-Through Check List

Hello All,

I've been lurking on and off and finally joined last week, and I have to say that I am quite excited about everything I have been learning about from you guys - I'm even tempted to go to Goshen in Sept .

After what I consider to be an fairly extensive search, we finally settled on an RV with the floorplan and goodies that we were looking for to accomodate our family ( the 342PHT ). I think I negotiated a pretty good price/discount and we are scheduled to pick her up this coming Tuesday! We are excited beyond words and the kids can hardly get to sleep at night with all of the anticipation! So now my questions...

I had found somewhere online ( now I am kicking myself for not bookmarking it ) a dealer walk-through checklist. Does anyone have something like this? I would like to make sure that I am not forgetting something, or just completely ignorant. Although the dealer/salesguy seems ok, I have an innate distrust of salespeople to begin with so I just want to be sure I am covering all of my bases. I am already planning on taking a video camera to film everything and come back to it as a reference.

We have never purchased a new RV before and really have no clue about such things. We bought an older (1990) used one a year and a half ago from a private seller ( and were incredibly lucky that it has been one fantastic impulse buy! ), so we have a little Rving experience, just not dealer experience. Anything I should keep an eye out for?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-30-2006, 05:33 PM   #2
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Go to montanaowners.com and click on RV related links. There is a PDI there. Good luck with your PDI. Share your adventures with us and tell us about your family.
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:28 PM   #3
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Marisol, Sue is correct. On the opening page that appears when you click the link to get on the forum, the great page that Glenn Adams has prepared should come up. There is a spot that gives you a PDI....Pre Delivery Inspection list. Many members have used the list as it is very complete.

We welcome you to the forum. Is you are seriously interested in the rally, I encourage you to sign up very soon as spaces are getting very limited.
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:51 PM   #4
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Hey, Welcome to the forum. Happy RVing...
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:29 AM   #5
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First of all Welcome to the MOC Family

I always like giving folks the easy way out....

Click here for those check lists

And by all means join us at the rally in Goshen. You will have a blast and you'll be meeting some of the greatest folks on Earth. After which you will be able to put faces to the names of the family members here on the forum.
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Old 07-31-2006, 02:11 AM   #6
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Thank you so much for the link and the welcome! I found and printed off the lists, so now I feel like I/we are armed and ready to go!

Someone had asked about my family, so although I won't pull out the mile long strip of photos from my wallet... ha ha. My husband and I live in Southwest MI and have 3 kids, 14, 8 and 6 years old, along with a little dog and a big cat. We started camping a year and a half ago when I bought an old RV -ahem- without my husbands blessing. Thank goodness my hunch was dead on and he now enjoys it as much as we do, lol! We have now gone places and done things that we NEVER would have done before and have created some fantastic family memories already. We can't wait to keep on traveling and we think we are fairly lucky to have an "alternative" lifestyle where we have the flexiblity to pick up and go pretty much whenever we want. We both are self employed, work from home and homeschool the kids, so when we want to loose money, we go camping, lol!

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Old 07-31-2006, 09:00 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard, Marisol!

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Old 08-01-2006, 12:56 PM   #8
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Marisol welcome to the club and hope you have a great time RVing some of the best times we've had with our daughters growing up has centered around camping we just got a lot bigger and better tent when they all moved out but they still come camping now with us they get the tent the wife and I and the grandkids get the Monty lol good luck with your new Monty and if there is anything we can help you with just ask I have found that being a member here for just a short time myself is that all the folks here really do care and always take the time to respond to all my questions good luck and hope to meet you and yours someday on the road

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Old 08-01-2006, 05:09 PM   #9
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We used the check lists that were here on the thread and they were wonderful. I hope you don't have any major items that need to be addressed. Happy camping to you and welcome to the forum.


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Old 08-02-2006, 02:10 AM   #10
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Well, we brought her home! It would figure that we picked the hottest day of the entire year to go through the PDI and walk through process, it sure made us wonder why we didn't get the second A/C, lol. I do have some additional questions about minor repair issues, but I'm not sure which topic to post them in.

We are going to try to head out tomorrow or Friday for a campground on Lake Michigan for our shakedown trip, I can't wait! Thanks for the links, they came in very handy for this very "green" RVer.

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