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INTRODUCTION        5
ABOUT RVSURVEY        5
BUYING THAT DREAM RV        6
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BUYING A DREAM        6
THE PROCESS OF BUYING A DREAM RV        6
THE AVERAGE DEAL        7
THE BETTER WAY        7
A BETTER PURCHASE PROCESS        8
INSPECTION PREPARATION:        9
INSPECTION SETUP        9
CUSTOMER CONTACT        11
INSPECTION GUIDE ORGANIZATION        14
SECTION 0 - VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION:        15
SECTION 1 - BODY CONDITION AND APPEARANCE        16
BODY COMPONENTS        16
GENERAL APPEARANCE        17
PAINT CONDITION        17
PHYSICAL DAMAGE        18
SIDE WALLS AND PANELS        20
DELAMINATION        21
SLIDE SECTION        21
ROOF CONDITION        22
GLASS DAMAGE        23
ENTRANCE DOOR        23
STORAGE COMPARTMENT DOORS        24
ENTRY STEP        25
AWNING        25
WINDOW AWNINGS        27
SECTION 2 - INTERIOR CONDITION AND APPEARANCE        30
WALLS        30
FLOORS        31
CEILING        32
CABINETS        33
DRAWERS        33
INTERIOR TRIM        33
FURNITURE CONDITION        34
WINDOWS        35
VENTS        36
PLUMBING AND FIXTURES        36
WINDSHIELD CURTAINS        39
BLINDS / SHADES:        39
LIGHTS        40
DASH FANS        40
OTHER COMPONENTS        40
SECTION 3 - APPLIANCE CONDITION AND APPEARANCE        42
REFRIGERATOR        42
OVEN CONDITION        43
STOVE        43
FURNACE        44
DASH A/C (MOTORHOME)        44
AIR CONDITIONER        44
HOT WATER HEATER        45
MICROWAVE        46
FREESTANDING ICEMAKER        46
COMBINATION WASHER / DRYER        46
WATER PUMP        46
TELEVISION        47
TV ANTENNA (ROOF MOUNT)        47
VCR/DVD PLAYER        48
DASH RADIO        48
CB RADIO        48
BATHROOM EXHAUST FAN        48
SECTION 4 - CHASSIS CONDITION        49
OVERALL CONDITION:        49
TIRES        49
BATTERIES        50
LEVELERS/STABILIZERS        50
STEERING COMPONENTS        51
WHEEL SEALS        51
FRAME        51
SECTION 5 - RUNNING GEAR        52
ENGINE        52
TRANSMISSION        52
COOLING FANS        52
DASH GAUGES        52
SECTION 6 - OTHER COMPONENTS        53
WASTE SYSTEMS        53
HOLDING TANKS        53
ELECTRICAL SHORE POWER        54
FRESH WATER        54
GENERATOR        54
INVERTER        55
SECTION 7 - TEST DRIVE        56
SECTION 8 - MAINTENANCE        57
SECTION 9 – RESEARCH AND PRICE COMPARISON        58
APPENDIX        59
AUTO GEN START        60
WHEEL BEARINGS – GREASE PACK VS. OIL BATH        62
REPLACING 12 VOLT COACH BATTERIES WITH 6 VOLT GOLF CART BATTERIES        64
EXTENDED WARRANTIES        65
FINDING TIRE AGE        68
FRESH WATER SHOCK PROCESS        69
REFRIGERATOR COOLING UNIT DIAGNOSIS        70
RV LUBRICATION        72
COMBINATION WASHER / DRYER        73
RV WATER HEATER        75
WATER PUMP        77
TRANSMISSION AND HYDRAULIC COMPONENTS        78
WINN FUEL SYSTEM        80
INSPECTION PHOTOS        81
A/C COVERS        82
ANTENNA        92
APPLIANCES        94
AWNINGS        98
BLINDS        117
BODY DAMAGE        119
BODY SEAMS        165
BUMPER DAMAGE        173
CEILING        176
CLEAR COAT        182
CURTAINS        189
DECALS        191
DELAMINATION        196
ELECTRICAL        202
ENGINE        209
ENTRY DOORS        212
EXTERIOR        222
FLOORING        253
FURNITURE        260
GLASS        266
INTERIOR        269
LADDERS        301
LIGHT FIXTURES        311
MIRRORS        314
PAINT        323
PLUMBING        339
PROPANE TANK        343
REPAIRS        344
ROOF        348
SHADES        395
SHOWERS        399
SINKS        401
SKYLIGHTS        406
SLIDE        407
STORAGE DOORS        417
WATER DAMAGE        435
WINDOW SEALS        456
RV INSPECTION CHECKLIST        469
Complete RV Inspection and Component Guide