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Old 04-16-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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Wink Pre-Flight Check List Ideas

I am a checklist person. While I get ridiculed by my co-pilot sometimes, my "pre-flight checklist" has, in years past, prevented us from getting the frantic "Hey! Something is WRONG!" wave-down on the freeway from a passing car. We all know how heart-stopping that can be. (yes, we still get them from time to time...)

Anyway, I would love it if we could share things on your "Pre-Flight Check" that might be of note. Things beyond "TV Ant. Stored", things that RW owners have learned work well to REMEMBER NOT TO FORGET before hitting the road.

Thanks in advance, it's so generous to share hard-won experience. I know we have sure benefitted!
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
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We downloaded several checklists from the web and used them, but here are some things for you to check that were not on the checklist. We had numerous cosmetic flaws in the woodwork - nail holes not filled, scratches, gouges, and in some places, bare wood where the sprayed stain didn't reach. The headboard was riddled with nail heads. This was after the dealership went through and fixed many others. Also, some of the cabinet doors were bowed. The biggest flaw was the slide topper for the bedroom slide was installed off center, which was not obvious at first glance. We discovered it when the corner tore. Also check the level on your stove if you purchased the whole unit. Ours isn't level. Also, check under the shelves on the pantry doors. The cross members may not have been installed correctly and break free when loaded. That happened to us. Check the trim on the slide outs. The living room slide out has a trim piece on the back side of the slide out that needs to be firmly mounted or it will catch on the furniture as it opens. We caught ours before it pulled completely off, but it was still a surprise! Check for evidence of good caulking on the roof. If you ordered the automatic awnings you may have to work them a few times before they seem to work correctly. AT the PDI, our optional one over the eating and living area seemed to hang up and had to be assisted to open. Not the case any longer, but we occasionally need rock the retractor button back and forth before it closes completely. These things are covered in the instructions when you also purchase the optional metal awning covers. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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Outstanding advice! Its going with us to PDI! Thanks SO much!
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:13 PM   #4
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Pdi

I am not sure if I should start a new thread for this question or not but I will learn as I go. The information that RoadWarrior posted is what I have been looking for, I tried using the search option but nothing came up. I was wondering how owners PDI was conducted. Does the dealership do their own? Do the owners do their own? Do we do one together? Any information on this subject will be greatly appreciated. Thanks...Earl
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Earl,

To answer your questions...
1. The dealer SHOULD do a very through inspection of the entire coach, including ALL systems before you ever arrive for delivery. This would include a physical inspection of roof, undercarriage, exterior structure and finish, all interior finishes as well as operational functionality of all systems.
2. At delivery your dealer SHOULD conduct both a physical walk around and walkthrough with you explaining features and functions of any and all applicable systems. They should explain all systems, e.g. A/C, heat, refrigerator, stove, microwave, TV, A/V, toilet, water pump, hydraulic slides and leveling systems, all lighting, etc. In other words they should make sure that you are at least aware, if not familiar with all systems.features of your new coach.
3. PDI - If you wish to conduct a more detailed PDI you should be allowed to do further inspection/testing of any/all aspects of your new RV. Dealers typically will not object to this, seldom will they stay with you while you are doing this but will be available for questions.

I have a PDI checklist posted on the other Redwood forum [can't post files on this forum], it was developed for my coach, a 36FB but should be applicable for any of the Redwoods with minor modification.

Good luck with your delivery!!!
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:20 PM   #6
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I am not sure if I should start a new thread for this question or not but I will learn as I go. The information that RoadWarrior posted is what I have been looking for, I tried using the search option but nothing came up. I was wondering how owners PDI was conducted. Does the dealership do their own? Do the owners do their own? Do we do one together? Any information on this subject will be greatly appreciated. Thanks...Earl
Hi, and welcome to this excellent forum. I posted a similar question when I joined a couple of months back, and got some very relevant advise back from experienced owners. Here's that thread:

http://www.redwoodowners.com/forums/...ead.php?t=1739

Basically, I learned not to expect too much from the dealer at the PDI - it's not their job to do the QC inspection which the factory SHOULD have done. I have a long checklist, but I plan to go to a nearby RV park for a few days after I take delivery and spend whatever time it takes to complete my checklist, and then see if I can get the dealer to quickly make the necessary repairs (there are bound to be a few issues). If it takes a week, so be it. We're 300 miles from our dealer, so we won't be going back every other week for small issues. I'm prepared to do a lot of work myself - the better I know my coach, the better I'll be able to maintain it. I found some excellent checklists on the web, and some can be downloaded as PDFs for printing. If you'd like, I'll look them up on my laptop. Good luck!
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I disagree on the dealer pdi. A good dealer will do an inspection of the coach and its systems before delivery and correct any problems.. Even though Redwood's quality control should have everything up to par, there is no guarantee that this is so. Also, you don't know what has occurred since the coach has left the factory and has been sitting in the yard, or on the road with a delivery company. The dealer should get it done before you come to pick it up instead of waiting for you to find the problem and than have to make arrangements to get it fixed.
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I disagree on the dealer pdi. A good dealer will do an inspection of the coach and its systems before delivery and correct any problems.. Even though Redwood's quality control should have everything up to par, there is no guarantee that this is so. Also, you don't know what has occurred since the coach has left the factory and has been sitting in the yard, or on the road with a delivery company. The dealer should get it done before you come to pick it up instead of waiting for you to find the problem and than have to make arrangements to get it fixed.
I couldn't agree with you more, and perhaps our dealer is the one you refer to. If so, I'll write their name LARGE, and often, on every forum I can find. But the reality is more likely to be something less than what you describe... In other words, the perfect wife! :-) OK, or husband! :-) The perfect dealer is probably much harder to find, if only because there aren't millions of them out there. But I'm gonna hope that you're right...
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I couldn't agree with you more, and perhaps our dealer is the one you refer to. If so, I'll write their name LARGE, and often, on every forum I can find. But the reality is more likely to be something less than what you describe... In other words, the perfect wife! :-) OK, or husband! :-) The perfect dealer is probably much harder to find, if only because there aren't millions of them out there. But I'm gonna hope that you're right...
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Just don't get any funny ideas... it's more like a Facebook 'like' thing.
Well, if you ask my wife, she'd say that I haven't had a funny idea in years... so thanks! :-)
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