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Old 12-09-2013, 03:08 PM   #11
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I had what Newell calls a PDI (pre delivery inspection) which is what they do to a coach before the sell it and guaranty it for 2 years. The list is pretty extensive, being about 2 pages long, and they provide this service for $ 1,500.00. As they discover things, they ask if you would like to perform the service or replace the part in question. (at an extra cost of course) This coach had not been serviced at the plant for many years so they changed out all the air suspension valves and did a complete service on the chassis. Inside they found that the backlighting of the panel had been disconnected (I didn't know they lit) and the aqua hot gauge was replaced. I also opted to install a new stereo system with sirius radio. ( I had already updated the 42" TV) The biggest update was the addition of the new wider front wheels with the 365 Michelin tires. No more lean on ramps. Handling was vastly improved. In all, they had 6 - 8 people on my coach for 2 1/2 days. Very professional service.

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Old 12-09-2013, 03:55 PM   #12
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PDI - in the yachting world a professional survey is always expected before closing the deal as it is required for insurance and financing. It does not appear to be the norm in buying a coach. I am curious, did you have this done as part of the purchase agreement with the seller? I wonder how many sellers would be agreeable, due to having to travel to Newell. I have thought about offering to pay the travel cost and PDI. At least you would know the deficiencies and could cancel the deal or renegotiate if something costly appeared. Thoughts?

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Old 12-09-2013, 04:03 PM   #13
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We had a 3rd party inspect our coach before purchase. Cost at the time was about $500.00. Found a couple of bad batteries & repaired disposal. They did an oil & filter change after we decided to go ahead with the purchase. We had a fairly good idea of what wasn't working & a ball park of what we were going to have to spend to get coach up to where we wanted it. One thing that wasn't found (or it happened when we drove off) were leaking seals on DD blower. That was a 5K fix when we got home. I would definitely recommend having a thorough inspection done before purchase.

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