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Old 07-17-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Buying "almost" New

I'm looking at buying an almost new rig....about a year old with about 2K miles being sold by original selling dealer.

Factory waranty is expired. Is there any reason to have an independent inspection done on a purchase like this? Or is it silly not to?

I'd appreciate advice from those with experience.

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Old 07-17-2019, 12:04 PM   #2
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Let me ask you this...

Would you buy a 2 year old house without an inspection? Would a housing lender underwrite a loan to you without an inspection?

IMO...It's silly not to and especially if you're new to RVing in general and don't know how to access all the systems properly with experience you've gained over the years. And even then, a good inspection is always prudent. I mean we're talking maybe $500 or so. Buying an RV is NOTHING like buying a car or a truck.

Heck, there could be an inherent big issue with the slides or something like that. Maybe it got flooded and there is hidden mold. It may have a twisted frame who knows. I mean there are so many things that need to be checked and rechecked even on a new rig to insure it's worthy of a purchase.

I wish you would of mentioned what year, brand and model you're looking at buying. That would of helped "some".

As a side note...we met a young couple about 3 years ago who sold their home, bought a brand new 40' 5ver, had 3 kids and was going to homeschool them in this new 5ver and travel. After just 2 months and several issues with their slides, come to find out the chassis frame was bent, and the slides would not ever work properly and they ended up in litigation with Forest River for a long, long time. FR blamed the company who built the chassis's. The chassis folks blamed FR for the box they put on it. These folks had to lawyer up and it was a mess. I felt so bad for these folks. They just wanted their RV and move on. They finally settled up and sold that 5ver and moved onto another rig. Guess where that old 5ver ended up? Yup on the open market.

Fill in the blanks from there...

So unless you just have money to burn or take risks with, then yes, it's silly not to get an inspection and a good one at that.

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Old 07-17-2019, 12:07 PM   #3
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Why is it for sale
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:11 PM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Noticed you are kinda new on IRV2 and wanted to say hello!

I would try to get the name of the original purchaser and find out why they let it go.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:31 PM   #5
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Y'all are a great reality check, just what I needed. I will definitely get an inspection now if I pursue.

To answer questions....I asked why it was sold back to the dealer, the guy either didn't know or wouldn't tell me. Regardless, I didn't get an answer.

It's a Newmar New Aire. Given it's in the south, the comment about floods hit me....

Thanks for the reality check!
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