Originally Posted by Dad
...get your stuff inspected...
I think that is the golden nugget.
I bought my motorhome without an inspection. I had a couple very minor hiccups, it took a little back and forth with the dealer to get it straightened out.
In my case, the sales people wanted to do the right thing, but were getting stonewalled by the service department. After escalating to management, things got solved quickly.
But, I'm getting off point. I did not know that independent RV inspectors existed until after I made my purchase. Fortunately, no big issues came up, and after a year of ownership and learning the RV, all systems are a-ok. If I knew about an RV inspector, I would have had it inspected, as I'm nowhere near qualified to inspect an RV, soup to nuts. I got a good RV. Could have just as easily got a potato.
What I also learned is that, in my area, there are not a whole lot of RV inspectors.
So, my advice to prospective RV buyers is do your due diligence. When you get serious about buying an RV, get serious about finding an RV inspector. Understand they are not available at your beck and call. They typically require an appointment.
Finally, look at their inspection fee as an investment in your safety and security, not just an ancillary service cost.