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Old 04-27-2014, 08:51 AM   #15
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Logically speaking... shouldnt the rig be purchased before retirement so you can gauge when to actually retire...?

You can surf the net for various floor plans. THere are lots of mega rv dealers that have flashy websites that have tons of photos and floor plans you can virtual shop

Texas RV Dealer, Used RVs for sale, motorhome sales, new RVs
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are a few you can use to figure out which brand, year, model, etc.
From there figuring a value (which is HIGHLY subjective) can be done via

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Don't add the options in as these #s inflate the ACV of the vehicle.

Once youve moved past the looking stage... you may want to spend some time actually test driving or renting an RV to see if its for you.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:53 AM   #16
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Just to add one thought even though I don't yet have a coach. I also take a list of the recalls and ask about each as we walk around the coach. For the coach I am currently pursuing, each time I asked he showed me the fix and every recall or know "issue" to that particular coach was taken care of. For example, I am looking at a Newmar and spent a lot of time in the Newmar owners forums picking up owner issues that I could then check on the coach.
You make a good point to check on recalls. I would caution against simply taking the current owner's word on this however.

I asked about recalls recently on a unit I was looking at and I was assured by the (original) owner that the one recall on that unit's fridge had been done. Being naturally skeptical of what sellers have to say I checked with both the coach and chassis manufacturers and found there were three additional recalls the seller had not mentioned or did not know about.
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For those of you suggesting having a professional inspection done, how do you go about doing this? Would you bring someone with you to the dealer you intend to purchase from? We are looking at a used Class A diesel and it is our first MH purchase (upgrading from an rPod) and we really don't know what to look for. However, I also don't know how to look for a qualified individual to bring along with me to inspect things.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:17 AM   #19
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For those of you suggesting having a professional inspection done, how do you go about doing this?
Having a professional inspector with you when looking at each perspective coach would be highly impractical so I suggest you do as much self-inspection as possible and then bring a pro in after you’ve separated the wheat from the chaff.

I would propose there are two major approaches, though others may suggest additional scenarios I had not considered. One is to do a professional inspection before negotiating a price and the other is to do the inspection after a deal, with a “subject to inspection” clause, has been negotiated.

A subject to inspection clause can be crafted in any number of ways but basically, it would include the following:
+ A complete list of deficiencies disclosed by the seller and accepted as-is by the buyer.
+ A final purchase price, subject to any non-disclosed deficiencies identified by a professional inspection.
+ The seller should be given the opportunity to repair or replace any non-disclosed deficiencies at his expense and to the satisfaction of the buyer.
+ The buyer should have the option to renegotiate the price, to his satisfaction, if the seller is unable or unwilling to rectify any of the above deficiencies.
+ A reasonable time frame must be stipulated, for the protection of both arties.

The conditional sale should be backed up with a deposit, to show they are serious, and it may be required to make it legally binding, but that deposit must be full refundable immediately if any deficiencies are found and not rectified or rectifiable, solely at the discretion of the buyer.

Doing the inspection either before or after a sale has been negotiated has its pros and cons but going into them may be too lengthy for this post.

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Would you bring someone with you to the dealer you intend to purchase from?
You usually have no choice here. You can bring a mobile inspector to the motorhome’s location, dealer lot or owner’s yard, to inspect the coach but if you want to have the chassis inspected, you’ll likely have to have the motorhome taken to the chassis mechanic’s shop. If you have already made a conditional deal, the seller may be more accommodating, especially concerning the chassis inspection.

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However, I also don't know how to look for a qualified individual to bring along with me to inspect things.
There are a few companies that appear to specialize in RV inspections but this service is also offered by many mobile RV service dealers.

When considering an inspector, be sure to qualify both what they inspect as well as “how” they inspect the unit. An example of this is, do they simply do a visual inspection for moisture/leakage problems and the propane system or do they use testing equipment like a moisture meter and propane pressure manometer? A visual inspection is fine for those items that can be seen but its often what is unseen behind the walls that can really cost you.
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Ron_H I really appreciate the time you took to respond to me, thank you so much! Great advice and I will be putting it into use.
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We were going to wait until we retire, but started looking at motor homes just for fun. We found a 1999 Winnebago Adventurer with 20K miles in great shape at a reputable dealer. We wound up buying it last summer for $28K. We inspected it very closely and had the dealer fix what we wanted. I did a lot of homework beforehand and talked to my friends that camp. We love it and have been very happy with the purchase.
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Whatever you do make a complete walkthrough part of the deal. See every system turned on/off adjusted or whatever. If it opens open it. If it closes close it. If it turns on or off do it. Where are any fuses and breakers? Sit on the toilet. Take your shoes off and stand in the shower. Reach into all the closets. Understand how any water valves work. Light the stove, try the microwave, cycle the refrigerator and generator. Run water into the sink. Run up the antenna and turn on the amp and TV. Walk through the dump and fill points. Run water into the sinks. Pull out the awning and put it back. Assume anything that cannot be demonstrated is broken. The unit should be road ready when when you look at it. There is no such thing as an easy or cheap fix. You will not remember everything but most things will come back as you need to get into them.
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