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Old 01-04-2015, 07:25 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Mike_Harriet View Post
Not to beat a dead horse, but as my grandfather told me. If you walk to town and ride back on a three legged horse, you should have learned to count during the walk. When we bought our 2003 RV from a very large dealer in Florida, I did an inspection myself. I showed up with fluid sampling gear, a creeper, coveralls, flashlights, and camera. The salesman was quite suprised. Fortune smiled on me and I got a good coach. Problems I found (mostly minor) helped me negotiate a good deal. If you can't do due diligence yourself, hire a good inspector.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:56 AM   #44
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It is so sad to see that this happens. Changing times (integrity, honesty are these things of the past). I spent a couple of months selling cars at one point in my life. I had to walk away from that job. I fix airplanes for a living and it is accepted practice to perform a pre buy inspection on the aircraft for the prospective buyer. I spent 2 days crawling in, under and around the our MH with a flashlight and inspection mirror before the purchase. Searched on the internet for damage history. Went to Cummins and Spartan to look at recalls and other issues. I gave the dealer a list of my findings and told him to fix our drop the price if the purchase was to go through. I don't know if there are folks out there who are willing to travel to do this type of inspection but I certainly would not buy sight unseen. Evaluate what you have and what you have learned and move on. I do hope that you have some sort of legal recourse.


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Old 01-05-2015, 11:26 AM   #45
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Mike_Harriet you are right. That is the only way to purchase a used rig. You wouldn't buy a house without a home inspection. Motor home and boats should be the same.

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Missing here..... 3 words

Buyer's Due Diligence.
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Everyone will put a spin on the product or story so they are in the best light. Salespeople are masters at the art of inferring without promising. Dont let your enthusiasm carry you along with inferences that are your wishes. What does satellite ready mean? It could mean anything from all you have to do is get a reciever to there is a place on the roof you can screw the dish to. Generally within the documentation there is a clarification on exactly what it means but that may be different that what we picture when the salesman says satellite ready.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:16 AM   #48
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If you bought a MH on consignment,did not do at least an eyeball inspection, believed the salesperson, paid for it, had them deliver it, you have a problem, its buyer beware. You would not buy a used car that way A MH is no different. I feel sorry that you are in this predicament seeing that you are new to RVing. We all have had troubles some more so than others. Once you get past this bump in the road you will enjoy. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by 2forcefull View Post
the horror storys are gonna come out in this thread,...

But...here's my nevers and allways that i have learned about boats and rv's

#1.. Allways make sure you know what you are buying

#2.. Never pay till you get everything you are susposed to

#3.. Never buy a consignment rig unless the dealer has a signed
title in hand that he will release to you right then

#4.. Never finance a toy...the first option to get is the "title"
the rest comes as what you can afford....

#5 mh &boats are like women...never marry them with out spending time with them first..you'll find out soon enough why the last guy got rid of them..

That being said... I just bought 3 motor homes in the last 2months, all sight
un seen...and you guess'd it... All three were bad...
2 new and one used ...:facepa lm:

what he said!!!!!!!!!!!^^^^^^^^

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