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Old 03-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Price to get pre purchase inspection.

Looking to buy a used dp, but want to have the unit inspected before buying it. Want to get an idea on the cost of one. Might have to do it multiple times before I find one that's worth buying.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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I purchased a DP this past December out of state... so the first difficulty was locating somebody I felt was qualified to do a good thorough inspection. That took me a while... I assume that part is easy in some areas of the country and nearly impossible... Or very costly in others... The inspector I ended up with was a competing RV dealer in the next town over that spent 2 hours going over the rig at $100 an hour...
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Yup, finding someone can be challenging. Last year I paid, if I recall, about $250 for the house, and another $130 for driveline/chassis.

To save yourself time and money. Do the money deal first, with a refundable deposit and sale contingent on satisfactory inspections. If inspections reveal issues you can renegotiate or terminate. Just like buying a brick and mortar house.
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My thought was to take it to the nearest Camping World. Dunno what their rates were, and was hoping for some flat rate inspection price.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:39 AM   #5
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My thought was to take it to the nearest Camping World. Dunno what their rates were, and was hoping for some flat rate inspection price.
Personally I wouldn't trust CW to inspect a kiddy car let alone a MH I was interested in buying.
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Personally I wouldn't trust CW to inspect a kiddy car let alone a MH I was interested in buying.
I agree... But if that is your only choice... Then it is what it is...
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Personally I wouldn't trust CW to inspect a kiddy car let alone a MH I was interested in buying.
I totally agree. Most CW's Ive dealt with were totally incompetent. Look around, I'm sure you can find a qualified inspecter. From what I have heard and am told, expect to pay $300/500 for a complete inspection. Depending the distance away, consider going and looking at the unit yourself before you spend the inspection money. You most likely can tell if a unit has been well taken care of or not. As said above, if your inspection looks good, make a professional inspection part of the deal with a backout or fix it clause. Good luck!
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Do a google search for a mobile RV repair technician that will have all the appropriate certifications. Keep in mind that there are typically two inspections. 1) coach inspection that will cover all of the appliances, electrical, plumbing, roof, etc. 2) the chassis inspection covering the engine, transmission, levelers, etc. I agree with the previous posts regarding CW. I got into a serious dispute with them and finally settled with them. Forget their 45 point inspection. In their list of services, they don't show a chassis inspection. When you get their 45 pt. report, you'll find no items covering any chassis items, yet they will perform one for over $ 500.
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Mr. D, I would let CW inspect a kiddy car, as long as it didn't have an engine in it and any other mechanical systems. CW missed a broken mirror in their 45 pt. inspection and told me that it was not part of their inspection checklist.
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Just had mine inspected just the House $250 about 3 hours. Took it to a good grease under the nails mechanic provided him a form I got from a warranty company and you know how careful they are had him sign it when completed. Will have mechanical done at another facility expect to pay another $200. btw some extended warranty (EW) companies will reduce your EW $300 or more for a current inspection done by a certified RV mechanic.
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I do a lot of inspections. I get $300 to do it- provide photos that you need to see- not what the owner wants you to see. All here in the DFW area of Texas.
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I do a lot of inspections. I get $300 to do it- provide photos that you need to see- not what the owner wants you to see. All here in the DFW area of Texas.
will be contacting you when we pick a MH. we live in roulette temporarily. will be full timing in MH. likely a month or 2 away to purchase.

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