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Old 07-28-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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RV Inspection Company...

I am looking into getting my first Class A, and was wondering about 3rd party inspection...

Anyone use a Company like this?


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I used local folks. These guys are expensive but it is worth the cost to have both the chassis and the house checked out. For me both cost around $350 each...
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I am looking into getting my first Class A, and was wondering about 3rd party inspection...

Anyone use a Company like this?


https://rvinspection.com

https://rvinspection.com/class-a-mot...rv-inspection/

Inspection Connection is a premier company. All of their inspectors are certified by the industry association http://nrvia.org/ well worth the investment and if anything is found, you can use that in your price negotiation.


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For the chassis, go to the closest Spartan or Freightliner approved service center as appropriate, and have them do a DOT inspection at a minimum. Probably cost around $150.00. The house inspection, check into mobile RV repair places and call and ask if they do RV inspections. Should be able to get both done for under $400.00 depending on mileage.
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:53 PM   #5
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I should say that the Class A I am looking at is.....1500 miles from home. The wife fell in love over the internet.....it's better than what we have found local. We don't have much in the used DP market around here, unless one wants to spend north of 200K.
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I am going to look into getting trained to be an inspector when I get home this winter. I think it would be fun and help supplement my retirement income.
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I agree that it's best to get both the house and chassis inspected. Just as they tell a novice (non-mechanic) buying a used car to have an independent inspection before making the purchase, it's also extra-important for an RV ...for me, especially a chassis inspection (mechanical ...engine, suspension, brakes, fluid analysis, etc.)

However, I still wouldn't make the final purchase without inspecting it yourself. Having an expert inspection is essential but also is seeing and inspecting the unit for yourself before signing any papers or forking over any money.
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I agree that it's best to get both the house and chassis inspected. Just as they tell a novice (non-mechanic) buying a used car to have an independent inspection before making the purchase, it's also extra-important for an RV ...for me, especially a chassis inspection (mechanical ...engine, suspension, brakes, fluid analysis, etc.)

However, I still wouldn't make the final purchase without inspecting it yourself. Having an expert inspection is essential but also is seeing and inspecting the unit for yourself before signing any papers or forking over any money.
I totally agree, without seeing and "feeling" the coach, you won't be able to see if it's the one for you. Not to get all metaphysical, but some coaches, like houses, etc just make you want to leave, fast and soon!
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Inspection

Acowherd;
I'm going thru this myself,
Trying to find a Freightliner dealer that was reasonably local to the seller and that would work on a motorhome, was painful. We finally found a couple of Independant shops that seemed reliable and had the equipment to read the codes on the CAT engine and Allison tranny, AND was willing to do an "in service" inspection. Checking for leaks, hoses, belts, brake lines, general condition and security.
Cost around $200-250 including engine and transmission oil samples, depending on which shop I select. If I want the wheels pulled to check the brakes, it is at an hourly rate, 2-4 hours.
The catch: a 10 day waiting period. Seller is not happy, oh well.

I checked with the company you mentioned. Basically the costs are $400, $800, $1200 depending on the level. The 800 and 1200 included 1 or 2 fluid samples respectively(spendy, the lab is only 20-35). Since I already have the Chassis stuff being done, and I've driven down to see the coach twice, I don't find the least expensive option useful. The others seem way over priced for what is accomplished. Maybe if I was buying a $200,000 coach it would be worth while. Also I'm only 300 miles from the one I am trying to buy, not 1200 miles like you. Trip expenses add up fast, even for the couple I've done. I am still trying to find a local RV repair guy that will drive over and give it an unbiased inspection.

Also the seller sent me a huge photo collection of the cosmetic and other coach things, including data sheets.

The one thing I've discovered is the selling point that the manufacturers use about a Freightliner chassis being serviced at any dealer does not seem to be true. It took a lot of calls to find some one nearby. The local Freightliner dealer refused. Also, I do not live near a large city and it took some looking to find someone willing to work on it near where I live. The local diesel shop is so busy he doesn't want to.

If what you are looking at, here is a link to Freightliner, lots of good info on their chassis and Maintenance.
Freightliner Motorhome Chassis ? RV Chassis

Good luck in your search.
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The one thing I've discovered is the selling point that the manufacturers use about a Freightliner chassis being serviced at any dealer does not seem to be true.
Mr_Mrs Duet, I believe that most motorhome manufacturers will specify or recommend that one should take the unit to a Freightliner Oasis dealer or facility to have the chassis serviced or warranty work done for it's well known that a lot of "plain-Jane" Freightliner dealers will refuse to work on motorhomes or if they do, treat the motorhome owner as a secondary customer as their focus is fixing commercial trucks to keep them on the road making money.

However, a Freightliner dealer that has the "Oasis" designation will usually have a dedicated service writer for motorhomes and other FCCC products and have technicians who are familiar with the motorhome chassis.

Sure, some plain-Jane Freightliner dealers will work on motorhomes and will treat motorhome customers well but you'll have a better chance of being accommodated and understood if using an Oasis dealer. Some Oasis dealers, for instance, have allowed me to stay in their lot overnight with other motorhome customers and some even have electrical hookups that they let the RVer use for free. And of course, not all Oasis dealers are equal in providing customer service or quality of repairs as I've heard complaints from RVers even at Oasis dealers.

I believe there's only one Oasis dealer in Alabama ...in Mobile. The closest one to you may be in Tallahassee ...I don't know. Here is the list of Oasis dealers: Click
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Thanks for the link to the Oasis dealers!
The only other reference I had ever seen to FL dealers was a map, and it didn't show any close by. When I called Freightliner, they gave me Lazydays or the dealer in Orlando.

Freightliner telephone customer service was generally very helpful and did make me aware of the difference between a regular dealer and an Oasis dealer.

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Mr_Mrs Duet, I believe that most motorhome manufacturers will specify or recommend that one should take the unit to a Freightliner Oasis dealer
Okay, maybe I should have said RV sales personel, maybe it gets lost in the translation, I dunno....... I do know, it doesn't seem as easy as I thought it should be. A friend of mine is fond of saying..."all learning must be painful.." I'm just trying to keep it from being OVERLY expensive also!!
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