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Old 11-26-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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RV Inspection in Ohio???

Hi all, I don't know if this is the correct area for this post, but I couldn't figure out a better place.
I'm trying to figure out a way to locate a person to take a look at an RV I'm interested in buying. It's located in Barberton Ohio just south of Akron.
I was second high bidder on ebay, the high bidder backed out. I think it's too good to be true so I really don't want to drive 16 hours just to be disappointed. I am also reluctant to start calling random dealerships to locate a person to do the inspection, if it's really a good deal I don't want it bought out from under me.
The coach is a 2003 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom. It has new tires, batteries, inverter ect.
I am not concerned with every little detail, I am used to doing fairly extensive repairs/service on any coach I buy. I'm mainly worried about delam/water damage, significant surface rust on the chassis, sub-standard previous paint work/collision repair. Things that can't be fixed.
Any recommendations or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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About the only one that comes up on a Google search is RV Service & Repair | Recreational Vehicle Services | On-Site RV Service located in Norwalk, OH, about 65 miles away. Another thought is check with Good Sam Road Service and see if they have an RV mobile tech that could do an inspection for you. Here's a Camping World RV center near Akron, New & Used RVs for Sale in Cleveland Ohio | Motorhomes, Campers, Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels from Sirpilla RV - Sirpilla RV Akron

They might have someone who could look and report to you.

Another auto inspection place is http://www.lemonsquad.com/rv-inspections.php They also do RVs, I don't know if they have inspectors in NE Ohio.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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I wouldn't trust Sirpilla's techs - speaking from experience.

Try calling Paul Pratt's 330-833-4245. That's who we used for mobile repairs at the 09 Nat'l Rally.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Try Seville RV Repair

You might want to try Randy who is the owner of Seville RV in Seville, OH.
His shop is at the Route 3 Exit of I-76 and close to Barberton. I have used him for several repairs to my Class A Monaco and was very satisfied. He has a mobile service truck and a very nice shop. I don't know if he would do an inspection but I suspect he would be willing to do it. His number is 330-769-3070. Good luck!
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If you got that motorhome for what I think you did, you got a deal at about $40,000 under NADA low book. So, there's plenty of room built-in for some repairs even if you decide you don't like it and flip it.
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If you got that motorhome for what I think you did, you got a deal at about $40,000 under NADA low book. So, there's plenty of room built-in for some repairs even if you decide you don't like it and flip it.
You are exactly right about the coach. It was offered for 58,500 after the high bidder backed out. It's a steal at that price, almost too good to be true. If I didn't have the Windsor down in the barn I would've made the 16 hour drive to go look. It is much more family friendly than the Monaco and about three times the basement storage.
Unfortunately, I've had a really bad experience with basement air. We are primarily summer campers, lot's of 100 degree plus days, there was not a whole lot of consensus over on the Winne owners forum that even in perfect working condition the basement system would maintain 70 degrees on a 100 degree day. We've had three different coaches with roof air, and as long as we start out the day cool, none of them had any problem keeping up.
With all that said, if the coach was a little closer I probably would've already bought it.

Thanks to everyone else for the suggestions. I was actually leaning toward a web based service called Lemon Squad. Its kind on an interesting service, they contract mechanics, adjusters, and that sort of person to provide a detailed written inspection. Usually they can get it done the following day.
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I have not heard much good about basement AC either and wouldn't consider a coach so equipped without a backup plan of installing a roof AC.

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You are exactly right about the coach. It was offered for 58,500 after the high bidder backed out. It's a steal at that price, almost too good to be true. If I didn't have the Windsor down in the barn I would've made the 16 hour drive to go look. It is much more family friendly than the Monaco and about three times the basement storage.
Unfortunately, I've had a really bad experience with basement air. We are primarily summer campers, lot's of 100 degree plus days, there was not a whole lot of consensus over on the Winne owners forum that even in perfect working condition the basement system would maintain 70 degrees on a 100 degree day. We've had three different coaches with roof air, and as long as we start out the day cool, none of them had any problem keeping up.
With all that said, if the coach was a little closer I probably would've already bought it.

Thanks to everyone else for the suggestions. I was actually leaning toward a web based service called Lemon Squad. Its kind on an interesting service, they contract mechanics, adjusters, and that sort of person to provide a detailed written inspection. Usually they can get it done the following day.
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