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Old 12-11-2017, 10:55 AM   #15
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Yeah, an inspection is only as good as the inspector and some are better than others. And some are more ethical than others. Plus you can bet their contract stipulates that they are not responsible for errors and omissions, though that could be challenged in a civil lawsuit later. At some level, anybody billing themselves as an expert has to accept responsibility for the expertise he/she claims to have.

If hiring an RV inspector, review carefully what he will inspect (and for some, how he will do it) as well as what sort of report you will receive. Some things can be checklist, i.e. checked & found to be OK, while others need a status evaluation, e.g. battery condition, roof condition, body & chassis condition, etc. Ideally the inspector should make sure the fridge cools and the heaters heat, which takes more than just turning them on to see if the lights work, but the labor for that can get expensive.
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For the purpose of comparison, a marine (yacht) pre-buying hull inspection typically costs around $20/foot of length, depending on the region and type of yacht. That would put a similar formal inspection of a motorhome in the $650-$900 range and does NOT include an engine evaluation other than "it's there and operates". Most such inspectors figure there time is worth upwards of $750/day, so travel & wait time can be a major expense too.

There is also a thing called a "walk-through" inspection, which is an informal review with a verbal report on the general appearance & condition. It is supposedly much cheaper than a formal survey, but I don't know how much.
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:46 PM   #17
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Home inspections and inspectors are hit or miss. Mostly miss. I suspect RVs and boats are the same. You almost need an inspection inspector inspector.

If I was buying something like an RV or boat that I was not comfortable with I'd probably try to find a trusted friend or neighbor that might help.

Seems like the last line in any kind of inspector contract is something like "If I (we) miss anything, that's too bad".
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Yep, you definitely should get it done, might save you far more than what it costs!
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If this home study course has any real value take the course BEFORE you buy anything then you won't need to spend money to have someone else look at it.
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I never bought a used boat without a survey, and I'd never buy a used RV without one.

If you are a certified RVIA Tech, you can do your own, but you need to have detailed knowledge of EVERY system on the unit.

Most good dealers and campgrounds know who the good surveyors are and can give you a recommendation.
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