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Old 10-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Wanting to know if anyone has hired a rv inspector before purchasing their last rv. If so, who was it?

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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Hired someone...no. Had a very knowledgeable person with me...yes. A long time RVer came with us 35 years ago when we purchased our first RV. Over the many years I have been called upon by others to inspect rigs with them prior to purchase. Am I an expert, no, but I have reasonable knowledge, I am not in love with the product, and I have no direct interest in the sale. I just want to see my friends, or family members happy. An experienced RVer will know to check the tanks and tank monitors, look for leaks in strange places, like the low drain point, check the frig seals, the generator, slide out seals, roof caulking, and all the other many things that go beyond the engine and drive train in an RV. If you don't know a long time RVer you can call upon then I would certainly advise calling on a mobile RV technician to inspect a previously owned RV before the final sale. If you call the local campgrounds, many (most if not all) have the names of mobile technicians who can be called upon for all types of problems. Their expertise is probably worth the price.

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:26 PM   #3
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Would recommend it

We just purchased a 2005 Country Coach Allure and had separate chassis and house inspections. I took the coach to a chassis repair center that the dealership did not use and they found a bad radiator which needed to be replaced as well as inoperative house refrigeration units and other minor items. The dealership fixed them all and the radiator alone was probably a $7,000 to $8,000 repair requiring about 20 hours of labor to remove and replace. The dealership then ran the coach through their shop which took another couple of weeks and then we hired a mobile RV service to inspect the house which took about four hours. The coach was mostly in very good shape but the tech found several things that had been missed. I would recommend both chassis and house inspections prior to signing on the dotted line.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:28 AM   #4
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Bought current coach last year from private owner several hundred mikes away. Did the deal similar to a sticks and bricks house purchase. Came to an agreed price and tendered a deposit - with the contingency of a satisfactory inspection outcomes before finalizing the purchase.

A local RV dealer did the house inspection. A local automotive shop that also does RV servicing did the chassis and drive train inspections. A few things were found on the house side. The seller had some repaired and others we renegotiated the price.

At this point I travel to see the Coach myself - the final inspection before finalizing the purchase. All was good and we closed the deal.

Worked out well and provided the needed confidence in the purchase.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:44 AM   #5
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Wanting to know if anyone has hired a rv inspector before purchasing their last rv. If so, who was it?
You mean like a home inspector?......That is just a big scam too, at least around here. Those guys generally have no credentials, just hang out their shingle and away they go.

That said, if you dont know a lot about Rvs, best to have a friend with you that does.
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We found a local mobile RV mechanic and I paid him for both an inspection and a walk-through of all of the systems. I used a digital camera and took pictures and notes on what was what. I've called him a few times that I needed work that was easier done in the back yard, where the RV lives instead of driving it to the nearest RV shop ( some 60 miles away).
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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With any inspection regarding an RV it is essential to have both the Chassis inspected by a professional as well as an experienced inspector to do the RV.

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