Originally Posted by Okcmike54
The previous owners of our houseboat had carpeted over the hatches inside the boat and I couldn't find any info about where they were located. One was under the cutty cabin and one was in the kitchen. I had to rip the carpet up to find them. And yes, both bilge pumps were not working. I'm sure as heck glad the boat didn't leak.. I had my boat surveyed before I bought it and was disappointed the surveyer didn't know where the hatches were. I'm assuming there are independent inspectors for motor homes?
There are no "liscensed surveyors" in the RV industry, like in the marine field, (even tho I have never seen one that knew more than I did). Your best bet is to find a really good reputable repair shop or a mobile repair technician and pay them for a couple of hours of looking about the rig you are looking at and give you an impression. There are two disparate parts of the MH, the home part and the motor part, and both need to be looked at and evaluated and one individual may, or may not be able to do both.
Buying a used rv is definitely a buyer beware environment and no real regulatory requirment for much if any problem disclosure.
Be careful, take your time, and make sure you pull in the fenders and stow the dock lines...