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Old 12-27-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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Pre Purchase Inspections

We've spoken with a few inspectors and have been getting different prices/ length of time for their inspections.

What is reasonable? Most importantly, how long is a reasonable amount of time to do a thorough inspection, and how long is "milking" the job?

We're happy to pay whatever is necessary for peace of mind, but obviously don't want to be fooled into thinking that more time spent and more money spent means a better job.

Thanks for the input!

PS Any recommendations for the Dallas/Ft. Worth area?
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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A proper and thorough inspection should take several hours on any unit. The inspector will want to operate each and every system in the coach. He will test all outlets, well,,,, you get the picture.

The actual lenght of time depends on what coach you are getting inspected. A small entry level gas coach with few options will likely be quicker that a high end diesel pusher with tons of options.

Ask the proposed inspectors for referrals that you can contact to get a feel for the quality of their work. It is a system not unlike home inspectors. Some are very thorough and knowledgable, others aren't worth the cost of printing their business cards.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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The actual lenght of time depends on what coach you are getting inspected. A small entry level gas coach with few options will likely be quicker that a high end diesel pusher with tons of options.
It's a 2008 diesel pusher, mid-range. I'm thinking a 3-4 hr./ $299. inspection isn't enough, but I have asked for a list of what and how they inspect and also for referrals.
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Don't forget to video the whole inspection and find a diesel mechanic to look at the engine.
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Two inspections needed:
1) RV person for house and systems
2) mechanic person engine / driveline / brakes / chassis

Expect to pay about ~$200-$250 for each.
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I can do it. since 1980- Ernie- I won;t rip you off. what coach is it?
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Do you mean that you purchase it with out having it inspected first?
Can you take it back?
How long ago did you buy it?
Just a thought.
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You are gong to pay $75-$120 per hour for the inspectors time, depending on local rates and whether to goes in a shop (e.g. on a lift). The amount of time it can reasonably take depends on how thorough an inspection you want. They can walk in, glance around, and be done in 30 minutes, or they can spend several hours and actually try every switch, feature and appliance and measure whether it is working to spec. Most are somewhere in between. If, for example, you want to see if the appliances are all working right, you need to wait for fridge and a/c to cool down, furnace and water heater to heat up (both electric and gas), etc. That all takes time.

I could do a house "walk-through" inspection in about an hour, but a more comprehensive check would take 2-3 hours. A chassis inspection would be an additional 1-2 hours of shop time (including a road test).
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backing up a little

We're looking at a 2008 Fleetwood with 15,000 miles. How thorough an inspection do you all feel is necessary?
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Probably not a very detailed inspection since its just 4 years old. But the inspector should be compensated for his time. If its just a walk thru, then a lessor fee would be involved. Always helps to have an unbiased pair of eyes- and some good photos. I take photos of not what the seller wants you to see but from what I want you to be aware of.
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We're looking at a 2008 Fleetwood with 15,000 miles. How thorough an inspection do you all feel is necessary?
What model is it? The systems that are on the coach will determine the complexity.
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What model is it? The systems that are on the coach will determine the complexity.
As a matter of fact, red baron, it's a 2008 Fleetwood Excursion 40X.

I'm aware of possible: refrigerator recall, rear leveling jack issues, satellite problems, and the diamond shield thing. Anything else you want to add for us to pay attention to?



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Only TX one is in Houston area. This is in Dallas area. They definitely need more inspectors on their list. But thanks!
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