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Old 11-29-2021, 04:04 PM   #1
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PDI - 3rd party inspection?

We have an 2022 Allegro Bus 45FP ordered that we are supposed to pick up early next year. We've been told that our dealer in Tucson should receive it the end of January so to expect a pick up around the first or second week in February. We are very excited and really looking forward to our new coach.

A good friend of mine, also a Tiffin owner, provided me with a lengthy checklist which seems to be quite thorough. That said with an MSRP over $700K (obviously before discounts), I'm wondering if a PDI by a professional 3rd party inspector with no interest in the transaction might be the way to go.

This notion of a 3rd party inspector was driven home even more after reading a post on the Newmar owners forum at:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/202...m_medium=email

This is lengthy post, but very thorough on quality issues with Newmar that this gent is trying to address. I'm not implying the quality of Newmar is bad, nor am I implying that Tiffin quality is any better or worse, but the thread seems to be timely since we will, hopefully, picking up our first ordered Tiffin (had a new 45' before but was dealer stock) shortly.

In short, has anyone utilized a professional 3rd party inspector? If so, can you provide information on your experience, the cost, how long it took, etc.?

With the labor shortage situation today, coupled with supply chain issues, not to mention the change in ownership, it seems like a more complete PDI is warranted.

And finally, do you know any professionals in the Tucson area of the country that could be hired to do a 3rd party PDI?

Many thanks,

Jim
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One thing you will quickly find out is the dealer you are buying from will not allow anyone to inspect anything on the coach until you have fully completed the purchase process and they have their money in full. Then you can have anyone you want inspect the coach after the transaction is completed and the coach is off their lot.
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Old 11-29-2021, 04:53 PM   #3
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One thing you will quickly find out is the dealer you are buying from will not allow anyone to inspect anything on the coach until you have fully completed the purchase process and they have their money in full. Then you can have anyone you want inspect the coach after the transaction is completed and the coach is off their lot.

Sorry, if that is the case, "RUN FOREST, RUN".


Yes, with the quality and technical complexity of today's coaches, I would DEFINITELY pay for an independent inspector.


Be sure he is familiar with the brand and model you are buying.
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I’m sure you get lots of opinions but I wouldn’t pay for any pdi on a new unit. that’s what the warranty period is for. I look at rv inspectors like a home inspector, they’ll point out a number of things but accept no financial responsibility for those items they missed that will end up costing you. Put the money in your rv slush fund because until you use the rv a time or two you won’t find all the bugs. You’ll be money ahead. Regardless of the path you choose, best wishes on your new rv.
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The leverage of a pre-delivery inspection is you can decide to not take delivery until the deficiencies are corrected.


OR, take delivery and get on their XXXXX month waiting list for warranty repair.


Yes, you do have a choice.
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