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Old 07-08-2019, 09:39 AM   #1
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Class A Diesel Pusher Purchase Checklist

Good morning everyone.

I am in the process of purchasing a 2016 Newmar 4313 (not fully completed yet, still negotiating).

The coach is located in South Dakota. I am located in North Carolina.

The seller seems like a really good guy, honest, and has taken great care of his coach.

However, the "trust but verify" rule comes to mind which leads me to the question...

How have others handled a private to private transaction out of state to confirm the coach is in proper working condition?

BTW- you're talking to someone who has zero technical/ motor/ doesn't know much about vehicles.

Thanks in advance.
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Do a google search in the town/area the seller is in for a Mobile RV Tech, and/or a RVIA certified RV inspector. Hire one or both to inspect the RV top to bottom. Cost depends on area but $300-$500 isn't unusual. Especially if the RV is diesel. It takes 6-8 hours to fully inspect a Class A diesel.

You're talking about a lot of money and buying it sight unseen isn't advised. Just consider the inspection money well spent.

Do NOT hire a dealer to inspect it, and don't ask the seller to recommend someone.
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If you do not have the knowledge/time to check every system in the coach, hire someone who does. Make sure everything works. If it doesn't negotiate the cost of repair off the price.

Really wish we had done this.
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Where in SD? There are a lot of campgrounds in SD. Call one nearby the seller and ask them to refer a mobile tec. Or go on rvservicereviews.com, click on SD and the local city and look at the reviews for RV service. Call one of them (doesnít have to be mobile) and see if they would be willing to do an inspections.
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Not only should you have the coach inspected, but have you thought about how and where to transfer funds? What is a good title in that state? Any encumbrances on the title? etc.
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AFTER inspection if you’re still interested in rv spend the time and money to go see it.

Also if seller will share original MSRP sheet look hard at it. Rvs depreciation runs 10% per year and since you can only order 2020 rigs your looking at a four year old rig. 40% depreciation off what seller paid for rig. Hope your buy price reflects this.

Here is how most rvs are priced. This applies to Newmar
Cost to build rig 100k
Price to dealership 200k
MSRP 300k

This is why dealers can and do sell for 25 to 30% off msrp
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We bought a coach out of state from private party last year. The couple was very straightforward in answering our questions and providing maintenance documentation. I hired a level II inspector who produced a 150 page report with lots of pictures and an action item list of things that needed to be fixed (in our case eight really minor issues). If anything significant is found, you can use the inspector's report to renegotiate the price.
Also, the owner agreed to take the inspector on a test drive.
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We bought a coach out of state from private party last year. The couple was very straightforward in answering our questions and providing maintenance documentation. I hired a level II inspector who produced a 150 page report with lots of pictures and an action item list of things that needed to be fixed (in our case eight really minor issues). If anything significant is found, you can use the inspector's report to renegotiate the price.
Also, the owner agreed to take the inspector on a test drive.
What did the inspector charge you?
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What did the inspector charge you?
$600 including a travel fee.
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All great advice! Hope it turns out well. Instruct the inspector to have fluid analysis performed on all fluids, engine, tranny, cooling, etc. This will also give you a baseline for fluids condition for future changing, as hiring changing all those fluids+filters will cost at least $1,000 for a diesel.
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Verify should include you spending a lot of time going through the coach & operating everything to double check the inspector. You may find a bunch of things that donít work or have issues, but an inspector says those items are okay, then you know there will be other issues.
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