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Old 03-22-2021, 09:18 AM   #1
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Pre Purchase Inspection on a New RV?

My wife and I have tentatively narrowed our search down to a couple of units on a dealer's lot. Is it customary/ordinary to hire an independent 3rd party to do an inspection prior to finalizing purchase negotiations? Clearly, I'm not qualified to do a thorough inspection as this will be our first RV. If so, is the best person to hire a mobile RV tech?
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My wife and I have tentatively narrowed our search down to a couple of units on a dealer's lot. Is it customary/ordinary to hire an independent 3rd party to do an inspection prior to finalizing purchase negotiations? Clearly, I'm not qualified to do a thorough inspection as this will be our first RV. If so, is the best person to hire a mobile RV tech?

PRIOR to finalizing purchase price? Generally no. After signing purchase agreement but BEFORE SIGNING FINAL paperwork and taking delivery, yes and generally highly recommended. Either some sort of tech, or professional inspector.

You could hire an RV tech to consult with negotiations theoretically, but the cost may not be worth the lesser negotiated price.

Hope I understood your question correctly.
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Go to nrvia.org and you can locate and inspector in your area. I just paid $650 for an inspection a couple of days ago. I'm sure price will vary by location. I was in the midwest. Good luck.
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Go to nrvia.org and you can locate and inspector in your area. I just paid $650 for an inspection a couple of days ago. I'm sure price will vary by location. I was in the midwest. Good luck.
Do you feel you got your monies worth?
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Make sure the inspector you choose is familiar with the RV systems, structure and chassis.


And, absolutely, be there for the inspection (with old clothes on). An excellent learning experience.
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Pretty much. I was present at the inspection so it was a learning experience for me. I would recommend being present if you can. BTW the inspection also included an oil analysis. The coach only had 14,009 mile on it so I didn't get the other fluids sampled but it was available if I wanted them. It should take about a week to get the results back.
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Old 03-24-2021, 08:56 AM   #7
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I second all the above!

When we picked up our shiny new RV we found outlets that didn't work, dead battery and several other small things. They fixed them all but if we hadn't checked everything they would have sent us on our way without fixing anything.

Its also much much easier to get anything fixed before pick up rather than trying to get warranty work done later. IMO

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In this market waiting for an oil analysis could lead to the unit being sold before you get the answer. There's money out there and EVERYBODY wants a RV it seems.
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My wife and I have tentatively narrowed our search down to a couple of units on a dealer's lot. Is it customary/ordinary to hire an independent 3rd party to do an inspection prior to finalizing purchase negotiations? Clearly, I'm not qualified to do a thorough inspection as this will be our first RV. If so, is the best person to hire a mobile RV tech?
If this is your first RV, how do you know which mobile RV tech to hire? It is like buying your first RV.
If you hire an inspector make sure they offer a warranty, like hiring an inspector when you buy a house.
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Make them plug it in and power everything up for a few hours. if they can't bring a generator and power up as much as you can per your rated power of the generator. Bring 20 gallons of water with you and a 12V pump incase you need that to fill the water tank and turn the pump on. Run everything leave it pressurized with the pump and look for leaks. test outlets with a meter or bring an electric heater with you. think of anything you can to make the rv show it's flaws
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If this is your first RV, how do you know which mobile RV tech to hire? It is like buying your first RV.
If you hire an inspector make sure they offer a warranty, like hiring an inspector when you buy a house.
Just feel the need to chime in here.... I've been in the home inspection business for 20+ years and the "warranties" inspectors offer aren't worth the paper they are written on. As a business owner I'm constantly hounded by these operations that want to piggyback onto my work and make a few bucks. It's a total joke. At best they'll cover things up to the cost of the inspection. Whoopee, right?

I'm sure the "warranty" an RV inspector offers is similar. Basically, I wouldn't expect much but there is still HUGE value in getting the inspection. Just go in with realistic expectations. There is no silver bullet that protects you against all things.
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Pretty much. I was present at the inspection so it was a learning experience for me. I would recommend being present if you can. BTW the inspection also included an oil analysis. The coach only had 14,009 mile on it so I didn't get the other fluids sampled but it was available if I wanted them. It should take about a week to get the results back.
Since this is in the 5th wheel forum I'm assuming the OP doesn't need oil analysis, but that is a very good idea for any used motorized vehicle. Blackstone Labs is the go-to choice for car guys. https://www.blackstone-labs.com/

Even a casual walk-through can find a number of problems, even in a new trailer. We looked at Outdoors RVs this weekend and even they have sawdust everywhere, lights not sitting flush in the ceiling, excess plumbing simply coiled up in the lower cabinets.

Some of the best advice I've seen here is to inspect very carefully (yes, even new), then spend the night either on the lot or close by and use all of the systems.

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I really have the question on how to find a reputable and experienced inspector. In contacting multiple through NRVIA in the area I am looking the inspectors seem to have little experience. Seems they passed the course and have completed a couple of inspections.

I am a pretty detailed person and and go through units thoroughly but I want to have that experienced inspector find the things that I would have missed. I am questioning the value but if I could find a hardcore inspector heck I would fly them to me!
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We hired a NRVIA inspector to do an inspection on our new trailer. It cost $500 and IMO was well worth the cost. He didn't find anything that prevented us from completing the transaction. But considering we were buying the trailer from 2,000 miles away it was nice have someone experienced go through it on our behalf.
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