Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 

Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Community Forums > Thor Owners Community Discussions
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-02-2021, 05:31 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Arizona
Posts: 13
THOR #22114
Used Motorhome Professional Inspection

How many of you have done a professional inspection before buying a used motorhome...pro/con?
__________________

__________________
Donica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2021, 06:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Scubawise's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2020 Vegas 25.6
State: Montana
Posts: 547
THOR #20220
i would just use the 103 page checklist posted somewhere
__________________

__________________
Montana Thor Vegas 25.6
Wife and I & 2 Golden Retrievers Happy Campers!!
tandem biking, hiking, tennis, scuba,fishing,skiing
National Life & Health Insurance Agent
"Today is a Gift and Why it is called the Present"
Scubawise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2021, 12:37 AM   #3
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Aria
State: New Jersey
Posts: 85
THOR #17864
We found a Class A that we liked but it was out of state and we wanted to move on it quickly. We hired a local inspector and we were very happy with his work. He provided a full inspection report with pictures.

We were able to use his report as a full "punch list" for the dealer to address before pick-up. It cost about $1,000 but we felt it was well worth it.
__________________
Gene & Shari & Odie our Newfoundland
2019 Aria 3901
2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Blue Ox Tow Kit
Newf026 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2021, 12:47 AM   #4
I Think We're Lost!
 
Bob Denman's Avatar
 
Brand: Still Looking
Model: Tiffin Wayfarer 24 BW
State: New York
Posts: 19,230
THOR #8860
Did it help with your price negotiations?
__________________
Bob Denman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2021, 12:40 PM   #5
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Aria
State: New Jersey
Posts: 85
THOR #17864
It did a little, but we had a very good price before the inspection. What was important to us was that it identified things that they had to fix before it left the lot.

This was a new 2019 that we bought in late 2020 so it had been sitting around for over a year. We were nervous about that, although everything was still under warranty as a new RV.

The other issue we had was that we did not have the time to travel to the dealer and we wanted to lock down the deal quickly. Having an experienced inspector really helped us feel confident in closing the deal with a very specific punch list.

The dealer stepped up to doing everything on the punch list so ultimately we felt like we got a very nice MH at a really good price.

If this had been a used RV then I think the inspection issues would promote more discussions around "either fix it or take it off the price".
__________________
Gene & Shari & Odie our Newfoundland
2019 Aria 3901
2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Blue Ox Tow Kit
Newf026 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2021, 01:43 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Scubawise's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2020 Vegas 25.6
State: Montana
Posts: 547
THOR #20220
Good job. Enjoy the fresh camping air
__________________
Montana Thor Vegas 25.6
Wife and I & 2 Golden Retrievers Happy Campers!!
tandem biking, hiking, tennis, scuba,fishing,skiing
National Life & Health Insurance Agent
"Today is a Gift and Why it is called the Present"
Scubawise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2021, 03:19 PM   #7
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 29.3
State: Pennsylvania
Posts: 80
THOR #20468
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donica View Post
How many of you have done a professional inspection before buying a used motorhome...pro/con?
If you cannot do the inspection your self it would be wise to hire a professional. Inspecting the roof and any water damage should be high priority. Not all owners do the required maintenance.
__________________
rbykid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2021, 12:25 AM   #8
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: A.C.E. 30.2
State: North Carolina
Posts: 43
THOR #20774
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbykid View Post
If you cannot do the inspection your self it would be wise to hire a professional. Inspecting the roof and any water damage should be high priority. Not all owners do the required maintenance.
I agree with this.

... if you are distance buying sight unseen, especially used, I'd highly recommend hiring an inspector. The practice has certainly saved me from buying something that was not quite described accurately!
__________________
Thirty.Deuce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2021, 04:41 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Majestic 23A
State: Missouri
Posts: 19
THOR #20977
When I purchased my former CA rental, I had an inspection company check it over first. I believe I paid $500 for their service. I also had a fluid analysis done on the engine and tranny. Since I was new to the world of RV living, I felt the inspection was good insurance by having an experienced professional look the unit over. I received a very detailed report which I'll give to the new buyer when I decide to sell the unit, along with my logbook of repairs and improvements.
__________________
Booner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2021, 11:15 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Arizona
Posts: 13
THOR #22114
2015 24.2 Vegas

I'm going to have a professional certified rv inspector do the inspection.

The dealer wants $699.95 to do a PDI, starter kit/LP Fill for $149.95 and a Private Tag Agency fee(?) of $99.95. The price is very good and they are putting new tires on it. I don't know what kind...any I should avoid?

The deal was price was very good so not sure if these extra charges are justified. I'm dealing with Gerzeny's in Florida. I'm newly widowed and have never done anything like this without my man.

Thank you for your input.
__________________
Donica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2021, 11:57 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Scubawise's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2020 Vegas 25.6
State: Montana
Posts: 547
THOR #20220
We paid zero for our PDI? PROPANE was free?

The dealer wants $699.95 to do a PDI, starter kit/LP Fill for $149.95 and a Private Tag Agency fee(?) of $99.95.* The price is very good and they are putting new tires on it.* I don't know what kind...any I should avoid?*
__________________
Montana Thor Vegas 25.6
Wife and I & 2 Golden Retrievers Happy Campers!!
tandem biking, hiking, tennis, scuba,fishing,skiing
National Life & Health Insurance Agent
"Today is a Gift and Why it is called the Present"
Scubawise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 05:14 AM   #12
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Arizona
Posts: 13
THOR #22114
I'm going to tell them no on the pdi, the starter kit, They also want the 3rd party inspector to approve the coach for sale for both parties! I'm paying for it, the only thing I can think of is if I walk they get to use the report to help them sale to the next buyer! Am I right in this thinking?
__________________
Donica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 05:16 AM   #13
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Arizona
Posts: 13
THOR #22114
I agree propane should be filled. What does it usually cost, average wise, to fill the tank on a Vegas 24.2?
__________________
Donica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 05:17 AM   #14
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Arizona
Posts: 13
THOR #22114
Quote:
Originally Posted by Booner View Post
When I purchased my former CA rental, I had an inspection company check it over first. I believe I paid $500 for their service. I also had a fluid analysis done on the engine and tranny. Since I was new to the world of RV living, I felt the inspection was good insurance by having an experienced professional look the unit over. I received a very detailed report which I'll give to the new buyer when I decide to sell the unit, along with my logbook of repairs and improvements.
I'll make sure to have the fluid analysis too.
__________________
Donica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 12:19 PM   #15
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Aria
State: New Jersey
Posts: 85
THOR #17864
Not sure if you have your inspector picked already but we used https://rvqualityinspections.com/

The guy's name was Art Horton out of FL (our rig was in Orlando). He was very nice to work with. He sends you everything he will check and it does include all the fluids. He found that the coolant in ours had to be replaced which the dealer did.

Good luck!
__________________
Gene & Shari & Odie our Newfoundland
2019 Aria 3901
2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Blue Ox Tow Kit
Newf026 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 01:14 PM   #16
I Think We're Lost!
 
Bob Denman's Avatar
 
Brand: Still Looking
Model: Tiffin Wayfarer 24 BW
State: New York
Posts: 19,230
THOR #8860
Charging for a PDI?
__________________
"It's better to burn out: than to fade away..."
Good Sam Member 843599689
Current coach: Tiffin Wayfarer 24 BW
Bob Denman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 01:32 PM   #17
Site Team
 
EA37TS's Avatar
 
Brand: Entegra
Model: Accolade 37TS
State: South Carolina
Posts: 5,175
THOR #1469
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
Charging for a PDI?
Camping world does it everyday. In fact all the fees mentioned sounds like the typical CW dealer.
__________________
EA37TS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 01:34 PM   #18
Site Team
 
EA37TS's Avatar
 
Brand: Entegra
Model: Accolade 37TS
State: South Carolina
Posts: 5,175
THOR #1469
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donica View Post
I'm going to tell them no on the pdi, the starter kit, They also want the 3rd party inspector to approve the coach for sale for both parties! I'm paying for it, the only thing I can think of is if I walk they get to use the report to help them sale to the next buyer! Am I right in this thinking?
I would not provide the dealer an inspection report you paid for.
__________________
EA37TS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 02:16 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Scubawise's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2020 Vegas 25.6
State: Montana
Posts: 547
THOR #20220
they sound greddy.. tell them you belong to this massive group and no one has paid these fees
__________________
Montana Thor Vegas 25.6
Wife and I & 2 Golden Retrievers Happy Campers!!
tandem biking, hiking, tennis, scuba,fishing,skiing
National Life & Health Insurance Agent
"Today is a Gift and Why it is called the Present"
Scubawise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2021, 02:35 PM   #20
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Arizona
Posts: 13
THOR #22114
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newf026 View Post
Not sure if you have your inspector picked already but we used https://rvqualityinspections.com/

The guy's name was Art Horton out of FL (our rig was in Orlando). He was very nice to work with. He sends you everything he will check and it does include all the fluids. He found that the coolant in ours had to be replaced which the dealer did.

Good luck!
I have given him call. Thank you so much.
__________________

__________________
Donica is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 10:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
×