By Margo Armstrong
In today’s RV market, it is possible to get stuck with a “brand new” lemon.
Whether you are upgrading, changing styles or purchasing that first RV, there is a way to ensure you do not get juiced. Call a certified RV inspector in to check the rig before you sign on the dotted line.
Since pre-purchase inspections are not routine nor required by the lender, we often wind up searching the Internet for someone to carry out this role.
RV dealers, like auto dealers, generally do not suggest or support this independent inspection procedure. Until recently, there was no organized training and review process in place for RV inspectors; now there is NRVIA.org.
NRVIA is the first stop when looking for a certified inspector.
If you live in an area without a certified inspector, hire a local RV repair person to spend two hours checking out the rig. It is well worth the couple of hundred dollars spent to make sure you do not spend the first season in the repair shop.
If your heart is dictating the purchase, the worst that happens is knowing right from the start what issues to resolve. This could result in a lower purchase price, or the owner fixing the problems.
Find out the important points to cover in a pre-purchase inspection HERE.