While it is easy for the RV purchaser to see a thorough inspection as being somewhat "pricey", never underestimate its value and how it may assist you in negotiating a better, bottom-dollar offer. It is very possible you will have a savings of two to three times its cost in terms of negotiating power.
You will receive a thorough evaluation of your rig from exterior to interior and all points in between. Expect this process to take several hours and, while not mandatory, you as a purchaser trying to make the best decision, will probably want to be present for the inspection.
Once complete, a detailed, typed report will be prepared along with supporting photos of any area of concern. This final report is yours to keep for future reference and can be emailed to you, if desired, to keep on any computer device.
Areas to be inspected:
- Roof- Surface condition, leak indication, caulk and seals, skylights, vents, air-conditioning, antennas, ladder connection to rig, slide-toppers
- Exterior- Indications of delamination, leaks, seals/caulking, trim, doors/screens, windows/screens, handrails, steps, mirrors, lights, awning mechanism/canvas, handrails, slide operation
- Under carriage- Condition of gray/black water tanks, frame and suspension condition, straps holding pipes-hoses-wiring, jacks, fluid leaks, visible plumbing, brake wiring
- Storage compartments- Door hinge/lock condition, signs of leakage, floor stability, lighting, sliding tray
- Wheels/Tires- Pressure, tread condition, date of manufacture, spare tire, lug nut torquing
- Interior- Flooring, walls, internal slide seals, trim, cabinetry, drapes/shades, door locks/latches, ceiling sag, ceiling exhaust vents/fans, furniture/bedding condition, signs of pests
- Appliances- proper functionality of stove/microwave/oven, water heater, refrigerator/freezer, water pump
- Electrical- A/C supply off of shore power/generator, D/C supply off of shore power/generator/batteries, battery charging power off of shore power/generator/in tow/batteries
- Utilities- RV batteries, connectors- electric/water/phone/cable/satellite, outside shower/faucet, fresh water fill/drain valves, water heater drain, black and gray water valves
- HVAC- furnace and air-conditioning output, temperature, control switches; thermostat operation
- Propane - bottle condition, expiration date, hoses, shutoff/on valves, level indicator, tank selector device
- Safety- fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarms, propane gas detector and emergency exit windows
and much more............
I will do my best to inspect the rig in accordance to our agreement and encourage you be present, however, once completed a refund cannot be offered.
INSPECTOR assumes no liability for the cost of repair or replacement of unreported defects or deficiencies either current or arising in the future. CLIENT acknowledges that the liability of INSPECTOR, its employees, for claims or damages, costs of defense or suit, attorney's fees and expenses and payments arising out of or related to the INSPECTOR'S negligence or breach of any obligation under this Agreement, including errors and omissions in the inspection or the report, shall be limited to liquidated damages in an amount equal to the fee paid to the INSPECTOR, and this liability shall be exclusive. CLIENT waives any claim for consequential, exemplary, special or incidental damages or for the loss of the use of the home/building even if the CLIENT has been advised of the possibility of such damages. The parties acknowledge that the liquidated damages are not intended as a penalty but are intended (i) to reflect the fact that actual damages may be difficult and impractical to ascertain; (ii) to allocate risk among the INSPECTOR and CLIENT; and (iii) to enable the INSPECTOR to perform the inspection at the stated fee.