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    Buying a Used RV

    There are endless posts here regarding buying and picking up a new RV from the dealer, as well as numerous PDI checklists. My position is that I am hoping to purchase a 4 year old Solitude this weekend. There will obviously be things that need to be addressed as the unit has some years on it, but I'm pretty sure that the 70+ year old that I hope to buy it from will not be interested in aligning a drawer, fixing loose trim or resealing a roof penetration. What I need to know is what are acceptable things that I should be willing to address myself after the sale and what issues should make we walk away from the unit. Before anyone answers "Have it inspected by a reputable inspector", I've looked into them and all of them in the area are booked multiple weeks out. (Thank you COVID-19). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    That all depends on your skill level and willingness to do some work. Personally, I'd run away if I noticed signs of present or past water infiltration.

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    Do you have anyone in your friend circle who is an experienced RV'er? Can be better than a paid inspection!
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    Quote Originally Posted by geotex1 View Post
    Do you have anyone in your friend circle who is an experienced RV'er? Can be better than a paid inspection!
    I have friends, but none that are willing to travel 5 hours with me to see the rig. I'm pretty handy and have rented a few times, so it's not like I'm a "babe in the woods".
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    Look in the cabinets where the wall meets the roof and look for water damage. Look at tire wear. Make sure the fridge and AC's work. Look at the roof for tears or damage. Look under the slides for water stains. See if the water pump comes on and shuts off and stays off, you will have to bleed the system of air for it to stay off. If it doesn't stay off look for leaks.

    To me if it has water damage it's a no go. The rest can be fixed but I would adjust the price (probably won't get a discount because in this market he can sell to someone else who doesn't see the damage).

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Rojo View Post
    Look in the cabinets where the wall meets the roof and look for water damage. Look at tire wear. Make sure the fridge and AC's work. Look at the roof for tears or damage. Look under the slides for water stains. See if the water pump comes on and shuts off and stays off, you will have to bleed the system of air for it to stay off. If it doesn't stay off look for leaks.

    To me if it has water damage it's a no go. The rest can be fixed but I would adjust the price (probably won't get a discount because in this market he can sell to someone else who doesn't see the damage).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gpo1958 View Post
    There will obviously be things that need to be addressed as the unit has some years on it, but I'm pretty sure that the 70+ year old that I hope to buy it from will not be interested in aligning a drawer, fixing loose trim or resealing a roof penetration.
    Is the issue in bold a hypothetical or something the seller has already disclosed?
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    If it smells moldy pass on it. Look over the outer walls closely for any delamination as well as the above recommendations for inside checking for any water intrusion. Any water intrusion I would pass on it. Other than that most stuff can be fixed. You may have to assume some risk if you cannot check grey and black tank function etc. Check what you can and directly ask about any issues.

    Look over the suspension and tires and if you purchase take enough truck to pull it home.

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    A lot depends on how it has been stored...
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    Looks like potential purchase is from a private party. Asking about all maintenance performed, what known warranty items were done, what problems had to be addressed, what items have been fixed or need to, etc. can tell you alot about the owners integrity during this conversation as well as the obviously learning about the RV history. Documentation to share regarding all work done by owner/others ? Owner willingess to share and be open about the good, the bad, and the ugly is valuable.

    If this conversation is not a comfortable one or there is an uneasy feeling or there are reasons to suspect things are not as shared.......time to walk (maybe run) away. There are too many quality owners out there selling quality units.

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