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I'm landing on a 2007 Winnebago Access 29 Class C V10 with only 8000 miles on it, original owner, stored inside with maintenance receipts and new tires (second set because first ones got too old). Price is $48K which seems about right compared to others.

RV inspection will cost me $400 and from what I can tell, they just ensure all the systems are working, do a visual to spot any leaks, but they don't test drive it, or do much of anything on the mechanical side.

I'm pretty sure I can see if the fridge, stove, etc., are working, and if it runs fine and have a look at the oil and the trans fluid (if there's a dipstick) and check brake discs. And so on.

Am I missing something? I'm considering skipping the inspection and just spending an hour or two with the owner and checking all the systems.

Or is this just too much money to skip an inspection?

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It depends on how versed you are at doing the insp. yourself.
Frankly, with only 8K and stored inside, I would not worry about brakes (easy to fix) but I would budget for new tires and check all hoses, fuel lines, belts and other rubber parts on the chassis for dry rot.
Then just make sure all systems work esp the fridge and fill with water and make sure there are no leaks.
Sounds like a great find!!


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Only you can answer that for sure. For many people, the inspection is a good idea, but it's not as though there's something magical about inspectors (besides experience) that enables them to see things you couldn't see for yourself if you looked.

800 miles a year is not very many miles. I would suggest going in with the expectation that the chassis will have problems, if any, more typical of a ten year old vehicle rather than an 8000 mile vehicle. In particular, I would not be at all surprised if the brake calipers tend to be sticky from lack of use, and need to be rebuilt or replaced. Similarly, the belts and hoses and so forth are also all ten years old (unless they've been replaced).

Good luck whatever you decide!





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YOU have the expertise, YOU can inspect and buy. An inspector inspects what you pay him/her to inspect....no more, no less. Yes, you are missing an impartial opinion.


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It sounds like you are doing an inspection so you must think there should be one. Someone has to look at it, if you can do it you'll save $400





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Wasn't used much if it's only done 8000 miles in 11 years. Where did it go, and was it one long trip, or a bunch of short ones?
Lack of use can be as damaging to engine and chassis components as too much mileage. If you think it runs well, and everything works, I'd only be concerned about the stuff you can't see easily, like caulking/sealants/rubber seals, and internal/external engine components.
It would be your call at that point.
This link talks about what to do with a vehicle that's been sitting for a long time. It might help you decide.
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/car-has-been-sitting-for-10-years.114743/


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From what I know of RV inspections a $400 one will likely only cover basic items, a detailed inspection would likely cost $750+. The question is do you have enough experience with RV systems to spot potential problems? If the inspector spots one moderate to major issue, the cost of the inspection has paid for itself. Do you know to check date codes on tires, how about checking the refrigerator coils for signs of leakage, or checking electrical system for ground faults or hot skin. How about checking for leaks the propane system by attaching a manometer to the stove burner? How about the date codes on those $100 propane and CO alarms that should be replaced every 5 years? ...

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Posted: 03/05/18 08:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Worthwhile of the inspector warranties his work. If not, its just opinion.

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No warranties - if something breaks after I drive away, that's my problem.

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canuckystan wrote:

No warranties - if something breaks after I drive away, that's my problem.
Then get a mobile rv tech to look it over. These guys have seen everything, from every Mfgr and type of rv. They have nothing to gain or lose.

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