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My SIL is thinking of buying a used pivately owned Class C. He lives in Providence RI and the RV is in Texas. The seller says it's in very good condition, as I would expect him to say. Does anybody know if the RV industry has licensed RV Surveyors, like the boating industry? A service for hire that evaluates the integreity of the unit for sale and gives an honest market value of it.It sure seems like something that would come in very handy in a situation like this, or if a buyer is new to RVing and needs a professional opinion on a rig that's for sale.. Just a thought.


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AFAIK none are licensed.

SIL needs to be FULLY prepared with his own complete PDI regardless of who he may hire to help. He needs to be FULLY prepared to walk away. Cost, non refundable deposit, just sold, etc. Things like water damage, rust underneath and much more.

Not many experienced RVs would buy a remote rig that far away.


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Best suggestion would be to look for a local independent rv tech and have them do a thorough PDI. If your son is happy with the report, make an offer pending the unit passing the inspection by the SIL.

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Both very good suggestions.

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CA Traveler wrote:


Not many experienced RVs would buy a remote rig that far away.


Why not? I was not an experienced RV'er,my first purchase was a 4 year old Hitchhiker LS II sold by a couple in suburban San Diego. We traded emails, he provided many photos shot with a 35mm camera not a cell phone. Like what I saw and mailed a check for 3K deposit. Drove to Kaleefornia, camped 3 days in his driveway; he showed us how everything worked and went through the rig top to bottom. Even gave me some maneuvering and backing pointers. Great purchase, no regrets, it can be done.

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CA Traveler wrote:

AFAIK none are licensed.

SIL needs to be FULLY prepared with his own complete PDI regardless of who he may hire to help. He needs to be FULLY prepared to walk away. Cost, non refundable deposit, just sold, etc. Things like water damage, rust underneath and much more.

Not many experienced RVs would buy a remote rig that far away.

We drove 4000 miles roundtrip to pick up our hybrid TT, from Napa Valley to Chicago and back.
We're willing to do such a trip again, to save money. I know of other West Coasters who've done the same thing.


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OK. OP here. Maybe I posed my question wrong. I'm really not interested in whether someone would make a long distance purchase of an RV. My question is :Given the cost of used RV's it's interesting that there aren't certified RV's inspection services available that specialize in pre-sale inspections.
As to my son in laws situation, the RV sold before he had a chance to really get further into the details and while we were discussing this RV, the thought of RV surveyors came to me and I thought I would put the question out here.

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No there are not.Like wandering wrote,hiring a mobile RV tech to do an inspection is your best bet.
No one has a stamp of authority though.

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thomasmnile wrote:

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Not many experienced RVs would buy a remote rig that far away.


Why not? I was not an experienced RV'er,my first purchase was a 4 year old Hitchhiker LS II sold by a couple in suburban San Diego. We traded emails, he provided many photos shot with a 35mm camera not a cell phone. Like what I saw and mailed a check for 3K deposit. Drove to Kaleefornia, camped 3 days in his driveway; he showed us how everything worked and went through the rig top to bottom. Even gave me some maneuvering and backing pointers. Great purchase, no regrets, it can be done.
There are successful remote RV purchases of course.

But RVs can have significant and expensive problems that aren't obvious. And they can be ones that the seller is or is not aware of. There are many posts concerning problems that were discovered later. Most RVers (especially new ones) should have an experienced person check the RV.

There are many posts on post purchase problems that existed at purchase. Even with a new RV which winds up in the shop for MANY months.

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I flew to Atlanta to buy my Country Coach and when I sold it a buyer flew from California to Philadelphia then drove 90 miles to get my coach. Happens all the time. To the OP’s question, there is no such thing as a licensed surveyor as there are in the boating world. Probably because the prices are much less than boats.

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