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RV Pre-Purchase Inspection ~ Avoid needing to make Lemonade from a Lemon!



RV Pre-Purchase Inspection ~ Avoid needing to make Lemonade from a Lemon!

The process of searching for a Recreational Vehicle to purchase is a fun and exciting adventure. Similar to the process of looking for your next brick & mortar home, you spend a lot of time talking about floor plans, features, benefits, budget, and the plans to hit the road and have a great time exploring!

The professional team at Rick’s RV Center have seen just about everything that can go wrong with an RV, and we know how much it costs to repair them. And unfortunately we have also seen how well hidden some very expensive problems can be.

Whether you are buying one that is one year used or twenty years used, a pre-purchase inspection can save you thousands of dollars. Not to mention the frustration of finding out your wonderful new RV has “issues”!

That is the main reason we offer a Pre-Purchase Inspection. The Rick’s RV team are experts at RV service & repair and we know what to look for and how to test every system in the Coach of your RV.

For Motorhomes, please note while we do check engine & transmission fluid levels, we do Not inspect/test engine, transmission, and drive train in detail, so we recommend you use a reputable mechanic inspect those.

Here is an Overview of the Items we Inspect:

  • LP Gas System
  • Appliances
  • Generator
  • Coach A/C & Furnace
  • Water Heater
  • 12 Volt Electrical System
  • 110 Volt Electrical System
  • Fresh Water System
  • Waste Water System
  • Interior condition
  • Exterior condition
  • Evidence of leaks in Coach
  • Auto-Leveling System
  • TV & Entertainment systems
  • Locks
  • Alarms
  • Dashboard A/C
  • Tire Pressure
  • Engine & Transmission Fluid Levels
  • Roof

Each of these items have several sub-items; our list has over 120 points of inspection, and we spend approximately 5 hours to complete the inspection.

Don’t think of a pre-purchase inspection as costing you money… recognize that in most cases it saves you money! And having a list of items that need repair can help you negotiate a better price.

In the market for an RV? Give us a call to schedule Your Pre-Purchase Inspection! Let us look for the problems before you buy! 855-388-8616


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