The Dealership Has Never Heard Of An RV Inspection On A Brand New RV.
This is something we hear from buyers all the time. We also hear that there is no reason to get a brand new RV inspected because it’s brand new. Our favorite is we do an RV inspection before you pick it up paying someone to inspect this RV is a waste of money.
We do more RV inspections on brand new RV’s than we do on used RV’s. If you look at our Google reviews and read them you can see that what we do is different than what a dealership does. You receive an unbiased report from us instead of the dealership telling you they did an inspection.
Yes You Should Get A New RV Inspected
The short answer to should you get a brand new RV inspected is yes. There are many reasons why and I’m about to give you a few, and show you an example of why.
Buying a new RV is more like buying a house than a car. When you buy a new house it went through many inspections during the building of the house. You still get an inspection before getting a loan for a new house.
An RV is subjected to an earthquake while traveling from the manufacturer to the dealership. This means the condition of the RV after leaving the manufacturer isn’t always the same as when it arrives at a dealership.
You can trust the inspection from the dealer about as much as you can trust the builder of a house to inspect his own work before selling you the house. Anyone who inspects their own product isn’t impartial.
A Perfect Example Of Why An RV Inspection Is Vital
Today is Sept. 16th 2021 and we inspected a brand new fifth wheel. What we are about to show you is only one of the 22 issues that were found on this brand new RV. Within 30 minutes we had found a major issue that killed the sale of this brand new RV. We hate finding issues like these, but it is our job to be impartial and report our findings.
This RV was set up by the dealership the night before with the electricity on. The radio inside was on along with all of the lights. The refrigerator had been left on overnight giving it time to fully cool before our arrival. Somebody had turned on the water pump and left it on. After leveling the RV and putting all of the slideouts out we walked around the RV and we noticed a wet spot under the RV. What we found next was shocking on a brand new RV.
With a brand new RV, you don’t expect to find a water leak, but in this case, that is exactly what was found. While checking out this water puddle under the RV we heard the water pump kick on and could hear the sound of running water. Further investigation found water marks on the floor of the cargo bay and the water coming out of a gap beside the low point drain. The bottom of the RV that insulates it was sagging and appeared to be holding water. The wood floor that can be seen through the hole in the cargo bay for water lines to run through was soft and swelling.
After finding the leak we informed the buyer right away of the issue. He called his salesperson to see what they were going to do about the issue. A couple hours later he called us back to let us know he wouldn’t be buying the RV.
The unfortunate part of this all is that the RV will probably be placed back up for sale and not repaired. Someone will come along and not think about getting an RV inspection or the dealership will tell them they don’t need one because it’s brand new. I would hate to be that buyer.