We are shopping for a used Class A Diesel. We are making a trip to Florida next week

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We are shopping for a used Class A Diesel. We will be in Florida next week as it seems there are several there we have identified. Any suggestions on what to beware of? common hidden problems, etc. This will be our first. Nothing over 40 ft or under 35.
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2020
Messages
171
Location
Lakeside, CA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana LE
RV Length
40
TOW/TOAD
Ford F150 King Ranch
Thanks for joining our community Barbara. It's exciting to hear you're ready to get a Class A. All of us here were crazy like you at one point...
I'm guessing you're aware RV ownership makes absolutely no financial sense, especially Class A right? Good. Then you'll be ok with the reality that this is the worst possible time in many years to buy used RV's due to market conditions related to Covid. So you're going to pay above market in all likelihood.

There's plenty of stuff to search on the web and on this forum that I won't repeat, but here's my key thoughts..
- If you find one you like, REALLY like, sleep on it
- Pay for a professional inspection
- Be most sensitive to any possible leaks or water damage
- Check the market value for units you like against NADA and other RV valuation sites
- If the inspection identifies faults you can live with (which it should), use these to negotiate your final price
- Make sure the rig has a clear title. If the seller owes a balance to his bank etc.. that needs to be resolved first

Good luck and keep us posted. I'm sure others will chime in with more valuable insights
 
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So it looks like we have made a deal on a 2007 Fleetwood Discovery. We would like to add side view cameras. Any recommendations? Also has anyone had experience with using Lemon Squad for inspection?
 
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Messages
171
Location
Lakeside, CA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana LE
RV Length
40
TOW/TOAD
Ford F150 King Ranch
Not familiar with Lemon Squad but they appear to be primarily automotive, but it doesn't mean they're not capable. Try this locator for options: from Find An RV Inspector – NRVIA

Is this at a dealer or private party? I hope all the other parameters are falling into place on this deal for you, price, floorplan, etc..

Curious, does the owner have maintenance records to share that are complete? They may not but a big plus. Most inspectors will do well on mechanical items, but the roof and paint are key issues to be thinking of as very expensive to remedy as a % of value on a coach of this vintage. Good luck and keep us posted!
 
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Not familiar with Lemon Squad but they appear to be primarily automotive, but it doesn't mean they're not capable. Try this locator for options: from Find An RV Inspector – NRVIA

Is this at a dealer or private party? I hope all the other parameters are falling into place on this deal for you, price, floorplan, etc..

Curious, does the owner have maintenance records to share that are complete? They may not but a big plus. Most inspectors will do well on mechanical items, but the roof and paint are key issues to be thinking of as very expensive to remedy as a % of value on a coach of this vintage. Good luck and keep us posted!
Thanks. All maintenance records. Paint is perfect. Owner was totally fine with us having it inspected.
 
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