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Old 03-21-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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What is the appropriate amount to pay an inspector who is an hour away from the Airstream to be inspected? Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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I dis an inspection once. I did it for free although the requester sent me a hundred or two hundred dollar check that I never cashed.

The thing about Airstreams and inspections is that they are so closed up that a real world inspection at the buyers location is impractical with regard to much more than system and cosmetic checks.

Without disassembly, it is really not possible to know the condition of the floors etc.

My advise is whatever the report of the inspection, assume that there is going to be at least some floor rot on an older trailer.

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Old 03-21-2016, 09:53 AM   #3
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In the spirit of volunteering I, as an inspector, have never looked at it as an income stream. I think most inspectors are more apt to be doing this as a love of the brand.

Now that said one of my inspections resulted in the prospective buyer bring 2 12 ft pieces of clear 1 x 4 cherry knowing I was building my kayak and another sent my flashlight, that I had left in the trailer, back to me.

if it is a long trip after the inspection consider stop for a leisure debriefing and good hamburger.

If money is expected I trust the individual will make that known before the fact.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:08 AM   #4
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I did an inspection a little over two hours away and asked to be reimbursed for my gas and lunch(fast food).

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Old 03-21-2016, 10:52 AM   #5
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Hi from AZ. . . My inspector turned down a $100 gift card, but I took him & her out for tacos & beers in the evening (he was local), still in touch 6 yrs later. . . .regards, Craig
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:05 AM   #6
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Drove over an hour, 8 page checklist, TONS of photos. I was offer reimbursement of gas money, never came.

I'll do it for free, but at least covering my "out of pocket" would be good. A 6 pack doesn't hurt either.
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:11 AM   #7
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An inspector charges by the hour. Be very clear about what you want inspected and what sort of report you want back. They can spend an hour to check appliances and general mechanical all the way up to inspecting the sub-floor, water system, electrical system, etc. with a very detailed report. For me I would ask for a list of a) safety items that must be fixed before towing and use (overnight sleeping) hitch assembly, LP system, electrical system (fuses & breakers all working), brakes, lights, break away brake system, don't use the furnace until it is checked by a qualified professional for CO2, and b) typical Airstream specific and general RV "gotchas" like a soft sub-floor, water supply system including water pump, refer gas & elec operation, A/C operation, furnace check, electric converter, overall LP system, stove/range, grey / black tank operation and check for leaks (this may require filling them up all the way), axles - are they damaged or bent (can happen if the trailer is jacked up improperly), tires, water heater, faucets when under pressure from city water, all the stuff that opens or falls out during towing - are the latches okay and secure - you get the point. If you pay for an hour you will get an hour worth of inspection and if you pay for an inspection on an Airstream it should be by someone that really knows about Airstreams (like they have done restores and know what's behind the skin of the trailer and under the carpet or flooring) and what to look for. Airstreams are unique products and need more than a quick run through inspection
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:47 PM   #8
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for comparison; a Boat survey inspection for insurance runs $125 -250. But I think anyone who is not in "the business" would be happy with a gratuity ..whether cash or gift as some have experienced
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:30 PM   #9
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When I did Marine inspections commercially we received $10 to $20 a foot plus expenses, depending on complexity of the inspection and documentation required. I have done two Airstream inspections by request of members here. I would never except a fee. Both were locally so no travel expenses to speak of. One did give me a bottle of 12 year old Scotch. Very nice. I no longer drink so regifted it.

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Old 03-23-2016, 12:32 PM   #10
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Thank you, everyone! I appreciate your help! 😊
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