Originally Posted by jpeterman
...I was wandering how and who do you trust to do an inspection of a old AS....
I have often thought about this same question....absolutely, without a doubt, the BEST
inspector is a hobbiest who has completed a total rebuild.
To properly inspect for perimeter rot (frame to floor to shell integrity) it will require a minimum of two or three hours - possible longer.
The goucho needs to be partially removed, same for the beds, sinks, bath, and cabinets - and anything else hiding the interior perimeter. And then, maybe drill a couple of rivets in the front and rear belly pan to get a 'scope up there to inspect for frame damage.
Remember, a lot of shops are charging upwards of hundred bucks an hour for labor, so it would be asking a lot of a hobbiest to invest a half of a weekend in an inspection - but that's what it would take to "do it right".
After the inspection the two of you would have to do some searching here in the Forums and on the 'net and debrief the inspection - compare notes and decide which systems need replacing, which are good, and which ones could be repaired....and arrive at a realistic cost (both in time and money) to effect repairs.