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Old 01-01-2021, 11:11 AM   #1
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Question Things to check when buying used 2018 Classic 30RBQ?

We've just put a deposit down on a 2018 Classic 30RBQ. Our challenge is that we are in Colorado, and it is in we're asking for any advice on how to best evaluate the condition via a virtual walk-through (video chat) before we spend the time and money to drive out to see it in-person and hopefully finalize the purchase.

What are the common problems to check for? What has the most wear-and-tear? What other suggestion do you good folks have to help us ensure we're buying a great and reliable AS that will be problem-free coming off the lot?

Thank you all, and so looking forward to being an owner and active member of this community!
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Old 01-01-2021, 12:30 PM   #2
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Go look...bring your tv...I was lucky and took a chance on one that was 4 months old..and paid before I seen was fine....if you don’t like it there are several to see..on the classifieds
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Old 01-01-2021, 01:33 PM   #3
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Besides the normal used airstream checks, youíre gonna wanna look at and test all the technology. You have a firefly system in the 2018, make sure itís the most recent update and is communicating correctly with all panels throughout the trailer as well as the alde heating system. The 2018 is split on where the main alde control panel is, the first few months the firefly was doing all the controlling and the alde panel is conveniently located under the sink behind the P trap (that sarcasm on the convenience). The later model has the alde panel next to the firefly on the wall and the firefly no longer controls the alde.

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Old 01-19-2021, 02:46 PM   #4
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Consider having an independent third-party pre-purchase inspection (PPI) performed on your behalf.

PPIs are money well spent and the results (which are proprietary to you only) may lead to further negotiation should there be any issues you (or the seller) are not aware of.

RV Inspection Connection (dot com) is who we've used more than 4 times and we have extremely pleased each time with the scope & content of their PP inspection reports to include the documented report(s) & NRVIA ratings they provide you with for both the RV itself and individually for all of its components/equipment/appliances, electrical, water, sewage, interior/exterior finish, top to bottom, etc. etc. Their reports include well documented text, detailed photos, videos (if needed) and the ratings.

RV Inspection Connection is a portal that connects individuals (i.e. buyers) with NRVIA Certified Inspectors nationwide -- most of which are full-time RV'er's themselves -- who perform PPIs to supplement their income.

Very reasonable pricing and well worth it.

Once you contact RV Inspection Connection (free of charge), they will connect you with a number of their NRVIA certified inspectors in the area where the subject RV is located -- each of which will then contact you personally (by phone), provide you with their certifications, and resume of experience and then discuss their availability and rate. You choose the inspector that you want.

Note: For a PPI to be conducted, it will require that the trailer to be connected to both shore power and water at the time of the inspection (as well as having the fridge turned on 12-24 hrs in advance). The seller should not take exception to you having a PPI performed at your own expense and if they do, then that should be a "red flag".

Nothing goes unchecked!

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