Good Bye Winnie
Last weekend was a whirlwind of frantic activity. Selling “Winnie” our Winnebago and one of the motorcycles, along with all the other move out activities. Everything was done in time. High Fives all around.
It started Friday am, where our buyer for our 1985 Winnebago 21′ Minnie Winnie took BART and an UBER ride to our house. That’s the way we get around here in the Bay Area!
Earlier this week we had quite the experience with a so-called RV Inspector. The inspector was hired by our buyer. The guy was a car inspector that occasionally looked at RVs. He was not a certified RV Inspector, nor did he even know they existed.
The inspector went inside Winnie first, and proceeded to run all the appliances, but did not know how to operate the fridge. The result was he gave up on it and said the fridge was not functional. After that, he moved to the lighting, AC, water pump, water heater and plumbing etc. These items all passed no problem with the exception of the oven, which I had not even tried to operate ever, oops, my bad, that one is on me.
He then proceeds to look at the recently replaced toilet. He indicated in the report that the new floor tile was bad.
The outside and engine did not fare much better, as he claims we have a big oil leak. Well, there is no oil on the ground or the engine, so if a tiny seepage from a valve cover gasket counts as a big oil leak so be it. He also claims all the fan belts are bad. These had been replaced within 1000 miles. I also have a full set of replacements. Then he says the wipers don’t work. Another mark against me.
The real kicker is he says all 6 tires are bad. Now I know he’s either on drugs or can’t see. I have the receipt from less than 1000 miles ago, and less than 1 ½ years ago at BIG-O tires, and the date codes were good. He said the Propane tank was defective. Nancy had noted he did not seem to understand how to open and close the knob?
I’ve been all underneath the RV (which he never did) to make sure all safety items are good and recently filled the tank. Anyone knows that you can’t have a tank filled if it has a leak. The result was multiple negative marks.
The buyer contacted us after the inspection report about the D grade. I pride myself on full disclosure of anything that is bad. I knew that the items he has identified as being bad were fully functional.
When I list vehicles for sale I’ll typically put a heading of “THE GOOD” and list all the recently upgraded. The “THE BAD” were items that needed to be addressed right away.
The buyer thought many of these items were not true as she had been out to see it in person a few weeks before. We just needed to get it past California Smog.
One by one I addressed and ultimately dismissed each of the items. I came to the conclusion he either did not know how to identify and operate certain items, lacked the general knowledge of an RV or was just falsely reporting to make a buck off her.
The buyer felt taken advantage of and realized that “Winnie” was pretty damned sound for a 30 Years old RV. With a few minor items to look after she was still a good deal. We came to terms on the final price, and she drove away. There were some tears watching her leave the cul-de-sac.
I guess what she and I learned is to verify the inspector’s credentials before paying for that type of service.