Up In The Air

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 272017

As I wrote in Wednesday’s blog, according to PPL Motorhomes’ website, our Winnebago has been listed as Sale Pending for over a week. I got a call from the sales manager on Wednesday afternoon telling me that the buyers had their own mechanic come in and look the rig over, and that he was not happy with the guy’s report. Not because of the condition of the motorhome, but because the mechanic has a lot of stuff really wrong.

He insisted that it needed all new house batteries and starting batteries. I just put new starting batteries in it in June, and the Lifeline AGM house batteries still have over two years left on their warranty. But the mechanic says that any 15 year old camper is going to need new batteries. Uh, yeah, that’s why I replaced them three months ago. He also said in his report that based upon the camper’s age, it also needs at all new belts. Yep, replaced those in June, too. But that didn’t matter to him, because it’s a 15 year old camper and when you buy a 15 year old camper (note the word camper, not RV or motorhome), you should always replace all the belts.

And likewise with everything else. It doesn’t matter that we have carefully maintained the coach and have receipts for all those items and other things that he insists need to be done. By the time he was finished, he estimated it would take $25,000 to get the “camper” roadworthy. I have a feeling that while he may be a decent mechanic for pickup trucks and passenger cars, he doesn’t know the first thing about diesel motorhomes.

So we are still up in the air. PPL told the buyers that aside from normal wear and tear in an RV of that vintage, it was in great shape, and that the mechanic is wrong. They also told them even if all of those repairs were needed, they would not cost anywhere near the mechanic’s inflated estimate. Obviously, PPL is not going to let things hang in limbo forever, and they are going to tell the prospective purchasers they need to either fish or cut bait. But, as the sales manager said, it’s a very nice rig at a very attractive price, and if these folks don’t buy it, somebody else will.

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  8 Responses to “Up In The Air”

  1. Sounds like the buyers’ mechanic is trying to run the price down for them.

  2. Sounds like the buyer’s mechanic wants these people to bring the “camper” into him for the “repair” work and the MONEY. I would definitely wonder about the work this mechanic has done for these people and if they do buy your RV, they will probably never be happy with it. Something is FISHY !!!!!!!!!!

  3. I can feel the pain. I was a builder. Last fall I sold a really sweet, obsessively well built cottage that I built for the me and the wife. It was only a few years old and in better than new condition., since we spent 2/3rd of our time in our class A and didn’t really even “break the place in” yet. The (eventual) buyer loved it, and decided to get a home inspection. The grossly incompetent “home inspector” clown returned with a 45 page report that had serious issues on nearly every page. The real problem? The guy was just a total nut-job who didn’t have a single clue as to what he was doing. He claimed thing like the exterior decks were structurally defective and needed additional “bolting and hardware”. The brand new decks were built to extremely high code requirements and literally had no place left to place additional bolts and hardware, since every end of every piece of structure had one already. In the end I had a meeting with the buyer and presented dozens of cases when he didn’t do his job (too fat and lazy to look under the decks to view anything, yet claimed they were defective AND that he couldn’t be responsible for missing anything on his insect report, since he didn’t look under there) and dozens where he specifically claimed that work done to strict code standards was defective. I then told the buyer I would correct nothing, and was walking away if they didn’t take the place, as is, and give me an answer in 48 hours. The buyer went through with the deal and loves the place.

    Hopefully, your buyer will have the same vision, and figure out that they wasted money on a clown for an inspector. If they don’t wake up after the absolutely insane claim of the rig needing $25K in repairs, and PPL telling them that the guy is FOS, you’re probably best off waiting for another buyer. Good luck

  4. Wow, that sucks. Wonder where they found that guy….

  5. Sounds like the sale to that couple wasn’t meant to be. If I were them and I liked the RV over all others, i’d get a second opinion. I don’t like the terminology their mechanic used at all. Your “camper” sounds like a well-maintained gem to me.

  6. Where did they find this mechanic, Camping World?

  7. Nick, couldn’t you just get PPL to provide written replies for each item the mechanic wrote up? Have PPL provide receipts showing date replacement batteries and belts were purchased.

  8. Well he is either incompetent or works for a different dealership trying to sell the couple another unit.
    I see all the time on forums suggestions to get an inspection. I have no idea what they think an inspector should find that they couldn’t see themselves.


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