FAQ's [frequently asked questions]
Why should I hire an RV inspector?
Short answer, your own peace of mind! Purchasng an RV is not a inexpensive purchase, neither is repairing one. Would you purchase a home without having it inspected first? Why should an RV be any different.
I'm purchasing a new RV from an RV dealer. Do I still need an inspection?
Yes, absolutely! However, your salesperson won't tell you this. They will say...
"One of our certified RV techs will do a full inspection prior to delivery."
"You don't need an inspection, if there's a problem it's covered by your warranty."
How much does an RV Pre-purchase inspection cost?
The cost varies with the type of RV we are inspecting. A luxury class A RV takes longer to inspect than a travel trailer. For that reason, we quote prices based on the type, size and systems we will be inspecting.
Where do RV inspections happen?
We travel to the location of the RV to complete the inspection. We will go over all the details with you when we schedule your appointment.
I found the perfect RV in another state. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Many of our clients are located out of state. Sometimes the perfect RV can be across the country. We can travel to the location of the RV and perform an NRVIA certified inspection.
What is an NRVIA certified inspector?
How fast can I get an inspection done?
As long as our schedule permits, we can come out as early as the next day.
Why do I need an RV inspection?
An individual new to the RV marketplace can soon be overwhelmed with all of the features and systems on RV's today. A professional RV inspector will test all the systems for proper operation, and identify any areas of concern. A professional inspector knows what to look for and can detect water intrusion, areas that have been previously damaged and underlying structural issues like rotten flooring or questionable electrical systems.
I have experience with RV's. Why should I hire a professional to do the inspection?
Even an experienced RV'er can be easily overwhelmed during the buying process. Dealers many times try to pressure us into making a decision now. We can be easily caught up in the dream, thinking about what we can do, or where we can go in our new [or used] RV.
Do you recommend if I should purchase the RV?
An inspector can't [and should not] answer that question. Our job is to provide accurate detailed information to allow you, the purchaser, to make an informed decision about the RV you wish to purchase.
How long does it take to perform my inspection?
Each RV is a little different, plus the options can vary. Inspections tend to take between 3 and 8 hours to perform. Your finished inspection contains details about each item inspected along with photos for clarification.
Do you take photos during the inspection?
Yes, we document the results of the inspection in writing and with photographs. Depending on the RV being inspected and the potential issues found, that number can vary. The number of photos varies with each inspection.
How long does it take to receive my inspection?
We will verbally go over the inspection with you the same day. The wriiten inspection and photos are typically sent via email within 24 hours of the completed physical inspection. If you need it sooner, please let us know, and we will make every attempt to get it to you in the time frame needed.
Should I have fluid tests done on my engine, transmission and generator?
Oil and coolant analysis gives us information about what's going on inside the engine. Fluid analysis can tell you when your oils and coolants experience signs of early breakdown or contamination. The lab can also check for indications of internal part wear.
Where do I start?
- Go shopping and find the RV you want.
Tell the seller that you want to have the RV inspected by an independent RV inspector. Do not let the seller talk you out of this step. If they refuse, I would keep looking.
Once the seller agrees, you will typically have to put up a deposit to hold the RV pending an inspection. You can work out the details with the seller. We suggest having a paragraph inserted into your sales agreement that the purchase is subject to an inspection by an inspector of your choosing and is subject to your sole satisfaction. Click here to download a purchase contact.
Contact us to set up an appointment for the inspection. We will work out the logistics with you and send you a client agreement that can be signed online.
Once the client agreement is signed, we will send you an online invoice that can be paid with any major credit card. Please note: the client agreement must be signed and the payment completed prior to inspection.
We travel to the location of the RV to perform the inspection. We will need access to a water supply, 30 or 50 amp electrical supply and propane in the tanks [if appicable]. Click here for more information.
Upon completion of the inspection, we will call you to go over a summary of what to expect in the written report.
Your written report and photos will be finalized and emailed to you within 24 to 48 hours.
Are you licensed and insured?
The RV inspection industry doesn't have any licensing requirements. NRVIA certified inspectors are required to complete detailed courses, hands-on training and take continuing education each year to remain a member. Additionally, we carry commercial liability insurance to protect all parties involved in the RV inspection.