Who should get an RV inspection?

Simply put, anyone buying or selling an RV. 

For buyers, whether buying new or used, an RV inspection ensures that you have a comprehensive understanding of the condition of the RV you are buying.  Not only will you be in a better negotiating position, but you will increase your enjoyment of the RV because you will travel with less worry.  Nothing ruins the fun of RV’ing faster than a broken RV.

 Also, please don’t think that everything is working properly because the RV is new.  The RV industry is notorious for its poor build quality and difficult warranty repair access.    It’s sad to say, but you’ll have much better luck getting things fixed before you buy.

For sellers, you can set yourself apart and build immediate trust if you offer a completed inspection with your sale.  No one expects a used RV to be perfect, but potential buyers, especially 1st time buyers, are worried about making a mistake on such a big purchase.  A certified inspection will go a long way to giving them peace of mind. 

 

How is an RV inspection different than a house inspection? 

An RV inspection is much more comprehensive and time consuming than a house inspection for many reasons.   Since your RV goes down the road at 60+ mph, every component is subject to significant wear and tear that just doesn’t compare to your stick-and-brick home.  Plus, an RV is more complex than a stick-and brick house because it has three electrical systems, two water systems, a hydraulic system (typically), a flexible structure, and a complex chassis that it depends on to move.  Each of these must be closely examined so that they don’t leave you stranded and/or stuck with costly repairs.

 

What is the NRVIA?

The National Recreational Vehicle Inspection Association (NRVIA) is a national network of certified RV inspectors that have been trained and tested to ensure that they can perform RV inspections in accordance with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the NRVIA.  You can learn more about the NRVIA at www.nrvia.org.

 

Why I should get an NRVIA inspection?

 The NRVIA is the most comprehensive RV inspection available.  The typical NRIVA inspection reports runs 50+ pages with about 40 color photographs.  It includes a summary of issues rated by severity, but also important details about the inspected RV that you will use throughout the life of the RV.   

 

What are the requirements for a full inspection?

In order to do a complete inspection, the RV should be setup like it is going to be used.  Ideally, the RV will be in an RV park or similar accommodation.   If any of these are problematic, please contact us to discuss alternatives.

  • Due to the comprehensive nature of the inspection, the RV must be available to the inspector for 8 hours. 
  • The owner should be onsite for at least part of the inspection.  That will give them the opportunity to operate slides, levelers, and other equipment.  
  • All utilities should be connected including electric, city water, sewer, and some water in the fresh tank
  • The RV must be level (mostly)
  • The refrigerator should be on for a minimum of 12 hours
  • The propane tank must be at least ¼ full
  • The coach batteries should be charged
  • There must be enough space for a ladder around the exterior of the RV
  • The storage areas should be uncluttered so that interior walls and cargo bays can be inspected
  • If the unit is a motorhome, the engine gas tank must have more than ¼ tank of gas/diesel
  • If the unit is a towable, a tow vehicle must be available to power the DOT lights

 

How long after the inspection will I receive my report?

You will get a call after the inspection is completed with an initial assessment.  You will receive your inspection report by the end of the next business day.