A National Recreational Vehicle Inspection Association (NRVIA) inspection far surpasses the typical RV inspection.  Instead of a cursory walk-around by a technician of unknown credentials, the NRVIA inspection consists of more than 100 points of inspection.

  1. Roof
  • Rate the overall roof condition
  • Evaluate the condition of the various sealant and joints around the roofing components
  • Rate the condition of the vents, air conditioners, antenna, skylights, solar panels, and other components that are mounted on the roof
  1. Sidewall and End Caps
  • Evaluate the appearance and functional condition of the end caps, sidewalls, entrance doors, windows, and cargo access doors
  • Evaluate any damage, discoloration, or delamination of the sidewall and end caps
  1. Slideout Rooms
  • Perform operation of slide
  • Rate the roof condition
  • Evaluate the condition of the seals, sweeps, and gaskets
  • Evaluate the attached wiring and utility harness underneath the slideout room
  • Evaluate slide rail gear rack
  1. Awnings and Slideout Toppers
  • Operate and rate condition of the awning frames and latching mechanisms
  • Evaluate the condition of fabric material of the awnings
  1. Electrical System (120 Volt AC)
  • Rate the condition of the power cord and its connection ends
  • Remove the cover panel of the 120 volt circuit breaker box to visually inspect the condition of the wiring, circuit breakers and grounding connections
  • Test and verify the output operation of the 120 VAC to 12 VDC converter for charging of the deep cycle batteries
  1. Coach Battery System (12 volt DC)
  • Evaluate the condition, age, and matched sizing of the battery stack
  • Access and visually inspect the wiring, fuse panel and fuses of the 12 volt DC electrical system
  • Evaluate the fresh water /waste water/battery monitor panel for correct readings
  1. Chassis Battery System (12 volt DC)
  • Confirm the operation of turn signals and running lights
  • Visually inspect the chassis batteries, battery compartment, and electrical connections

8.  Generator- Engine 

  • Identify the run hours
  • Check oil level
  • Start and operate the generator
  • Measure hertz and voltage
  1. Generator – Radiator 
  • Visually inspect the coolant reservoir, radiator, and hoses
  1. Inverter 
  • Visually inspect the wiring and electrical connections
  1. Fresh Water System
  • Verify that the city water connection is operational
  • Verify the onboard fresh water tank and pressure pump system will operate and maintain pressure
  • Test all fresh water fixtures inside and outside of the RV
  1. Waste Water Systems – Gray and Black Water
  • Operationally test and inspect both waste plumbing systems for leaks under the sinks, shower, around the toilet and discharge lines
  • Test drain valves for ease of operation
  • Verify the drain cap is in place

13.  Life Safety Items

  • Perform and document LP gas timed leak test at cooktop burner spud for 5 minutes at 8 inches of water column gas pressure
  • Test the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) circuits in the 6 foot range of the water areas of the bathroom, kitchen and exterior receptacles
  • Test all wall receptacles for correct polarity and ground fault
  • Test the exterior skin for stray voltage (hot skin) that will cause electrical shock
  • Emergency Exit Windows – Verify all safety windows are operational
  • Fire Extinguisher – Verify unit is secure in bracket, dial indicates full charge, appropriate size, and recall status
  • Smoke/Fire Detector -Test and verify operation of unit and document expiration date of detector
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector – Test and verify operation of unit and document expiration date of detector
  • LP Gas Detector – Verify audio alarm and document expiration date of detector
  • Verify the rubber grommet is properly sealed around LP gas line of water heater
  1. Propane System (LP)
  • Visually inspect all hoses and pressure regulators for damage and age deterioration
  • Verify the plastic cover has been installed over the regulator
  1. ASME & DOT Propane Tanks
  • Conduct a visual inspection of tank for rust or physical damage if tank is accessible
  1. Refrigerator
  • Assess general condition of refrigerator door panels, interior shelves and drawers
  • Operate on all heat sources – 120 volt AC, LP gas and for 3 way refrigerators, 12 volt DC
  • Collect serial and model number and verify with manufacturer if recall notice has been issued and completed for this unit
  • Test for interior temperature of refrigerator and freezer
  • Confirm interior light is operational
  • Assess condition of coils on backside of refrigerator
  1. Water Heater
  • Visually inspect burner assembly and gas exhaust system for blockages and insect infestation
  • Verify operation on all heat sources – LP gas and 120 volt AC if applicable
  1. Furnace(s)
  • Visually inspect air intake and exhaust assemblies for blockages and insect infestation
  • Operate and verify warm air discharge out of vents and proper return air flow to unit
  1. Cooktop/Stove
  • Evaluate and rate the condition of the cooktop or stove
  • Verify the ignition and operation of all top burners and the oven flame (if equipped)
  • Inspect and rate the condition of the metal grill top and rubber grommets of top burner area
  1. Cooktop Exhaust Fan
  • Operate and verify condition of the exhaust function and fan speeds
  • Evaluate the exterior condition of the exhaust vent
  1. Air Conditioner(s)
  • Perform cooling efficiency test (Delta T) on each unit
  • Inspect air filter(s)
  • Inspect coils and shroud
  1. Washer/ Dryer
  • Visually inspect for leaks
  • Verify a wash and spin cycle of the washer
  • Verify dry operation
  • Evaluate the exterior condition of the dryer exhaust vent
  1. Microwave/Convection Oven
  • Operate the microwave for 60 seconds to document water temperature in cup of water
  • Operate convection oven on preheat
  1. Dishwasher 
  • Verify operation of unit and inspect for leaks
  • Evaluate rotating arm and racks
  1. In House Vacuum System 
  • Verify the operation and visually inspect the various components of the hose assembly, access doors, and dirt bag
  1. Electric Fireplace 
  • Operate and verify the various heat settings, fan speed levels, and the back lighting
  1. Ceiling Mounted Fans and Ceiling Exhaust Vents
  • Visually inspect the condition of the blades and motor
  • Operate and verify condition of the blade direction and fan speeds
  1. Interior Conditions and Appearance
  • Visually inspect all ceilings, walls, interior doors and flooring for signs of water intrusion, surface damage and/or staining
  • Operate all windows and doors noting any deficiencies or missing components
  • Operate all interior, exterior, and décor lighting – 12 volt and 120 volt
  1. Shower/Tub Enclosure
  • Visually inspect the glass panels, curtains and soap dish areas
  • Evaluate and rate the seals around the frame work and doors for water leaks
  • Operate the door and latch system to verify its operation
  1. Cabinets and Closet Condition
  • Inspect and evaluate all cabinet doors, drawers, and pull out operation
  • Visually inspect all counter tops and flat surface areas of the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and storage areas
  1. Furniture
  • Visually inspect the condition of the dinette table/booth, chairs, recliners and sofa
  • Inspect and note furniture fabric tears, discoloration and signs of excessive wear
  • Visually inspect and note signs of mattress damage or staining
  1. Entertainment System
  • Visually inspect and operate all TV and stereo equipment
  • Verify DVD/disc players and radios are operational
  • Raise and lower roof mounted antenna

   33.  Chassis and Undercarriage

  • Visually inspect for rust, damage, and excessive oil on the underside of the RV
  1. Steering
  • Visually inspect for bent or damaged components and hydraulic leaks
  1. Leveling System
  • Extend and retract leveling system
  • Visually inspect for hydraulic leaks or mechanical issues
  1. Engine 
  • Verify oil level on the dipstick
  • Document vehicle mileage
  • Evaluate the oil pressure reading on the dash gauges
  1. Radiator 
  • Visually inspect the radiator, coolant reservoir, and hoses
  1. Transmission 
  • Fluid level on dipstick
  • Indications of discolored transmission fluid
  1. Running Gear
  • Inspect the frame, axles, springs, shocks, and other components for rust, oil stains, and visible damage
  • Assess tire tread
  • Document tire age
  • Check tire pressure