Why get an RV inspection?
A recreational vehicle is one of the largest purchases a person can make, second only to a house or expensive car. Your RV will have multiple systems, similar to those found in a house. Even new units have been found to have issues missed by the manufacturer. A detailed inspection report can save money in the long run.
What's in the inspection?
An inspection is a detailed report which will tell you whether the electrical, heating, and plumbing systems operate properly. You will learn the condition of the roof, seals, tires, and life-safety equipment such as the carbon monoxide, propane and smoke alarms. The report will include multiple pictures of the unit and important information such as the make and model of each appliance. You'll have the tools to help you decide to negotiate for repairs or walk away.
Do you check out the engine on a motorized RV?
A visual check for excessive leakage is done during an inspection. We also offer analyses of the engine oil, coolant, and/or transmission fluid. Please note for the best analysis results, the existing type/manufacturer of fluid and last change-dates should be known.
The dealership has their own inspector, why get an independent one?
NRVIA-certified inspector works for you, which means your concerns are the only priority. A dealership performs what is called a PDI, or pre-delivery inspection. This is a simple inspection to make the sure the basic systems work and that the vehicle is aesthetically pleasing. There are several aspects not considered in this type of review, which are only performed by an NRVIA-certified inspector.
What do I need to do to prepare for the inspection?
For the most accurate report, the vehicle must be connected to the proper power source and have access to water connection. If the refrigerator is propane, it will need to be turned on at least 12 hours prior to the inspection to ensure proper cooling. We also request your assistance in facilitating with the seller to arrange the time and place of the inspection.
Do I need to be present during an inspection?
No. The inspector will be under the vehicle, outside the vehicle, on the roof, and inside the vehicle. Depending on the level of inspection chosen, this will take approximately 4-7 hours. You will receive a detailed report with numerous pictures after the inspection has been completed.
Will you test drive a motorized RV?
No. Due to liability issues, we will not perform a test drive. As the purchaser, you should test drive the vehicle to be sure it’s the right fit for you.
Will you tell me if I’m getting a good deal on the RV?
No. A certified inspector’s job is to give you the tools to make the most informed decision possible. A major purchase like this is a very personal decision, and only your opinion counts for that.