The Best RV Brands – For Motorhomes And Towable RVs

What are the best RV brands? Of course, that is what RV buyers want to know before they buy an RV.

And there are lots of brands and manufacturers in the RV industry these days. So how do you know which of these RV builders to choose from?

Well, this article is going to give you a list of some of the best RV brands in every category. And that includes Class A, Class B and B+, Class C, Super C, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers.

I am a certified RV inspector and I am going to let you know what the RV pros know.

And that is which brands are known for both quality and great customer service. In other words, which RV brands you should buy!

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Of course, it’s good to understand first that RV quality is relative. That is, it is relative to products from other RV manufacturers. Not products in other industries.

So here is a video where I discuss new RV quality and what it really means:

Now, let’s move on and discuss some of the best RV brands and manufacturers. The best RV builders in each type of RV.

I’ll give you the brands that I recommend for the higher end, the mid-range and lower cost RVs in each RV type.

So let’s go ahead and get started with the most popular motorhome. The Class C.

The Best RV Brands – Class C Motorhomes

Class C motorhomes are usually built on either a Ford E350 or E450 chassis.

And they are usually easily recognized by the outcrop over the RV’s cab in front. This is the area that is often used for extra storage or sleeping.

A typical Class C RV
A typical Class C RV

And a Class C RV is well positioned in size between the larger Class A and the smaller Class B.

So let’s take a look at some of the best quality manufacturers of Class C RVs now.

Class C Brand #1

On the high end of the Class C market is a company called Coach House RV.

Now, they are not a high production RV builder like the others I will mention below. But they are well-known for very high quality products.

They build a Class C shell that is a one-piece unit made from fiberglass. And the larger ones are then placed on a Ford E450 chassis.

The RV itself has a very luxurious look and feel. But you can only buy them direct from the factory.

Here are my Coach House Recommended Class Cs:

  • Platinum

The cost for this Coach House Class C starts around $175K – $200K.

You can view the Class C models that Coach House offers here

Class C Brand #2

Jayco is one of the largest manufacturers in the RV industry. And that often does not bode well for build quality.

But Jayco has been able to maintain an excellent balance between high production and high quality.

And that is a feat that I wish other RV builders could copy.

In fact, they produce some very fine Class C RVs in the middle price range.

Of course, the company was bought by Thor in 2016. But it appears that there has been no major interference in building RVs the way they are used to.

So here are the Class C models I can recommend from Jayco:

  • Greyhawk
  • Redhawk
  • Redhawk SE

The MSRP starting price range for Jayco Class C RVs is between $110K – over $160K.

You can see the Class C motorhomes that Jayco offers here

Class C Brand #3

Winnebago is one of the oldest RV builders in the US market. And they are well-known for their Class C offerings.

In fact, the name Winnebago is almost synonymous with motorhomes in the minds of the buying public.

They don’t build many true Class C models these days though.

Instead, it seems that they have turned much of their attention more to the Class B+ category instead.

But their Class C motorhomes should not be ignored. And they are also relatively affordable for many RV buyers.

So here is a list of the Class C models from Winnebago that I can recommend:

  • Minnie Winnie
  • Spirit

The MSRP starting price for Winnebago Class Cs is around $135K.

You can view the Winnebago Class C models by clicking here

More Class C Brands And Models

There are more Class C brands and models that I can recommend for consideration.

So if you would like to see my full list of quality RV builders, download my guidebook by clicking the image below.

More Top RV Brands – Super C Motorhomes

Class C motorhomes are very popular with the buying public. But some wanted a more luxurious Class C with even more power.

And so, the Super C segment of the RV industry was born.

A typical Super C RV
A typical Super C RV

These rigs are built on a commercial truck chassis like Freightliner and are powered by a sizeable diesel engine.

So because of the extra diesel power, they often sport lots of amenities and luxury appliances.

Usually a lot more than their regular Class C brethren.

And towing power often takes a big jump with Super C RVs too.

So let’s take a look at some of the best Super C manufacturers in the industry now:

Super C Brand #1

Newmar is well-known for producing some of the best Class A RVs around.

But in recent years they have also entered the Super C category as well. And their Super C RVs fit in well with other offerings from Newmar too.

Now the models that Newmar produces in this segment are fairly expensive. But they are also made with a lot of quality and precision.

And here are the Newmar Super C models I recommend:

  • Supreme Aire
  • Super Star

The starting price range for Newmar Super C RVs ranges from $475K to more than $700K.

You can view the Super Cs from Newmar by clicking here

Super C Brand #2

Dynamax has been building high quality Super C RVs for more than 20 years.

They have an excellent reputation in the industry for solid RV construction methods too.

And many feel that Dynamax Super C motorhomes are some of the best looking rigs as well.

So here are the Dynamax Super C RVs that I recommend:

  • DynaQuest XL
  • DX-3
  • Force
  • Europa

Dynamax sells their Super Cs in a starting price range that goes from a little over $300K to the mid $400K’s.

Click here to see the Super C models from Dynamax

Super C Brand #3

Nexus is a smaller RV manufacturer that focuses exclusively on Super C RVs.

They have only sold their product factory direct until just recently. But now you can buy their products from RV dealers as well.

And they stake out the lower cost of the Super C market. But they are also well known for building quality products for the money.

Here are the models of Nexus Super C motorhomes that I recommend:

  • Ghost
  • Rebel 4X4
  • Wraith

These Nexus models usually sell in a starting price range between $210K and $280K.

Click here to view the Nexus Super C lineup

More Super C Brands And Models

There are other brands and models of Super C motorhomes that I can recommend as well.

And if you would like to see the complete list of Super C builders that I recommend, just click the image below to download my guidebook:

The Best RV Brands – Class A Diesel Motorhomes

Class A diesel motorhomes are the touring kings of the RV world. And they are made for traveling long distances in comfort and style.

But they are among some of the most expensive RVs to buy as well. So it pays to get a brand that is going to serve you well.

Best RV brands - diesel pushers
Typical Class A diesel pusher

And when we look at the Class A diesel pusher segment of the RV industry, there are quite a few brands to choose from.

But not all of them are equal in terms of quality and customer service after the sale.

So here is a list of some of the best diesel pusher motorhome brands according to price:

Diesel Class A brand #1

On the higher end of Class A diesel pushers is Newmar. And this is a company that has been in business for over 50 years.

Along the way they have racked up numerous industry and consumer awards. And the brand name is synonymous with quality in the minds of many.

Newmar diesel pusher models include:

  • King Aire
  • Essex
  • London Aire
  • Mountain Aire
  • New Aire
  • Dutch Star
  • Ventana
  • Kountry Star
  • Canyon Star

The starting price range for these well made touring coaches goes from the mid $300K’s to over $1.5 million.

So there is plenty to choose from. And Newmar offers something to please almost any Class A diesel pusher buyer.

Click here to view the Newmar line of diesel pushers

Diesel Class A Brand #2

Winnebago is another one of the best RV brands in the diesel pusher category. They too have won lots of industry and consumer awards.

But they tend to build diesel pushers that are mainly targeted to mid-range RV buyers.

Once again, this company has been building RVs for a very long time. Over 55 years!

Their diesel pusher models include:

  • Journey
  • Forza

The starting price range for Winnebago diesel pushers ranges from $350K – $450K.

You can view the Winnebago diesel pushers here

Diesel Class A Brand #3

Another great Class A diesel pusher builder is Fleetwood. They have been in the RV business for a whopping 65 years now.

Now they are not quite on the same level of quality as some other diesel pusher brands that I recommend here. But they are still worthy of consideration.

Especially if you are looking for a mid-range to lower cost diesel pusher RV.

Their price range goes from the low $300K’s to the mid $400K’s. And their models include:

  • Discovery LXE
  • Discovery
  • Frontier
  • Pace Arrow

You can view the diesel pushers from Fleetwood by clicking here

More Diesel Pusher Brands And Models

Of course, there are other brands and models of Class A diesel pusher motorhomes that I can recommend too.

So if you would like to see the complete list of diesel pusher builders that I recommend, click on the image below to download my guidebook:

Class A Gas Motorhome Top Brands And Models

Class A gas motorhomes are also great touring RVs that often come in smaller, more nimble rigs.

They don’t usually have the long list of luxury features that their diesel brethren do.

A typical gas Class A
A typical gas Class A

But they can still pack in a lot of the amenities that RV buyers want. And at a much lower price than diesel pushers!

There are lots of brands that should be considered in both diesel and gas versions of the Class A. Brands known for quality.

But I will again use the same manufacturers that I recommended above for diesel pushers. Because they also make great gas-powered coaches too.

So lets list the Class A gas coaches that I am recommending in this article now:

Gas Class A Brand #1

Newmar makes some of the best Class A diesel pushers on the market. But they also make some of the best gas-powered Class A’s too.

And that means you can buy Newmar quality for much less.

Here is a list of the Newmar gas Class A coaches that you should consider:

  • Bay Star
  • Bay Star Sport

The starting price range for these Class A RVs is from $200K – $250K.

You can view these gas-powered models at this link

Gas Class A Brand #2

Actually, Winnebago produces more gas Class A RVs than diesel pushers.

And they have models in their lineup that have been in production for decades.

These include:

  • Adventurer
  • Sunstar
  • Vista

All of these models are very affordable too. And their starting price goes from $175K to a little over $200K.

Click here to view the Winnebago Gas Class A lineup

Gas Class A Brand #3

Fleetwood also offers a nice lineup of gas Class A RVs.

And they have the widest range of price categories to choose from as well.

Their models include:

  • Southwind
  • Bounder
  • Fortis
  • Flair

These coaches starting price begins at around $150K and goes up to about $250K in price.

You can view the Fleetwood Gas Class A RVs here

More Gas Class A Brands And Models

There are also several other brands and models of Class A gas motorhomes that I can recommend.

To see the full list, just click on the image below and download my guidebook:

Diesel vs Gas Class A RVs

One of the most often discussed topics about Class A RVs is “diesel vs gas engines”.

And this is a good time to address that topic if you are looking for either a Class A diesel pusher or a gas motorhome.

There are lots of strong opinions on both sides. But I made a couple of videos to help you decide what is best for you.

In the videos below I present both the pros and the cons of each kind of Class A RV. Because no RV is right for everyone!

You can watch those videos here:

I hope these videos were helpful for you. But now back to my recommended list of RV brands and models.

The Best RV Brands – Class B Motorhomes

Class B motorhomes are the smallest in terms of size for motorized RVs.

Typically, they are vans that have been altered to be used as an RV. And in most cases, there are no slides to expand the living space inside.

And they can also be the most expensive RV per square foot of living space that you can buy.

So let’s take a look at my recommended list of the best quality Class B builders and manufacturers. Here are a couple of those:

Class B Brand #1

Winnebago builds Class B motorhomes in a wide variety of price ranges.

They are one of the oldest US RV manufacturers in existence and they bring that experience to Class B RVs too.

Best RV brands - A typical Class B RV
A typical Class B RV

Also, industry reviews and customer feedback are very positive for Winnebago.

So they would be a good choice if you are in the market for a well-made Class B RV.

Here are some of the Winnebago Class B models that I can recommend:

  • Boldt
  • Revel
  • Travato
  • Solis
  • Solis Pocket

You will find that Winnebago Class B RVs are found within the $115K to $250K starting price range.

You can view the Class B models that Winnebago offers here

Class B Brand #2

Pleasure Way is based in Canada and they have been building RVs for over 35 years.

And they have won numerous industry and consumer awards during that time.

An interesting point to note is that they offer a unique 5 year warranty program. This covers anything in the RV that they make themselves.

Now let’s take a look at the list of recommended models for Pleasure Way:

  • Rekon 4X4
  • Plateau
  • Ascent
  • Ontour
  • Tofino

You can also expect to find Pleasure Way Class B RVs in a starting price range from $95K to $185K.

You can view the Class B motorhomes that Pleasure Way offers here

More Class B Brands And Models To View

As with the other types of RVs listed on this page, there are more brands and models that I can recommend for consideration.

So to view the complete list of quality Class B manufacturer brands and models, just click the image below.

That way you can download my guidebook on buying quality Class B RVs.

The best RV brands - Class B and B+ motorhomes

The Top RV Brands – Class B Plus Motorhomes

The Class B plus motorhome is really more of a marketing term than anything else.

And so it’s hard to actually define a B+ RV. But the best explanation is that it is an RV that is larger than a Class B and smaller than a Class C.

This type of RV was actually needed. Because a lot of people like the smaller, nimble Class B.

But the biggest complaint about it has always been the small amount of actual living space.

So some RV builders have decided to build an RV body on a van chassis platform made by either Mercedes, Ram or Ford.

A typical Class B+ RV
A typical Class B plus RV

And because the RV section of the rig is usually wider and often has slides, there is more usable living space.

So here is how I define a Class B plus RV. If the RV is not on a Ford E350 or E450 chassis, it is not a Class C in my opinion.

On the other hand, if it is on a van chassis, but has an RV body that is wider than a normal van, I classify it as a B plus RV.

Not everyone agrees with this assessment of RV types. But for the purposes of this article, it helps you understand what I mean by recommending B+ RVs.

And here are some of the brands and models of Class B+ RVs that I can recommend:

Class B+ Brand #1

Airstream is an iconic RV brand. And they have over 85 years of experience in building RVs.

They have been constantly recognized and applauded for the quality construction methods they use in their products.

Of course, this usually puts them firmly in the more expensive higher end category.

But their RVs are worth the extra money spent. At least in my opinion.

So here are the Class B plus models that I can recommend from Airstream:

  • Atlas

Clearly, they don’t provide a lot of choices in this B+ category. But the Atlas is well worth consideration at an MSRP price beginning at $290K.

You can view the Class B models from Airstream by clicking here

Class B+ Brand #2

Dynamax has been building high quality Super C motorhomes for many years.

And I included them in my list of Super C recommended builders earlier in this article.

But they also now make a Class B plus offering that is worth a solid look as well. And here it is:

  • Isata 3 Series

This model from Dynamax has a starting MSRP beginning at $180K.

You can view the Class B plus models from Dynamax here

More Class B Plus Brands And Models To Choose From

Of course, there are more brands and models in the B plus category that I can heartily recommend for consideration.

So just click on the image below to download my guidebook. And there you will find an expanded list of all of the Class B+ makers and models for research.

The Best RV Brands – Fifth Wheels

Now let’s start our look at towable RVs with the fifth wheel segment of the industry.

Fifth wheel RVs typically are the larger and more luxurious towable RV that you can buy.

A typical fifth wheel RV
A typical fifth wheel RV

And there are lots of pros and cons with fifth wheels as there are with any type of RV.

In fact, here is a video that I made comparing fifth wheels and travel trailers head-to-head:

Now lets cover the best brands and models of fifth wheels that I can recommend for you. And here they are:

Fifth Wheel Brand #1

Grand Design has only been making RVs for about the last 10 years. But in that time they have taken the towable market by storm.

The company has won numerous industry and consumer awards for the quality of their products.

And they are especially known among the RV community for their exceptional customer service.

Here are the models that I recommend for consideration:

  • Solitude
  • Reflection
  • Reflection 150

Grand Design fifth wheels can be found in starting MSRP prices that range from $66K – $107K.

You can find all of the Grand Design fifth wheel models here

Fifth Wheel Brand #2

Jayco has been building RVs for more than 50 years now. And they are in fact, one of the largest RV builders in the world.

It’s also interesting to see such a high production RV builder maintain reasonably high product quality as well. And Jayco does this very well.

They also build towable RVs that cover several price ranges. And this makes them more affordable for a larger number of people.

Here are the Jayco models that I can recommend for you:

  • Pinnacle
  • North Point
  • Eagle
  • Eagle HT

The starting MSRP price range for Jayco fifth wheel RVs is between $75K – $119K.

You can find all of the fifth wheel models from Jayco by clicking here

Fifth Wheel Brand #3

Northwood is not a high production RV manufacturer, but they are well worth tracking down.

They are well known for producing true four season RVs too.

Now many RV builders claim four season capability. But Northwood actually delivers.

And Northwood has lots of supporters and fans in the online RVing forums.

Here are the models of Northwood fifth wheels that I can recommend:

  • Arctic Fox Grande Ronde
  • Fox Mountain

The Northwood fifth wheel lineup ranges in starting prices from $55K – $75K.

You can view the fifth wheel product lineup from Northwood RV here

More Fifth Wheel Brands And Models

My list of recommended fifth wheel brands and models is much longer than you see here.

So if you would like to see the full list, just click on the image below to download my guidebook:

The Top RVs – Travel Trailer Brands And Models

Travel trailers make up the largest segment of the RV industry by far.

They are usually the most affordable RVs on the market. And the smallest ones can be towed by a wide range of vehicles.

A typical travel trailer RV
A typical travel trailer RV

And they are most often used by those who like to camp on weekends or take vacations in them.

But because of their affordability, they can also be laden with quality issues too.

So lets cover the travel trailer brands that I can recommend for your consideration:

Travel Trailer Brand #1

Once again, Grand Design gets the nod for travel trailer manufacturers on the higher end of the market.

Everything I said about Grand Design in the fifth wheel section above holds true here as well.

The company gets lots of positive reviews for their travel trailer products online. And this is especially so when you compare them to other brands.

So here are the models that Grand Design makes that I think you should consider:

  • Transcend Xplor
  • Imagine
  • Reflection

The starting MSRP price range for Grand Design travel trailers is between $35K and $70K.

You can view all of the travel trailer models from Grand Design here

Travel Trailer Brand #2

Another carry over from my list of fifth wheel towables is Northwood RV.

Once again, everything said about them above in this article is true here as well.

When you view their products and compare them with others in their price range, the quality is clearly obvious.

So the models of Northwood travel trailers that I can recommend are:

  • Arctic Fox North Fork
  • Nash

Northwood travel trailers sell in a starting price range of between $40K – $65K.

You can view the Northwood RV travel trailer offerings here

Travel Trailer Brand #3

Lance travel trailers are identified in a unique way. Rather than being named, they are simply given a number.

So there are 11 travel trailer models to choose from in their lineup.

Lance is often recognized online as being a quality builder. And they lots of supportive fans of their products.

The Lance models of travel trailers that I can recommend are:

  • The 1475
  • The 1575
  • The 1685
  • The 1985
  • The 1995
  • The 2075
  • The 2185
  • The 2285
  • The 2375
  • The 2445
  • The 2465

These Lance travel trailers range in starting price from $45K to $95K.

You can see all of the travel trailer models from Lance by clicking here

How To Buy A New RV The Right Way

How to buy an RV the right way

Well, I hope you enjoyed my list of the best RV brands in both motorhomes and towable RVs.

But if you are in the market for a new RV, more is needed than just knowing which brands to buy.

These days, new RVs are coming from the factory with problems. And many of these problems need to be repaired before you take it on your first camping trip.

But how do you find the issues that need attention? And how do you get them fixed before you take delivery of the RV?

As an RV inspector I know how to answer these questions for you. And I have produced a guidebook that explains how to buy a new RV the right way.

What My Guidebook On Buying New RVs Will Show You

Here is what my guidebook will show you in clear step-by-step terms:

  • How to find the kind of RV and the model that is just right for your needs
  • How to make sure that you get the best price possible for the RV you choose
  • How to make sure that all of the hidden problems and issues with any RV are found are fixed before you take delivery and before you use it the first time.
  • A checklist to use along with the guide that will easily step you through the most important things to check before you buy an RV 
  • How to get my personal help as a certified RV inspector in the buying process

So if you want to make sure that you get the new RV that you paid for from the first day of ownership, download my guidebook here:

This guidebook makes a great companion to any of the guidebooks listed above about the best brands and models to buy.

That’s because you need to know which brands to choose to get the best quality RV possible.

And then you also need to know how to make sure it doesn’t have hidden problems too.

And you need to know how to buy that RV at the very best price possible.

So I suggest combining the guidebook for the type of RV you want with the new RV buying guidebook.

That way you put the odds heavily on your side to have the best new RV buying experience that you can.

And by getting any of the guidebooks listed above, you also get my personal assistance.

That’s right. I’ll personally help answer any questions you have about buying an RV. In fact, I’ll be there with you every step of the way if you like.

Conclusion

I really don’t know of any other RV buying guides like mine.

So I know that they will be helpful for you in your RV buying process.

And I’ll be ready to help you along the way too.

My wish for you is to be able to buy the RV of your dreams. And enjoy new fun and adventures in it for many years to come!

RV Decals Removal And Replacement Guide

RV decals removal and replacement is an important subject for many RVers.

This is because RV decals can make a huge difference in the appearance of an RV.

They can take an otherwise plain RV exterior and transform it into something that is eye-catching.

So its no wonder that lots of RV owners like to dress up their rig with RV decals.

And many RVs come from the factory with an RV stripes and graphics package already installed.

But over time decals can fade, crack and begin to peel off the RV exterior. And this mars the whole appearance of the rig.

RV decals removal - fading and cracking
This is how RV decals can fade and crack

So this guide is about RV decals removal and about RV decals replacement too. Let’s start with removing RV decals.

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RV Decals Removal Using Heat

Most RV stripes and graphics are made from vinyl material with an adhesive on the back. So there is actually two parts of the decal.

And if you try to remove the decals by hand without applying heat, you will often have a hard time. Sometimes they can be pulled off without heat, but it’s rare.

So a time tested method of RV decal removal is to use a common heat gun. In fact, it can be a heat gun like many people use to remove wallpaper.

The trick is not to get the heat gun too close to the material or the RV surface. But you want it close enough to heat the decals for removal.

And you want to keep the heat gun moving to prevent applying too much heat in one area.

After a few tries, you will begin to find the right distance that works best for decal removal. And you will learn how fast to move the heat gun too.

Your goal is to get the decals heated up so they are flexible enough to remove. But you don’t want to get the RV stripes and graphics so hot that they melt.

RV Decals Removal – The Adhesive

Now you may find that the decal itself comes off fairly easily using a heat gun.

But most of the time, the adhesive that held the vinyl graphic onto the RV will be left behind. And this is where the task gets much harder in many cases.

There are all sorts of products that people use to remove adhesive. Some of these include mineral spirits and lacquer thinner.

Of course, any chemical needs to be tested on the RV surface before use. That way you don’t remove or mar more than the decal itself.

And after testing, these chemicals often do work enough to get the job done. But it will be hard and difficult going in many cases.

So a lot of people will get frustrated and start using a razor blade to remove the decals instead.

In the hands of a skilled professional, this may be possible without marring the surface. But the use of a razor blade on decal adhesive is very tricky.

If you aren’t extremely careful, the blade can dig into the RV surface and leave gouges behind. Then you have an even worse problem to repair than just peeling decals.

So are there better solutions to RV decal removal other than the methods I just described? Yes, and lets discuss how to remove RV decals easier.

Better Adhesive Removal Methods – Rapid Remover

I have installed and removed RV stripes and graphics many times over the years. And I have found a product that makes adhesive removal so much easier.

It’s called Rapid Remover and it is made by a company that specializes in vinyl installation and removal. You can view the product by clicking here now.

Rapid Remover for decal adhesive

If you read the reviews of this product you will see that it works very well for most people.

You just spray it on the adhesive, and let it sit for a couple of minutes to soften it up.

Then you can remove the adhesive fairly easily with a plastic squeegee and a paper towel.

And the good news is that it does not damage the RV surface under and around the decal.

Now it will still take effort to remove the adhesive residue with Rapid Remover. But nowhere near as much work as mineral spirits or other chemicals.

Better Adhesive Removal Methods – Steam

Another method for removing old and peeling RV decals is the use of steam. In fact, a common household steam cleaner can do the trick nicely.

Just move the steamer wand over the decal several times. You will eventually notice that the decal starts to soften up.

At this point, you can often pick up the edges of the decal and pull it off. And in many cases, a large chuck of the graphic will come off too.

One of the best advantages of using steam is that the adhesive often comes off with the decal. This doesn’t always happen. But often enough.

So of course, that makes the job of decal removal so much easier. It really shortens the job time when both the decal and the adhesive comes off together.

But even if that doesn’t happen, the decal removal is very simple and easy to do with steam.

If you don’t have a steam cleaner, they can often be rented locally. But if you want to get one, here is an inexpensive steam cleaner that I can recommend for the job.

Steam cleaner for RV decal removal
Steam cleaner

Better Adhesive Removal Methods – An Eraser Wheel

The methods we have covered so far for how to remove RV decals are best for small jobs.

But what if you have lots of decals and stripes and graphics that need to be removed?

Well, I often faced this situation on RVs that I worked on to remove decals.

Many professional vinyl graphic installers use a product to help get the job done more quickly. And that is an eraser wheel. You can view it here.

Eraser wheel for removing RV decals

These decal eraser wheels attach to a regular drill and uses the RPMs of the drill to do its work.

It is also a product that can remove both the decal and the adhesive at the same time. So its a big time saver.

You just spin the wheel with the drill. Then apply the wheel to the decal as it is spinning.

The wheel will begin to grab the vinyl and the adhesive off the surface of the RV. And it usually flakes off and away from the RV.

This kind of method is safe for most painted surfaces. But don’t use it on anything plastic or aluminum areas.

I recommend that you test it first on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t mar the surface. Then you can use it with confidence.

The use of an eraser wheel makes a difficult job so much easier. And it is well worth the time saved on a big job of RV decal removal.

RV Decal Replacement

What I have covered so far is RV decal removal. But when the decal is removed, most likely you will also need to replace it.

On RVs, this can be tricky. Very often, the sun has oxidized the exterior surface around the decal. So when you remove the decal, you can still see the outline of where it was.

This means that you will probably need to go back with the same decal that you just removed. That is, if you want to restore the RV exterior to “like new” condition.

So the first step in RV decal replacement is to find someone who can make that original RV graphic.

Fortunately, I know someone who can fit that bill nicely. I have known him for many years and he is able to help you get the RV decal replacements you need.

The company is Florida Applied Films and the owner’s name is Shayne. Just give him a call and let him know what you want to do to replace your RV decals.

Very often, if you have a picture of the decals on your RV, he can match the colors and size.

And if you are in the central Florida area, he can install the decal package for you too. But if not, he can ship the RV decals to you.

An example of RV decal replacement replacement on an Alpha RV

RV Decals Installation

RV decals removal is one thing. But RV decals installation is another entirely.

Very often RV stripes and graphics are very large. And that makes sense. Because if you put small decals on the side of a big RV, it just gets lost.

So what that means is that RV decals often require more skill to install than most RV owners have.

How To Install RV Decals

If you do decide to self install the decals though, I have a few suggestions for you.

  • Clean the are where you will apply the decals thoroughly.
  • Fit the decal to the surface first and mark an outline where you want it placed on the RV
  • Then remove the decal backing and spray it with a solution of 5 drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle of water
  • Thoroughly wet the back of the decal where the adhesive is
  • Having someone help you, apply the decal to the spot that you outlined on the RV
  • Keep adjusting the decal until it is perfectly in place. If this takes a while, pick up one side of the decal and spray more solution behind it. Do this for the whole graphic. Keep it well lubricated this way while you work with it
  • Once it is in position, use a plastic squeegee to remove the solution behind the decal. Start in the middle and work out to the edges
  • When the solution is removed, take off the decal cover on the front if it has one
  • If there are any air bubbles pop them with the point of a pin

Custom RV Decals

After RV decal removal, you may decide though to change the whole design of your RVs stripes and graphics.

If you do, Shayne at Florida Applied Films can help you with that too. He can work with you to come up with a design that fits your RV.

It’s not uncommon that people like yourself may want unique RV decals instead of the factory replacements.

So working with someone who knows about RV decals is a good way to do that. They have the experience to help you find what will work best for your rig.

And a unique RV decal scheme can set your RV aside from all the others like it.

The Best Wax For RV Decals

After RV decal removal and replacement, you need to make sure that your new decals will last.

The longer they last, the less trouble and expense you have to go through to replace them.

And the worst enemies of any vinyl decal is the sun and the elements. In fact, UV rays from the sun can break down RV stripes and graphics very quickly.

And constant exposure to the outside elements also has a weathering effect on decals.

So you need to use products that slow down this wear and tear that your decals experience.

First of all, I recommend that you wash your RV regularly, not just every now and then. This is important to keep the vinyl graphics clean.

I wrote an article on how to do that easily and quickly. And you can read that article here.

Then use a wax product that can help seal out the effects of the elements. And apply a UV inhibitor regularly to slow down the harmful effects of the sun.

So what is the best wax for RV decals then? I mentioned it in the article I just referenced. It’s call Meguiar’s Ultimate Fast Finish. And you can view it here.

Best wax for RV decals - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

This product will help protect your decals for many months. But I also recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant as a UV inhibitor too.

For me, the use of these two products together is the best wax for decals that you can get!

Conclusion

So this guide has covered both RV decals removal and RV decals replacement.

I’ve showed you how to remove your decals in various ways. Just choose the one that works best for you and your RV.

I’ve also shown you how to get RV decals replacements that look just like the factory ones.

And I also discussed how to get custom RV decals and unique RV decals as well.

And finally, you now know how to use the best wax for RV decals to make them last as long as possible.

Have safe and happy travels in your RV with beautiful stripes and graphics!

RV Inspection – The Ultimate Guide (New And Used)

RV inspection is a topic that few people really understand. And what you hear about RV inspections online is often downright misleading.

But the good news is that I am a certified NRVIA RV inspector. And I am happy to explain the truth about RV inspections and inspectors.

I also have produced a lot of content online specifically about RVs and RV life. And a lot of that content has included information about RV inspections.

But now I’ve decided to produce the ultimate guide on RV inspections. And include everything that you need or even want to know about them.

And that is what you are reading now. So let’s get started!

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What Is An RV Inspection?

Actually there are different kinds of RV inspections depending on their purpose. For instance, here are a few:

  • Insurance companies sometimes request an RV inspection prior to insuring an RV
  • Loan companies can also request an inspection of an RV for loan purposes
  • Some states have a basic inspection requirement on all of their resident’s RVs from time to time
  • RV sellers will sometimes provide an RV inspection report on an RV they are selling to verify that it is good shape
  • Prospective RV buyers often will have an inspection on an RV they are considering to buy to make sure that there are no major hidden problems

Out of that list that I just provided, there is one main type of RV inspection that I will be covering here. And that is the one by prospective RV buyers.

The reason for that is that by far it is the most common type of RV inspection. And it is the one that most people have questions about. So let get those questions answered!

Why Have An Inspection Performed On An RV?

When you buy an RV, you want to feel confident that it is worthy of purchase. In other words, nobody wants to buy an RV that has hidden issues and problems.

After all, you are going to spend a lot of money when you buy an item that big. And it is not a cheap or insignificant purchase.

Also, repairing an RV can be very expensive, depending on what needs repairs. If it is a major repair, it could cost several thousands of dollars.

And very few RV buyers have an intimate knowledge of how an RV works. They may have a general familiarity with them if they have been RVing for a while.

But there aren’t many who can spot hidden problems in a motorhome or towable RV easily.

And when most people start RV shopping, they usually focus on superficial matters. Like the colors, the floor plan, the size, and so forth.

And there is nothing wrong with that at all. But there is so much more to consider if you want to make sure that you are making a good purchase.

And that is where the RV inspector comes in. They are an unbiased third-party that has extensive knowledge of how RVs work.

So their honest assessment of the condition of an RV is invaluable in the buying process.

What Is An RV Inspector?

So what is an R V inspector anyway? And I’m sure that you are also thinking “How can I find an RV inspector near me?”

Let’s start with the first question and identify what an RV inspector is.

An inspector of RVs
What is an RV inspector?

In broad terms, an RV inspector is someone who has a thorough knowledge of RVs.

At least enough to be able to correctly test and assess everything in an RV. And make sure that it functions as it should.

So many people will hire an RV service technician that they feel is qualified for the inspection. And that may be sufficient.

But there are drawbacks to that approach. Here are some of the reasons that I don’t recommend hiring RV service techs for inspections:

the cons of hiring an RV service tech

  • They are not certified as RV inspectors. They may be very proficient in the repair of some parts of an RV. But an inspector needs to be thoroughly trained in every aspect of RV systems and equipment. Without certification you don’t know what skills they have or do not possess.
  • But suppose that they are knowledgeable about all systems in an RV. More is still required for a thorough inspection report. Having a consistent workflow that takes them through every part of the RV is critical. It is easy for those who do not have the right software and checklists to miss things as they go. Many times without even realizing it. So to inspect an RV properly there needs to be a system for guiding the inspector from one task to another.
  • The inspection of the RV itself is only one part of the process. It is the report that they produce that translates the information to the buyer. And that report needs to be readable and easy to follow. It should also contains numerous photos and videos for the buyers benefit. That way they can really understand the condition of the RV they may purchase.

Who Should Inspect Your RV?

So then, who is best qualified to inspect your RV? Here is my recommendation.

There is an organization that educates, trains and certifies RV inspectors. And it is called the NRVIA (National RV Inspectors Association).

If you hire an inspector that has been through their school and has been certified, the odds are on your side that you will get a great inspection on your RV.

The school is very thorough in its education about RVs themselves. But it also provides hands-on training about the inspection process as well.

It also helps make sure that RV inspectors have all the correct tools to do the job right.

And the instructors make themselves available after certification for ongoing support too. And this is critical.

That’s because nobody knows everything about every RV out there. So having a large helpful support system to draw from is a big help.

And the collective knowledge that experienced RV inspectors share in this group is amazing. And it leads to better, more thorough and accurate inspections on a wide range of RVs.

I have been through this school myself and became a certified NRVIA RV inspector. And I can highly recommend my fellow certified peers with confidence.

Where Can I Find An RV Inspector Near Me?

This is a questions that I get a lot. “How to get an RV inspector near me?”

The good news is that its pretty easy in most cases. The first step is to visit the NRVIA website.

On the home page there is large button that says “Find An RV Inspector”.

NRVIA RV inspector locator
Just click the “Find An RV Inspector” button

Press that button and the next page has a map of all the inspectors in the US. And there is a pretty good representation of them throughout most of the country.

You can use the search box to find an inspector near you. Or you can also just zoom in on the map to find one in your area.

In many cases, there will be multiple inspectors near you. And that is a good thing since they often stay pretty busy.

So use the contact information for each inspector to reach out to them. You can email or call them to find out about their upcoming availability for RV inspections.

But I also recommend that you visit their website and learn more about them too. You can often get a feel for the kind of inspector you want by doing that.

When you contact them, let them know about the RV you are considering first. The make, model and year, and so on.

Then let them know where it is located and how soon you need it inspected. Finally, you can ask how much they charge for the inspection.

And if there are any other questions you would like to ask, go right ahead. Then you can choose the inspector that will fit your needs best.

What If There Aren’t Any Inspectors Near Me?

Sometimes the RV you are considering may be in an area that does not have many NRVIA inspectors. So what can you do then?

The NRVIA does its very best to provide a quality inspection for every request. So if you can’t find an inspector near the RV, email them and explain your situation.

The email address to use is info@nrvia.org. Tell them that you have tried to locate an inspector using their map, but were unsuccessful.

When they receive your email, they will do their best to find an inspector that is willing to travel to you. And in many cases they are able to do that.

They will put you in touch with that inspector and you can work out the details together.

This can also be a good solution if all of the NRVIA inspectors in your area are busy. Maybe they just can’t get to your RV inspection as soon as you need them.

Then contact the NRVIA as I mentioned above and they will do their best to help out.

another source for finding rv inspectors

There is another great source for getting an inspector for your RV that is certified by the NRVIA.

It’s a website called MyRVResource.com

You will find lots of inspectors listed on this site. And you can also find other RV related professionals too.

The site is owned and operated by a couple who are both Master Certified RV Inspectors. And they have created a really helpful resource for RVers of all kinds here.

MyRVResource.com
MyRVResource.com is a great resource for finding certified RV inspectors too

When Should You Arrange For An RV Inspection?

Arranging for an inspection can be a little tricky sometimes, but it is very doable.

The first step is that you need to find an RV that you feel is worthy of purchase. One that you like well enough to be ready to buy if it passes the inspection.

Then you need to contact the inspectors in your area and ask about their availability.

Sometimes they will be able to arrange the job right away. But in some cases, it may be a few days before they can get to it.

This will call for good communication on your part with the RV seller at this point. They need to know that you are arranging for an inspection to be done. And they need to understand the timetable for it.

Of course, most RV sellers want to sell the rig as soon as they can. So you may need to provide them with some kind of refundable payment to let them know you are a serious buyer.

So keep good lines of communication open between yourself and the seller in this process. And do the same with the inspector as well.

If you do, things go much smoother for everyone concerned.

Where Can An RV Inspection Be Done?

A large number of RV sales are made by private sellers. So most inspectors are able to conduct mobile RV inspections wherever needed.

But there also a large number of sales made by RV dealers too. And the inspector can perform the inspection on their lot if needed.

Regardless of where the inspection takes place though, some things will be needed in advance. And here are a few of those things.

  • It is best that the RV be hooked up to electric, water and a septic system for the inspection. That way all of these systems can be thoroughly inspected.
  • It is also best to get the refrigerator working the day before the inspection. At least if it is a gas absorption RV refrigerator/freezer. They take a long time to cool down.
  • Also make sure there is enough propane in the tank for testing that system. And enough fuel in a motorhome and/or generator to start and run them too.
  • It’s also helpful to have all electronic remotes available. And keys to all storage compartments as well.

What Does An R V Inspection Cover?

First of all, its important to note that not all inspections of RVs are alike. This is because there are several different kinds of RVs out there.

There are motorhomes and towable RVs. And there are different sizes of each too.

Some are small travel trailers or maybe even truck campers. Others are giant diesel pushers with every convenience imaginable.

So an RV inspector’s job can be very different from one day to another. And they have to be ready for almost anything.

But generally speaking, an inspection will cover everything in that RV from the roof to the tires. Both inside and outside the RV.

That includes all systems and components such as:

  • The propane, water, waste and electrical systems. And there are lots of components that go into each one of those systems.
  • Also all appliances such as the water heater, refrigerator, air conditioning, stove, oven, etc.
  • Then there is the construction of the RV too. Things like the condition of the roof, walls, ceilings, floors, and much more.
  • RV awnings, slide outs and toppers, and on-board generators.
  • Also leveling systems and suspension components.
  • Then there are all of the electronic items in the RV too. Things like the TV, microwave, radio, USB ports
  • And the list goes on and on.

What About A Motorhome Chassis RV Inspection?

If the RV being inspected is a motorhome, it is usually built on a third-party chassis.

In other words, the chassis components like the engine, drivetrain and suspension were bought first. And then the RV was built on top of and around the chassis.

So is an inspector qualified to inspect chassis components? The answer is, to some degree.

A visual inspection of these mechanical components and equipment is possible. But the vast majority of NRVIA R V inspectors are not mechanics.

So anything beyond a visual inspection is usually not included in their report.

Of course, it may be helpful to have the chassis inspected more thoroughly. And that means that it may be beneficial to have a qualified mechanic inspect it as well.

But there is another way to get a pretty good idea of the condition of the major chassis components.

What About Performing An RV Chassis Fluid Analysis?

It is certainly understandable that many RV buyers would like to assess the mechanical condition of the RV.

But getting a thorough inspection of these components by a qualified mechanic is not always easy.

In that case, many RV inspectors offer the ability to perform a fluid analysis of these components.

In this case, fluid can be drawn from the engine oil and coolant. Also from the transmission fluid. And from an on-board generator’s oil and coolant if it is present.

These fluid samples are then sent to a lab that specializes in examining those kind of fluids.

The lab then produces a very detailed report about the wear and tear found in those component’s fluids.

That is because all fluids contain residue from the equipment where they are being used.

And that residue can reveal a lot about the condition of that equipment. Especially under the scrutiny of a trained examiner.

In fact, a fluid analysis can often provide even more information than a mechanic may provide. That’s because the mechanic cannot see inside the engine or transmission.

But the fluid sample gives the examiner a good idea of what is going on inside.

Not all inspectors offer this kind of service though. So if you are interested in getting a fluid analysis, ask about whether it is available.

Do RV Inspections Come With A Guarantee?

I think you can see that an NRVIA inspection is very comprehensive in nature. And it is not just a quick overall visual check that only takes a couple of hours.

There are companies out there that do that kind of inspection. But it is very limited in nature and nowhere near as thorough as the one I’ve described.

So is the inspection report that is presented to the buyer at the end a guarantee of RV performance and function?

Well, a guarantee like that is impossible to provide. What functions one day on an RV may not function the same way tomorrow.

And most long-time RVers are aware of that. There is always something on an RV that needs work or adjustment. No matter how diligent you are in maintaining it.

So the inspector will not be providing a guarantee of any kind with the inspection report.

But what you are getting is an unbiased and thorough snapshot of the condition of that RV at the time it was inspected.

Does An RV Inspector Repair Problems They Find?

As the RV inspector does their job, they will always uncover something that needs attention. Some things may be minor in nature. And other things may be major.

So does the inspector then repair or fix the issues that was found? No, and there is a good reason for that.

Inspectors that are certified by the NRVIA hold to a high standard in their code of ethics.

And one of those standards mandates that an inspector may not repair an RV for some time after the inspection.

This safeguard is in place for the benefit of the RV buyer. To make sure that there are never financial incentives for an RV inspector to find problems.

All they are allowed to do is identify the issues as they find them. They may not profit by fixing them and charging for that service.

It is in the best interest of the RV buyer to keep the inspection and repair services separate in this way.

What About The RV Inspection Report?

The most useful part of the inspection for the buyer is the report that they receive. This is all of the gathered information that the inspector has found about that RV.

The report needs to be complete and thorough. And yet it also needs to be easily understood and clear.

And that is a difficult balance to strike. After all, they are taking very technical information and making it readable by the average person.

A typical NRVIA inspection report will also include lots of pictures about what was found. Especially about the problems that were observed.

But it may also include videos about how some parts of the RV were functioning when tested.

And the report should also include a no-charge question and answer session with the inspector. This takes place after the inspection is concluded.

And this is where they can put their findings in words along with the written report. In this way, anything in the report that wasn’t clear can be explained more thoroughly.

This is one of the best features of an RV inspection by a certified RV inspector. The time spent with them after the inspection allows a free flow of information in a relaxed setting.

What Question Should You Never Ask The Inspector?

There is one question that typically comes up in these question and answer sessions. And it’s a question that the inspector simly cannot answer.

That question is “After inspecting it, would you buy this RV”?

It is understandable that some buyers would like to make a difficult decision easier. And asking the inspector whether they would buy the RV is a way to do that.

But it is an unfair question. The RV inspector is not interested in buying the RV they inspected. They are just performing a service for the prospective buyer.

And how do they know what the buyer wants in an RV anyway? All they can do is accurately list the condition of the RV at that point in time.

It is not fair to try to shift the burden of the buying decision to them as well.

I have always been amazed when some buyers accept an RV that has major problems. And then other buyers reject another RV with relatively minor issues.

So an RV inspector can’t make the call for each buyer about whether they should purchase or not. It is a very personal decision for each buyer to make.

Should You Accompany The Inspector On The Job?

Some inspectors will allow the buyer to go along with them as they inspect the rig.

But I feel that this is not the best thing to do for the buyer. And why would I say that?

As I mentioned earlier an R V inspection requires a consistent uninterrupted workflow. Otherwise, very important parts of the inspection could be missed or not completed.

And when someone else is following along, it is easy to get distracted. And at a time when focus is really required to do the job right.

So my personal recommendation is to let the inspector do their job alone. Then once they are done, feel free to ask them anything you like about what they found.

How Much Does An RV Inspection Cost?

OK, so here’s the big question, right? How much will an NRVIA certified RV inspector charge you for the inspection?

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To answer that question, let me remind you that there are so many different kinds of RVs. And they come in all kinds of sizes.

Some are relatively very simple in nature. And others can be incredibly complex.

Some can require only a few hours of time to inspect. Others may take many hours with even two people working on them.

So there is no way that one price can fit all RV inspections. And the cost of an inspection has to fit the RV that is being inspected.

The other point is that NRVIA certified inspectors are not employees of the NRVIA. They are usually self-employed entrepreneurs with businesses of their own.

So they are free to set their own prices for each job that they take. And some choose to charge more than others according to what the market will bear in their area.

With that said, the average charge for an RV inspection starts around $500. This would be in line for a small travel trailer.

But the cost for some rigs, like diesel pusher RVs, may be close to $1500. This is due to the extensive equipment that has to be inspected. And the complexity that is involved.

Large diesel pushers takes a long time to inspect
Large diesel pushers take a long time to thoroughly inspect

Of course, the cost for other RVs between these two extremes falls somewhere in the middle.

Inspecting Used RVs

When you buy a used RV, there could be many hidden problems you can’t see. In fact, the seller may not even be aware of some problems yet.

So before buying any used RV, it is highly advisable to get it inspected by a qualified inspector.

This will help you make a very important decision about whether to buy that RV or not.

After all, it could have major hidden problems that could be very expensive to repair. And you may not want to spend that kind of money after purchasing the RV.

In that case, the inspection saved you lots of money, time and frustration that would have been spent on a problematic RV.

But suppose you buy the RV even after the report alerts you to some repairs that are needed. In this case, the inspection may even save you more than the cost of the inspection itself.

That’s because the report can help you have more bargaining power with the seller. Especially when they are made aware of the repairs that are needed on their RV.

And it is often possible to negotiate a lower price with the seller based on what was found in the inspection.

So an RV inspection is always a good idea when buying used RVs!

Inspecting New RVs

But should you pay to inspect a new RV? Well, there is some controversy about this in the minds of some RV buyers.

That’s because they assume that a new RV should not have many problems that need repair. Especially major ones.

But that assumption is not true. And we RV inspectors see problems with new RVs all the time.

These days new RV manufacturers are turning out record numbers of units every month. And that reflects the fact that RVing is becoming very popular.

But the downside of this increased production is that quality control measures often suffer. Because quality control tends to slow down production lines. And RV factories don’t want that.

So the RV leaves the factory in new condition. But sometimes with significant problems.

What About RV Dealer Pre-Delivery Inspections?

So many buyers assume that the RV dealer will focus on fixing all of the problems before the sale.

But they would often be wrong again. Because many RV dealers are mainly focused on one thing. And that is selling RVs.

Fixing the myriad of issues that many new RVs have as they leave the factory slows down the sale process. And that is not what they want either.

So in recent years, RV buyers have often really taken it on the chin. They have born the brunt of the frustration over poor build quality.

Of course, most RV manufacturers will stand behind their product with a solid warranty. At least for the first year or so.

But to get the rig fixed under warranty you may have to stand in line for months. In fact, the service department of many dealers is often overwhelmed with work.

So after the sale, any problems you find that need attention will often have to wait. Until the service department can fit you in for an appointment.

And you may continue finding problems as you go through your first year of ownership. So the frustration just continues!

How an rv inspection can help

But if you insist on an inspection of a new RV, all of these problems are solved. Because the dealer really wants to sell the RV and move it off their lot.

So an RV inspection can identify the issues that need attention. Then you can present the dealer with the total list of issues that need repair.

If you refuse to take delivery of the new RV until all issues are fixed, things start to move quickly. Suddenly, instead of going to the back of the service line, you are at the front instead.

Because they want to conclude the sale and get paid as quickly as possible. And this means that your repair list becomes a priority.

So by getting a new RV inspection you get the RV you paid for on the very first day of ownership.

Can You Inspect An RV Yourself?

This is a tricky question to answer. So let me try to answer it as clearly as I can.

If you are asking whether the average person can perform an RV inspection that equals that of a certified RV inspector, the answer is NO!

Without proper training, a thorough inspection of an RV is just not possible.

But I personally believe that the average person should be able to recognize an inspection-worthy RV. And this means that they should know enough to weed out RVs that shouldn’t be considered.

I say this because if you call in an inspector on every RV that you look at, it can become very expensive. Especially if you aren’t very familiar with RVs to begin with.

But if you have the guidance to be able to do a simple pre-inspection RV exam, it can be a very good thing. Because you know enough to only call in the RV inspector when they are truly needed.

There are lots of RVs for sale out there right now. But finding a quality RV that is in excellent working condition is much harder to find.

So I have created some guidebooks to help the average RV buyer be able to find the RV that is best for them.

They can then make sure that it is functionally worthy of purchase. And get it at the best price possible.

Click here for my guidebook on buying used RVs

Click here for my guidebook on buying new RVs

Is An RV Inspection Worth It?

If you want to buy a quality RV that functions well, then an RV inspection is very worth it.

It can help you avoid the pain and frustration of buying something that will cause you a lot of trouble. And you will save much more than the cost of the inspection if the RV has serious hidden problems.

Because you have the option of passing on the purchase of that RV, and avoiding the trouble it could bring.

And even if it doesn’t have serious issues, the inspection can still be worth it. Because any problems found during the inspection can be used to negotiate a lower price for the RV.

Additionally, when the inspection is complete, you know the condition of that RV. So if you decide to buy it, you have peace of mind that you made an educated decision.

And now you don’t have to worry as much about unexpected surprise repairs right away.

Is an RV inspection worth it? Sure, here's why!

You didn’t just buy it and hope for the best like most RV buyers do. Instead, you did your due diligence on a high dollar purchase.

And that is something that you can and should be proud of!

How To Become A Certified RV Inspector

So what if you are thinking about becoming an RV inspector too? Where can you get RV inspection training?

Well, I have gone through the NRVIA training course for inspectors. And I can highly recommend it for you if you wish to inspect RVs as well.

You will be expected to attend classes at their training facility in Athens, TX. And the classes will last for three weeks.

You will learn all about RVs themselves first. Then you will learn the process of how to inspect an RV the right way.

It will include a lot of hands-on training too. So don’t expect to just sit in a classroom all day.

At the end of the training period, you will need to be able to perform an RV inspection correctly. When you show that you can do that, you will be certified by the NRVIA.

You can even further your education to become an RV service technician. But that is entirely up to you.

NRVTA teaches how to become an RV service technician
Click here to learn about how to become an RV service technician

After becoming a certified RV inspector by the NRVIA you are ready to start work. Many graduates become their own boss as a business owner.

From there you will need to pay your annual membership dues each year. And you will need to meet a 24 hour continuing education requirement annually as well.

Conclusion

I know that this is a lot of information to take in about R V inspections. But in all fairness, there is a lot to learn about the subject.

And I have tried to answer the vast majority of questions that I get asked about the subject regularly. Hopefully it has answered your questions too.

I have enjoyed my experience as an inspector of RVs. And I hope to continue doing it for quite a while.

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