Why Get An RV Inspection?
Mainly because you don’t want to buy a money pit! When you are spending your hard-earned money on an RV, you want to make sure that it’s a good buy. So it makes sense to hire a third party, unbiased independent RV inspector to thoroughly examine the RV you are considering as a purchase.
And the inspection should also be done by someone who is familiar with RVs and has been trained in RV systems and components. That way they know what to look for during the inspection.
The inspector should also have agreed to a recognized Code of Ethics (www.nrvia.org/code-of-ethics) and should have been certified by a respected national organization. In short, the inspector should be an NRVIA certified inspector, and I have that kind of training and certification.
So what does an RV inspection cover?
What Is Covered By An RV Inspection?
I will inspect the overall condition, the roof type, the sealants used, the condition of vents, skylights and air conditioners as well as plumbing covers. I will also examine TV and radio antennas. The front and rear caps and seals get close attention too.
Sidewalls and End Caps
I will inspect the overall condition, the material used in construction, the appearance of paint, gel-coat or other exterior surfaces. I will check for delamination issues, and inspect windows, entry doors and cargo doors for their condition and operation.
I will inspect the overall condition, the slideout type, and the operating mechanism. I will examine the roof condition, seals, sweeps and gaskets, the T-moulding, as well as wiring, floors and harnesses underneath the slideout.
Awnings and Slide-out Toppers
I will inspect the overall condition, type, operating mechanism, (manual or electric), and fabric condition of any awnings and slideout toppers that are present.
Wheels And Tires
I will inspect the load capacity, load range, and the tire age and condition of all tires.
If it is a towable RV, I will inspect the condition of the axles, U-bolts, shackles, springs and equalizers.
I will inspect the condition and operation of the levelers and their controls.
I will check for proper functioning of DOT turn signals, running lights and 7/4 pin connectors. I will also inspect the chassis/house battery and compartment.
120 Volt AC Electrical System
I will inspect and evaluate the power cord, breaker panel, wiring condition, and verify 120 VAC to 12 VDC Converter. I will also perform a hot skin test to detect unsafe voltage levels on the RV. I will also verify the safe operation of outlets and GFCI receptacles.
I will inspect and record the model, serial number and running hours of the generator. I will also check the oil and coolant levels. I will start and operate the generator under load, and check the output voltage and frequency.
Inverter (if installed):
I will measure the output voltage and frequency under load to insure that it is operating normally.
Coach 12 Volt Battery System
I will inspect and evaluate the condition, location and type of battery bank, and verify charging capability. I will also inspect the cables and housing.
Fresh Water System
I will verify the operation of the city fresh water hook-up, inspect the fresh water tank, verify the operation of the on-board 12 volt water pump, inspect for leaks, and operate all fresh water fixtures.
Waste Water System
I will inspect the proper operation of both waste (gray and black) plumbing systems and look for signs of leaks under sinks, showers and toilets. I will also verify the correct operation of drain valves and the presence and function of drain caps. I will also check the function of the waste water monitor panel.
Life Safety System
I will inspect, test and verify the manufacture date of the smoke, CO and LP Detectors. I will also test the emergency exit window, and test and document the LP system for leaks.
LP Gas System
I will locate and inspect the LP tank(s). I will verify the manufacture date and inspect the hoses and regulator. If fitted, I will inspect the condition of the ASME or DOT tank and document the manufacture date and capacity.
I will identify the refrigerator brand and model, and operate on all heat sources. I will measure and record the inside temperature of the refrigerator and freezer areas, and confirm the correct ventilation.
I will locate and identify the water heater, its brand model and capacity, verify its operation on gas and 120 Volt AC, visually inspect the burner assembly, and note the safe presence of a proper seal around the gas line.
I will locate and identify the furnace brand, and verify the ability of the furnace to produce warm air. I will also inspect registers for blockages, confirm controls operate, and note any unusual noises or vibrations.
Cooktop and Stove
I will locate and identify the cooktop and stove, evaluate its condition, and confirm the burner and oven operation.
I will locate and identify the air conditioners and measure and report the Delta T of each one. I will also inspect the filters, registers and coils (where accessible).
Washer and Dryer (if installed)
I will locate and identify the washer or dryer, and verify its operation if water or sewer hooks ups are available. I will also visually inspect hoses for leaks and condition, and evaluate the dryer exhaust vent.
Microwave and Convection Oven
I will locate and identify the microwave and convection oven (if present) and verify its operation.
Furniture And Interior
I will inspect the condition and appearance of the ceilings, walls, light fixtures, furniture, beds, cabinets and flooring.
I will verify the operation of TVs, DVD players and radios if installed.
After The Inspection
After the inspection is concluded, I will give you a detailed and accurate report on what was found on that RV usually within 24 hours. With that report in hand, it will enable you to negotiate the repairs and/or the price with the seller. And if you are having your RV inspected prior to selling it instead, you can also use the report as proof of the condition of your RV at the time of the inspection.
Please keep in mind that there are also many different levels of inspection too. So I can adjust the thoroughness of the inspection to your needs and wants.
If you are going to be living in your RV fulltime, you may also want to consider adding fluid analysis to your inspection report. Remember that an RV inspector is not qualified to examine the mechanical components of your motorhome or towing vehicle (the engine, transmission, brakes, etc.) in detail. All of that should done by a qualified RV technician or mechanic.
But checking the fluids on those systems using a world-class fluid analysis lab can often reveal even more than than a visual inspection of those components, even by an experienced and qualified mechanic.
With that in mind here is the cost for fluid analysis:
1 Fluid Analysis = $95 / Oil or Coolant
2 Fluids = $180 / 2 Oil or 2 Coolant or 1 of each
3 Fluids = $240 / For example: Engine and Transmission Oil, + Engine Coolant
4 Fluids = $320 / Covers oils and coolants for main engine and generator
5 Fluids = $400 / Covers oils and coolants for main engine, transmission and generator
So if you would like to have an RV inspection performed, just fill out the form below and I will contact you right away.