RV Inspections for the discerning RV enthusiast
Why do I need an RV inspection?
Peace of Mind! Whether you are purchasing from a dealership or a private individual, having the RV inspected by a NRVIA Certified Inspector will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that the coach is in good working condition prior to laying out any money. If a problem is discovered during the inspection process you have the ability to negotiate any repairs into the purchase price, you can have the seller fix the problem or you can walk away from the coach, free to go find another one.
If you are selling your RV, having an inspection done will show potential buyers that your unit is in good working condition, make your coach stand-out from others that are for sale and potentially make your RV more valuable.
Why would I need an inspection on a new RV?
Unfortunately manufacturers cannot keep up with the demand for new RV’s and units are arriving at the dealerships with defects from the factory. The dealership is suppose to do a pre-delivery inspection (PDI) on each unit it receives from the factory prior to being sold, but they don’t have the manpower or time to do this properly due to the demands of the marketplace on them. Plus, the PDI will not uncover any hidden problems that came from the factory. Consequently new units are being sold and leaving the dealership with problems that will have to be addressed. That means you having to make an appointment at the service department to bring the unit back, waiting on parts and missing out on trips.
Protect yourself by having the RV you wish to purchase inspected before completing the sale. That way any problems that are found can be fixed prior to you taking possession and leaving the dealership. Overall, it will be a better buying experience for you.
I’ve owned RV’s before; why should I get one inspected?
It is easy for buyers to focus more on how the coach looks and what amenities it has and to forget about the rest of unit. A certified inspector has been trained to methodically follow an inspection checklist to make sure the exterior has been examined and all of the major and life safety systems have been tested.
Who wouldn’t want a little added peace of mind on their purchase?
How long does an RV inspection take?
Generally, an in-depth inspection will take anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on the type and size of the RV and the number of installed features.
What is the RV inspection process?
In order to give you the most thorough inspection, it is better to have the unit hooked up in a campground or on a level place where full hookups are available. The area around the unit needs to be clear of any obstructions that would prevent me from accessing anything on the roof, sides, end caps or underneath the RV. I cannot examine or test anything I cannot access.
Sign the pre-inspection contract and pay for the inspection.
The RV needs to be hooked up to power, water and sewer with the gray and black water holding tanks empty. The refrigerator should be turned on at least 12 hours prior to the inspection to allow it to get cold.
All of the aisles, appliances, furniture, doors and RV related systems should be clear and easily accessible. Ideally all owner possesions should be removed. I need to be able to look in, under and around everything.
The on board water tank should be at least 1/3 full of water.
All RV keys, remote controls and manuals should be made available.
The propane tanks need to have propane in them so that I can test the system.
The batteries need to be charged.
If a generator is installed, it needs to have fuel in it so that it can be tested.
Ideally the slides need to be extended or there needs to be room to extend the slides as they will be tested.
The client needs to present at the beginning and end of the inspection process. I will give you a call towards the end of the inspection to give you time to come back.
I do not provide power cords, water or sewer hoses, electrical adapters, connectors, generator fuel or oil, propane or batteries. Please make sure that any or all of these items are available prior to the inspection.
Due to insurance regulations, I will not drive any motorhome or motor vehicle.
I have found a great RV to buy, but I live a long distance away. How can you help me?
Yes we can. A lot of our clients live outside of the area where they have found an RV. DJ's RV Services conducts inspections in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Florida. If we happen not to be close to the RV to be inspected, in the time frame you need it done, we can recommend another NRVIA certified inspector closer by the RV to be inspected.
Why do I need an independent RV inspection?
We are an experienced, unbiased and impartial inspection service that, by our code of ethics, does not have any financial interest in the transaction. The inspection we perform provides detailed information about the current operating condition of the RV you are planning to purchase. If everything is working and in good operating condition, the report will provide confirmation that what the seller said and what you thought to be true is true. However, in the case where components are not working, the report lets you, the buyer, know the true condition of the RV before you purchase it.
I have owned travel trailers and motor-homes. Why would I pay you to conduct the RV inspection?
The buyers are often looking at the aesthetics of the RV to determine it will meet their travel and comfort needs. The emotional attachment to the purchase process can lead the buyer to overlook the obvious and hidden condition of the RV. We inspect each RV using our inspection checklist in a methodical and detached manner providing a truly unbiased inspection. Confirming what you believe to be true is a good thing. Finding real or potential problems that you may have overlooked before you buy is even better.
I have found a great RV. When does DJ's RV Services get involved?
It seems to work best if you, the buyer, find the RV you are interested in purchasing and negotiate a price that you are willing to pay based on the assumption that what the seller has represented to you is correct and that the purchase is contingent on completion of a professional inspection. Be clear about what you expect and get it in writing. Your independent inspector will inspect the RV using the NRVIA detailed inspection checklist. The NRVIA inspection report will identify in detail the current state of the RV. After the inspection is completed, report reviewed and pictures analyzed, you then decide how to proceed. If what you expected was confirmed to be true, you can buy with more confidence. If the inspection finds issues that concern you, then you have alternatives. You can renegotiate the purchase price based on the inspection report or you can request the seller to fix the items that concern you or you can walk away from the deal. However, make sure that you specify, and put in writing, that the deal is contingent on an inspection from an independent inspector of your choice to confirm what the seller has represented to be true.
Are you licensed and insured?
The RV Inspection industry does not have any requirements for inspectors to have a license to operate. I do hold certifications through NRVIA ( National RV Inspectors Association) which requires continuing education every year, and we do have Commercial Liability insurance to protect all parties involved in an RV Inspection.
What if I decide not to purchase the RV you inspected? Do you provide a discount if I hire you again?
Since all inspections require the same amount of work based on the type of vehicle inspected and level of service provided, unfortunately we cannot discount our services but we can and will move you to the top of our schedule.
How long does it take to perform an inspection?
The amount of time an inspection can last is dependent on the type of unit. Obviously, Class A Diesel Pushers have more working components that a 20′ Travel Trailer. Inspections are going to take several hours (maybe 3 to 10 hours) to complete.
Why should I have my Engine, Generator and Transmission tested?
Internal parts depend on oils and coolants to remain stable between service intervals. Oil and coolant analysis tells you when your oils and coolants experience any signs of early breakdown or contamination. Not only does fluid sampling check them for signs of thermal breakdown, mechanical breakdown or contamination; but, the lab can also check for any indication of internal part wear. Oil and coolant analysis allows you to detect anything that might need your attention long before they can result in road calls, expensive repairs or lost travel time
How long does it take to receive my inspection report?
We always give you a verbal recap at the end of the inspection. Most clients should expect to have the report ready within 24 hours following your inspection. We will make all efforts to have it to you at the end of the inspection day. If you had fluid samples taken during your inspection, those reports can take up to 5-7 business days from the date of inspection and will likely be sent to you after you’ve already received your actual inspection findings. There is a “rush service” with the lab for an additional $40.00
How are payments accepted?
All invoicing are done through a Quick Books merchant account. An invoice will be sent to you via e-mail and you will be able to pay the invoice using your credit card.