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Why should I first inspect an RV before buying and why use an independent RV Inspector?

 

The RV inspection will provide you with detailed information about the operating condition of the motorhome or travel trailer you are considering for purchase. If no problem is found you have the peace of mind that you are making a good decision, if the report reveals that what the seller represent was not altogether accurate and components are not working or hidden damage exists, the inspection lets you know the true condition of the RV. You must confirm the condition of the RV before you purchase it.

 

In short, what does the inspection encompass?

 

The RV inspector starts out with a 30-page template.  The inspector meticulously goes through the template and records their findings.  The inspector will also take pictures of the RV and will include close-up pictures of possible problem areas that the seller has not provided in their sales listing.

 

Do I really need a RV inspection?

 

If you intend to invest several tens of thousands of dollars in purchasing a motorhome or travel trailer, an RV inspection is the least expensive and most valuable tool you have to assist you with your purchase. An RV owner or potential owner who knows the condition of their unit is better prepared to handle adversity than one who isn't. RV Inspector has the knowledge and expertise to determine if the RV has been properly maintained. A prudent buyer should make their final acceptance of the RV purchase subject to the findings of the inspection.

 

In short, what does the inspection encompass?

 

The RV inspector starts out with a 30-page template.  The inspector meticulously goes through the template to identify recognized problem areas, such as; physical damage, water damage, removed components, poorly maintained components, wear, component failure, defects and general condition of the RV and records their findings.  The inspector will also take pictures of the RV and will include close-up pictures of possible problem areas that the seller has not provided in their sales listing.

 

At what point should an RV Surveyor get involved?

 

When you find a RV you are interested in purchasing and have or have not negotiate a price, make sure you have created a written document that is signed by both parties stating that the purchase of the RV is contingent on the completion of a satisfactory inspection report.  If a deposit has been given clearly state how the refund of the deposit will be handled.

 

What do I do with the inspection report?

 

After the inspection report is reviewed you have several possibilities.  If the inspection in your opinion is favorable, proceed with the purchase.  If in your opinion the report is not favorable you can re-negotiate the purchase price based on the findings, or you can request the seller to fix the items that concern you, or you can walk away from the deal.

 

How long does the inspection process take?

 

After your confirmation to proceed with the inspection, the RV inspector will contact the seller to schedule the inspection. Most inspections are performed within a couple of days. The average inspection takes three to four hours to complete. Once the inspector has documented their findings in electronic (PDF) form RV Inspector will e-mail or fax the report to you.  For an additional charge we can overnight the report via UPS.

 

Do I get my money back if I decide not to purchase the RV?

 

No.  Once RV Inspector has conducted the inspection, you have an obligation to pay for the service performed.  The only exception is if you cancel the inspection 24 hours before it is performed.  You are notified by email or contacted by phone when the inspection is scheduled. 

 

Do you do a mechanical inspection?

 

No. The engine and drive train are evaluated during a road test of the RV. No components of the RV are disassembled during the inspection. No attempt is made to repair items that are not functioning. If the component does not work, it is so reported and no attempt is made to diagnose the problem.