Getting a Professional RV Inspection Before Buying
An RV pre-purchase inspection is an investment that can literally save you thousands and bring a lot of peace of mind with it…. or it can help you avoid buying a lemon.
Preparing for your RV Inspection A few things you will need to have available for your inspection:
Ensure the RV is unlocked and plugged into electricity and water (or at least fill your fresh water tank) Turn on the fridge at least 4 hours before the inspection (preferably overnight) Allow about 2-3 hours for the inspection Take a pad and pen to make notes from your learnings Consider using a camera or smartphone to record the original condition and how things work. This is especially important if you are new to RVs and RVing, you simply won’t remember it all.
What is included in an RV Inspection? The RV inspection will vary depending on the type of RV you are buying. For both motorized and towables, they will inspect the exterior of the RV, mechanicals and the most costly components, including: External Condition (body, rust, damage, paint, decals, windows, slide out seals, glass etc) Tires and Batteries 120 Volt Systems and Appliances (Air conditioners, residential fridge, microwave etc) Slide room operation Generator LP Propane and Gas Systems and Appliances (fridge, furnace, range burners etc) Fresh Water and Holding Tanks / Draining System Audio, Video, TV, Satellite etc Other electrical appliances (washer/dryer, dishwasher etc) Photos of RV, especially those detailing areas of concern The inspector completes a written report, which you will get a copy of within a couple of days of the completed inspection.