Purchasing an RV is a large investment regardless of RV type – all RV’s have complex systems, just like your home, as well as systems that are exclusive to RV’s. Most buyers are unfamiliar with RV’s, and don’t know what to look for when purchasing an RV. An unbiased, thorough “home inspection” for your RV can save you untold thousands in repairs afterwards. We have no financial motive in the sale or purchase of your RV, and will provide a more thorough and comprehensive inspection of your RV than can be provided by a dealer’s inspection.
We will provide a thorough, detailed, easy to understand written report that gives you a detailed listing of the condition of all items inspected, including up to 50 photos. The details in this report will provide you information you may use to ensure necessary repairs are addressed by the seller, or may be used to negotiate a more favorable price for the RV.
Who Should Get an RV Inspection?
Financial Institutions and Extended Warranty Companies
What Happens During an RV Inspection?
Once you schedule an RV Inspection, you will receive an email from HomeGauge with a user name and password, which will allow you to sign your contract electronically. Your contract will contain the agreed upon inspection, samples, and the inspection’s location. You will have to digitally sign and return the contract, and also pay for the inspection prior to the inspection taking place. Payment instructions will be included with the contract.
The owner should remove all non-RV specific items from walkways and around the RV for easy access of all inspection items. The storage areas should be uncluttered so that interior walls and cargo bays can be inspected. There must be enough space for a ladder around the exterior of the RV.
All owner and appliance manuals and keys should be made available to the inspector.
The owner/seller should be present at the start of the inspection, and if possible, remain available throughout the inspection.
You will need to hook the RV up to power, water, and sewer so that a complete inspection of the RV can be performed. If the RV isn’t fully hooked up, the report will indicate which systems could not be inspected. The refrigerator needs to be powered up at least 12 hours prior to the inspection. Make sure there is enough water in the tanks to test the systems including the dishwasher and the washer if available. There should be enough fuel in the propane tanks to test propane dependent systems. If a motor home is being inspected, the batteries need be charged and there should be over ¼ tank of fuel in RV to ensure Generator operation (and Aquahot operation if so equipped).
We cannot drive the RV as part of your inspection – this is excluded by our liability insurance. A motorized RV will have to be started to ensure that it is able to do so. The instrument cluster will be checked for normal operation along with the chassis heating and cooling systems. If you would like us to take oil samples, operating temperature must be reached by the engine and transmission. If the unit is a towable, a tow vehicle must be available to power the chassis lights for testing.
It usually takes 6-8 hours for a Complete Inspection – smaller, less complicated RV’s will take less time.
Your written inspection report will be available to you within 48 hours. The digital report can be accessed by user name and password on our website .
Oil and Coolant samples will be drawn and sent to our testing laboratory. Typically, your reports will be available within 3 to 5 work days. This may vary slightly depending upon the speed with which the Post Office transports the sample to the lab. A PDF version of the report will be emailed to you.
Preparing for an RV Inspection
Locate the RV on a level surface where the leveling system can be checked.
Provide all available maintenance records and vehicle manuals.
Plug the RV into shore power.
Connect the water hose.
Put water in the water tank.
Empty black and gray water tanks.
Connect sewer hoses or provide a bucket for testing the tanks.
Provide enough propane to run all systems.
Make sure the RV has over ¼ tank of fuel to run the generator.
Have batteries charged.
Turn on refrigerator and ice maker 12 hours before the inspection.
Empty the oven and microwave.
Have all remote controls available.
Why Should I Get Fluid Analysis Performed on My Engine and Generator?
ALL-PRO RV Inspection provides a third party, unbiased inspection of the RV and only provides a written report highlighting the condition of the RV at the time of the inspection – this includes life safety, major, and minor issues identified during the inspection. With this inspection report, the buyer may:
Negotiate a price with the seller based on issues identified in the inspection
Negotiate items that should be repaired prior to vehicle purchase
Have the identified issues further examined by a certified RV technician to determine if a repair is even necessary, or look for a different RV to purchase
ALL-PRO RV Inspection, LLC does not provide an opinion on the value of the RV or assist in any negotiations with the seller.
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Providing RV Inspections to the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho