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Why You Should Consider Starting an RV Inspection Business

Now, more than ever, RV buyers are looking for ways to be sure the RV they are purchasing is worth the money, and it is safe to travel in.  Up until recently, there was never an organized way to get this kind of assistance. But now there is a growing national force of RV inspectors helping people achieve this goal of peace of mind when purchasing an RV!

In addition to improving buyer confidence, sellers are also looking for ways to verify the claims they make about their RV.  This is especially true at RV dealerships.  This is where the purchase process can be made so much easier for the person who knows little about RV’s but desires to own one.

That is why RV inspectors are in demand!  RVDA dealerships around the country are looking for RV inspectors to do certified NRVIA inspections on their fleet.  This is called a certified pre-owned program.

Imagine going to an RV dealership and seeing a sticker on the window that states the vehicle is a Certified Pre-owned RV.  Also, imagine being able to ask for the RV inspection report.  Do you think that would be of interest to a potential RV buyer?

What is an RV inspection?  Why is it something that is needed?

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Back in the 1970’s the home inspection industry was launched.  Now, you can’t buy a house without one!  Right now the RV inspection industry is where the home inspection industry was back in the 70’s!  This means that those coming on board into the NRVIA are at the forefront of a new and emerging industry.


An RV inspection is like a home inspection, but for an RV!

The NRVIA, the National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association, is the organization responsible for the certifications and credibility in this new industry.  Those desiring to offer these home inspections on an RV can begin their journey at the NRVIA website.  This new and exciting industry is helping RV buyers avoid buying a money pit!  Is an RV inspection business something that may be of interest to you?

RV Home Inspection Courses Online

Starting an RV inspection business is not as complicated as it may seem! Those folks who desire to own a small business, and run it out of their RV or home, can easily begin the process online.

Through the NRVTA website, anyone can start to learn the skills necessary to begin their RV inspection business.  Home inspection courses have been offered this way for years.  Now, with the power of the internet and today’s technology, online RV courses are easy to access!  You can work at your pace!  By engaging in the easy-to-understand online courses, you can learn what is needed to be successful in this new industry!  

So what is it that you need to know to be a successful RV inspector?

  • Willing to learn how to run a small business
  • Operate that business using the NRVIA Code of Ethics
  • Understand and apply the NRVIA Standards of Practice
  • Understand RV electrical systems
  • Understand the five major systems of an RV
  • Ability to test the major appliances in an RV for function and safety
  • Learn methods and procedures used to investigate an RV

All these topics and more are explained in the online modules that are on the NRVIA website.  Each one walks through the information that is required to understand the topics presented.  Comprehension tests are offered after each module to verify comprehension of the material.  If any information presented is unclear, it is easy to review it again to be sure all topics are covered and understood.

If this is something that is of interest to you, please visit the RV Inspector website, or email me at howard@yourfulltimervliving.com and I will be happy to share more with you!

Howard Jaros
NRVIA Certified RV Inspector/Trainer

Due to the growth in the industry, NRVIA has removed the online training courses and moved all live training opportunities to the NRVTA located in Athens, TX.  If you would like to speak to a student advisor, please let me know and we will set that up for you.

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    • Janice on August 1, 2023 at 2:04 PM
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    Hello, My husband and I manage a RV resort in Houston Texas and really would like to start our own RV repair and Inspection business. We can not take the time off to take the course in person. Are you still not offering the online courses? We work 10 hour days and would love to be able to take them online.

    1. Hi Janice!

      Please reach out to the NRVTA at nrvta.com to see what offsite offerings are currently available. Best wishes!

    • Kenneth Hinkle on June 29, 2023 at 12:08 PM
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    Would like information on becoming an RV inspector.

    1. Hi Kenneth!

      I will send you info from the email address, howard@nrvia.org.

    • Angela Carter on January 4, 2023 at 5:22 PM
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    I owned an RV Resort and would love to become a certified RV Inspector. Can you send me information on the process to angelacarter829@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Angela!

      I will send the information to the email address you listed here in this thread.

    • Joe Robilotta on November 1, 2022 at 7:50 PM
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    Please send me info on RV inspection cert, 45 years in construction, retiring soon and we are hitting the road.

    1. Yes, Sir! I will email the info directly to your email address.

    • Dean on March 26, 2022 at 11:30 AM
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    I am very interested in the RV inspector course. Can you send info to wanderingroadsrv@gmail.com?

    thank you

    1. Hi Dean!

      I just sent you an email with the info included. Look for it from howard@yourfulltimervliving.com.

    • Claire Masters on March 18, 2022 at 2:29 AM
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    My husband and I have been planning to buy an RV to go around the country next year. I now understand that a motor home inspection may be necessary so that we can know that dealers would provide us with true information about the unit. This can be important as well since appliances may use gas systems that are dangerous if not checked properly.

    • DeEtta Schey on February 12, 2022 at 5:35 PM
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    Hello! I am interested in possibly becoming an RV inspector. I purchased a travel trailer this past summer and remodeled it myself and learned quite a lot about repairing water damage and how to spot it and my son is a certified RV technician and has taught me quite a bit. However I am unable to attend classes in Texas, do you anticipate the online courses being offered again soon? Would be very interested in taking the online course.

    1. We dont anticipate offering the RV inspector course online anytime soon. We dis that during Co I’d lockdown, but due to the complexities of the training, in order to achieve proper certification, the course will be held in Athens, Texas at the NRVTA.

    • Joe codere on March 7, 2021 at 11:52 PM
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    Hello Howard . I am interested in starting a small business when I able to retire in a few years. We have had a few trailers and love being out rving. I would love get information on the online class

    • KEVIN ROTH on February 25, 2021 at 1:16 AM
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    I’m looking for new opportunities all the time. I’ve been a building inspector for 20 plus yrs and and I’m looking for a part time business opportunity and I think this would fit well with my skillset.

    1. Hi Kevin!

      Thanks for visiting our website! Please reach out to me with some idea of how you would like to proceed. You can email me directly at howard@nrvia.org.

    • Thomas Bathe on February 18, 2021 at 8:52 PM
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    I am interested in becoming an RV Inspector.
    I am semi retired, an avid camper and I think
    This could be the next Chapter in my life.
    Could you please send me more information
    and cost of your program.

    Thank you
    Thomas Bathe

    1. Hi Thomas!

      I forwarded your request to our associate Tonya Taylor to assist you with your inquiry. Please let me know if you do not hear from her.

      Thank you!

    • Mike Stott on July 1, 2019 at 3:59 PM
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    I would like info on your Rv Inspector course The I am not a robot just loops and will not let me sent the
    email request Please sent to the email listed below
    Thank you

    1. Hi Mike!

      I have sent an email to you at the email address you left here.

      • Tom Schulz on November 15, 2021 at 2:29 PM
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      I’m looking for information on your course and creditable accounts of your courses

      1. Hi Tom!

        Send an email to me at howard@nrvia.org and I will get you information and references.

    • Deb Morris on August 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM
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    Hi Howard and Pam,
    I am just starting my research and planning to go full time. I am single and 59. Currently I am a caregiver for my elderly father and work full time in a office position. I am planing on 3 years to go back on my own and be ready to travel. I have shopped around on the internet for used motorhomes. Read blogs by full timers and went to local RV lots and window shopped. I’ve done a lot of wilderness camping. Backpacking in, so I figure if I can down size all my provisions into a 90 pound pack I can downsize to live in a RV.
    My income and savings is limited and I would need to earn as I traveled. I also want to be as self sufficient as possible when I begin my adventure as a full timer. When I saw your site, I thought becoming a NRVIA inspector appealed to me for a on the road career choice. But I have no previous experience with RVs or any type of motorized vehicle with the exception of changing my oil and changing my brake pads once and over 20 years ago.
    So my question (and I would like a honest, realistic answer) is could a 59 year old woman make money on the road as a NRVIA inspector?
    I would also like to know if 20,000 dolllars is realistic for a budget to find a used reliable moterhome that will last me 10 year. (Preferably a diesel) .
    Newbie with lots of questions…

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Hi Deb!

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting our website again!

      You asked for an honest answer to the question, “can a 59-year-old woman make money on the road as an NRVIA inspector?” Based on what you are telling me, and the little that I know about you, I would have to say probably not. If your income is limited consider that just getting started will cost you, at a minimum, $5,000 to be ready to be an RV inspector. That’s training, tools, travel, insurance, business set up, etc.

      Your lack of experience with RV’s will require a lot more time to get you up to speed to be able to do higher levels of inspections that could earn you $500 or more per inspection. Also, if you have never run a business before, that will add to the time that you could start making money.

      RV travel is not cheap. Diesel fuel at $3 per gallon and an RV that gets less than 10 miles to the gallon is not for those on a limited budget.

      As far as an RV that will be $20k and last you ten more years, that would have to be one that has been well cared for and the owner just wants to get rid of it. We inspected one that was being sold by the original owner. It was eighteen years old. The buyer bought it for $25k, $10k less than asking price, but he was going to have to put $10k into it to get it road ready. Not probable but possible.

      Keep researching Deb!

    • Victoria Vann on September 16, 2017 at 9:24 PM
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    We are considering purchasing a used 2017 Grand Design Reflection.
    But, I am apprehensive about buying a new used RV. Why would anybody buy a RV new and get rid of it the same year?

    1. Hi, Victoria!

      We have had several acquaintances in the past year that have Grand Design units. They seem happy with them.

      People buy RV’s because they don’t do a lot of research and go out and fall in love with a floor plan or some mundane option that the manufacturer stresses, but ignore all the other things that will make that RV suitable for them: essentially does it meet all their needs to live comfortably for their lifestyle on the road. This takes some thought!

      So, if you have found one that is the current model year but used, this may be the case. If you decide to buy, be sure to seek out a NRVIA inspector at nrvia.org to assist you in evaluating the condition of the RV before you purchase it.

      Happy hunting!

        • Wilfredo Guadalupe on July 15, 2020 at 1:34 PM
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        Good morning, how I can sign in on the course

        1. Hi Wilfredo!

          Please send me an email to howard@nrvia.org regarding your interest and I will send you information. That way it won’t wind up in your spam folder if I emailed you directly.

          Thank you!

    • Christien Hoss on June 8, 2017 at 4:03 PM
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    We are in the very, very beginning stages of going full time. Just researching the options for which rig to buy, volunteering/working in exchange for camping sites, etc. We currently have a business that will allow us to keep working while we travel, but it looks like our actual income won’t really change that much so I’m curious about ways to supplement that income. Doing RV inspections seems interesting as well as practical, but is it mobile? Would we be able to get work pulling up to an area and only being there for a month or two?

    1. Hi, Christien!

      Thanks for stopping by our website!

      Yes, you can!

      Please feel free to reach out to me at howard@nrvia.org and I can schedule a time to speak to you personally about how to best maximize your travel and income as an NRVIA certified RV Inspector.

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