Used RV Inspection – Don’t Leave Home Without One!

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Do you have the desire to travel in an RV with your family?  Do you want to do that so you can create lasting memories with them while enjoying the freedom that only comes when you travel in an RV?

Do you know what to look for when buying a new or used RV?  Have you thought about getting an RV inspection done in order to avoid buying a potential problem, or even a money pit?

Why not hire an independent RV inspector to assist you with this process?  

Like having a home inspection done, why would you not want to spend the money on an RV inspection?  A stick-built home and an RV are both homes with all the same kinds of systems. The only difference is one has wheels! 

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Buying an RV can be a huge investment, and you can never know too much about the RV you intend to purchase.  That’s where an RV inspection can help!

But, whether you’re shopping for a previously owned RV or a new one, it’s important to know the RV’s actual condition before making an offer.  RV inspectors visually examine more than 500 items both in and outside an RV.  Detailed inspection findings are then presented in a proprietary inspection report that is generated from the facts gained in the RV inspection.

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Please keep in mind that the goal of an RV inspection is not just to inspect the equipment, but also to educate the potential buyer about the RV’s condition. This is a snapshot of what the RV is revealing now.

During the inspection, an RV inspector will explain the condition of the RV.  You will also be provided with an RV inspection report to help you make an informed purchasing decision. Without that knowledge, you could just be buying a money pit!

Why Do You Need An RV Inspection

Many RV buyers don’t know what to look for when purchasing an RV.  This could lead to ending up with costly repairs after the purchase.  When first looking at an RV people get excited about the floorplan, the colors of the RV, it has cool lighting, etc.  They are not focusing on the things that could cost thousands of dollars to repair if not identified at the point of sale!

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Also, many private RV owners put their RVs up for sale thinking that their unit is in tip-top shape, not realizing the potential problems they could be passing on to their buyers.

You may have heard it said that there are things you don’t know, and then there are things that you don’t know you don’t know. A professionally trained & certified NRVIA RV inspector can spot the things that you might not think to look for while providing you with a thorough, independent, and unbiased inspection of the equipment.

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Make Your RV Easier to Sell

Next to a home, buying an RV is one of the biggest investments most people will ever make.

As a seller, you can help to provide prospective buyers with the peace of mind by having your RV professionally inspected by an RV Inspector.

Having a complete RV inspection allows you to plan ahead for any repairs that may affect the selling price.

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Your buyer will feel more confident about purchasing your RV, and the inspection report can help reduce post-sale issues.

With a comprehensive, easy-to-read report detailing everything that was examined by your professional RV inspector, you can confirm that your RV is a dream come true!

Prior to the inspection…

Prepare a list of questions or concerns about the RV and provide them in advance. This will help ensure that your concerns are addressed and that we can make special arrangements if necessary.

Ensure all areas of the RV are accessible to the inspector.  For example, if the washer/dryer is in a closet, all clothes and belongings should be removed from that closet.  

Be sure all electrical outlets are accessible, all appliances inside and outside the RV can be tested, the RV is hooked up to all services so everything there can be tested.  Your inspector will verify these items before arriving for your scheduled appointment.

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During the inspection…

It is of particular importance to be present AFTER the inspection, if possible. By spending time with the inspector, you will have the opportunity to:

  • See the condition of each key component throughout the RV firsthand, giving you a better understanding of the RV and the resulting inspection report.
  • Help ease any concerns about findings that may seem distressing on paper, but may just be superficial.
  • Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of various appliances and components.
  • Learn about maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check items that require periodic monitoring.
  • Have all of your questions and concerns addressed.

If it is not possible to be present at the RV inspection, and sometimes that is the case as the RV is not located near you, the RV inspector will contact you after concluding the examination to discuss the facts gained from the physical examination of the RV.

After the inspection…

Read your inspection report thoroughly.  If you have concerns or need clarification, no matter how minor the issue, please do not hesitate to check back with the RV inspector.  “We are always willing to help answer all your questions about the RV inspection report.”

Please be sure to use a qualified, trained professional to inspect your RV. An RV purchase is a big investment, and you deserve to have confidence in your financial decision.  Please don’t consider an RV tech as good of a source for an RV inspection. Their opinion may not always be unbiased.  

Also, please do not take the word of an RV dealership either!  

Unless the RV inspector is a third party, offering unbiased observations, you don’t know that their inspection services are accurate.  If they do find something wrong, how do you know they are not just trying to sell you something you don’t need?

Savvy RV Buyers know the best way to save money and have peace of mind when considering the purchase of an RV, is to get it inspected by HMRVI Corporation, an NRVIA-certified RV inspection service! 

We have your best interests in mind!  We are working for you!!  We want you to have trouble-free RV travels and awesome memories while roaming the United States in your RV!

If you are interested in this service that is available nationwide, you may reach our office in several ways:

Find Out Where HMRVI is Available to do RV Inspections For You!

I look forward to serving you!

Howard and Pam Jaros – Owners
HMRVI Corporation
NRVIA Certified Inspectors & Trainers

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Before you go, watch Terry Cooper, the Texas RV Professor, talk about RV inspections!


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    • Frankie Piland on September 17, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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    I am interested in purchasing a 2018 Coachmen Mirada 31FW in Mineola, TX from a private seller. Would like to get an inspection completed on the RV if it is too our liking after physically seeing the RV this weekend. What inspection services do you provide and at what cost? Are your services available within the next week or weekend? How long do you think it would take to complete an inspection?


    1. Greetings Frankie!

      I will send an email directly to the email address you left here in this message.

    • Kim Thornton on July 29, 2019 at 1:29 AM
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    I need an inspection on my rv i reside in Berkeley, Ca. Can you all help me?

    1. Hi Kim!

      Are you looking for a state inspection as required by California or a more in-depth evaluation like a home inspection but for an RV?

    • Larry Weaver on May 17, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    Thanks for the advice to create a list of questions to discuss with whoever performs your RV inspection. I just bought an RV that I would like to use for a family vacation this summer to travel across the United States. Since this is my first time operating a trailer, I’ll be sure to make a list of questions before I get it inspected.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Larry!

    • norm on October 2, 2016 at 2:32 AM
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    Is the cost of inspection the same for pop up trailers? And is there a difference between heart walls and regular canvas tent walls pop ups? Is that inspection something I can research and do myself or do I need a professional. I would hate to have to pay 3/3 of the cost of the popup for an inspection if I can do it myself very tight budget and it took me forever to save enough to buy a used popup in the thousand price range.

    1. Hi, Norm!

      For a pop-up in the $1,000 range I would say it is not worth it either. Take the money and put it into your repair fund as I am sure issues will arise!

      Happy Camping!!

    • Gary Fravel on April 6, 2016 at 1:05 PM
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    Hello, I have been an RV industry insider for 43 years.I worked my way up from to floor level assembly,I designed products as well as invented a few,worked in factory warranty and also as Sales and General management. If you are ever looking for additional inspectors. I would really enjoy working with a group like yours. I live just a few miles from the industry hubs and would be glad to assist in anyway possible.
    Please feel free to call me 260-592-7741
    Thanks ,

    1. Thanks for stopping by our website Gary! You may email me directly at for more information on being an RV inspector!

    • Mike on October 2, 2015 at 8:03 AM
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    Good morning Howard…..

    You and I actually conversed via phone a little over a year ago regarding my interest toward starting a RV Inspection business. At the time, I was simply “contemplating” my retirement which will become effective in less than 3 months now! That said, I am now getting serious about this option.

    Since I am now a subscriber to your site, and have enjoyed reading about you and your wife’s “RVing Journey”, I know you would be one of the most informed sources of information regarding the reality of starting up a RV Inspection Business.

    BTW, your website is terrific!

    I have a lot of mechanical knowledge (having built race cars much of my younger life), spent the past 40+ years as a dealer/operator of new & used car dealerships, and now reaching retirement age. I have owned a number of businesses, and believe that although we are not “ready” to go full timing, (at least my wife isn’t), we will have the freedom to travel nationwide without restriction after Jan.1st; and one of my ambitions is to minimize my travel costs by incorporating a business in tandem with my motor coach.

    I would thoroughly enjoy another discussion with you when your schedule will allow.


    1. Reality of the RV Inspection business
    Corporate design
    Interaction with NRVIA
    Productivity (self vs. NRVIA)
    Territory vs. mobility

    2. Development of Website

    3. Travel
    with Inspection business
    recommended travel resources

    4. Reality of going full-time
    Choice of RV

    Thank you Howard………..I look forward to conversing with you soon!

    Mike Roberts
    404 277 4923

    1. Hi Mike!

      I will email you personally, but until then, please take a look at a webinar the NRVIA held recently at Drop me an email at and I will forward a link for the update on all the great things happening at the NRVIA!

    • Kathy Jo Anderson on September 2, 2015 at 4:52 PM
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    Howard what is your email please?

    1. Hi Kathy Jo! You can reach me at

    • Hilga on July 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM
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    Awesome info. Much needed.

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