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How Much Does An RV Inspection Cost?


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Buying an RV is like buying a house because there are many things that can go wrong with both. It takes a trained eye to be able to spot problems with the RV that might become a problem sooner or later. Sometimes when we find an RV with the perfect floor plan and decor for us, we want it to work so badly that we might not see its faults.

Some problems that we can’t see may be dangerous or expensive to fix. It’s worth having a NRVIA certified RV inspector give it an unbiased inspection before making the leap and spending tens of thousands of dollars on an RV.

What does an RV inspection cost?

An RV inspection is a fraction of the cost of many RV repairs. RV inspectors set their own rates, so rates will vary a lot. It usually costs between $200 and $1200 to inspect an RV. The cost of the inspection will really depend on the RV involved and the depth of the inspection. The inspection may take as little as 3 hours, or it may take up to 8 hours.

Why hire an NRVIA certified RV inspector?

A professional RV inspection is a thorough, reported inspection of the RV. NRVIA certified RV inspectors have training, experience, and knowledge of all RV components and systems. They know exactly what can go wrong with them and are trained to look for defects. You can find out more about the NRVIA here.

What’s included in a pre-purchase RV inspection

A certified RV inspector has been trained to perform a very thorough 40-point RV inspection. The RV inspection should include thorough inspection of the the following RV components:

  • Exterior RV components
  • Roof
  • Sidewalls
  • Antenas
  • Awnings
  • Windows
  • Slideout topper awnings
  • Solar panels
  • Brakes
  • Appliances
  • Washer and dryer
  • Interior walls
  • Floors
  • Utilities
  • Chassis
  • Wheels and tires
  • Automotive components
  • Water heater
  • Electrical components
  • Plumbing
  • Plumbing appliances
  • Inverter
  • Lights
  • Vehicle data information
  • Furnace
  • Pump
  • Tanks


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Lynne lives, travels and works full time in the R-Pod 180 with 3 pointers and 1 small but vital corgi mix named Alice. Lynne began full time RVing as an experiment in 2019, but she quickly fell in love with the convenience, freedom and minimalist lifestyle offered by full time RV living. Lynne is a professional dog trainer, offering mobile and online dog training services through her website at www.mydoggeek.com. You can read about her travel adventures on her blog at: https://rpodadventure.wordpress.com/

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