Elite RV Inspections In Florida
NRVIA Level Two Certified ( National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association )
Bill Dorr, is an RV Inspector certified by the NRVIA (National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association). Born and raised in South Florida, Bill performs RV inspections to provide prospective RV owners with the comforting knowledge that they are getting what they expect.
Bill's RV inspection assesses and reports on the condition of key systems and components in the RV at the time of the inspection. This gives great comfort and assurance to the buyer of the RV.
When most RV buyers begin their search for a new or used RV they have their own boxes to check off. Excitement, enthusiasm, the emotions of the hunt overshadow what you need verses what you want. Most people look at curtains, color schemes, amenities, floor plans, furniture, you get the picture. Unfortunately, many buyers won’t take the time to do a very detailed inspection of the unit.
Do you understand the dynamics of the RV? Electrical, Propane, Water Systems, RV Appliances, Air Conditioners, Furnaces, Water Heaters, Life Safety Systems! Trust me – you need to have the RV inspected by a trained, certified RV inspector, no matter what the age of the RV you are interested in.
In addition, would you be able to determine the true value of an RV without thoroughly inspecting all elements of the unit? You're not alone!
HAVE YOUR UNIT INSPECTED
No matter if you are a buyer, seller, Financial Institution, Insurance or Warranty company, the best way to ensure your fun and enjoyment is with an inspection.
What’s involved in an RV inspection?
The NRVIA Certified RV Inspector examines and reports on the following RV components during the RV Inspection:
Exterior components – General condition of roof, joints, seals, vents, covers, antennas, etc.
Walls – Condition of front, rear, side walls, joints, trim, gutters, decals, and paint
Slide-outs – Mechanical operation and condition of seals, tracking/rack system, etc.
Awnings – Condition and mechanical operation of main, window, and slide out topper awnings
Windows – Condition of windows, screens, seals, locks, and latches
Doors – Condition of entrance and cargo doors, locks, and latches
Storage – Condition of storage areas, seals, waterproofing, hinges, gas cylinders, flooring and interior walls, lighting, etc.
Chassis/Frame – Condition of frame, axles, springs, shocks and hanger components, wheels/tires and rims, brakes, spare tire and mounting rack, leveling/stabilization system and operation, hitch, pin box, chains, and breakaway switch
Chassis Lights and Voltage System – Condition of battery, lights, cables, and connectors
Electrical – Inspection of house/pedestal power, hot skin test, breakers/fuses and wiring, GFCI circuits, polarity, converter, and operation of lights, fans, and receptacles
Inverter – Condition and operation of inverter, cables, wires, and connections
Plumbing – City water and on-demand water, gray and black water tank condition and operation, inline check valve and water filter, faucets and shower fixtures, doors, racks, and other hardware, water pressure, water pump, exterior shower, toilet flapper seal, expulsion valves
Propane System – Inspect condition of ASME and DOT Cylinders, hoses, fittings, regulator, cover, and leak test
Life Safety Features – Test and inspect condition/age of LP Detector, CO Detector, Smoke Detector, and Fire Extinguisher
Refrigerator – Operates on various heat sources, latch and seal, temperature adherence, recall kit, drainage, proper baffling
Water Heater – Operates on various heat sources, condition, bypass valve operation, anode rod, tank sludge, and dauber screen
Furnace – Proper operation, ventilation, timing, and dauber screen
Cook Top and Stove – Operation and condition of all burners, oven, and exhaust fan
Air Conditioner(s) – Exterior condition of shroud and coils, operation, Delta T test, and plenum division and seal
Microwave, Washer/Dryer, and Other Appliances – Proper operation and condition
Ceilings – General condition of ceilings and skylights, visual inspection for discoloration, damage, or stains, and operation of sky vents
Walls, Floors, Cabinets, and Furniture – General condition, appearance of discoloration, damage, stains, evidence of repair/replacement, water damage and soft spots, operation of cabinets and furniture
Generator – Operation, oil and filter, fuel/prime switch, circuit breaker, and load at 50%
Generator Oil Analysis – Oil analyzed by lab to check for thermal or mechanical breakdown and contamination
Motorhome Chassis – Condition of cockpit/navigation area, dash controls, gauges, and mileage/hours
Engine Compartment – Appearance of engine and transmission, oil and fluid levels, and condition of hoses, belts, radiators, and fans
Exhaust System – General condition of exhaust system, pipe, converter, muffler, and brackets
Motorhome Fluid Analysis – Coolant, transmission, and oil fluid analyzed by lab to check for thermal or mechanical breakdown and contamination
Other Accessories – As applicable
1. How do I prepare for a RV Inspection
The best conditions for an inspection include ALL of the following:
The RV should be connected to water, electric, and sewer utilities and the refrigerator turned on at least 12 hours before the inspection.
The on-demand water tank should contain approximately 1/3 or more of water.
The owner should remove all non-RV specific items from walkways and around the RV for easy access of all inspection items.
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.
The pre-inspection agreement and payment must be made BEFORE the inspector arrives at the inspection.
2. How do I keep the dealer from selling the RV while I get it inspected
It is possible to sign a pre-purchase agreement with the seller that makes the purchase contingent upon inspection and financing. It is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer when initiating a contract.
3. Will you tell me if I should buy the RV or not
MY RV Inspections provides a third party, unbiased inspection of the RV and only provides a final report highlighting the life safety, major, and minor issues identified with the inspection. With the inspection in hand, the buyer may then:
Negotiate a price with the seller based on issues identified in the inspection
Negotiate with the seller what items should be repaired before the vehicle is purchased
Have the item further examined by a certified RV technician to determine whether repair is even necessary, or find another RV to purchase
We do not provide an opinion on the value of the RV or help in any of the negotiations.
4. Why do I need an independant RV Inspection
The inspection provides an independent and unbiased assessment of the current operating condition of the RV you are planning to purchase. If everything is in good operating condition, the report will provide confirmation of that. However, in the case where components are not working, the report lets you, the buyer; know the true condition of the RV before you purchase it. This could be the basis for further negotiation with the seller or your backing out of the deal totally.
5. I have owned various types of motorhomes. Why would I pay RV Inspections in Florida to conduct my RV inspection
We provide an experienced, unbiased and impartial inspection. Buyers are often looking at the aesthetics of the RV to determine that it will meet their travel and comfort needs. The excitement of purchasing a new (to the buyer) RV can lead the buyer to overlook the obvious and hidden condition of the RV. We inspect each RV using our inspection checklist in a methodical and detached manner providing a truly unbiased inspection. Confirming what you believe to be true is a good thing. Finding real or potential problems that you may have overlooked before you buy is even better.
6. I found a great RV to purchase and I live a long distance away. How can RV Inspections in Florida help me
We conduct the inspection and include digital pictures of the RV that are included in the inspection report. Photos of identified problem areas are provided so that you can see first-hand what the RV inspector found.
7. I found a great RV. When does RV Inspections in Florida get involved
It works best if you, the buyer, find the RV you are interested in purchasing and negotiate a price that you are willing to pay based on the assumption that what the seller has represented to you is correct. Make sure that you specify, and put in writing, that the deal is contingent on an inspection from an independent inspector of your choice to confirm what the seller has represented to be true. Be clear about what you expect and get it in writing.
We will inspect the RV using the detailed inspection checklist. The inspection report will identify in detail the current state of the RV. After the inspection is completed, report reviewed and pictures analyzed, you then decide how to proceed. If what you expected was confirmed to be true, you can buy with more confidence. If the inspection finds issues that concern you, then you have alternatives. You can renegotiate the purchase price based on the inspection report or you can request the seller to fix the items that concern you or you can walk away from the deal.
8. How much does an RV inspection cost
The cost varies depending on which of the 3 levels of inspection, the number of fluid samples being requested, the type of RV being inspected and the location of the RV. The final pricing is determined at contract execution time.
9. How long will the RV inspection take
A full inspection will take between 6 and 8 hours, depending on the type of unit and features. When possible, it is helpful to have the seller/owner available to move or remove any items necessary to complete the inspection, but it is not a requirement.