FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's covered on an inspection?
- In a nutshell...vehicle data, roof, seals & seams, exterior walls, slide-outs, awnings, chassis and under carriage, tires, electrical (120V & 12V) & propane systems, safety systems, fresh & waste water systems, leveling/stabilizing & hitch systems, generator (if equipped), battery(ies), converter, inverter (if equipped), all appliances, interior condition, all lighting, furniture condition, signs of interior & exterior water leaks/damage and more! Many items are actually tested with various meters/gauges, etc to verify the operating condition.
All of the above is inspected/tested for its condition and function and documented in our detailed, computer generated, easy to read report...with photos.
A full inspection will typically include 150+ Points of Inspection (depending on equipment) and also include 100's of pieces of
Contact us for a detailed list of what an inspection entails on the type of RV you are interested in.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
- No, it is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection. Should you decide to attend the inspection, you are welcome to do so - we love to meet our clients! All that is asked is to try to keep distractions to a minimum. We want to focus our attention to the task at hand; providing a quality inspection for our clients. You could use the time to look at the RV and take notes/photos, if you desire. If possible, save questions until the end of the inspection.
What is needed for the inspection?
- The RV will need to be set up in a manner so that everything inside and out can be fully evaluated. Proper utilities will also need to be available. For a complete list of the Inspection Requirements, please contact us.
How soon can an inspection be scheduled?
- Several things can affect the scheduling of the inspection. For example – inspector availability, seller availability, inclement weather, travel, etc. Many times an inspection can be scheduled within 24 – 48 hours, or as long as several weeks out, depending on the clients needs. Please contact us to discuss your scheduling needs.
How are payments accepted?
- All invoicing and payments are done through PayPal. An invoice will be sent by PayPal via email and you can use your credit card to make the payment. A PayPal account is not required for this service.
How long will the inspection take?
- The length of the inspection will depend on the level of inspection selected, the type of unit being inspected, the amount of issues found, etc. A Safety Level inspection can take only 2-3 hours, while a regular inspection with fluid samples on a loaded Class A diesel can take perhaps 8-10 hours. We don’t rush our inspections. We want to take whatever time is necessary to complete the job.
When should I expect to receive the inspection report?
- Upon the completion of the inspection, a verbal overview of the inspection findings can be given either in person, if you are present for the inspection or via a phone call. The official report will typically be emailed within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection.
How long will the fluid analysis reports take?
- The fluid analysis report from the lab can take 5-7 business days from the completion of the inspection – many times sooner. Samples are sent via Priority Mail or, for an added fee, can be sent for next day delivery. For an additional fee, "RUSH" service can be ordered from the lab. Please make sure the seller understands this time-frame. Priority Mail packages typically arrive in 2 business days.
Are inspections only performed on used RVs?
- No. In addition to pre-purchase inspections on used RVs, we also perform pre-purchase inspections on new units. Unfortunately, even on new units, issues - sometimes serious, can and have been found; even after a dealer has performed their own pre-delivery Inspections (PDI's). We have also done repair verification inspections. Both have been done at dealers and manufacturer facilities. We can also inspect your currently owned RV for issues and perform fluid analysis on your motorized RV, generator or tow vehicle.
Will you perform an inspection at a dealer?
- Yes! Most all dealers where we have performed inspections have been very accommodating. We have also performed inspections at RV manufacturing facilities. Please ask the dealer or manufacturer what their specific policy may be regarding accommodating independent inspections. Should the dealer require proof of insurance, we can provide that upon request.
Do you share the inspection report?
- No. Unless we have your direct consent, the inspection report or issues discovered are disclosed only to the buyer of the inspection - our client. As the buyer, you are free to share the report information with anyone you like. Typically, the only exception would be to disclose "life safety" issues; we don't want anybody to be put in harms way.
How far will you travel to perform an inspection?
- Just about anywhere! So far, PRO RVI has performed inspections in Illinois (Northern & Southern), Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and upper & lower Michigan, Iowa & Nevada. Our base rates include up to 100 miles of round trip travel from 60102. Travel beyond that may require additional travel and mileage fees. In some cases, we have been flown to a location to perform an inspection. Please contact us for a quote. Click HERE to view a map of past inspection locations.
I live in a different part of the country but I've found an RV online that I'm interested in from a seller in the Midwest. Can you inspect it before I spend my time and travel expense to look at it?
- Most certainly! A big part of our business is from interested buyers in your situation. So far, PRO RVI has had clients from all over the United States - and beyond, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington State, Wisconsin and Australia!
Can Inspections be done in the winter?
- Inspections in the winter can be a challenge, particularly here in the Midwest. Due to cold or below-freezing temperatures, certain items may not be able to be fully evaluated. This includes both fresh and wastewater plumbing/drains, air conditioners, water heater, clothes and dish washers, fridge, etc. If snow or ice is present on the roof, not only does this obstruct the roof visually, it is also very unsafe to go on the roof to inspect it. If possible, it is recommended that the unit be brought inside an adequately heated area, with utilities and needed clearances, to perform the inspection.
The seller is reluctant to allow an independent inspection....now what?
- Any reputable/honest seller, be it a private party or a dealer, should have no problem with fully accommodating a pre-purchase inspection......unless perhaps, they are afraid that there may be issues discovered that may affect the sale or selling price. The bottom line is, it's YOUR money and you should have a fair opportunity and a reasonable time-frame to know exactly what you may be spending it on! You can decide to take a chance and buy it without a proper independent inspection (not a wise move) or seek out another RV where the seller is more accommodating. When putting a "hold deposit" on the RV, ALWAYS make sure that your deposit is 100% refundable (in writing), in case you choose not to buy the unit.
How can I make sure the seller doesn’t sell the RV before I get all the reports?
- Please feel free to download and use this free Purchase Agreement (below) in PDF format.
Should you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact PRO RVI.