Pitfall ahead! Get an RV Inspection before you buy! 

By  Luann Street



Are you afraid to buy a used RV?  Buying used can give you pause but it doesn't have to. If you are considering a used RV, getting an  RV inspection may bring greater peace of mind to your purchase. An RV Inspection can provide you with information on your RV that you wouldn't even know to ask about.  It's like getting a home inspection of the home you are about to purchase.  You want to be aware of any issues before you buy not after!

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Pitfall Ahead!  Get an RV Inspection Before You Buy!

Purchasing a new-to-you RV can seem exciting and intimidating at the same time. For many of us, this is our second largest financial investments next to our home.  A lot of RV owners have chosen to buy a used RV because of the high cost of a recreational vehicle. Buying used can mean having a higher end RV than you could have owned if purchased new. Buying used can mean taking advantage of someone else taking the brunt of the depreciation cost. With those advantages, we often encounter questions, misgivings, and doubt.

RV Inspections

RV's have unique systems.  In some ways, they are like a house but in many others are completely different.  Knowing what to look for is usually brand new to most people buying an RV.  If you have never handled propane before, understand 12 volt systems, or what an Aqua-Hot or specialty hot water system will do for you, getting an RV inspection is money well spent.

If you are considering buying an RV that is many miles away, having an RV inspection is a definite advantage.  You can schedule the inspection of the rig you may want to purchase and have the inspection done before you travel many miles to see it in person.  This can save you money and frustration when the rig turns out to be too good to be true!

Getting your potential RV inspected by a Certified RV Inspector before you buy, can bring great piece of mind and potential money savings.  When Bryan and I bought our first motorhome, having an inspection wasn’t on our radar.  We bought on a whim and were at the mercy of the RV salesman.  Looking back, having an RV inspection could have helped us negotiate a better price and equipped us with more information about our new investment.   Ever seen the movie The Money Pit (1986 – I’m dating myself now)?  You could avoid a lot of the pitfalls of buying used by having an RV inspection first.


An RV inspection done by a Certified RV Inspector will give you a full report of the RV.  The report tells you what works and what doesn’t.  It alerts you to deal breaker items or helps you negotiate a better price.  The report can also be used as your repair list once you own the RV so you know just what needs to be fixed.  Keep in mind, an RV inspector cannot give you advice on repairs or even do necessary repairs after you purchase.  They can, however, give you a list of people who can help you after your purchase.

You can find a Certified RV Inspector near you by clicking on this link.  Or if you think you might like to train to be an Inspector and create a stream of income for yourself, consider the training courses available all over the United States.  Bryan took his training classes a few years ago.  They are interesting and informative!  He learned more in a week about our RV than he had known owning ours for three years.

RV Walkthroughs

Many RV inspectors offer services in addition to doing inspections.  If you are completely new to RVing, have an RV inspector do a walkthrough of your rig with you after you purchase.  They can show you how everything works.  Teach you, with your hands on the RV systems so you won't be frustrated the first time you take your RV camping. They can be much more thorough than the RV dealer who designates such a short time to show you how things work.  If you need more time, they can spend it with you.

RV Warranties

Purchasing an RV warranty is also a perfect way to safeguard your pocketbook from future repair costs. You can buy a warranty on a used RV as well as a new one.  Wholesale WarrantiesWholesale Warranties is a great and reputable warranty company for your RV.  They are one of the only companies that allow you to have your repairs done anywhere in the US without having to travel back to your place of purchase.  They have financing available for your warranty to make it easy to afford and gain that extra piece of mind you need when owning an RV.

If you are buying new, check out Wholesale Warranties before you purchase your warranty at the closing sale of your RV.  The dealer will try to hard sell the warranty they offer at that point because they make a commission on it.  Make sure you have done your homework.  The warranties they offer may not be flexible or allow you to have your repairs done at a place of your choice.  This is a big deal when you break down far from home.

RV Inspection + RV Warranty = Peace of Mind

Having a Certified RV Inspection and purchasing an RV warranty will help you avoid the pit – the money pit, the disappointment pit and most importantly the stranded, ruined vacation pit. Nobody wants that! 


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Luann Street

I have a passion to help people who want to travel, design an RV life they love! I was a full-timer along with my husband, Bryan for 5 years. I am now learning to RV solo.

I have created many products that enhance and improve the RV lifestyle:
-The Complete RV Travel Planner
-Your Next RV Destination Membership
-The Full-time RV Framework
-Trading Stuff for Memories Downsizing System
-The RV Buying Method

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  1. Good, advise. RV dealers want to sell you that RV and although they go over the ins & outs of the RV you are buying, somethings could be overlooked

    1. That is for sure! A combination of a reputable dealer and a certified RV inspector are a great way to gain peace of mind about your purchase.

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