Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find some Frequently Asked Questions on RV inspections and why you would want a professional RV inspection completed by North Star RV Inspections, LLC. Please email us at info@nstrvi.com if you have more questions.

What is a cerified NRVIA inspector?

A certified NRVIA inspector has completed the training and testing to inspect all types of RVs and are required to complete many hours of continuing education each year to keep their certification. All NRVIA inspectors follow the same Standards of Practice to keep inspection reports uniform on what is inspected and follow the Code of Ethics so inspections reports are impartial, professional and fair. 

What do you inspect on an RV?

We inspect many items and sytems. Please see our Inspection Process page and click on the Points of Inspection tabs.

Are you insured and licensed?

We do carry $1,000,000 of commercial liability insurance to protect all parties involved in an RV inspection. The RV industry does not have any requirement for inspectors to have a license to operate. We do have certificates of completed courses and are required to complete many hours of continuing education per year to keep our NRVIA certification.

How long does it take to do an RV inspection?

The amount of time I spend on site with the RV varies depending on the type of inspection and type of the RV. Motorized RVs generally take longer than towables. Most inspections take from 5 to 10 hours to complete.

How long does it take to receive my RV inspection report?

All reports will be finished and ready for the customer to view by the end of the following day after the inspection. Within 12 hours from completion of inspection.

Do I need to be there during the RV inspection?

No, you do not need to be there on inspection day, however you may be there if you wish. All we ask is that you give us the space to do the job we are hired to do. Most of the time our clients are not present during the inspection.

Do you share the report with others?

The inspection report and its contents are made available by North Star RV Inspections only to the purchaser of the RV inspection. As the buyer, you can share the report with anyone you wish to show it too. 

I am buying a new RV, why should I have it inspected?

RVs today are being manufactured as fast as possible to try and meet high consumer demand. As a result, many RVs are being shipped to dealers unfinished and the dealers are having to finish the build. A 3rd-party inspection very often uncovers problems that are missed during the pre-delivery inspection.

Does the RV need to be de-winterized to do an RV inspection?

Yes and No. To do a complete inspection on the plumbing system, it does need to be de-winterized. If de-winterizing for an inspection is not an option for whatever reason, I can pressurize the the plumbing lines with RV anti-freeze, but some points of inspection like the water heater and on-board water pump will not be tested. Anything not tested will be noted on the inspection report with the reason why.

Is it necessary to have Full Hookups for an RV inspection?

To provide you with a thorough, full RV inspection, the answer is yes. Often times the seller, whether it's a private party or dealer, cannot provide full hookups.

Electricity (shore power or onboard generator) and onboard battery hookups are a must.

Fresh water hookup to a city water connection with a pressure regulator is preferred. Filling the fresh water tank and using the onboard water pump will work. We can also pressurize the city water connection with an external tank and pump.

Having access to RV sewer connections allows the inspector to test gray and black tank gate valves.

Anything not inspected/tested because of hook ups not provided will be marked "NOT INSPECTED" on the report and stated why.

Can you repair any problem you find during the RV Inspection?

No. We follow the NRVIA Code of Ethics that does not allow us to repair an RV that we inspected for one year after the inspection. This is a good thing because we do not try to find problems just so we can fix them.

I have owned RVs in the past. Why would I pay you to do the RV inspection?

Most buyers are often looking at the appearance and amenities of the RV to determine if it will meet their travel needs. The excitement of the RV buying process can lead the buyer to overlook the obvious and hidden condition of the RV. Most buyers do not climb on an RV roof and don't have the tools to perform a propane leak test. We carefully inspect each RV using our inspection software in logical order so that every component is inspected and tested. We have no financial interest; we are 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 purchase is even better.

How do I receive and read my RV inspection report?

When the RV inspection is scheduled, you will receive an email through Home Gauge that will have your login user name and password for you to sign inspection agreement and documents.

When inspection is complete and the report is ready for you to view, you will receive another email notification and you use the same user and password.

Reports are in an HTML format online and are best viewed on a laptop or PC. The larger the screen the better. You will be able to enlarge the pictures and watch videos. Please take the time to fully read and review the report; it is alot of information. After you review the report, call us to discuss.

Can you do an inspection at a dealership?

Yes! Most dealers are very accommodating in having an independent inspection. Please ask the dealer what their policy is regarding independent inspections. Proof of insurance can be provided upon request. 

What if the dealer tells me that they have already inspected the RV and a 3rd-party inspection is not needed?

While this is common response and they may have done a pre-delivery inspection, the dealers do not follow strict requirements and NRVIA standards of practice. Having an unbiased 3rd-party inspection done before making such a large purchase can save you money and time. More often than not, the cost of the inspection is recovered before you sign on the bottom line. Click here to read more.

How are payment take and when are they due?

Cash or credit cards are accepted. Credit card invoicing is done through PayPal. An email with a PayPal link with be sent and you can use your credit card to make the payment. A PayPal account is not required for this service. Invoices are required to be paid before the scheduled inspection day.

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