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 email@example.com if you have more questions.
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 there cerification. 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.
We inspect many items and sytems. Please see our Inspection Process page and click on the Points of Inspection tabs.
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 licence to operate. We do have cerificates of completed courses and are required to complete many hours of continuing education per year to keep our NRVIA cerification.
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.
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.
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.
The inspection report and it 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.
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.
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.
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.
No. We follow the NRVIA Code of Ethics that does not allow us to repair an RV that we inspected for 1 year after the inspection. This is a good because we do not try to find problems just so we can fix them.
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.
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.
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.
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.