Thursday, September 29, 2022


RV inspectors: Not all created equal

When buying an RV, whether used or brand-new, it’s important to have it inspected by an independent third party. Such a service can be provided by an RVIA certified technician (those who have undergone extensive training approved by the RV Industry Association), mobile RV technicians or RV inspectors.

So-called RV inspectors — people trained specifically to inspect RVs for buyers — are a relatively new thing, created out of the need for such a service. Their skills may be based on less than a week of hands-on training, or even online training only.

Alan Warren, of the syndicated radio program The RV Show USA, suggests in a recent monologue that people who call themselves RV Inspectors do not have equal skills. Many are highly talented, but others, well, they may not have the knowledge or experience to do a proper job.

Warren explains in this five-minute video.


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Matt Perchick
1 year ago

Well I assume you ask you Doctor and Attorney where in their class they graduated. Have you actually attended any of these RV inspector schools? And by the way, you can claim you are not bashing the inspection industry, but in reality you are.

1 year ago

So what’s the solution? I agree with your general thought. Hire an inspector but not all inspectors are qualified. We can’t trust a certification. How are we to know ? The questions are good but we’re left hanging.

We know the RV industry has a lot of issues, including shortage of technicians.

Joseph Testa
1 year ago

So has your opinion changed in the last 1.5-2.0 yrs. Whether you intended to bash RV Inspectors and the RV Inspections schools, you did really hard.

Glen Cowgill
1 year ago

Pilots with 300 hours and 1800 hours are some of the most dangerous. There are ASE certified mechanics who know the theory but can’t fix cars and then there are ASE certified who know and can do the job. Do you want a RVIA Technician inspecting the transmission and engine. Motor homes are much more complicated than a travel trailer.
A RV inspector should be someone who is not only RVIA qualified but also qualified to inspect other components that are auto/truck related.
Being a retired Air Traffic Controller, Pilot, ASE Certified Mechanic, RV owner for over 50 years, Worked on trucks buses, and taught mechanics for over 20 years, fixed everything that has broke in my RV’s, rebuilt one motor home and do wood working as a hobby, I would not feel comfortable inspecting a RV and telling them it is A OK. I would go with a friend and test the RV part, listen to the engine and do a compression test but that engine needs an oil analysis done both engine and transmission.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

“Pilots with 300 hours and 1800 hours are some of the most dangerous.”

300 because they’re still wet behind the ears, and 1800 because they get complacent at that point?

Ron Twellman
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Pretty much. I’ve read that at about 500 hours most pilots’ skills hit a plateau. It’s what you do to improve those skills after that that make the real difference.

3 years ago

First of all Alan, don’t be so quick to disparage a new inspector or someone just out of school. ALL rv inspectors started from the same place. Nobody is born an inspector. I’m surprised you would even make that assessment! I thought you had more on the cap!!!!!

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