NRVIA RV Inspection for a Friend
It seems like ages ago that I completed the NRVIA Learn by Doing Course to become a Certified RV Inspector in Zanesville, OH. In a perfect world, one would leave this week-long training and start marketing their own RV inspection business. Well, since the world isn’t perfect, we left the training in Ohio and immediately headed for Kentucky to begin our 10 weeks at Amazon. After our time at Amazon we pretty much sprinted south to Florida to hide from the cold and enjoy our first warm weather winter together. As our stay in Florida seemed like a bit of a vacation at times, putting the work in to get a business up and running dropped down my priority list.
Fast forward to the end of February during our time at Big Cypress RV Park, sitting around with Annette and Mike talking about things. Mike mentions that a friend of theirs back in Hanover, PA is looking into buying a Class A Diesel Motorhome that is located in Southeastern Florida. Hmmm, sounds like a good opportunity to finally put my RV inspections skills to good use. The buyers were a little nervous purchasing a Coach like that sight unseen, so they were looking for someone to put their eyes on it and see what it was like. After a couple of phone calls with the buyers in PA and the seller who keeps the coach in Florida but lives in the Northeast we set a date and time to look it over. Due to several factors like time constraints and the owner not being on site for the inspection, we were not able to do a complete inspection according to NRVIA standards. However, Betsy and I were able to give the Coach a good look over, test many of the systems and provide some assurance to the buyer that the coach was actually what was being represented in the pictures and the sales ad. I certainly did not charge the buyers the price for a full inspection, but instead charged them for what I’ll call an informal inspection “lite”.
We were glad to be able to help out Annette and Mike’s friends, and it gave Betsy and I an opportunity to shake off the rust from the inspection skills we learned during our class in October. Oh yea, in case you’ve forgotten, or missed our post about the training, my name was on the certificate but Betsy attended and participated in the full week of training with me. Two sets of eyes is way better than one, and she is a huge help in remembering what points need to be hit and documenting all of the results.
If you, or know of anyone, who needs an RV Inspection performed on a unit they are buying OR selling, please feel free to contact me. There is value in performing an RV Inspection for both sides of the buying / selling process. Stay tuned for more details regarding this small business venture. If becoming an RV Inspector sounds interesting to you, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If you decide you would like to take the course, we would love if you would include that you were referred by: Russ Gibbons AMB103. For more info on the course visit, www.rvtechcourse.com.
You an read more about my personal experience taking the courses by reading my previous blog posts:
RV Tech Course and the RVIC & NRVIA: Extensive RV knowledge in just 5 days....
RV Tech Course and the RVIC & NRVIA – Take 2 : Repetition is the key to learning...
Mission Accomplished: I'm a NRVIA Certified RV Inspector!