RV Recalls Jan 25th, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.


Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2017 Bay Star, Bay Star Sport, and Canyon Star vehicles, built on Ford chassis and equipped with Antilock Brake Systems (ABS). The brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HECU) on these vehicles may be missing valve block ball plugs, potentially causing a brake fluid leak or air ingestion during electronic brake distribution and/or ABS activation.

Forest River, Inc. is recalling certain 2015-2018 Cascade and Cherokee recreational trailers. The trailer wiring may have been improperly routed, allowing the wires to be pinched between the chassis and the vehicle body.

Forest River, Inc. is recalling certain 2018 Prime Time Crusader and Sanibel recreational trailers. A bracket used to secure the furnace in place may be missing, allowing the furnace to shift, possibly resulting in the fresh air intake and the furnace exhaust tubes being misaligned with the furnace.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Surveyor recreational trailers, models SVT266RLDS, SVT285IKDS, SVT285IKLE, SVT323BHLE, SVT33KRETS, SVT33KRLOK and SVT33KRLTS. These vehicles were built with a circuit breaker that allows more current that the wiring can handle.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Georgetown recreational vehicles, models GTA31L5, GTA31R5, GTA369XLF, GTA36B5, GTA36B5F, GTA377XLF, GTA378XLF, built on Ford chassis and equipped with Antilock Brake Systems (ABS). The brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HECU) on these vehicles may be missing valve block ball plugs, potentially causing a brake fluid leak or air ingestion during electronic brake distribution and/or ABS activation.

Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain 2018 Freedom Traveler motorhomes, model A27. These vehicles may be missing a heat shield between the liquid propane (LP) tank and the generator exhaust pipe.

REV Recreation Group is recalling certain 2018 American Coach American Dream, American Revolution, Fleetwood Discovery, Discovery LXE, Holiday Rambler Endeavor, Endeavor XE, and Monaco Marquis recreational vehicles. Water may enter the 12-volt harness connectors due to missing gaskets or the placement of the pin connectors, potentially causing an electrical short.

Keystone RV Company is recalling certain 2018 Hideout recreational trailers, model 310. The Federal Placard on these vehicles incorrectly lists the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) as 5,080 lbs and the tire size as ST225/75R15D with 65 PSI, when the correct GAWR is 5,200 lbs and the correct tire size is ST225/75R15E with 80 PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2016-2018 Bay Star, Bay Star Sport, Canyon Star, Dutch Star, Essex, King Aire, London Aire, Mountain Aire, New Aire, Ventana and Ventana LE motorhomes. These vehicles may have a loose power connection at the Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), possibly resulting in a build up of heat.

Forest River is recalling certain 2018 Coachmen Galleria motorhomes, models GAB24FLM, GAB24QM and GAB24TM. The inverter was installed using a lead wire that may not be able to handle the amperage draw.

How much does an RV inspection cost – why it is a good idea to get one performed?

Is it too good to be true?

We have all heard the phrase “If it is too good to be true? The price of an RV you are looking to purchase is advertised so much below market average that you must ask yourself, “is this too good to be true”? What is wrong with this RV for it to be priced so low? A light bulb goes off and you wonder how much does an RV inspection cost?

Why is it important to get an RV Inspection?

Purchasing an RV is a very serious undertaking. It can be just as expensive as purchasing a house. It really doesn’t matter if you are thinking about getting a small Pop-up for a family vacation or a Class A Diesel Pusher to live in full-time.

Just as if you were purchasing a house, you would want it done by a certified home inspector – not a local handyman. Same goes for an RV.

You fell in love with the layout and the features that the RV has and the seller indicates that all the maintenance has been performed on a regular basis. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Do you have the knowledge to test the RV systems?

Ask yourself, do you know how to test for LP gas leaks? Do you know how to test that the AC units are cooling properly? Do you know if the RV Refrigerator has a pending recall? Do you know what a “Hot Skin” condition is and how to detect it?

Is it a good idea to get an RV inspection?

If you answered no to these few questions above, you need an RV inspection. Why spend your hard-earned money on a RV you love only to find out later that it is a lemon? Maybe the purchase price is at your maximum spend and if a RV item quits working, you won’t have the money to repair it.

All RVs, new and old, can have issues with their systems that a qualified inspector can uncover.

RV Finance companies and Extended Warranty companies require an inspection

More and more RV finance companies are asking the buyer to provide an “inspection report” to protect their investment. Buyers that pay cash should have an inspection to protect their investment as well.

Many Extended Warranty companies are requiring an inspection to verify the RV systems are in working order and well as the condition of the tires.

RV Inspection Cost

RV Inspection cost can be as little as $250 and as high as $1200. The pricing depends on the level of inspection that is being performed. It is also based on the type of RV inspected. It would not make sense to spend $1200 on a $5000 travel trailer but to spend $1200 on a $300K Diesel Pusher Motorhome, that would be a wise investment.

Please post your comments or questions near the top of this article and we will answer them as soon as possible.

RV Trailer Inspections – Provides buyers with detailed buying information

Travel Trailer Inspections

These are not as complex as a Class A Diesel Motorhome
inspection. Since the travel trailer does not have all the engine and drive
train components that motor homes have, RV Trailer Inspections provide the buyer
with detailed information, to make an educated buying decision. We provide our
clients with a computer-generated report with pics, detailing any issues that
the RV reveals to us during the inspection. This info is valuable for the buyer
to make an informed buying decision.

Travel Trailers can be pulled by a pick-up, SUV or even an automobile.

Depending on the weight of the travel trailer, some of the
smaller “A” frame types can be pulled with a car. Sizes of travel trailers
(bumper pulls) range from a few feet to as long as 36 feet. RV owners are
encouraged to seek out professional assistance in determining the weight and
length of your RV to determine if your vehicle can handle it.

Modern conveniences of home

Most Travel trailers are available with sleeping, showering,
cooking, and dining options. Some have bunk beds and others may have a king
size bed, a fireplace, even a washer and dryer.

What type of components are installed in travel trailers?

The average size travel trailer, 12-36 feet, can have all
the same components as the class A motor home. They have a 12-volt electrical
system and a 120-volt electrical system. They have water heaters as well as
heat and air conditioning components. Most have a propane system and waste
water tanks. Some of the larger Travel Trailers have slide outs that provide
more living space in the trailer when fully set-up to camp in.

What components are inspected during the inspection?

We inspect all aspects of a travel trailer. From the roof,
to the undercarriage, we also inspect the tires for age too. We inspect the AC
units, the furnace, the water heater as well as the refrigerator. We look for
water damage, wear and tears in any fabric. We perform a “propane leak test” as
well as a “hot skin test”. We test and inspect all the life safety devices from
the fire extinguisher to the propane and carbon monoxide detector plus any
smoke detectors.



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RV Recalls – January 8th.

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.


This list is all Motorhomes, no towables.

Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling 2,177 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vehicles equipped with the Crosswind Assist function. In the event of strong crosswind, automatic brake interventions by the vehicle dynamics control system (ADAPTIVE ESP) might not be activated.

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling 69 2018 Fleetwood Axon, Bounder, Flair, Southwind, Pace Arrow and Pace Arrow LXE motorhomes, and 2018 Holiday Rambler Navigator, Navigator XE, Reno, Vacationer, and Vacationer XE motorhomes. The satellite dish on these vehicles may detach from the roof while driving and become a road hazard.


About Us

This page is intended to give you some background about us and why we should be your RV Inspection company or your Walk thru RV Inspector.

Al and Laura

Al spent most of his career in transportation, especially “expedited” transportation. Getting things done in a timely manner was always a priority. He has owned several businesses so he knows what it takes to satisfy a customer.

Laura spent her career in Mental Health Services for the state of Oregon. She knows how important it is to be “attention to detail” Laura inspects the inside of RVs, takes pictures, records data and provides assistance to Al during inspections.

We approach every RV Inspection as if we are going to purchase the RV ourselves. We believe we are the “eyes and ears” of our clients. Since over 85% of our clients are either “out of town” or “out of the country”. Yes we have performed inspections for clients in Australia, Brazil and Switzerland. They have never seen the RV until they either had it shipped overseas or arrived in America to purchase it.

Our goal is to assist buyers of an RV, enabling them to make an informed buying decision.

As small business owners, when you need an RV Inspection, we understand the urgency of your needs and will do whatever is possible to schedule an inspection request as soon as possible. If we cannot meet your time frame, we can recommend another NRVIA “certified inspector” to perform the inspection.

We strictly adhere to the NRVIA’s “Code of Ethics” in our inspection business.

Code # 9 states: RV Inspectors shall not repair, service or upgrade for compensation any RV systems or components covered by the NRVIA Standards of Practice for a minimum of 1 year from the RV Inspection date.”

Code # 1 states: RV Inspectors shall be objective in their reporting and not knowingly understate or overstate the details and the impact of the findings of any RV inspection.”

All NRVIA’s Code of Ethics can be found at: www.nrvia.org

Once your inspection is completed, we will spend time reviewing, categorizing pictures and make some recommendations before we send you the report.

We will then spend time with you going over the details of the report so you have a through understanding of any and all issues. Then you can make an educated buying decision of wether to purchase the RV or walk away.

We hope you’ll give us the opportunity to service your RV Inspection needs.

Our website was designed to assist you

Please feel free to brose around our website to learn about the RV inspection process. We have a lot of information on the website to hopefully answer all of your questions, however, if you have any questions, please select the “contact us button”, type your question and we will get back to you right away.

Safe Travels.

Al & Laura


RV Recall List January 2nd, 2018

A new RV recall list is below, January 2nd, 2018.

Part of our RV inspection service is we check every VIN number against all recall list to advise our clients if there are any pending recalls on the RV they are looking to purchase, so they can make an informed buying decision.

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.


Forest River Inc. is recalling 108 2016-2018 Berkshire XLT motorhomes. Incorrect circuit breakers were used that may not contact the electrical sub-panel correctly.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 25 2018 Sandpiper and Sierra recreational trailers. The Federal Placard may incorrectly indicate the recommended tire pressure to be 110psi, however, the actual tire pressure should be 95psi. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims,” and these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”