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Thursday, March 12, 2015

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I think if they could get associated with NADA or Kelly Blue Book it would give them some credibility.

You would have to be mechanically inclined to understand the systems in able to do those inspections.

Hi Howard,

I am a huge fan of yours and what you are doing but have to admit this latest post concerns me. I am part of an international professional certification program for project management and my annual dues run $120 a year with $60 every three years to renew the certification. The certification test itself was a one time fee of $500. I mention this because a $499 annual fee seem extremely high. Since you stated they refer customers to people who have this certification this reoccurring cost seems to include the referral? Plus you give the, 50 percent of money earned on each inspection? My follow up question for you would be have you spoken to any of their inspector to verify they seen a return on investment?? Do they have rough numbers on what percentage of inspectors make a profit in a year? I know that is difficult but many people are searching for a way to make money on the road in order to jumpstart their dream and I would hate for anyone to think taking this course will solve their revenue problems.

Respectfully, Trace

I have total confidence in your recommendations but I kind of view Steve Anderson as a snake oil salesman.

Very interesting and thorough as usual for you Howard. You are a wealth of information. We sure could have used an inspector when we bought our first and only used RV. A friend did a great job but he didn't notice a hydraulic line leak.

What is interesting is that there are brand new rigs being manufactured as fast as possible today, to keep up with the new demand, that would fail the inspection provided.

Trace,
I thought I made it clear that I have some concerns and that there is no reliable history just yet about the viability of RV inspection as a business on its own. There aren't enough certified inspectors with enough inspections under their belt yet.

I know we could make it work if we decided to pursue the opportunity, it's not rocket science, but I also don't want to give the impression that it's a quick revenue generator (thought I was pretty clear on that too, but maybe not).

I also made it clear that those that sign up with RVIC as contractors earn 50% of the fee, while those that have their own independent businesses can charge and keep whatever they want. It's two different options.

We're most interested in the ability of used RV purchasers to have a good resource to obtain inspections.

But there may be an opportunity for some to earn some income as well, as long as they are serious about it. I've simply tried to shed some light on parts that I think are not transparent enough. Of course, it's still up to each individual to do his/her own homework and take responsibility for successes and/or failures.

Howard,
Great article! I too learned of NRVIA last fall and am all for it. When my wife and I bought our first (new to us) motor home, we couldn't find an inspector any where to do a thorough once over. I learned the "fix-it" process very quickly.
Being successful users and advocates of Workamper News, the more I read about the inspection program the more I knew they were going in the right direction. I couldn't start the training process quick enough.
Believing in the need for RV Inspections made it easy for us to overlook the skeptics. We saw, and still see, every step as a step forward in improving the RV life style; not only for us, but for every RV'er out there.
I have completed all three phases of the training (On-line, 5- day Triad, 5-day Advanced Inspector Training) within the last two months and am currently in the process of contracting with RVIC. Sure, I may not have needed to complete every step, but I think I am the better for it. I am confident I can now provide peace-of-mind to any new RV'er - and can't wait to do so.
However, there is one thing you didn't mention in your post: Start up business costs. This cost would need be added to someone who doesn't have an LLC or S-Corp already in place. In the long run, as a full-timer the benefits are well worth it.
Good luck to you and Linda in the AIT class.

Ken Himes
NRVIA #523

If you actually paid out over $1000 you must be either interested or involved in the inspections.

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