ATHENS, Texas – A couple from Florida achieved their master RV inspector certification from the National RV Inspectors Association (NRVIA), the group announced today.
Jason and Lisa Carletti have been completing RV inspections in the Tampa area since August 2017 and have performed more than 600 evaluations to date. In fact, despite there being nearly 20 professional RV inspectors operating in central Florida, the couple turns down three to five inspections every week.
In 2017, Lisa was a traveling nurse and Jason was looking for something to do while she was working. He stumbled upon an advertisement promoting the RV inspection business and soon attended courses at the National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) in hopes of performing one or two inspections a month.
“I had no idea that this business would take off as quickly as it did to bring in a consistent workload of three to five inspections every week,” Jason explained.
However, the business did take off to the point he needed help, so Lisa also took classes to become an NRVIA Certified RV Inspector. Working together, they generated enough income for Lisa to quit her job and focus exclusively on the inspection business.
“Not only did it mean I wouldn’t need to punch a clock anymore, but I also didn’t have to endure the rigors of working in healthcare,” she said.
In addition to performing RV inspections throughout central Florida, the Carlettis were invited to evaluate a number of RVs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after hurricanes in Florida and North Carolina. The agency bought RVs as temporary shelters for storm victims, and the couple ensured there were no life-safety or major problems with the vehicles’ systems.
“NRVIA launched the master certification designation in January as a way to recognize members who excel not only in their own inspection businesses, but also in supporting the association,” said Stephanie Henson, director of administration.
NRVIA members apply for the honor, which is reviewed by a committee of experienced inspectors. In order to be considered for the award of merit, applicants must meet specific requirements, such as:
- Operate an active and insured inspection business for at least two consecutive years.
- Complete 50 verifiable advanced RV inspections. Evaluations performed for warranty or repair verification, life-safety only or for the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not count in that total.
- Possess active credentials as a registered or certified RV technician from a sanctioned training school.
- Have at least 10 verifiable reviews from clients with a satisfaction rating of 80% or higher listed on a third-party platform such as Google, Yelp, Facebook Business Page, HomeGauge, etc.
- Either publish an article in an industry publication relevant to RV inspections or RV systems training, or presented a similar topic at an industry rally, conference or expo.
- Maintain a professional business website promoting RV inspection services.
The Carlettis have more than 80 five-star reviews and developed a website to help connect RV owners with a variety of related services, including RV repairs, inspections, parts distribution, storage, transport and even mentorship for new owners. They also give back to the industry by training other inspectors how to use software to evaluate RVs and prepare detailed inspection reports.
“We love working for ourselves and setting our own schedules,” Jason explained. “The income is great, but we both get tremendous satisfaction from helping people feel comfortable about their buying decisions.”
“For many buyers, an RV is a major purchase,” Lisa added. “Having an inspection performed helps people make informed decisions about proceeding with the purchase, which more than 90 percent of our customers opt to do. They are super happy to drive away with a good RV without having to spend months in the shop afterward.”
For more information about the Carlettis and their business, visit www.myrvinspection.com. To view their RV resources page, which they describe as the “yellow pages of the RV industry,” visit www.myrvresource.com.
To learn more about starting an RV inspection business or finding an NRVIA Certified RV Inspector, visit www.nrvia.com.