More than


people buy a new or used RV in the United States each year.
One thing every RV (new and used) has in common;

they ALL have something wrong with them.

Do you know what is wrong with the RV you are planning to buy?

Joy > Regret

You buy an RV to bring your family JOY, to make special memories, to see far away places, taking your dog, cat, and fish with you. You don’t buy an RV to have REGRET, wishing you had known the true condition of the RV BEFORE you bought it.

My name is David russell
(rv shepherd)

I’m a veteran U.S. Navy Submariner. My wife and I are also full-time RVers. I would love to help you have confidence in your RV buying experience by providing a Certified RV Inspection before you finalize a purchase. Schedule a FREE 30 min call with me today.


David saved me from making a bad decision. I was considering the purchase of an RV in Ft. Pierce, FL. I hired David to take a look at… read more

Meredith Whitney Avatar Meredith Whitney
July 17, 2023

We are so glad we found RV Shepherd in our search for certified inspectors. We had a bad experience with another company, so it was so refreshing to find… read more

Cindy Merrill Avatar Cindy Merrill
April 5, 2023

One of the nicest and most professional rv inspectors I’ve ever met. Extremely punctual and knowledgeable. Was kind enough to drive to camping world in Fort Pierce to look at… read more

Emily Rose Avatar Emily Rose
March 26, 2023

It was just by chance we found Dave to do an rv inspection for us. He wanted to make sure we read his reviews so we would be comfortable working… read more

Barbara MacMannis Avatar Barbara MacMannis
March 26, 2023

I highly recommened you hire RV Shepherd whether buying new or used. I’ve been dealing with warranty repair issues on my brand new 2021 Winnegabo for over a year.… read more

Daniel Garcia Avatar Daniel Garcia
February 26, 2023

An inspector with integrity! We hired RV Shepherd to inspect a used diesel pusher. We were pressed for time and he pulled the fluid analysis before doing the inspection. Thank… read more

Gary Bailey Avatar Gary Bailey
January 25, 2023

David @ RV Shepherd is great! He was prompt in getting back to us to set up the initial call, scheduled the inspection with the local RV Dealer, and… read more

Margaret Brown Avatar Margaret Brown
January 11, 2023

No need to shop around. This is the guy. We couldn’t recommend more highly.

Carisa Cunningham Avatar Carisa Cunningham
January 8, 2023

David at RV Shepherd did an excellent job inspecting our new to us 2020 Winnebago View. We were over 1,000 miles away from the dealership and it gave us great… read more

Kristin Weigand Avatar Kristin Weigand
November 30, 2022

RV Shepherd was extremely helpful when I purchased my motorhome. The report was very detailed and provided very useful information. He took a good amount of time on the phone… read more

Laura Taylor Oostdyk Avatar Laura Taylor Oostdyk
November 29, 2022

David is awesome! He is very thorough and checks everything! David was very kind and patience, answering all our questions. I would highly recommend David. He is professional and very… read more

Nicole Hughes Avatar Nicole Hughes
November 19, 2022

I am new to the RV world but it is something my wife and have been wanting to pursue for many years. Even though the RV that I was looking… read more

Jean-Jacques Alford Avatar Jean-Jacques Alford
October 22, 2022

If you want an RV inspector who will go “above and beyond” to get you the information you need to make an informed purchase, then I believe David Russell should… read more

Coral Undzis Avatar Coral Undzis
September 12, 2022

David went the extra mile and found a water leak in a RV we wanted to purchase. Finding the hidden damage in advance of our purchase probably saved us months/years… read more

Johnny Dalrymple Avatar Johnny Dalrymple
September 12, 2022

Real informative, knowledgeable inspector who cares about helping you. Timely, professional communication. Highly recommend and would use this service again if needed.

Rob Adamo Avatar Rob Adamo
July 12, 2022

David is a fabulous inspector! He is thorough with exceptional attention to detail and work ethic. He is very kind and easy to talk to. I feel comfortable asking him… read more

Hairchitexture Salon Avatar Hairchitexture Salon
June 12, 2022

David is good person to work with, very through, high quality service. I highly recommend him.

Jennifer Tipton Avatar Jennifer Tipton
May 12, 2022

Four Steps to Enjoy the RV Life



Schedule a Call


Inspect the RV
has Repairs Made
Enjoy the RV Life


What to avoid when buying an RV?


Are you considering purchasing an RV for your adventurous road trips? It’s important to make a well-informed decision to ensure you don’t run into any issues down the road. By steering clear of these mistakes, you can make a wise investment and enjoy the open road with peace of mind.

1. Falling for the Exterior Appeal: When browsing for RVs, it’s easy to get swayed by the visually appealing exteriors. However, it’s crucial not to let the aesthetics cloud your judgment. Instead, focus on the build quality and overall condition of the vehicle. Pay particular attention to signs of water damage, structural integrity, and any potential maintenance or repair needs. By carefully inspecting the RV’s exterior, you can ensure a sound purchase.

2. Neglecting a Thorough Inspection: A comprehensive inspection is imperative when it comes to buying an RV. Take your time to thoroughly examine every nook and cranny, both inside and out. Check all appliances, electrical systems, plumbing, and air conditioning to ensure they are in proper working condition. Don’t forget to inspect the tires, brakes, and engine as well. Should you lack the expertise to perform a detailed examination, consider hiring a professional RV inspector.

3. Disregarding the Floor Plan: RVs come in a variety of floor plans, each catering to different needs and preferences. It’s vital to spend time researching and understanding the available options before making a decision. Consider factors such as the number of beds, bathroom layout, living space, and storage capacity. Think about your specific requirements and ensure that the RV’s floor plan aligns with them. By doing so, you can avoid disappointment and regrets later on.

4. Overlooking Size and Maneuverability: Another common mistake is underestimating the size and maneuverability of an RV. Depending on your level of experience and comfort, it’s crucial to select an RV that is appropriate for your needs. Large Class A motorhomes may offer more luxury, but they can be challenging to navigate through narrow roads or crowded campsites. Consider factors like parking restrictions, ease of driving, and fuel consumption before finalizing your purchase.

5. Rushing into the Decision: Buying an RV is a significant investment, and it’s vital not to rush into the decision. Take your time to research different models, compare prices, and consider the pros and cons of each option. Don’t feel pressured to make a quick purchase, as it’s better to be safe than sorry. Allow yourself the time to make an informed choice that aligns with your budget, preferences, and specific travel goals.

6. Ignoring After-Sales Support: After-sales support is an often-overlooked aspect when buying an RV. It’s essential to choose a reputable dealer that offers reliable customer service and assistance. Whether you require maintenance and repairs or have questions about operating your RV, having a supportive dealer can make a world of difference. Prioritize dealerships known for their knowledgeable staff and responsive support system to avoid any potential headaches down the road.

7. Neglecting Insurance and Warranty Options: Buying an RV without considering insurance and warranty options is a risky move. Accidents, natural disasters, or unexpected mechanical failures can cause financial strain if you don’t have adequate coverage. It’s crucial to explore insurance policies tailored specifically for RVs and consider extended warranties to protect your investment. Taking preventative measures will provide peace of mind during your travels.

Embark on your next adventure with confidence, knowing you’ve considered everything necessary to avoid potential pitfalls when purchasing an RV. Take the time to make an informed decision, prioritize inspections, and carefully consider your needs. Remember, choosing the right RV is the key to creating unforgettable memories on the open road.