An RV inspector has the ability to make an RV buyer’s experience so much better by providing the information they need to make an educated buying decision! Isn’t it better to know what problems may exist with the RV before buying and signing on the dotted line?
An NRVIA-certified RV inspector can do just that: give the RV buyer a comfort level in their buying decision so that if they decide to purchase the inspected RV, they can enjoy their RV travels and create lasting memories with friends and family.
This RV inspector recently had the chance to help another out-of-state client from the RV’s location. The client contacted us to go to the RV dealership and perform a comprehensive analysis of the RV they were interested in.
The RV inspector offered several options for levels of RV inspection that the client could choose from. This RV inspector also included a sample report and information about fluid analysis (sending oil and coolant samples of motorized components to an authorized lab for testing), given this was a motorized RV.
Here is the RV!
The first place the RV inspector heads to is the roof of the RV. This is the place where if there are issues there will be problems inside the RV. In this case, the RV inspector found numerous cases of sealant failure and roof anomalies. Here are some photos from the RV inspection report.
As you can see from these pictures, there are areas where the sealant has failed and water intrusion is possible. RV owners tend to ignore the roof of their RV! This is not a good idea.
Regular RV maintenance requires that the owner get up on the roof periodically and assess the condition of the roof material, the roof accessories sealant, and other issues that may show up in the course of the RV being in motion. The more the RV is used, the greater the chance of issues arising.
After the roof examination, the exterior of the RV is evaluated. Here are some issues that were identified.
Once the sidewall examination is complete, the RV inspector visually examines the chassis, frame, running gear, wheel assemblies, and the engine compartment area when the RV is a motorized unit. Here are some issues that the RV inspector found in this particular inspection.
The RV inspector also pulled samples of the engine oil, the transmission oil, the generator oil, the engine coolant, and the generator coolant. The samples were sent to a lab that specializes in processing and evaluating these kinds of samples. Samples with a “0” or “1” fall into the normal category.
Samples that come back with a “2” or “3” result mean that the sample is exhibiting abnormal characteristics if the report comes back a “4,” the results are considered critical.
The transmission oil results revealed the following.
The engine coolant revealed these results.
The generator coolant sample yielded these results.
The next area of focus for this inspection was the electrical system. The major issue that was found was in the shore power cord.
The batteries appeared to have been lacking in regular maintenance.
How about a water fountain at the city water connection?
There were some issues with the life safety systems.
There were some issues with the RV refrigerator.
There were some other appliance issues.
There were also some interior issues that the RV inspector identified.
So, imagine getting these kinds of results! Would you buy this RV? It is a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder with 60,000 miles. Some other minor issues are not listed here. Is it worth the $52,900 selling price?
Being a certified RV inspector is such a great business! Inspectors are given the opportunity to provide information to their clients to help them make these important decisions when looking to purchase a home on wheels. There is nothing more rewarding than having your work appreciated!
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