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So, you just bought your RV.

You must have many questions in mind. All of these questions are valid, considering it’s your first RV purchase.

One of the most common questions that new RV owners have is:

‘Can I run my RV generator while driving?’

If you are looking for the best answer to this question, then you must consult an RV expert, or someone who has been driving an RV for many years now. The simple answer you will get for this question is, ‘Yes, you can run your RV generator while driving.’ Running your RV generator while driving is perfectly safe.

However, another aspect of this question is understanding how it will affect your fuel mileage. Before we answer this question, let us first take a look at the reasons why you will need to run your RV generator while driving in the first place.




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So, you want to buy an RV.

Are you sure that you are not buying someone else’s problem?

Most people buy RVs because they want to travel without any problems. But what if you end up buying an RV that has more problems! Thanks to professional RV inspectors, you can save yourself from being in such a situation.

If you want to spend quality time in your RV and don’t want to take it to the mechanic every couple of weeks, then you must get it inspected by a professional and experienced RV inspector. RV inspections have gained popularity over the past few years because the manufacturing quality is declining every passing day. In addition to this, many people don’t take care of their RVs as much as they need. With lack of service, timely repairs and maintenance, the RVs are not in a condition to be taken for long distances, killing the main purpose that they’re bought for.

Thus, most of the RV buyers turn to RV inspectors before making the big purchase, and rightly so. Getting the RV inspected by a professional inspector is always a good idea. You can go on and buy the RV if the inspector is satisfied with it. Most of the people make their purchase contract contingent on a satisfactory inspection. This means that you can cancel the contract if you don’t like the inspection. You will be able to get your deposit back and just walk away from the deal since the RV inspection didn’t meet your expectations.

If you are still interested in purchasing the RV, you can negotiate with the seller on the price or ask them to make repairs before you go on and complete the purchase process.

If you agree to accept the RV as is at the price even after the inspection, a good RV inspector will give you valuable information about how you will need to plan your future maintenance and repairs. While they will not blatantly tell you to buy or not to buy an RV, they will give out enough information about the vehicle so that it is easy for you to make an informed decision.


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When inspecting a new or used RV, there are so many important things to look for during the RV inspection.  Does the roof leak, how is the engine and is there signs of moisture intrusion among many others.  After watching a home inspection video, I decided to try out the Flir handheld Infrared camera to aid me with my RV inspections.  According to Flir, an  IR camera can pick up infrared energy as heat, transform the energy into an electronic signal, which can then produce an image. The camera’s small, digital screen shows the object in question using a range of colors, each shade representing a different temperature range. For example, reds, yellows, and oranges typically represent warmer temperatures. Colors toward the bluer end of the spectrum usually represent colder temperatures. Many modern thermal imaging cameras let you choose your own color scheme, too. In higher-quality cameras, you can home in on temperature ranges with great precision. And some companies now have thermal cameras as add-ons for a mobile device. Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their RV that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Handheld thermal imaging cameras for RV inspections can detect a wide array of issues in a cost-effective manner 


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My first RV was a 2003 Alpine coach by Western RV. The unit is an awesome piece of machinery. This unit is equipped with a 350 Cummins ISL engine. I had no clue of how to determine if the engine is sound, so I reached out to a friend who suggested having the fluids tested. I pulled fluid (oil and transmission) samples and sent them to the lab and I was shocked by what I found. The oil samples came back with traces of coolant in the oil which indicates a bad head gasket. The dealer replaced the head gasket at no cost to me. The unit had less than 20k miles on the engine so I was amazed that the samples showed possible failures. The moral to the story is whenever you by a used or new RV, It’s best to have all the fluids pulled by a qualified RV Inspector. You never know what you may uncover. 

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