Buying my first RV has been a frightening yet exciting experience. Finally achieving my dream of owning an RV is amazing. However, the anxiety of making a major purchase has been very stressful. I have read and heard stories of others who ended up having to make repairs, some quite expensive after buying a used RV. I wanted to try and avoid that dilemma if possible. When I found the RV I wanted at a consignment sale, I was offered their safety evaluation and a walk-through. It seemed to me that the walk-through was somewhat superficial, and did not include the engine or roof. I was concerned about roof leaks, soft floors and the working conditions of all RV appliances. Just like when you buy a car, I wondered if you could have an in-depth inspection done for an RV. I did a quick search online and contacted a few places. Reece from Texas RV inspectors contacted me and
Summer is headed your way and you know what this means: Road Trips! If you’re the adventurous kind, you’re probably looking into RVs! Some may prefer to bring the comforts of home along on a road trip, which means most of you are curious to know if your cars can be towed behind an RV. Fortunately, you can! Here are some of the best cars to tow behind RVs! Chevrolet Spark Compact, smooth and only 2400 lbs., this is one of the most popular cars to tow behind RVs! It’s light, has great runabout for local driving, and its hatchback design makes it handy for detours. It’s especially popular with road runners who love staying online; Spark comes with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity giving you access to mobile services wherever you park your RV! Ford Fusion Hybrid If you’re driving your family around in an RV, this sedan is great to tow behind an RV. This mini
When you go shopping for an RV, you will realize that there is a lot of equipment and machines that go into creating the vehicle. From electrical to plumbing to mechanical, there are different components that must work perfectly together so that you can have the best RV experience. If you are buying a used RV, you must take into account all these factors before you purchase the RV. But will you be able to recognize the problems and the potential issues that a used RV might have? Do you have enough knowledge and understanding of each part of an RV to make an informed decision? While you may know about some equipment, understanding each one of them is not possible unless you are an RV inspector. And you cannot trust a salesperson to walk you through each and every potential problem that the RV may have. After all, they are trying to sell the RV and wouldn’t want
Imagine you want to buy a house. You have visited the area and have seen the locality. You love everything. The house itself looks spectacular with a big garden and garage. The paint seems fine too. You visit the inside of the house and you simply love it. It is the house of your dreams. You want to buy it as soon as possible. In your excitement, you let go of the home inspection. What could possibly be a problem in this house? You think that it is perfect. You pay the money and move in. And that is when you start realizing the big mistake you have made by letting go of home inspection. Even if a house looks perfect from the outside, there can be problems in it that only an expert can find out. You will have to spend a lot of money on repairs and maintenance now. The dream of having the perfect house seems
Leaks and water seepage are two of the most common problems faced by RV owners. Even if you take care of your RV as best as you can, there are chances that the water may seep through the roof or even minute cracks in your windows and doorways. Water damage to an RV can be very costly. Not only is it a health concern, but it can also damage the machinery, which will cost a lot in repairs. Continuous water seepage into the RV can cause serious respiratory issues for the people who use the RV often as it accelerates the growth of black mold and nasty fungi. Most of the insurance plans also don’t cover water damage caused to the RV. This means that you will have to bear the cost yourself, and it costs a lot. Therefore, it is best to inspect your RV roof often to see if there are any cracks that are causing water
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. Why Do You Need to Run Your RV Generator While Driving? Running
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.
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
Purchasing a Recreational Vehicle from a rental fleet is an excellent alternative, costing only a fraction of buying a new RV. El Monte RV and Cruise America are two of the most popular national RV companies to offer top savings on their expiring rentals. I’ve listed the top 5 reasons you should consider when buying an RV from a rental fleet. One year warranty The benefit of having a warranty is good assurance when purchasing a used RV. El Monte Warranty is a real warranty back by El Monte RV, not an “extended service contract” with lots of loopholes. El Monte provides all there RVs with 12 months on the drive train and 30 days on appliances. The RV inspection and pre-sale check-up are really comprehensive. There RV inspection is much better than most RV dealers will do, even for a new one. Most RV dealers do not offer powertrain warranty’s and if they do, you have to deal
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.