Why do you need a Professional RV Inspection?

For most people, the purchase of an RV will be the second largest purchase they ever make, right behind the purchase of their bricks and sticks home. An RV is also a very complex device – every bit as complex as your bricks and sticks home, but with the added elements of water supply issues, drainage issues, generator issues, possible propane issues, motion-induced issues, and lot’s more. Whether new or used, there are a host of things that can go wrong in an RV and most of those things can be prevented. But you need to know where to look and what to look for, first. That’s the job of an RV inspector. He not only knows where to look and what to look for, but has the tools necessary to the task.

That RV you’re about to buy will be a 60 mile per hour earthquake. Things you wouldn’t give a second thought to, in your stationary bricks and sticks home, suddenly become very important in your RV that is constantly being shaken and torqued, as you drive down the road. Even the best maintained RVs require a thorough inspection, from time to time, just for peace of mind.

But it’s not just used RVs that you need to be concerned with. You even hear stories of people buying a brand new, high-end motorcoach and having problems just miles from the dealership. Sure, such instances are rare. But do you want to risk being one of them?

If you have a problem in your bricks and sticks home, you simply call a local plumber, electrician, air conditioner repairman, or other local service provider. He comes to you. But many problems in an RV, require the RV to be taken in to a service center, thus putting a dent in your vacation plans. In fact, if you have a problem in an RV, you consider yourself lucky if it happens, while you’re parked at an RV park and not out on the highway, 100 miles or more from the nearest RV service facility. A professional RV inspection can seriously reduce the likelihood of such an occurrence.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Upon seeing how ill prepared his adopted city of Philadelphia was, to fight fires, Benjamin Franklin undertook an initiative to improve Philadelphia’s fire preparedness and to educate townspeople on fire prevention. Writing anonymously in his own newspaper, Franklin famously stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

In an RV, that adage applies in spades. A problem that can easily be found and repaired today, is not likely to turn into a major expense, tomorrow. A simple repair that can be undertaken by the RVer might prevent having to replace a furnace, water heater, or something even more expensive. But, as stated above, you have to know where to look and what to look for, in order to know that there is a problem that needs attention. Furthermore, most RVers do not have the tools necessary to do their own inspection.

As a Certified RV Inspector, these are just a few of the essential tools I carry:

  • Volt-Ohm Meter with Clamp-on Amp Meter)
  • Manometer (gas pressure gauge)
  • Borescope inspection camera (for viewing inside and behind fixed items)
  • Digital RMS Voltage and Frequency Meter (for diagnosing power issues)
  • 3 types of thermometers (including laser temperature sensor)
  • Polarity tester
  • Circuit tracer
  • Wireless AC power detector
  • more…

Without these tools and the knowledge to use them, in an RV environment, it’s just not possible for even the most experienced RVer to complete a thorough RV inspection. An RV inspection, by a Certified RV Inspector, will most often pay for itself, in that it can save you a lot of headaches and hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair costs, down the road.

Will an RV inspection catch every possible thing that might go wrong? Of course not. Even the factory that built the RV misses things. But a professional RV inspection will give you an increased level of comfort regarding your knowledge of the actual condition of the RV in question.

Contact us now, to learn how RV Inspector Pro can can help you with your RV inspection needs.

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