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Missing Lap Sealant On The Roof Of Your New RV Can Ruin Much More Than The Roof.
Hello everyone. It’s Jason with My RV Inspection and My RV Resource.com. It’s like the Yellow Pages for RV services. So this is our weekly one reason to get an RV ROOF inspection. A couple of weeks ago, I showed you a lap sealant issue on a brand new RV on the roof. And once again, I’m on the roof of a brand new RV.
So when I get down, I’m going to show you that this thing was QC’d by the dealership. Once again, we have lap sealant issues on the roof. Now this one’s worse than the last one. When things are installed on the roof, lap sealant is put around the penetrations to keep water from getting into the RV, or at least it should be.
What Did We Find?
So what I’m about to show you right now is a solar panel that was installed without putting lap sealant around the mounts. So here I go, I’m going to flip the camera around and you see, we have three solar panels. Two of them have lap sealant on the mounts. The mounts for the solar panel in the middle have exposed screws.
If I can zoom in, there you go. You can see the silver right there. That’s a mount it’s not done. And on this side, there’s another mount.
So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to get proof here, and once I get down from the roof, I’m going to show you the QC sticker on this RV.
We can see there’s my truck, I’m on the roof. So once I get down, I’ll show you where I’m at and show you that this thing was built this month and QC’d before I got here.
I’m just going to show you a part of the VIN data plate to show you that the date on here is April, 2022. Today is April 20, 2022. So, let me flip this around and just get right there for 2022.
Okay. So now we’re going to go and we’re going to look at the QC sticker. It was done three days ago, and unfortunately, they missed this issue and that’s very important. Water will get into the roof when it’s not sealed properly. It’s going to cause water damage mold, all kinds of issues. You’re not going to know until it’s too late, probably.
So once again, this is Jason with My RV Inspection and My RV Resource.com inspecting a brand new RV that was built this month. The PDI was completed three days ago by the dealership, and they missed that lap sealant is missing on the roof. Do you trust them with your RV inspection or do you hire somebody that works for you?
Sounds like hiring somebody that works for you is the best way to have an RV inspection done. If you need to find that RV inspector, you can find them on My RV Resource.com along with many, many other types of RV professionals. So that’s all for today. Have a nice day.
Do You Have Different Brand Tires On Your New Car? RV Tires Should Be All The Same Too.
Hello everyone. It’s Jason again with My RV inspection and My RV Resource.com. It’s like the Yellow Pages for RV services. You can find storage, towing, mobile RV technicians, RV repair shops, and more importantly, RV inspection near me. Getting an RV inspected is important, and today is my weekly one reason to get an RV inspected.
The last two days we have done RV inspections and there have been tire issues. So today I figured I would talk about the tire issues on this brand new 2022 RV that was built in September 2021, and just arived at the RV dealership a couple of weeks ago. The customer called me wanting an RV inspection. So we came out here, and it’s April now. So this one sat in Indiana for a while before it got here.
Why Are Thos RV Tires Different Brands?
We found tire issues. Tires are what contacts, the ground folks. You have a flat tire on an RV and it can do a lot of damage. These things are not built like a car.
Speaking of cars, when you buy a brand new car, are you checking the tires? Are you checking to make sure the spare tire is there? Did you check to make sure they’re all the same brand?
Probably not. You just expect it to be right when buying a brand new car, which you should expect on a brand new RV. Today this is not the case. This RV has six tires. Five of them are Hankook tires, which is a very popular tire. They are light truck tires. One of them is a Firestone Transforce. Why would one tire be different on a brand new RV?
It probably had a flat tire at some point. This RV is ready to be sold. The dealership has completed its PDI and the manufacturer has done its inspection. Why is there a different tire?
Let me just show you. We have a Firestone Transforce on the front curbside of this RV. We’ll go to the back here and it’s difficult to show you the inside tires so I’m just going to show you the outsides, but you notice that’s a Hankook Dynapro HT. We go to the other side here. Once again, Hankook Dynapro HT. Now let’s go check that front tire. Once again, we have a Hankook and it’s a Dynapro HT. So one tire on the entire RV is different. A lot of motorized RVs don’t come with spare time. This, one has a place for one in the cargo bay.
Where’s The Spare Tire?
I’m in the rear cargo bay. You can see the round hole for the spare tire with a lid. When we pull that lid off, no spare tire.
So it’s typical that you’ll find a spare tire that’s a different brand on an RV. So more than likely this RV had a flat tire at some point, and they have put that spare on the front curbside Then they didn’t replace the spare and didn’t put the same brand tire on the RV. Personally, if I’m paying over $100,000 for an RV. I expect all the tires to be present.
Today that’s your weekly one reason to get an RV inspection. This is a brand new RV inspected at the manufacturer and ready for sale at the dealership. It’s got one tire that’s different than the rest. That tire was probably the spare tire.
It’s not like I’m at a small dealership. If you know anything about Tampa RV dealerships, they are big. They have the ability to get these parts in and get them on before you buy. if you had bought this RV and didn’t check for that spare tire it’s on you. So make sure you’re checking for those tires. Make sure you’re checking the brands even on a brand new one.
And that’s it for today. So check your tires. This has been your weekly one reason to get an RV inspection. Don’t forget about My RV resource.com. It’s like the Yellow Pages for RV service providers. Have a nice day.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN RV INSPECTOR?
In 2016, Lisa and I decided to buy an RV and live the full-time lifestyle. She had been a traveling Certified Surgical Tech in the past and we figured I could pick up odd jobs on the road. Our first assignment was in Tyler, TX. and for 3 months all I did was work on the RV and take care of our daily chores. Our second assignment was more of the same in Columbia SC. We then went back to Florida and I went back to my old job (Audio Video Lead Technician) for 3 months. During our trip back to Florida, we came across an ad for the NRVIA. I did my research and contacted several inspectors to ask how it had worked out for them. From that point on I was hooked on the idea that this could be something I could do while we traveled. For our next trip, Lisa decided to go back to Tyler, TX because it was close to the RV Tech course I would be attending. After several months of working as an inspector, we decided to send Lisa to the class so we wouldn’t be locked into 3 month assignments and we could travel freely across the country. We now inspect RV’s together and can promote the fact that customers get a set of level 2 trained inspectors inspecting their RV.
WHAT WAS YOUR RV BACKGROUND BEFORE BECOMING AN RV INSPECTOR?
Before becoming an RV Inspector, we had only been full-time a little over a year. I had been trying to repair and maintain our own RV. Wow – did the NRVIA open my eyes to all things I had been doing wrong or not doing at all. Now not only can I take care of my own RV, but i have a thriving mobile RV repair business and we also do RV Inspections.
DO YOU OWN AN RV AND IF SO, WHAT IS THE YEAR, MAKE, AND MODEL?
We do own an RV. Our RV is a 2006 Coachman Mirada Class A Gas. When we bought our RV almost 2 years ago we didn’t want to buy something too expensive. We had never tried living in such a small space and wanted to be able to test the waters before buying something newer and more expensive. We never thought about an RV inspection when we purchased our RV and we just happened to get lucky we didn’t get a lemon.
WHAT TYPES OF
MARKETING DO YOU DO ONLINE AND LOCALLY?
Google Adwords (example to the right above) has been our best friend. We also have websites and business cards. I have magnets on the side of my truck which will soon be professionally lettered. We have also bought a 7×16 enclosed trailer that will be lettered. The magnets paid for themselves about 15 minutes after put them on my vehicle. Being in RV parks all the time, the neighbors see the vehicle and come right to you.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE
INSPECTION OR CLIENT AND WHY?
My most memorable experience, without a doubt, was helping Hurricane Imra victims. the stories will stay with me forever. We spent nearly 3 months inspecting brand new RV’s that FEMA was providing as temporary homes. It opened my eyes to the fact that even most new RV’s come with problems that should be resolved before someone buys one. It was a great honor to be chosen to go down there and help.
WHAT TIP(S) WOULD YOU OFFER TO SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING A NEW VENTURE IN RV INSPECTIONS?
If you are considering becoming an RV inspector, the best advice I can give you is to contact several inspectors. If you are someone who just wants to do a couple inspections a month, there are inspectors out there just like you and can explain how that works. If you want to make this a full-time job, it can be done, and many inspectors do it. Just ask questions. Most inspectors will share their experience with you. This is not a turn key business. You have to work at it. If you love the lifestyle and helping others, it isn’t really work. If you take the class be sure to listen to Coop, Steve, and Howard They are very smart men who give you a wealth of information. All you have to do is listen, learn and apply what they teach you. Meeting and learning from them has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Thank you for everything gentlemen!
HOW HAS BEING A MEMBER OF NRVIA HELPED YOU IN YOUR RV INSPECTION JOURNEY?
The NRVIA has so many tools available to the membership that it makes the journey easy. The leads generated by the NRVIA are invaluable. They do so much work marketing that their website is highly ranked in the search engines. The training they offer after becoming an inspector is also invaluable. The industry is constantly changing an we, as inspectors, need to keep up with it. When I was in the Florida Keys, I got to see how hard Stephanie works in the background, with multiple computer screens and printers, She deserves a lot of credit for the success we enjoy.