The Dangers of Owning an RV and Why an Inspection is Important

Owning an RV evokes visions of summer road trips with our family or camping in out of the way spots. Yes, owning an RV can be very enjoyable. However, if we are being honest we have to admit that RVs are mechanical vehicles with lots of moving parts and things that can and will break.

Not long after purchasing a fifth wheel trailer the power converter failed and caused a fire that could have destroyed our trailer. The fire caused the trailer to fill up with smoke and sent sparks out into the hallway onto a rug by the front door. The sparks and smoke only lasted a few seconds before power was shut off. So, the power converter failed and had to be replaced. Sometimes things on an RV break or just wear out with use.

This is an example of why it is important to have an inspection conducted when looking to purchase a new or used RV. Would an inspection of out fifth wheel found that the power converter was about to go out? Probably not. But, there are many things that an inspection can and will find. A recent inspection for a customer of a brand new fifth wheel found that there was a lack of sealant on the roof. Though the sealant was intact, the lack of sealant could allow water to work its way into the fifth wheel and cause mold and other issues inside of the fifth wheel.

If you are looking to purchase either a new or used RV don’t overlook the benefits of having an inspection performed by a properly trained and certified RV inspector. Having the peace of mind from a certified inspector will give you a true indication of the current condition of the RV. Contact us to discuss your inspection needs and how we can assist you by providing an inspection for you.

Is My RV’s Air Conditioner Okay?

It seems pretty simple. Set the temperature and forget about your RV’s air condition. All is good until you notice the air conditioner is working harder than normal, or worse it just quits. Taking the time to clean your air conditioner will help it run more efficiently and will keep you cooler. It is a good idea to look at your air conditioner at least twice a year, or sooner if you notice problems.

Air Conditioner coils that are clogged with dirt

Many RVs have two or even three air conditioning units that work hard to maintain a cool and comfortable temperature inside of the RV. Just like anything mechanical our air conditioners need some maintenance in order to work efficiently and help us avoid costly repairs. If you have not looked at your air conditioners now would be a good time to do so. When you look at your ceiling you should see filters on the ceiling that filter the return air. Most of these filters are easily accessible by the RV owner and can easily be washed in the sink to remove dirt. Just make sure they are dry before reinstalling them into the return vents. This is also a good time to take a close look at the unit on the roof of the RV.

If you are not confident in doing this or getting on top of your RV then consider hiring a mobile tech to come and look at your air conditioning units. It is common for the air conditioner coils to get clogged with dirt that does not get trapped by the filters inside of the RV. One the coils get clogged your air conditioner has to work harder to cool the air, and does not do so as efficiently as clean coils. In addition to cleaning the coils we want to examine the fins on the coils for bent or damaged fins. Bent or damaged fins can also cause the air conditioner to not work as efficiently.

Cleaning your air conditioner coils can be done by using a coil cleaner product from one of the big box home improvement stores. Just follow the directions on the canister and disconnect the electricity from your unit before working on the air conditioner. When using water to flush the cleaner and dirt from the coils only use a small amount of water at low pressure so you don’t cause damage to the fins or flood your RV.

Cleaned coils with towel in duct to keep dirt from entering RV