When an RV can cost almost as much as a sticks-and-bricks home on an RV, the stakes are high. Buyers need to be aware of the risks and know what they are buying, or they might find themselves without the cash they put into it and without a working and livable RV.
If you’re one of those people and are thinking about doing your own inspection or you know someone like that who has offered to inspect your prospective RV, the question you need to be asking is, “Do I (or that other person) have all the necessary tools?”
Handheld thermal imaging cameras for RV inspections can detect a wide array of issues in a cost-effective manner. For example, the Flir Infrared Camera helps an inspector by locating hot points in a circuit. It can also be used to detect water leaks.
I know it is hard to believe, but I have seen people post on social media that they found this great RV on the internet and bought it sight unseen. Why would anyone do that, you ask? Beats me.
So, should you buy a new or slightly used RV? That depends. Are you looking to begin “full-time” RVing right after purchasing that new RV? The answer may influence your decision.
Before using a roof ladder, you should examine it for bent arms, bent mounting brackets, and loose screws or bolts. If you pull on the ladder and the wall moves with the ladder, then the ladder is probably mounted only to the fiberglass, with no metal or wood support behind it.
Delamination is what happens when glue between the fiberglass and the substrate fails. Such failure is most often the result of moisture intrusion. Furthermore, once begun, delamination may spread, as moisture seeps further into the laminated structure.