A Certified RV Inspection – 3 Reasons Why It’s Smart

Buying an RV can be stressful. And if it is a used RV of any type, the stress level only increases. So many questions need to be answered for the buyer. Like has the RV been well cared for? Is there something hidden that could be a major repair? Are all of the important RV systems in good working order?The best way to answer all of these questions is to schedule a certified RV inspection.

An RV inspection is very similar to a home inspection. It gives you reliable information to help you in the purchase of a very expensive dwelling. But it’s also important that the inspection be completed by a certified RV inspector as well. Why is this the case?

A Certified RV Inspection Is Needed – Why?

An RV is a complicated vehicle. And it doesn’t matter what kind of RV you may want to buy. It could be a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome. But all of them have systems that combine together to make the RV self-contained. That is, you can live in them for an extended period of time, often without the need to hook up to shore power or water. And they will even contain your waste while doing so.

All things considered, RVs are incredibly flexible and adaptable. But that flexibility calls for the RV buyer to know something about the condition of various parts of the RV. Like electrical components, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, LP gas, appliances and more. A working knowledge of all of these RV systems are needed to get an accurate picture of the used RV’s condition.

RV inspection - some of the systems inspected
RV inspection – some of the systems that need to be inspected

Of course, there are those who have a good overall knowledge of these subjects. But most RV buyers do not fall into that category. That is why a certified RV inspector can be a big help for them when buying a used RV. They can thoroughly examine all the RV systems accurately and in detail. This is because they have a working knowledge of many different kinds of RVs. And they can provide you with a detailed explanation of each system and its condition. When they are done, you will have a very good idea of the kind of shape that particular RV is in.

An Unbiased RV Inspection Can Save On Repairs

So how can an RV inspection by a certified RV inspector actually save you money? Well, nobody wants to buy an RV that is a money pit. And the outward appearance alone will not tell you how much work is needed. Unfortunately, it’s also often true that RV buyers start to look at certain rigs with rose-colored glasses. That is, they tend to overlook some of the RV’s problems just because of its eye appeal.

So having an RV inspector examine the RV before purchase is a smart move. This is because the inspector is an unbiased third-party that will truly look at the RV in an objective light. Their one and only job is to give you a fair and accurate picture of the RV you are considering. And even if the report is not a positive one, that can save you lots of money in potential RV repairs. And wouldn’t you want to know that before the purchase instead of afterward?

So don’t consider the cost of the inspection as lost money. If everything is in good condition, you now have the peace of mind that you are making a good purchase. And if it is not in good condition the inspection will save you from making a poor buying decision.

Save Money On The RV Purchase

Most of the time, an RV inspection does not reveal major problems. But it can often point out smaller issues that the RV buyer needs to know. And armed with that knowledge, the buyer can then negotiate a better deal. In fact, thousands can be saved on the purchase price with a thorough inspection.

RV inspections can save money
RV inspections can SAVE YOU LOTS OF MONEY!

So when you consider the benefits of getting your potential RV inspected, it’s worth the cost! One word of warning though! Don’t go cheap here and use any old inspector. Make sure that the inspector is certified, preferably by the NRVIA (National RV Inspector Association). That way you know that the inspection will be handled the right way by a qualified professional!

3 Ways To Make your RV Tires Last Longer

There is so much to be learned about RV tires when you first begin RVing. Things like – What tire weight rating do I need? How much air pressure should I keep in my tires? What RV tire brands seem to be the best? What RV tire inflator should I use?

The list seems endless. But one of the most important things you should know about your RV tires is how to make them last. This is because RV tires will need to be replaced on a regular basis. It’s one of those items that you just have to plan on replacing every so often. Most likely every 5 – 7 years. So if you can make the tires you have last longer, there are clear advantages to be had.

For one, you will be even more safe as you ride down the highway. But if you can extend the life of your tires, you can also save money on their replacement. And who doesn’t want to do that? So here are 3 easy ways you can make your RV tires last longer.

UV Protection For Your RV Tires

The first tip is to use a high quality ultraviolet (UV) inhibitor on the tire sidewalls. One of the worst enemies of RV tires is UV rays from the sun. Over time, they dry out and crack the sidewalls which can lead to tire failure.

In fact, these kind of tires do not usually wear out like car and truck tires. Instead, they usually just age out. And anything that dries out the moisture in the tire sidewalls will make it age faster. So if you want to extend the life of your tires, be sure to use a good UV inhibitor.

One of the best products that I know of for this application is 303 Aerospace Protectant. It is well known for it’s UV protection properties. Just spray it on a clean tire sidewall about once a month and let it soak in for a while. Then you just wipe off the excess. It will only take minutes, but what a difference it can make in the life of your tires.

Just click on the image below to learn more about 303 Aerospace Protectant:

Use 303 Aerospace Protectant on your RV tires

Use RV Tire Covers

If you want to take your tire protection to a whole new level, consider RV tire covers. Whenever your rig is sitting for any extended length of time, it’s a good practice to install tire covers. It only takes a few minutes to do and it’s not a difficult task. And the big advantage of tire covers is that you completely block the sun’s UV rays. Especially if they are high-quality RV wheel covers.

But one word of caution, heat is also another enemy of tire sidewalls. So try to avoid using black tire covers that enhance the heat on summer days. Instead, a lighter color will help reflect some of the heat away from your tires. And that is a good thing!

There many RV tire covers for sale on the internet. Many of them will not last very long. So I am going to share with you the motorhome tire covers that I use. They also come in many sizes and different colors that will fit almost any rig. For my money, they are some of the best RV tire covers available. Just click on the image below to learn more about them.

ADCO 3967 Designer Series RV Tire Covers

Use RV Tire Pads

One more way to help make your tires last longer is to make it a habit to use RV tire pads. Of course, this is not as vital as the other two steps mentioned above, but it does help. That is because tires can sometimes leach the moisture out of the tire into the ground. And this is especially so if the RV sits for an extended period of time. So if you use a tire pad for each tire, it makes that possibility much less likely.

The best RV tire pads are thick and flexible so they can adjust to various surfaces under the tires. You can make your own tire pads very inexpensively by using a horse stall mat as the pad material. Then just cut down the material to whatever sizes will fit your RV tires. I cut mine down to size with just a regular utility knife.

Here is a link to horse stall mats that can be used for this purpose (I personally used the 3/8 thick mat):

RV tire pads
Duane explains 3 ways to help make your RV tires last longer

Please comment below and tell us about what you do to make your tires last longer

Your RV Water Hookup – 3 Must-Haves

One of the most important skills a new RVer learns is how to get city water into your RV. Then you can use it for washing, drinking, cleaning, etc. So you have to be able to use the RV water hookup in the campground where you are staying.

In most cases, the campground RV water hookup will be a faucet in your campsite. When you connect an RV water hose to the faucet and then to your rig, you are all set. But I am going to show you 3 things that will improve your campground water connection. They will enhance your safety and the safety of your RV. And they can also help make your RV life more convenient.

Must-Have #1 -RV Water Pressure Regulator

The first must-have for your RV water connection is an RV water pressure regulator. Why are these devices needed? Simply because many campgrounds will have a water connection that has too much pressure in the line. And the danger is that if you hook up to this high RV water pressure, you may damage your rig’s plumbing. If that happens, it is usually not an inexpensive repair.

So an RV water pressure regulator makes sure that the water pressure going into your RV is safe. It attaches easily to any RV water hose. Then it regulates the pressure so that your RV’s plumbing will not be damaged when you hookup. These little devices are very cheap insurance against very costly repair bills. So there is no reason why you would not want to use them every time you hookup to campground water. Click on the images below to learn more about them.

RV water pressure regulator with large dial Adjustable RV water pressure regulator

Must-Have #2 – A Water Filter

As we travel around in our RV, we use several campground water hookups. And in most cases, we don’t really know where the water is coming from for that connection. Or what condition the water is in either. And that is why it makes sense to use a water filter whenever you connect to a water supply.

There are several kinds of water filters available. Some are very expensive and some are not. Generally speaking, the more expensive the RV water filter, the more filtration takes place. Also some require a permanent mount in your RV while other can simply be hooked up to your RV water hose.

I have used a very inexpensive canister RV water filter for a while now. You often see these kind of filters being used by RVers in campgrounds. They easily fit any water hose, and they can be set up in just minutes. It is true that there are better RV water filters available. But these RV canister filters do an amazingly good job, especially for the price. They help remove bad taste, while also filtering out odors, chlorine and sediment.

You can always use these inexpensive RV water filters along with other filters as well. So here is the RV canister water filter that I recommend for consideration (just click on the image to learn more about it):

Canister RV water filter

Must-Have #3 – A Dual Water Hose Connection

This next item may not be as essential as the other two for the safety of both you and your rig. But it is a great time and energy saver that every RVer should know about.

I don’t know how many times I have needed to use a water hose to wash something at my campsite. But if I only have a single RV water hookup, it presents a problem. That is because I will have to use the hose that feeds my fresh water system. That in turn means that I have to take apart the existing water connection.

But if I use a dual hose water connection at the campground faucet, everything is much easier. All I have to do is just add another hose to the second connection at the faucet. Then I turn the water on to the second hose and I’m all set to go.

I have gotten such good use out of this arrangement and I’m sure that you will too. Here is a dual water hose connection that you may want to consider (just click on the image to learn more about it):

Solid brass RV water Y valve

Using these 3 must-have items for your campground water hookup will make your RV life easier and safer. Have safe and happy travels my friends!

Duane explains how to make your RV water hookup safer and easier!