RV Inspection Services
An RV purchase, whether new or used, is a large financial decision! When RVs are new they come from the manufacturer with issues that need to be addressed before a new owner takes possession of the vehicle. That is just the nature of the industry.
When a used RV is being purchased, the possibility exists that there will be many issues that need to be addressed. If the used RV is at a dealership it is likely they did not have the time to thoroughly go through the RV to address issues that may exist. If the used RV is being handled as a private sale then there are even greater odds that issues will need to be addressed before a purchase price is negotiated!
HMRVI Corporation has been doing RV inspections since 2014. After that amount of time, Howard and Pam are more sure than ever that the process that they use to evaluate RV’s is thorough, the time spent with the RV is adequate to identify issues that are present, and the inspection report that is generated is valuable information that an RV buyer needs to help make an educated buying decision.
There are many types of RVs out there. People can purchase towable type RVs like a travel trailer or a 5th wheel RV. For those that want to own a driveable RV, there are class A, class B, and Class C type RVs. Given these facts, a detailed RV inspection can take anywhere from four to eight hours to complete. These RV inspections are very detailed and involve evaluating as many as five hundred things during the detailed analysis process.
HMRVI Corporation is a member of the NRVIA. That is the National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association. In fact, they are the National Trainers for the advanced RV inspector training classes held in Texas. They teach the inspectors a detailed process of evaluating RVs in a methodical manner using the NRVIA’s Standards of Practice, all the while adhering to a strict Code of Ethics.
“We want our clients to have all the information they need so once they make a decision on the RV they want to buy, that after the purchase they will have safe and enjoyable times while traveling with their friends and family in their new RV home.”
Oil and Coolant Analysis Services
RV Inspectors can’t take apart engines to see what is going on inside them. But, they can pull oil and coolant samples from them, as long as there has been a sufficient amount of time that the fluid has been in use. These samples are sent off to a national lab to have the samples evaluated to see what is happening inside an engine, generator, or transmission.
Since the engine, transmission, and generator of a motorized RV are a large portion of the overall cost, why risk not knowing what is going on with these critical components when purchasing a used RV! It is such an affordable thing to do and allows the RV buyer to get a virtual view of the inside of the engine, transmission, and generator. Oil and coolant analysis add a level of diagnostics that just can’t be found any other way.
Think of this as healthcare for an RV:
- Tells when oil and coolants have experienced contamination
- Indicates signs of thermal or mechanical breakdown
- Any indication of internal part wear
- Problem indicators long before the problems arise
- Reduced chance of road calls, expensive repairs, or lost travel time.
- Improves the reliability of the motorhome.
What Does Oil Analysis Tell Me?
Oil analysis measures additive levels, wear metals, contaminants (such as water or internal coolant or fuel leaks), soot levels, viscosity, oxidation, and nitration. First, the oil is checked for viscosity loss (thinned out oil) and thermal breakdown (too much heat). Oil samples are also checked for signs of fuel and coolant caused by faulty injectors or leaking head gaskets and for changes in nitration level that may indicate improper fuel/air mixtures. All of this can be checked as part of the analysis, plus any early stages of wear on internal parts can also be detected.
What Does Coolant Analysis Tell Me?
Coolant analysis measures glycol content, additive levels, Freeze Point, Boiling Point, total hardness and dissolved solid levels (mineral content). These tests tell you everything you need to know to fully evaluate your engine cooling system and it will tell you if or when an engine coolant change is needed.
Detailed test reports will be emailed directly to you. If you don’t have an email account, reports are sent to your mailbox through the US Postal Service. Test reports are “user friendly” and color-coded so it’s easy to spot problems if any exist. Color codes help to indicate the overall severity of the sample using a zero to four rating scale. A Severity Rating of zero indicates that everything is okay and no maintenance is required. On the other hand, a Severity Rating of four indicates immediate action is necessary. The color on the Severity Rating scale matches the data; so, it’s easy to spot the problem (test result) that led to the overall Severity Rating. The report also lists comments and recommendations that instruct you and your service tech on what was found and what maintenance or checks are needed.
These are all great things to know when so much money is involved when it comes to the motorized parts of an RV!
New RV Owner Walk Through Services
RVs are very complex! They have multiple electrical systems, a propane system, two types of battery banks, two water systems, and many features that are unknown to most people who live in a “sticks and bricks” type home. A home on wheels is much more complicated than a house!
How many people get a walkthrough when they purchase a house? Not usually. You are handed the keys and it is assumed that you know how to live in it. And most times, this is true unless it has complicated low voltage electrical systems that control the house.
Well, RVs are like a home on steroids! When purchased they require someone to spend hours helping the new owner to understand how to operate the RV. When an RV is purchased new this is the RV dealership’s job. When they are purchased used, this should be the responsibility of the RV dealership or the person you are buying the RV from. They may not even know everything about it!
In either case, neither is usually enough to help the new RV owner feel comfortable living in their new home.
This is where HMRVI Corporation can assist you! Howard and Pam have over one hundred thousand miles traveling in RVs. They have been living in RVs since 2002 and enjoying full-time RV living since 2008. They know what it is like to own one and how to operate all the systems that these homes on wheels have.
Howard and Pam can spend all the time you need them to in order to help you prepare for life on the road. And that not only includes operating the RV but also things you need to know when it comes to the RV lifestyle.
RV Pre-Purchase Consultations
When deciding to purchase an RV home, how do you know what to look for? If you have never had an RV before, what should you buy? What RV will be best for you? Even more, experienced RVers need some help when deciding to buy another RV.
There is so much to consider when it comes to an RV purchase, especially when it involves so much money. Let HMRVI Corporation help take the pain out of such a big decision. Let them accompany you while you investigate your new RV home! It could save you from making a wrong purchase because you did not think to ask or did not know what you did not know.
Howard and Pam have developed the skills to be able to present on many topics that are RV and small business-related. Whether talking to a group of twenty or a group of hundreds, they can keep attendees entertained while educating them on the topics they present.