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How to Inspect an RV Before Renting One

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You may be planning a long road trip in an RV from RVnGO and want to ensure the vehicle is safe. Inspecting an RV before renting one can save you from a lot of hassle and even a breakdown on the road.

This blog post will discuss the important steps to take when inspecting an RV before renting one. We will discuss signs of wear and tear to look out for, components and systems to check, and a few other tips to ensure you are getting the safest, most reliable RV possible.

Read on.

RV on the road
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Check the Exterior for Damage

Start by looking for any dents, scratches, or other signs of wear and tear. Then, check the tires for signs of wear, including balding, flat spots, and cracking. Ensure the windows are in good condition, without cracks or chips, and that all the doors and hatches close securely.

Also, check the roof for any signs of water damage. Once you’re satisfied that there’s no visible damage, you’re ready to move on to the interior.

Check the Tires for Proper Tread and Inflation

Look for proper tread and inflation by measuring the tread depth with a tread depth gauge and checking the air pressure with an air pressure gauge. Ensure the tires are properly inflated, as underinflation can cause tire failure and slow the vehicle down.

When checking the tread, the tires should have at least 1/16 of an inch and no more than 2/32 of a tread. If the tires do not meet these requirements, it’s best to refuse the RV and report the problem to the rental company.

Test all Lights, Brakes, and Signals

It’s vitally important that all of these components are in good working order. Start by turning your headlights on and ensuring they illuminate the path ahead. Ensure all other lights on the RV are functioning correctly and bright enough to be seen by other drivers.

Next, check the brakes by pressing down on the brake pedal and releasing it. All brakes should work properly and evenly. Lastly, check the turn signals and make sure they are functioning correctly. If these components are not working, the RV should not be rented until the problem is fixed.

RV interior
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Check all Interior Appliances and Amenities

Start by checking the kitchen refrigerator and freezer for any signs of mold or mildew. Then, test the stovetop burners and oven to ensure they are working. Ensure the water heater is working properly and that there is hot water from the kitchen and bathroom sinks.

Finally, check the air conditioner, heater, and other fans to ensure they are in good condition. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to start your journey in your rental RV.

Inspect the Interior for Any Damage or Signs of Wear and Tear

Inspect the living room area, looking for any holes in the walls or ceiling, water damage, or signs of smoke. Check the floors for any loose tiles or spots of carpet that have been worn away. Then, move to the kitchen and bathroom, looking closely at any appliances, fixtures, and cabinets.

Check the windows and doors for any signs of cracking and look for evidence of insects or mold. Also, check the mattress and furniture for any signs of dirt, stains, or tears.

Final Word

Inspecting an RV before renting is a great way to ensure that it meets your needs and is safe to use. By thoroughly inspecting the RV, you can identify any potential problems and ensure that the vehicle is safe and reliable.

This will help you to have a great and safe experience with your RV rental and ensure that it meets all of your expectations. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask us in the comments!

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