Maintaining Your RV | Inside Look | Marcus Lemonis
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Maintaining Your RV | Inside Look | Marcus Lemonis

– Hi everybody I’m Marcus Lemonis, and we’re gonna start in a minute in this next video talking about
the maintenance of your RV, the things that are important to make sure that your asset is protected and your family’s asset is also protected. One of the biggest problems
that we have in the RV industry is how to maintain and manage what’s happening on the roof. Now a lot of us don’t think about it but as you think about
the maintenance of it, from the heat, from the cold, from just wear and tear, there’s a certain amount
of maintenance required and a certain amount
of inspection required. Now I’m scared of heights so for me to be up here is a big deal. You may feel the exact same way, but in order to understand
how to protect the inside you have to start with the roof. Now there’s regularly scheduled
maintenance that you can do. You wanna get up there and you wanna check your air conditioning. But ultimately you wanna make sure that you’re preserving the
integrity of the structure. So we’re gonna talk to a few people today, they’re gonna tell us how to actually check for roof leaks, what’s
the right kind of maintenance. So I was giving the team
a little bit of an update on how important it the roof is. – Yes. – I’m scared of heights, I don’t know about you, but I don’t love to go up there. But why do people need to at least have a professional
check their roof out. – At least once a year you
wanna have the roof inspected to make sure you don’t have
an cracks in the sealant, your air conditioning
gasket is set properly, it’s not collapsed so
you don’t get water leaks actually inside the camper ’cause that is the thing that
damages campers the most. – Now how does it damage the camper? – Into the unit itself,
will delaminate walls. – But how does it get in? – Through the cracks in the vinyl, or in the caulking if the caulk is not. – So what is the material
that’s on the roof? – It’s rubber membrane on most units and then to seal the rubber membrane in they use self-leveling caulk. – Okay, and then ultimately if water gets in does it seep down into the unit itself? – Correct. – What does it go into the walls? – Into the walls. – And what happens? – It’ll delaminate the walls, cause mold issues and just basically ruin the entire unit. – How is it different than having a leak in the roof of my house or my apartment? If water comes into my house it’s… – It’s gonna be the same issue, the problem is you’re a
much more confined space. – In an RV In an RV than you would be in your home. You’d see the leaks more
evident in your home than in here because it goes in the walls, unless you see water stains
or something like that you’re not ever gonna know it’s there. – Okay. And when you start to smell it, how will I know? – If it’s bad enough you can
start smelling mold right away. If not it could be going, if that isn’t evident, you could have water in there and never even know that it’s there. – How many customers do you see that have never even been on the roof or checked it out? – Quite a few. – Why is that? – For one heights. – They’re scared of heights. – They don’t like to get up there. A lot of our clientele is older, they just aren’t comfortable
with climbing up there. – Yeah I mean it’s safe but it’s still scary. – Exactly. – Like I was scared going up there. – Yeah. – And so what do you
advocate that they do? Do you put it into a
routine maintenance program? – Every time they come in we ask them last time they of course
had their roof inspected, we also do a complimentary roof inspection during our 19 point check in, and from there the advisors actually get up on the roof and they inspect it. – And you’re advocating that whether they’re doing that with
us or another dealer? – Correct. – You’re just saying to all customers, whether you do it with me or somebody else you gotta
get your roof checked. – Exactly. – Okay, it’s like getting, it’s almost like getting
an annual physical. – Yeah, or going to the dentist getting your teeth checked out. I mean it’s maintenance on the unit that is a big requirement as far as keeping it in good condition. Do I need to put a new roof on every year? – No, not at all. – Do I need to put a new
coat of sealant every year? – Well it depends on how
you’re storing the unit and the elements that
the unit’s been under, whether it’s out in the sun all the time or if you’re covered in the winter, how long that caulking is going to last. So that’s why we recommend once every year to inspect it at minimum, and then usually in a
three or four year period you’re about time to have it scraped off and resealed. – What does it cost on an annual basis to just check in, do a
little maintenance to it, how much should I be budgeting for that? – Well to just check it
doesn’t cost anything, we do that at no charge. – Okay. – And then depending on what … – Most dealers do it
at no charge probably? – I would think so. I would think so. I know all the Camping
Worlds of course do. And then depending on
what kind of sealants you’re gonna need to have done, you can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars per year, up to if you haven’t had
it done in a few years, it’ll get up in the $2000-$2500 range to reseal the whole roof. – So a couple hundred dollars
a year I should budget just to make sure I’m checking out the most important part of my unit. – Yes. – And then if I needed to
replace my entire roof, assuming that I didn’t do any maintenance, I didn’t do any records, I let it sit out in the sun, I didn’t get an RV cover, all the bad things happened to it, how much could I expect to have to spend? – That will range on
the length of the unit, but anywhere from $7 to $12,000. – Wow. – Yeah. – So spending a couple hundred
dollars a year actually is almost like buying insurance. – Exactly. – Does the roof, I mean is there any other maintenance that would happen along the side, does it protect the value, if I do the roof maintenance does it protect the value of my unit? – Oh, well yeah definitely
’cause of course it’s the whole integrity
of the camper itself. If the roof isn’t maintained you can lose all the
integrity of the unit. – What does that mean? – Once you start getting
water leaks into the walls and your lamination, hen you’re talking replacing side walls and then… – So essentially the roof
protects even the walls? – Correct. – How do I think about that? – ‘Cause if you’re getting
cracks into the sealant and water’s coming into the side walls it’s gonna cause this to delaminate and the walls will
actually start separating. – Okay, literally. – Yeah. – So how many layers are here? A few layers in the walls? – Well you’re gonna have your
outside layer of your Filon and then underneath that is gonna be all your insulation, your studs, and then of course your inside panels. – And so if water gets inside of there? – It just starts separating. – Wow. Any other recommendations
for roof maintenance? – For roof maintenance we do recommend at least once a year to
clean the roof at minimum. – How do I do that? – Basically soap and water, and then put an RV protectant on the roof or UV rays for the sunlight
helps also maintain it. – So don’t just put like the same thing I clean my kitchen floor with? – No. – What does it have to have inside of it? – It’s an actual UV protectant. I don’t know the name brand of it, but it protects it from sunlight beating down on the roof membrane and extends it’s life. – Almost like putting
sun screen on your body. – Correct, exactly. – All right, well if
you don’t get your roof checked you’re gonna spend a lot of money. – This is true. – Thank you buddy. – Thank you. – Appreciate it.

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