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RV Inspection Uncover Misaligned Slideouts That Could Cause Water Intrusion

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Let’s talk about misaligned RV slide-outs on today’s Weekly One Reason to Get an RV Inspection. Hello everyone it’s Jason again with myRVresource.com. I'm inspecting a brand-new fifth wheel today. 

Let's go check the manufacture date just to show it's brand new. Right there we see it’s March of 2022 and I want to show you a little bit about slide-outs and their alignment. 

There's an easy way to tell sometimes that slide-outs are out of alignment. I'm going to show you one of those ways to find out. On one of the sides of the slide-out, there's what we call a sweep seal or a wiper seal. This flips in or out depending on if the slide-out is retracted or extended. If we look at this RV slide-out see we can see it’s touching the sidewall, but all of a sudden the closer you get to the top the tighter that wall is to that sweep seal. Now if we go to the other side of the slide-out, we can see the sidewall, but the sweep seal is barely touching the sidewall. As you get to the top there's a pretty big gap between the sweep seal and the sidewall. That tells me we have misaligned RV slideouts. You could get water in there that’s going to cause you a lot of problems. This is a brand-new RV folks. Once again it's ready for the customer to take delivery. As a matter of fact, we had to postpone this inspection because of Hurricane Ian. They had even more time with the RV. I mean we are now one week since the hurricane hit and the dealerships been open at least four or more days since then. They had the PDI completed before I was supposed to be out here the first time. 

They should have known that this was a problem and they should have fixed it before I get here. They didn't so once again with your Weekly One Reason to Get an RV Inspection, this is Jason and you have a nice day. 

But wait there's more! So what we had just looked at was the street-side center slide-out. Now we're looking at the streetside rear slide-out. Let’s go have the look once again at the sweep seal. You can tell it’s not even touching the sidewall. When we go to the rear of the slide-out we can see how tight that sweep seal is on the sidewall. So once again we have possible water intrusion and we also have a misaligned RV slide-out. Once again with your Weekly One Reason to Get an RV Inspection, we have two slide-outs, not one to slide-out, misaligned. This is after the dealership's PDI. 

They were going to sell this RV to somebody without fixing it. That’s what independent RV inspectors are here for. Have a nice day.

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