By Kevin Hulit
A fluid analysis for an RV is a quick look into the vehicle that tells several tales. Data analyzed from samples of engine oil and coolant, transmission fluid, and generator oil and coolant reveals a lot about the vehicle.
It can determine how the vehicle is performing, and what exactly is needed to maintain it, making it as worry free and reliable as possible. Fluid analysis can also be used to assess generators for towable RVs.
Routine analysis of fluids can save RV owners money, create clear and effective insight on maintenance, and make the vehicle and equipment more reliable overall. And, it is very inexpensive; typically less than the cost of an oil change.
RV owners who invest in fluid analysis save money. The greatest benefit comes from the ability to detect minor problems with vehicles or equipment before they become major failures which could result in a breakdown, or an expensive tow.
The minor cost of a fluid analysis can stave off the major cost of an engine or transmission failure. Oil and coolant analysis creates the ability to “see” into a vehicle’s engine, transmission and generators. By examining the condition of the fluids, factual assessments can be made about the overall “health” of the vehicle and equipment, rather than assumptions.
Using fluid analysis can also extend the life of the vehicle by reducing or stopping wear before it causes damage by giving the insights needed to formulate predictive maintenance plans.
RV owners can save money on maintenance as well. Aside from providing valuable insight on vehicle and equipment conditions, fluid analysis also determines the quality of the fluids themselves by looking at viscosity stability, oxidation and contamination.
Evaluation of these factors tells whether or not the fluids need to be changed, or can predict when they will reach their limit of usefulness. By taking the guesswork out of this aspect of maintenance, owners save money by maximizing time and use between fluid changes.
Creating a better view of how parts of the RV are working also allows for necessary repair work to happen at the right time by revealing what parts may need attention.
Knowing what needs attention prior to a mechanical failure makes vehicles and equipment more reliable and worry free, so heading out on the road comes with more peace of mind. JG Lubricant Services, headquartered in Plainfield, Ind., provides fluid analysis, and understands the need in creating more reliable vehicles and equipment.
“Whether our customer is an individual who’s caring for family vehicles or someone responsible for a large number of vehicles or equipment, our goals are the same: to deliver accurate and repeatable data that allows customers to gain a better understanding of the true condition of their vehicles and equipment,” said Tom Johnson, president of JG Lubricant Services.
The National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association (NRVIA) certifies inspectors to take oil and coolant samples from RV engines, transmissions, and generator systems so that they can be analyzed by companies like JG Lubricant Services. Analyses from these samples are included in inspection reports for private inspections as well as inspections done as part of RV Inspection Connection (RVIC) certified pre-owned programs for RV dealerships.
Testing and analyses of these important systems creates a peace of mind over the uncertainties of buying a used RV, and companies like JG Lubricants and RVIC are working to make fluid analysis a common practice in the RV industry.
What is most important, however, is that RV owners know about fluid analysis, and include it as part of their RV life.
To find out more about fluid analysis or RV inspections with fluid analysis, visit www.cmrvi.com.
Kevin Hulit is chief marketing officer for Cedar Mountain RVI, an RV inspection and services company that also offers enhancements to the campground experience. Originally from California, he also lived in New England before settling in New Jersey with his wife and children. Kevin attended Rutgers University where he earned a B.A., and has held various sales and marketing positions over the years. He is a writer at heart, a published poet, and will use anything as an excuse to get outdoors.