We are not renovating client owned units at this time. Why? Because so many RV's have water damage. Most RV owners aren't aware they should inspect all seals on their RV every 3 to 6 months. A lack of roof maintenance is the main culprit for water damage. Leaks also occur at the slide outs (we highly recommend installing slide toppers), at the windows, at the clearance lights, and at all transitions. Basically anywhere a hole has been cut in the exterior walls or the roof to install a vent, a speaker, an appliance ... (you get the point) needs to be inspected and sealed regularly to prevent water damage.
We can repair water damage if we come across it in a unit we buy, but we'd rather not have to do it because it's really not that fun. Repairing water damage adds hours to the labor of a renovation which increases the cost and will make a the project go over budget.
Some water damage is easy to spot, for example... delamination (bubbled spots in the exterior fiberglass), soft spots in the floor when you step, and rippled interior wall panels are very common. The problem is that all water damage is not easy to spot to an inexperienced buyer. Tiny, hard bubbles under a window indicates mold is growing between the vinyl wall paper and the plywood. Slide floors can be rotten under sofas and dinette booths. RV roof decking can have big soft areas without any damage showing on the inside yet.
When you choose our PreSale option we search endlessly to find the RV that fits your needs without water damage within your budget. Even with our thorough inspection of an RV before we buy it, sometimes we do find surprise water damage during the demolition process. This is usually when we pull up the linoleum and carpeting. Unfortunately, sellers don't like it when we start cutting on the flooring to check for water damage before we buy their RV. We have been know to unscrews furnace vents, floor vent registers, and take apart dinette booths during an inspection though.
If this is something you might be interested in, please read through the step by step process and download and complete our PreSale questionnaire. Thank you for your interest in our small business!
Client completes our Renovation Questionnaire. We then have a Zoom or phone discussion about the completed questionnaire to determine what kind of RV best fits your needs. Completing the questionnaire holds your place in our schedule.
A contract will be signed and a deposit will be paid to go towards the renovation and RV purchase. The deposit required will be the cost to buy the camper for you, with the current market we've found that to be at least $12,000 to $15,000 and up depending on what kind of camper you are looking for. The minimum cost for a renovation for a small camper is about $10,000 not including the cost of the RV. The deposit is due at least a month before your renovation is scheduled to start to allow us time to search for and buy the best RV for your needs. A second deposit will be due half way into the renovation and the final payment will be due when the renovation is completed.
We will send you layout and floor plan options that we think will fit your needs. We will then find and purchase the RV that fits your needs within your budget. We will travel over the East and Midwest to buy a camper that fits your needs without water damage. This process can take weeks and multiple trips to inspect RV's that are listed for sale.
After we purchase the RV to renovate for you we will send you a design questionnaire specific to the camper that we purchased to start the design process. You will have input on the paint colors, hardware colors, lighting options, flooring color, etc.
The renovation process takes anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks of labor Although, we may allow more time in between projects for service calls and our rental business. We will give you a finish date for your renovation. We try to stay on schedule to the best of our ability. Unforeseen repairs or other things can come up. We will let you know if for any reason we don't think the renovations will be completed by the contract date.
When your RV is finished and you take delivery we will show you how everything works and demonstrate how to use the appliances and any other component of the RV. We can deliver the camper to you if needed.