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Old 09-15-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Novice question/ Skoolie resale value/ Build to code.

Has anyone, that you know of; ever attempted to build a "skoolie" (to code) as specified by the following website address?

$10,000 QUESTION: Did their resale value increase (at resale) because they were totally code compliant and certified by the below named institutions? (see below).

http://https://www.rvia.org/standard...ansi-standards

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https://www.rvia.org/standards-regul...rds-compliance

Your assistance is appreciated.

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Old 09-15-2019, 05:37 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:20 PM   #3
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These voluntary lobbying orgs and their "codes" are for large commercial companies.

Irrelevant and unavailable to DIY converters.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:43 PM   #4
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These voluntary lobbying orgs and their "codes" are for large commercial companies.

Irrelevant and unavailable to DIY converters.
Absolutely irrelevant until you try to stay at RV parks that will not let you stay without an RVIA emblem on your bus.

I traveled the country for 6+ years in my first bus and only ran into a handful of places that would not let me stay but I seemed to find them at the end of particularly long driving days when I was a little short on patience.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:04 PM   #5
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These voluntary lobbying orgs and their "codes" are for large commercial companies.

Irrelevant and unavailable to DIY converters.
I disagree. Most of those codes make installations safe. And many of those codes were created by boards that were created by or influence insurance companies, so to say your bus meets those codes says that you are just as insurable as those crappy RVs.

All of the codes are available. Only ones I havenít been able to find without spending money are the ANSI standards.

We need our own lobby dammit!
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Three separate issues

1. Documenting the costs and quality/care taken.

2. Max resale value.

3. Getting insurance, the kind you want at a reasonable rate.


Each of these deserve their own thread.

Claiming to follow these standards is not going to directly officially affect either 2 or 3. Not saying shouldn't do it, just no guarantee it will "pay off" financially.

Posting a step-by-step build log here and keeping all receipts may help with both at least as much.

There is no verification, so in the end the agent / buyer needs to take your word, based on trust.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:18 PM   #7
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unavailable to DIY converters.
I meant the inspection (if any) and certification sticker, not the code docs
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:29 PM   #8
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I meant the inspection (if any) and certification sticker, not the code docs
Yep! Itís unfortunate that itís not readily available. I think it could be done, just need to find certified electrical and plumbing inspectors willing to document it.

RV manufacturers have the luxury of building many of the same RV so itís easy for them to get the first one validates and then the rest are just a checklist.
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Absolutely irrelevant until you try to stay at RV parks that will not let you stay without an RVIA emblem on your bus.
Except when the douche at the DMV says that you need one. Employee I mean.
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Yep! Itís unfortunate that itís not readily available. I think it could be done, just need to find certified electrical and plumbing inspectors willing to document it.



RV manufacturers have the luxury of building many of the same RV so itís easy for them to get the first one validates and then the rest are just a checklist.
Unlikely. And still not going to count toward getting "certified" as in acquiring a sticker.

Personally I bet it's all lip service anyway, such organisations are funded by the big makers just as a marketing scheme, and to lobby against any gov measures that might hurt their profits.

If they had more clout they would just make DIY illegal
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https://www.rvia.org/standards-regul...ansi-standards
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Unlikely. And still not going to count toward getting "certified" as in acquiring a sticker.

Personally I bet it's all lip service anyway, such organisations are funded by the big makers just as a marketing scheme, and to lobby against any gov measures that might hurt their profits.

If they had more clout they would just make DIY illegal
Think the RVIA guys golf with the insurance guys? I do.

If you look at the construction of a factory RV, itís got to make you wonder.

Thereís the codes in the RVIA guidelines and then thereís the construction. Iíve dug into RV systems and I know they deviate.

We need a skoolie badge!
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I disagree. Most of those codes make installations safe. And many of those codes were created by boards that were created by or influence insurance companies, so to say your bus meets those codes says that you are just as insurable as those crappy RVs.

All of the codes are available. Only ones I havenít been able to find without spending money are the ANSI standards.

We need our own lobby dammit!
YES! Skoolies unite!
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Think the RVIA guys golf with the insurance guys? I do.

If you look at the construction of a factory RV, itís got to make you wonder.

Thereís the codes in the RVIA guidelines and then thereís the construction. Iíve dug into RV systems and I know they deviate.

We need a skoolie badge!
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