|Mobile Dental Systems
||Van Structural Considerations
c. Can we convert an RV?
|Many RV companies now sell new RVs with dental equipment already on board. Two advantages of an RV are the many service facilities and the lower initial investment. Converting an RV that has not been used as a clinic must be done only after careful consideration. Ask for references just as you would when purchasing a new vehicle. Basic structure is wood studs with a fiberglass shell that goes around it, with thin insulation. Some have airbags and some don't. Costs for updating an existing RV can be high. With a lot of travel and jostling, things move around so that doors, cabinets, etc can get out of balance. With the large weight of equipment and additional fresh/waste water requirement, this can overload the chassis. Consider this example of potential problems.
An RV with a chassis weight rating of 22,000 pounds is selected to be up-fitted for your program. The dealer added extra water tanks, dental chairs, compressor, vacuum, and supplies. The vehicle could weigh 26,000 pounds loaded, but the title states the weight at 22,000 pounds. Based on the title weight, no special licenses are required, but based on the actual weight, any driver needs to have a CDL. Your posted job announcement does not include this requirement. The frame and all major components of the vehicle are rated and designed for a 22,000 vehicle. Now we have a brake system designed to stop a 22K vehicle having to stop a 26K vehicle. At a minimum, this can cause premature failure of the brake system.