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Old 04-26-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Drone roof inspection

I saw an interesting thought on another forum on the use of a drone for RV roof inspection.

There are a few drawbacks like poor image resolution and potential damage to RV by/or to the drone.

This appears to be a valid and somewhat practical use of these potentially nuisance devices.

A benefit for Airstreamers could be overhead pics over several months to watch and compare roof over time.

Just a thought for those of us who are "ladder challenged"
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I saw an interesting thought on another forum on the use of a drone for RV roof inspection.

There are a few drawbacks like poor image resolution and potential damage to RV by/or to the drone.

This appears to be a valid and somewhat practical use of these potentially nuisance devices.

A benefit for Airstreamers could be overhead pics over several months to watch and compare roof over time.

Just a thought for those of us who are "ladder challenged"
Leaning a ladder against the "drip cap" molding that's at the top of every Airstream window, is a very safe way to look at the roof, without causing any damage.

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A none issue
Easy enough to use a ladder.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:39 AM   #4
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Just a thought for those of us who are "ladder challenged"
Considering that for some people, "ladder challenged" means "not physically able to climb one" it's a good thought. I know someone like that, who had polio as a child and can't even stand without wearing a leg brace.

If you're in that category, ignore the other posters who recommend a ladder anyway.
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The roof isn't terribly high. What about an extended selfie stick?

Side note...Gotta be honest, I was at a campground between my trip to the factory and home and someone was flying a drone directly over me and my trailer. Really unnerved me.
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What I call a drone flying over me uninvited "target".
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Just what Airforums needs, a drone-bashing thread! YEA!!!!!!

This thread is like Sears "specialty tools". Finding solutions for a non-existing problems.
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Drone roof inspection

Hey DanB - 😀

I'm not really drone-bashing. I've been to rallies where drones were used to take pics of all the trailers and thought it was really cool. I think the difference is - there was discussion about it and it didn't just appear out of nowhere, with no idea who was controlling the thing, whether they were taking pictures of me/my trailer without my knowledge etc. just a courtesy thing...I'm not anti-drone...it was the presumptuous invasion of privacy that unnerved me. If the person had approached me and asked permission, I think I would have been fine with it.

The recommendation for the selfie stick was both about safety and the concern many have expressed about only stepping on certain parts of the roof (definitely on "ribs", definitely NOT on end caps, etc.). A selfie stick would allow you to take pics/video of your roof without any of those risks.

No bashing required 😀
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If you have a drone with a decent camera, why not? Might be a neat video to watch hovering close to the sides then slowly then climbing to hover and slowly traverse the roof. While a DJI Phantom 3/4 would be nice to own I probably wouldn't get much use out of it so the money will be spent elsewhere which means on my Airstream, which is my current money pit.

Despite all the negativity with "drones", I've yet to see one in the wild.

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The recommendation for the selfie stick was both about safety and the concern many have expressed about only stepping on certain parts of the roof (definitely on "ribs", definitely NOT on end caps, etc.). A selfie stick would allow you to take pics/video of your roof without any of those risks.
That made me think. A selfie stick would let you do an inspection underneath as well, without having to crawl around on gravel (or whatever) to get your head that low to the ground. I've never taken a selfie and have no interest in doing so, but now you've given me a reason to invest in a selfie stick.
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