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48 • RV PRO • May 2017 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T Sealtech Spots Leaks In 2007, Scott DeLadurantaye was not a happy camper. His Georgie Boy motorhome – which he had purchased brand new two years prior – had developed a roof water leak. His best efforts to find the source of the leak were unsuccessful, as were the attempts by technicians at a local RV dealership. DeLadurantaye then turned to another dealership for help – one that used a Sealtech leak detection device, and in short order the leak was detected and fixed. Soon, DeLadurantaye was happily using his (leak-free) motorhome again. In 2009, as the Great Recession took its toll on his home remodeling business, DeLadurantaye pondered other career options. Still impressed by the Sealtech leak detector, he decided to buy one and start his own mobile RV water leak detection business. Business proved brisk, which prompted DeLadurantaye to think bigger. "Things worked so well it planted the seed to see if I could buy the company" that manufactured the Sealtech device, he says. In 2013, he purchased the intellectual and physical assets of the business, which been located in British Columbia, Canada, and relocated them to Macomb, Mich., renaming the company Sealtech Manufacturing USA. He's never looked back. "I'm a big believer in this product because there is so much loss in value in RVs once they get wet – once water gets inside the unit and the floors or the walls get spongy," DeLadurantaye says. The technology behind the Sealtech is remarkably straight- forward: It uses a blower that attaches to an RV roof vent to draw outside air into the unit, where it is dispersed, creating a positive interior pressure. That pressure difference causes air to flow outward through any outer skin faults. The application of a soapy water solution to suspicious areas of the outer skin results in a very visible bubble exactly over each fault. DeLadurantaye says using his company's product doesn't require any special tools or training. Watching one of Sealtech's instructional videos online can give a technician a good sense of how to do the test, and within four or five times of using the device the tech can become a pro, he says. Performing the test is a one-man operation. Depending upon the size of the RV, it typically takes 90 minutes to two hours to run a complete test, according to DeLadurantaye. Sealtech's one product, the 430-R leak detector, retails for $3,995. While that's no small sum, DeLadurantaye says most dealerships using the device could easily charge $175 per test. At that rate, a dealership that performed one test a day, five days a week, could recoup its investment in about a month, he says, adding that dealers could always charge more to recoup their investment more quickly. What's more, dealers using the Sealtech make addi- tional money by performing the repairs. Plus, savvy dealers encourage their customers to get their units tested yearly, so the product can generate good repeat business, according to DeLadurantaye. The Sealtech 430-R is manufactured from heavy steel and its exterior is powder-coated for added durability, says DeLadu- rantaye, who describes the device as being "built like a tank." The product comes with a two-year warranty. As an added bonus for purchasing the Sealtech leak tester from his company, DeLadurantaye says shipping via UPS is free. Additionally, his company places the names and contact information for dealerships and service shops on his website (for one year for free) so consumers can find businesses offering leak testing services in their local market. www.rvleaks.com The Sealtech leak detector makes it possible to easily identify with precision where on an RV water leaks are happening.

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