You’re all set for an adventure in your RV: hitting the open road, exploring the great outdoors, and camping with your family and friends. You’re having a great time, but without warning you encounter some trouble with your RV: a flat tire, a mechanical problem, or issues with your appliances. While routine RV maintenance can prevent a lot of wear and tear, there are still things that can go unexpectedly wrong while on a road trip. However, with a little planning ahead, you can be prepared for whatever problem is thrown your way. Here are six tips for on the road RV repairs from RV Trader.
1. Have RV Repair Resources Ready
Create a folder for all the important info you need when you’re on the road and need a repair. Have copies of your RV insurance, towing vehicle insurance, any travel or trip insurance you may have purchased, a roadside assistance plan, and all the details for your emergency contacts. Keep the folder organized and nearby so you’re ready when you run into a roadside problem.
2. Study Your Service Plans
Know ahead exactly what your vehicle warranty covers. If it’s from a dealer or manufacturer, they may provide an emergency hotline or website chat that can provide an immediate response to help you solve a roadside problem. Warranty and service plan providers may be able to send roadside assistance or steer you in the right direction to a reliable repair shop.
3. Hire a Mobile Mechanic
If you’re stuck with a roadside problem that seems complicated, consider hiring a mobile mechanic. These days mobile mechanics can be just as convenient as ride sharing or food delivery services. They’ll come directly to you for routine repairs or maintenance with your oil, battery, filter, and tire issues.
4. Find Help Nearby
If you’re out camping at an RV Park, the staff or a fellow RVer might be able to lend a hand. Some RV Parks can provide directions to mechanics or repair shops that are local, trusted partners. If you’re stranded on the road, find a nearby town or city with a service shop for some help. Even with a breakdown, your RV can still provide you with a place to stay while you wait for repairs.
5. Fix It Yourself
Even with so many parts, you might be able to fix a roadside problem by yourself. Always check your owner’s manual for any repairs you may be able to do. You can use online resources such as videos, blogs, and forms to take out the guesswork and help you pinpoint a problem if it’s not obvious. Avoid do-it-yourself repairs that would void a warranty. Have your toolkits ready for these repairs:
- Flat Tire: Pull off to the shoulder, put on your hazards, and put out reflectors or cones. Have a spare tire ready, gloves, towel, ramp jack, wrenches, and a bolt cutter.
- Dead Battery: Bring a portable jump starter fitted for your RV engine size. Jumper cables are another option, but they need to be specifically sized for your RV and jump-started by another RV, not a car.
- Defective Appliances: Propane tanks power many RV appliances. Check the tank’s propane level in case it needs to be refilled or replaced. Check hose connections and fittings for any leaks.
- Leaks: Roof renew kits can seal up cracks, tears, and holes.
6. Stay On Top of Repairs
Keep up with regular RV maintenance and keep track of any repairs you do yourself or any work done by a mechanic. Keep these records in your RV repair folder, so you can stay on top of the most recent work done to each area of your RV. Whenever you pull over at a rest stop or service station, do a visual inspection of your vehicle, checking your tire pressure and oil level.
Conclusion: By planning ahead, you can take on unexpected problems with your RV that you may face while out on the open road. Whether the repair may be big or small, being prepared can help you problem solve and get moving again. Looking to get moving in your next RV? See a full selection of units on RVTrader.com.