No RV owner wants to have to repair their RV, but let’s face it – sometimes things break unexpectedly and you need to know what steps to take in order to fix your camper. Our main priority is the same as yours, to get you back out on the road quicker, enjoying your RV! Nobody wants to deal with the headache that can accompany a vehicle repair, so we want to equip you today with all of the essential tips and steps you need in order to repair your RV while traveling.
The Basics: Repair Preparation
The concept of preparing for something to break down sounds a little silly, but we promise you will be glad you did later on down the road. There are two basic components of repair preparation that, if taken, can and will save you valuable time and money in the future.
1. Get Roadside Assistance
Any RV driver should invest in a roadside assistance service such as AAA or others. These programs give you the opportunity to have trained specialists, mechanics, etc. visit your RV wherever you break down. They will locate you, diagnose your problem, and either repair it onsite if they are able to or tow you to a repair shop to get the job done.
No matter what kind of rig you have, you definitely want some form of roadside assistance. If you do happen to get stuck somewhere, dealing with towing companies can be a nightmare and cost a fortune to use. Especially with bigger rigs, special tow trucks have to be used to haul these loads because regular trucks are not equipped with the right features to do. This will add an even larger fee to your already expensive towing costs.
2. Allocate A Set Budget Every Year For Repairs
It is a good idea to set aside a set amount of money or budget a dollar amount that you can use in case of emergencies. Unexpected accidents occur and it can be difficult to find the money when these instances do occur. Having a set budget reserved and waiting for you if you do need a repair can help your finances stay in check and not disrupt your normal budget.
The average RV repair costs $100 for parts and $200 for service, totaling $300 a repair. Depending on how safe and prepared you want to be, it is best to hold anywhere from $1,000-$10,000 for repairs in any given year. Any portion will help if the time comes when you do need it and you will thank yourself for having set funds available for use.
The Repair Itself
3. Read Your RV Manual
If you’re in a bind and need a quick fix right then and there, your best bet may be to read your RV Manufacturer Manual first. This manual will give you important information about your specific camper’s make, model, parts, features, and inner-workings. It will also provide you with valuable insights on how you can go about repairing your broken part.
Your RV Manual is a tried and true resource than you can fall back on to give you accurate information about your specific RV model. We suggest turning to it first to see if you’re able to repair your camper yourself.
4. Contact A Trusted RV Manufacturer/Dealership
The final tip we have for you is to have a trusted RV manufacturer and/or the dealership of your RV model that you can contact. The dealership of your specific RV model will more than likely be able to provide you with the most accurate repair based on their expertise. No matter who you choose to rely on when it comes to repairing your RV, make sure they are a trusted, accredited source that you know will perform to meet your specific needs.
At MWSS, we are always happy to provide our customers with the replacement parts you need for any of your appliances! Whether a door handle breaks off of your 12V DC refrigerator or you need to replace your outdated A/C unit after it goes out, we have the RV appliances, accessories, and electronics to get the job done right so you can get back out on the road quicker!