One of the worst things that can happen to you on your road trip this summer is a breakdown! I’m not talking a mental breakdown (although it could happen with all the crazy drivers out there) I’m talking about an RV breakdown. Imagine driving to someplace you’ve never been before, in the middle of nowhere and the nearest town is more than 60 miles away. What do you do!? Well, some RV repairs can be easy to do yourself, but others may require the help of a certified professional. Here are a few tips on how to handle RV repairs that could hopefully help you in the event of a breakdown.
RV Roadside Assistance- Having a roadside assistance plan in place is one of the best things you can invest in if you are on the road a lot. It can end up saving you a lot of time, money and hassle when and if you break down during your travels. RV clubs such as the Good Sam Club and Coach-Net offer roadside assistance programs at a reasonable price, and they have different packages to fit your RV travel needs.
Create a budget- Try to set aside money every month to go into an Emergency travel fund in the event your RV repairs cost more than expected. An idea amount would be around $2000-$3000. This would cover most if not all general repairs to your RV.
Service your RV- Always have your RV serviced before you hit the open road. Especially if it’s the first time you are taking it out for the year. Some things can be done yourself, like oil changes, tire pressure checks, other fluid checks, etc. But leave the more involved service to the professionals.
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Keep your RV owner’s manual handy. Most people don’t take the time to read these when they purchase new RV’s, but they can come in handy when you need a quick reference to the operations of your RV. We do realize most everything can be looked up on Google and YouTube these days, but your owner’s manual can provide RV model specific tips for your rig. It can also offer troubleshooting tips for different types of problems that can arise.
In the event you do breakdown, take the time to check reviews on repair shops before you make the phone call or have your RV towed. You don’t want to end up at a shop that charges “hidden fees” for little things they don’t advertise.
Look into a mobile tech service. The Route 66 RV club offers a mobile tech service where they will send a mechanic to you, wherever you break down. This can save you a couple hundred bucks on not having your RV towed to a repair shop. Most mobile tech services offer different service plans so you can choose what you think you’ll need for your travels.
Unforeseen RV repairs and breakdowns can happen, but if you be proactive, keep up on your regular maintenance, and don’t push your RV to its limits; you can prevent all kinds of repairs on the road.
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