Repairing or Replacing Your RV Fenders
You know that piece of curved plastic right above the wheel of your RV? That’s a fender skirt. The fenders of your RV are what protects your vehicle from the rocks, mud, and other debris that may be kicked up along the way. Countless hours of driving will expose your RV or trailer to whatever dirt or fragments there are on the road, and these fenders are among the first ones to take the impact.
However, no matter how tough they are, your RV’s fenders are going to be damaged sooner or later. Being exposed to the harsh elements will do that to anything, and after all, those fenders are just pieces of plastic. All the same, these fenders are relatively easy to repair or replace. You really don’t need to be an expert mechanic to accomplish this, but it would also help if you do know how to use basic tools at the very least. If you know how to use a screwdriver, you’re good to go!
Most fender skirts are installed using bolts or rivets, and are designed to be easily removed and replaced with new ones as necessary. What you really need to focus on is finding the fenders with the right shape and mold to match up with your wheel hubs. There are plenty of designs to choose from, both for function and aesthetic purposes. Some fenders will be short so you can show off those shiny wheels, or they may be long to provide additional protection and cover up those wheels.
Most, if not all, of the RV fenders available right now are custom-made to fit specific trailers and RVs, so do your research and carefully look for the models that will fit your vehicle before making a purchase. If you’re shopping for parts on the internet, take note that the reputable online shops selling RV parts and supplies will have the details on their website anyway, so it’s best to stop and read before clicking the “BUY” button.
If the fender on your RV just has a tear in it or maybe a dent, you still might be able to repair instead of replacing it. You should also be aware of the material your fender is made out of, so you will know which materials you need to use to fix it up. For plastic fenders, a plastic mix is sufficient, while metal fenders will need metal compounds. You should also get some screen mesh or fiberglass mesh for making the foundation of the body work you will be doing.
However, if you feel that replacing a fender will be better than trying to fix it, we recommend buying high quality models from reputable brands only. The better shops online will have those in stock, and don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions about a part you’re interested in.
Keystone Fender FS774TP – This tandem axle fender skirt is made from highly durable high-impact ABS plastic, made to fit Fleetwood Fifth Wheel trailers.
Conn-X Fender Double Radius Single – Constructed from 16-gauge cold-rolled steel with a 1-inch radius on both front and back, can accommodate a wheel of any given axle.