Maintenance and Repair – Some Old School Tactics
Before you head out on your next adventure only to realize the roof is still leaking, the paint is chipping and you're still missing that bolt, check out our maintenance and repair section. Here you'll find roof repair products, scan gauges, replacement hardware, fuel funnels, spray paint, primer, tape, repair kits, and plumbing hardware so you can fix up your pride and joy.
Maintenance and repair are the twin engines, in a manner of speaking, that keep RVs going strong. Recreation vehicles (RVs) are getting more popular these days and becoming a favorite among many people with its proven context of a lifestyle and the outdoor fun it has in store for their owners.
Maintenance keeps your RV in great shape, and repairs will give it a new lease of life.
The most important form of maintenance concerns your RV engine and its overall health. Like any other motor or engine that is currently in use, there will always be wear and tear that can lead to breakdown of parts which consequently would need repairs.
Tips on repair
Most RV owners know that if there is need to pay, they always pay up. This does not mean, however, in going for broke when you are only trying to maintain or upgrade your camper, travel trailer or motor home.
Repair labor and parts can be expensive (older models tend to have higher rates than newer models), but there are ways to mitigate some of these expenses. First is doing your own inspections. After all these years (if you’re an RVer for years), you would know by experience what are some of the things that need to be looked into.
These inspections would let you see the problems when they are still small and do not require expensive repairs. Discovering early signs of water leaks, excessive rusts, cracks, or breakage of any kind is well worth your effort and your time.
Doing this means more than taking a casual look once in awhile. Instead, spend a half hour every month to check every interior and exterior area of your coach with an eye to finding problems.
The monthly inspections can save you big because inspections allow you to discover problems before they can become worse (and expensive).
When you are paying, you need to research into your case before you fork the money over without question. You would need information on competing shops, or you would need some unique sources for your products (parts) and labor.
Another thing to consider is active negotiations for the price quotes you are given. Shops are sometimes reasonable, and the first quotations are more for show than real.
Knowing what you are talking about, the parts and the needed repairs and the connections of one to the others can greatly help convince your shop to go down to a realistic price.
The longer you hold off deciding on the repair of your RV, the more expensive it can become. It will also be a time-consuming issue. The more you wait, the wear and tear do not stop and wait alongside with your decision.
A small leak might have done some small damage, but it can lead to black mold and wood rot and both issues can create a major damage to the coach inside your rig.
As owner of your RV, you need to take an active role in the maintenance and repair of your vehicle, if you want it to last longer.