While you’re roaming the lands in your mobile RV, there are going to be times where you need to make some quick fixes and repairs. That’s just how it is for RV owners.
Life on the road isn’t always easy but following these tips to maintain and repair RV while you’re on the road should make your life a little easier.
The Basic Needs for Every RV
There are two basic things every RVer needs for maintaining their mobile home while they’re on the road.
The first basic need is roadside assistance. No matter how sturdy or reliable your RV is, roadside assistance is essential. Getting stuck in the middle of nowhere is a common threat for any RVer, and roadside assistance offers the assistance you need.
The main benefit of roadside assistance is that it can and likely will save you a lot of time and money. Dealing with the search for a tow-truck to haul your rig takes a lot of time and can thin out your wallet in an instant.
Tow-truck companies have to use specialized equipment to haul your RV, and it isn’t cheap. Whichever tow-truck you find to haul your rig is likely to charge you an excessively high amount of money to use the special equipment needed to haul your rig.
Instead, opt for a program that offers specialized experience with assisting stalled out RV’s. These roadside assistance programs typically cost around $100 to $150 a year, but with that rate, you receive full coverage for your RV; and it’s certainly well worth the annual payment.
Another essential, basic need for anyone operating a mobile RV is a repair and maintenance budget. Plan on and set aside a specific dollar amount for every trip you take and use that money only for maintenance and repairs.
The amount of money you set aside for each trip varies and depends on multiple factors: how much maintenance and repair you plan to do yourself, how large your RV is, and how old it is. The larger your RV, the more expensive the parts and repair equipment. Most RVers typically set aside around $2000 for RV repair and maintenance on each trip.
It’s also very important and convenient to set aside an emergency fund that’s usually more money than your maintenance budget. This fund is used for those big “uh-oh” scenarios where you’re going to need a lot of money. Of course, no RVer wants to think about those situations, but you’ll be glad you have the money set aside for those worst-case scenarios if they happen to come around.
Where to Go for Repairs
One of the most difficult aspects of mobile RV repair is figuring out where you need to go to get a quality repair for a good price.
If the occasion ever arises where you need a repair or some maintenance that you can’t handle yourself, It’s important that you talk with other RVers about the best nearby repair places. RVers like to stick together, and they’ll offer you critical, reliable advice about which shops to go to and which ones to avoid altogether.
Also, use the convenient power of technology and search for reviews of different shops on your smartphone or laptop.
If your RV has a big issue, it’s best to skip any of the regular repair joints and to head to a specialist. Remember, these occasions are the reason why you always set aside an emergency fund.
When it comes to maintaining your RV on the road:
- Set aside a repair fund and an emergency fund
- Ask other RVers and look at reviews to find the best maintenance/repair shops
Go to a specialist when it’s a big problem