Five Tips for Handling RV Maintenance and Repair on the Road
RV maintenance and repair can be overwhelming—especially if you’re a new RV owner. Your RV needs regular maintenance and it’s inevitable that eventually, it’s going to need going to need repairs. The following five tips will help you handle RV maintenance and repairs when you’re on the road (and in general):
1. Purchase Roadside Assistance
Towing can be expensive, regardless of the vehicle you’re driving, but it’s even more costly to tow an RV since they require special tow equipment that average car towing companies don’t have. For around $100 – $150 per year, you can get full coverage with a company that has the experience and equipment to properly tow your RV—a worthwhile investment.
2. Set Aside Savings for Maintenance/Repairs
Every RV owner should plan to put money aside for maintenance and repairs. The amount you need to save depends on a variety of factors, including how much of the maintenance and repairs you plan to do yourself, the age of your RV, etc. On average, it is wise to set aside roughly $2,000 each year for RV and car maintenance/repairs in addition to an emergency fund of $5,000 for any big-ticket replacement parts or repairs. Again, this is relative to your needs, income, etc.
3. Consider Buying an RV Warranty
Buying an RV warranty can be a good “safeguard” against major repairs; however, but it can also be a waste of money depending on your RV and the terms of the contract. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer—it’s just something to take into consideration and research before making a decision.
4. Read Your Manual
It sounds like common sense, but truly, your manual contains a tremendous amount of useful information. Your owner’s manual tells you about your RV’s various systems and provides helpful recommendations related to service and how often it should be performed. It’s the best place to start when you need help!
5. Keep a Record of Maintenance and Repairs
Whether you do routine maintenance and repairs yourself or get them done at a shop, keep a record of services. This will not only ensure you stay on top of routine maintenance but also provide a record for potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your RV. It’s helpful to keep a binder with the date of service, type of service, and related costs. Keep copies of receipts/invoices as well.