Traveling in an RV can bring you and your family so much joy when you have the freedom to go wherever your heart desires! However, if you’re not ready for the common issues that recreational vehicles can have, you might feel a little less joy and a little more frustration. Check out these top nine RV problems to expect.
Just like any other vehicle, it is essential to maintain the tires to avoid a flat or a major blowout. Before leaving on a trip, check for proper inflation levels and tread wear. But even with the best maintenance, you can never predict when one (or two) of your tires will fail, so always keep a spare on hand.
Having the ability to stop is arguably the most essential feature of an RV (well, all vehicles for that matter)! The brake system on any vehicle must be adequately maintained to ensure the safety of your family and others on the road. Replace brake rotors, shoes, and drums as necessary and don’t forget to check the brake fluid and top it off when it seems low.
Leaky Roof or Windows
Think of your RV as a house that is mobile. But, the windows and roof of your RV are designed to be lightweight, so they don’t always withstand damage as well as your permanent home would. Storms can bring trees crashing down on your roof, and harsh sunlight can weaken the seals around windows. Use an RV roof cover when possible as well as when you store your RV. When in use, we recommend you check the roof and window seals twice a month will help avoid a significant leak. If you see anything, repair it right away with a roof patching kit or sealant and replace any damaged parts as soon as possible.
Why don’t we start by saying this: Attempting to repair electrical issues yourself without the proper knowledge can be very dangerous. Some minor electrical problems can be addressed on your own, such as a circuit breaker malfunction, but we suggest you leave the rest to a professional.
HVAC TroublesWe often take our air-conditioner for granted until it stops working. If you’re traveling in your RV during the heat of summer, you will want to know how to perform some quick-fixes if your A/C were to go out. You can easily replace the air vent filter if the air isn’t coming out cold anymore. Another common issue is a busted thermostat which can lead to a mis-communication between the A/C unit and the thermostat. To fix it, you can easily replace the RV thermostat with some standard hand tools and a little help from YouTube.
One of the big advantages of camping in an RV is having a private bathroom, so when the toilet stops working, it can be a real disappointment. If water does not seem to be staying in the toilet bowl, the solution could be as simple as replacing the rubber seal around the large valve. There is a chance the valve may also need to be replaced, but luckily, both of these parts are relatively inexpensive.
Water Line Issues
If you’re traveling in an RV, be prepared to deal with a burst water line or broken water pump as these are some of the most common RV problems. To avoid these issues, empty the water tanks regularly and properly store your RV during the winter. If you plan on traveling during the colder months, it is recommended to have your motor home professionally winterized.
A major appeal of traveling in an RV is having electricity at your fingertips. If outlets stop working and lights will not turn on, chances are there is an issue with the battery. To avoid draining the battery of power, disconnect the battery cables when the RV isn’t in use so that electronics aren’t draining all the power while the battery is not able to charge. Testing the battery charge and fluid levels regularly can also help you see a problem coming before it happens.
We are all human! So sometimes a simple user error can cause problems with your RV, but being methodical when leaving a campsite can help you avoid silly mistakes. Be sure to disconnect any hoses, close any slide rooms, and take down the awning. Then double-check everything! The extra few minutes you spend doing this can really help you avoid damaging your RV and prevent long term issues.
Keep On Truckin’
Don’t let this list scare you out of planning your next big adventure. Now that you’re in-the-know, you can be prepared for just about anything without it feeling like a nightmare. One of the best ways to avoid a disaster is to expect the unexpected and use high-quality RV and towing accessories like the ones from Blue Ox. Check out our line of Flat Towing and Trailer Towing products!