RV repair services
Recreational vehicle repair
Taking a vacation in an RV remains a wonderful American pastime, and you don’t need to be a retiree to enjoy yourself.
Today, the average age of RV owners is about 45 years old. Unfortunately, many RVs you see on the road are equally as old.
Recreational vehicles go by several different names like:
- Pop-up campers
- Truck campers
- Motor homes
- Travel trailers
- Fifth-wheel trailers
- Camper trailers
But you may know them by the iconic brand names “Winnebago” and “Coachmen.” However, other auto manufacturers produce RVs, too. Even Mercedes Benz makes one now.
If you use your RV often, you already know how tedious it is to fix it. These vehicles are unique, which means that the typical shop doesn’t have the proper know-how for RV repair.
Read on to learn more about why quality RV repair matters.
Common maintenance issues with recreational vehicles
RVs are unique in several respects, but you’ll need to perform regular maintenance on schedule like any truck. Most shops don’t have the chops to repair RVs at all and will send you to the dealership for repairs.
The bottom line is that fixing an RV is tricky if you don’t have these vehicles’ experience. They contain extra features and systems that you won’t find in trucks (e.g., solar panels, plumbing, and appliances).
After taking a few road trips, these are the most common issues you’ll probably need to address:
- Failing or corroded electrical parts and wiring
- Faulty auxiliary generator systems
- Inferior plumbing and water filtration
- Malfunctioning or outdated appliances
- Broken slide-outs (e.g., retractable canopies)
This rundown isn’t a complete litany of every issue that you might come across, but these are the most likely RV repair tasks you’ll have to perform before your next road trip.
You're due for an RV inspection
Finding a reliable RV repair shop takes a little research because not every shop has the same expertise and track record for good work.
Before bringing your RV to the shop, visually inspect the exterior and interior living compartments. Make a note of any minor issues in addition to the obvious ones.
A quick tip: It’s always a good idea to give mechanics all of the information they’d need to accurately diagnose the problem.
If you know for a fact that the issue stems from bad electrical wiring, remember to mention that to the mechanic. Otherwise, he won’t know where to start or what to eliminate as a potential cause.
RVs accumulate mileage much faster than ordinary trucks. That’s the entire purpose of the vehicle, so it’s no wonder they need regular maintenance.
Here is a list of the most common causes of RV maintenance issues.
Common causes of RV maintenance issues
RVs consists of everything a truck needs to operate well combined with the amenities you’d usually find in the home or at a camping site. That’s why RVs are so popular as vacation vehicles.
The problem is that as your RV accumulates thousands of miles, there will be more problems to fix. If you like to take long road trips, you’ll rack up more mileage than you think.
Unlike ordinary trucks and automobiles, the root of maintenance issues with RVs often relates to moisture. If this seems counter-intuitive to you, you’re not alone.
Moisture from breathing and interior condensation is the most common root cause of RV problems. That’s why an RV well passed its prime might have a dank, musty odor.
After years of condensation seeping into the walls, mold can start to grow inside of compartments. To avoid that, it’s always a good idea to ensure proper ventilation remains, and sometimes, it’s best to install a dehumidifier to reduce moisture.
Benefits of quality RV repair
A quality RV repair service can help you get the most life out of your RV, which is excellent since these vehicles typically cost more than trucks. Some of the best RVs on the market cost $100,000 or more, but more affordable models are available from well-known brands.
When you spend that much money on a vacation vehicle, you’ll want to maximize the investment and keep maintenance costs low.
Next, adequate sanitation is arguably the most under-rated benefit of taking care of your RV. The last thing you want is to be on vacation without clean, running water or heating.
Servicing your RV on time is also a good idea if you plan to use it during winter.
An important word of advice: Make sure you know how to winterize your RV the right way! Cutting corners only leads to expensive repairs.
Moreover, to winterize your RV thoroughly, the vehicle needs to be operating efficiently in the first place.
If you’re curious about other benefits, it’s smart to ask a knowledgable mechanic about how you can keep your RV in great shape.
Visit TLC Auto & Truck Repair Service Center when your RV needs a checkup
At TLC Auto & Truck Repair Service Center, we can fix anything, including any RV. To stand apart from the rest, we’re fully insured and certified as legit RV technicians.
Our commitment is to provide every customer with fantastic customer service and a genuine smile.
Among many other RV repair services, we offer our customers:
- Hydraulic system services
- Leaf spring repair
- Kingpin repair
- Fleet maintenance
- Diesel inspections
- truck tire replacements
- Bucket truck repair
When you stop by, we’ll treat you as we would a family member because integrity counts in this business.
We also guarantee our work for 24 months, or up to 24,000.
If you’d like to learn more about RV repair, call us, or book an appointment online by clicking below.