The last thing you want to happen during a long road trip is for your recreational vehicle to break down. To avoid the panic and hassle that comes with finding a mechanic in the event of an RV breakdown, it's important to inspect your vehicle before the travel date and fix any issues you might notice.
Below is a list of common RV issues you may identify before leaving for your trip.
1. RV Battery Discharge
Battery discharge refers to the process of your RV battery losing its charge or voltage. This does not usually happen when you're on the road because the vehicle has a battery charging system that keeps the battery charged as the vehicle runs. Unless there is a problem with the battery charging system, your RV battery should remain adequately charged.
That said, not using your RV for a long time can drain your battery. So much so that it may not provide enough power to start the vehicle when RV season begins. If you have a hard time starting your RV, you should get your battery tested. If it's drained but still in good working condition, you can get it working properly again by simply recharging it. If it is dead, you'll need to get a battery replacement.
2. RV Lights Malfunction
From headlights and taillights to brake lights and indicator lights, the lights on your RV are crucial for keeping you safe on the road. These lights not only allow you to see where you are going, they also allow you to see and communicate with other road users.
Before hitting the road, check all lights to make sure they're working well. If you have any malfunctioning lights, you might need to fix the wiring connection or replace the bulbs.
3. RV Tire Damage
As the primary point of contact between your RV and the surface of the road you travel on, tires take the brunt of your long recreational drives. Over time, the rubber wears out and may suffer various forms of physical damage.
If your RV tires have suffered minor damage, you should get them fixed. If they have seen better days, you'll need to get new tires.
RVs have a more intricate design and build than regular cars, which means RV repairs can be pretty complicated to perform. If you encounter any RV problem you can't fix yourself, don't hesitate to contact an RV repair company for assistance.