How Much do RV Repairs Cost?

How Much do RV Repairs Cost?

You’re considering a tiny house on wheels to embark on new and amazing adventures out on the open road! The possibilities are endless and so exciting! Just like with buying a traditional home where you’d want to have a realtor with a good and successful reputation, you’ll want to find a reputable RV dealer that cares about the condition of the RVs they’re selling. When buying an RV,  keep in mind the possibility of RV repairs. But don’t stress out; when you plan and budget for them, they’re no worse than the car or home maintenance that you’re already covering. You’ll soon forget your daily struggles and be driving off into the sunset on your grand adventure. 

Have an RV Repair Budget

Image of a used motorhome in front of Utah mountains, used for RV repair blog.

Anyone wanting to enjoy the RV life will want to have a budget for repairs beforehand, as it’s not a matter of if, but when repairs will need to be addressed. Any vehicle headed towards adventure will need regular maintenance checks done to keep all functions working safely and correctly.

Schedule Routine RV Maintenance

Man kneeling beside RV performing routine RV maintenance to outside of motorhome.

There’s always a possibility that something can happen, but with the scheduled timely maintenance we’re talking about, you should be able to keep most (not all, of course, but most) repair costs low.

The Cost of RV Repairs

Man performing motorhome maintenance to RV sink.

If something DOES comes up, the cost of repairs can vary widely based on multiple factors, including the severity of the repairs needed and if you are handy type individual and want to take on projects yourself, or if you’re better at driving than fixing and choose to take it to a shop or dealer to have the work done professionally. Repair shops may charge a hefty hourly rate for service, plus the price of parts, or you might sometimes find someone that moonlights for cheaper. Using specialized laborers can sometimes save money when it comes to items like cabinets, furniture, flooring, etc.  A dealer might charge the most, but often a reputable place will cover their work with a limited warranty.

Common RV Repairs

Man underneath RV performing tire care, presumably on the side of the road, with RV tires laying next to RV.

Some of the most common repairs avid RVer’s may see getting ready or on the road might be:

Tire blowouts: They can be scary out on the long, sometimes windy highways making it especially essential to check the status of your tires before and during each trip for wear and tear and also to ensure they are at the correct pressure.

Leaking and Water Damage: Dripping pipes, toilet, and wastewater issues can be taken care of quickly and inexpensively if monitored regularly but if leftover time can turn i to quite an expensive headache

Water repairs can be as simple as fixing the seals around pipes, windows, doors and on the roof, or turn into more significant projects like having to dismantle parts of your rig to clean out damaged areas properly. These types of repairs can be very costly, as water damage can lead to mold issues, so they must be dealt with quickly and thoroughly and aggressively. Regular care and maintenance of the roof and seals can save you a lot of hassles and headaches in the future.

Other Common Issues: Leaking propane tanks and furnaces (which can be dangerous –  keep up on regular preventative maintenance for these), and exterior damage from parking/driving. Most maintenance and repair incidents can be reasonably inexpensive when caught early enough

Proper RV Storage

Family enjoying an RV trip

Properly storing your RV and winterizing your RV is a must, so make sure you know the proper procedures. Storing your RV inside or under a UV protective cover is vital to protecting the roof and sealing during rough winter weather.

Visit Your Local Utah RV Service Center

Recreation RV Sales and Service in Draper Utah

So, in short, when you buy that RV, don’t be intimidated or let repair costs steal the joy of adventure from you. Plan and make sure your monthly budget includes repairs, maintenance, and storage. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your annual RV inspection with your local RV dealership for service you can trust. At Recreation RV Sales & Service, we pride ourselves on quality service at a price you can afford. Whether it’s scheduling your routine inspection or finding a used RV for sale, your adventure is our business! Call us today at  801-571-6439 to schedule your preseason RV inspection! 

Deals on RVs: Best Practices to Get the Best Deal

Deals on RVs: Best Practices to Get the Best Deal

How do some people seem to score amazing deals on RVs? The truth is, there are a few tricks that savvy RV buyers know and use to their advantage. Here are a few tips to help you get the best deal, every time, no matter where you buy an RV.

Get great deals on Rvs by using these tricks used by savvy RV buyers.

Tip #1: Expand Your Search Area

Although it’s nice to search nearby and support the local economy, you also want to be sure that you get the most bang for your buck. Expanding your search area to other states and even to the rest of the country can save you thousands of dollars. Here in Utah, we aren’t forced to have exorbitant profit margins to make up for harsh winters; therefore, our prices are often more reasonable than our northern neighbors.

Tip #2: Buy in the Fall and Winter

It’s no secret that spring and summer are peak months for RV travel, which makes them peak sales months for RV dealers, as well. In those months, we can drive a harder bargain because there are simply more people in the market to buy an RV. Demand slows in fall and winter, which is prime time for you to swoop in and get that deal you’ve been waiting for!

Tip #3: Buy a Used RV, Motorhome, or Fifth Wheel

When you buy an RV brand new, it loses value as soon as you drive it off of the lot. Even with the high turnover rate of RV’s (people are always trading in and upgrading!) you’ll never make back what you paid for your brand new RV. Buying a used RV has already undergone the initial depreciation, which dramatically slows after the first couple of years. Plus, buying used lets you know that it has been tested and all of the brand new kinks have been worked out of it already!

Tip #4: Know the Market

Some larger RV dealerships have two different prices: the one that is listed in bright colors on the windshield and the “real” price. Inexperienced RV buyers are often drawn to the fluorescent numbers. In many of the larger dealerships, that price can go lower! Get the best deals on RVs by doing market research ahead of time. Knowing how much the RV should cost gives you more confidence when it comes to negotiations and ensures you aren’t paying too much.

Tip #5: Openly Compare Utah RV Dealers

Buying an RV is a significant investment! It is natural and savvy to compare prices between various competitors. As a trusted, family-run RV dealership in Utah with more than 50 years of experience, we strive to give you the best possible vehicle at fair market value. At Recreation RV Sales, your fun family vacation is our business, and we will do what it takes to help you drive away happy. Call us today at 888-958-7848 or check out our wide selection of used RVs for sale!

Sources: Camper Smarts, Do It Yourself RV

Buying an RV: Dealer vs. Private Seller

Buying an RV: Dealer vs. Private Seller

Anyone in the market for an RV can attest to the number of RVs that flood any internet search. Regardless of whether you are searching for a fifth wheel or a motorized RV, everyone has the same thing in common: find the best vehicle at the best price. Throughout the years, a myth emerged that buying from a private seller was the way to go. Although a lucky few can find a great deal, most buyers should beware of buying from private sellers. Before buying an RV, let’s discuss the pros and cons of each option: 

Buying an RV at a Utah RV Dealership gives you the peace of mind that you deserve.

Purchasing from an RV Dealership

When you purchase from a trusted RV dealer in Utah, you drive away with the peace of mind knowing that your vehicle will last – no matter where the adventure takes you. Dealerships spend years building up a reputation, which can only be accomplished through exceptional customer service and reliable products. Dealerships care about you and want you to have a fantastic experience. Sure, the price may be slightly higher than a private seller, but a dealership also:

  • Inspects each vehicle, regardless of if there is an existing warranty;
  • Details the RV inside and out;
  • Completes routine maintenance like oil and other fluid changes;
  • Performs any necessary repairs, like changing tires, removing dings, or applying paint touch-ups,
  • Offers several financing options, so every client gets the best rate for them; and
  • Includes all of the tax, tag, and title paperwork, so it isn’t left up to the customer.
You never know what you’re buying from a private seller.

Buying from a Private Seller

If you’re purchasing from a private seller, they may (or may not) have more wiggle-room on the price. The owner also can tell you about the RVs performance history and repairs, which may be the most significant advantage. However, that is just about where the benefits may end. Although the initial sticker price may be an initial draw, consider the following factors that may leave you spending more in the end:

  • They do not have to tell you about any defects or repairs;
  • A private seller does not have the training or certification to make repairs;
  • They are not backed by a reputation in the community; and
  • They cannot offer a guarantee, warranty, or financing. 

Visit a Reliable Draper, UT RV Dealer

If you are in the market for a pre-owned RV, take a minute to stop by and say hello to the courteous professionals at Recreation RV Sales. As a trusted RV Dealership in Utah, we pride ourselves on our reputation for offering the cleanest vehicles at the best price. We also provide financing options to suit your budget. Try it before you buy it! Call us today at 888-958-7848 to schedule a test drive! But first, check out what’s new in our used RV inventory!

Sources: Angie’s List, DMV