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! 

How to Properly Winterize Your RV

How to Properly Winterize Your RV

You have spent all summer and fall traveling to those fabulous destinations in your favorite RV. However, it’s now that time of year when the weather is cooler and the days are shorter. The holidays have officially arrived, and you will be spending more time hosting family and friends at home than adventuring off in your RV to see them. Winterize your RV today, so when the time comes to get back on the road again, you can rest assured that your motorhome is ready to hit the road. Here are steps that you can take to do-it-yourself; or stop by and see your trusted Utah RV service center to have it taken care of for you today!

Winterizing Step #1: Remove Water Filters

Winterize your RV before the weather gets too cold.

Did you know that you can actually damage your water filters when you use chemicals to winterize your RV? Avoid potential damage by removing the water filter entirely before adding anything to the water system. It also serves as a reminder to check and/ or replace your water filters. 

Step #2: Drain Both Black and Gray Water Tanks

Snowy road with motorhome. Winterize your motorhome to protect it.

If left to sit all winter, those tanks can breed harmful bacteria. Along with that is the potential for water leftover to freeze when temperatures drop, which can cause additional problems and costly repairs. To avoid either of these issues with this important winterizing step. First, drain the black tank; then clean it using a cleaner specific for black tanks. Finally, empty the gray water tank.

Winterizing Your RV Step #3: Drain Your Water Heater and Water Lines

How to winterize your motorhome to avoid costly repairs in spring.

You do not want to drain your water heater until the pressure has had time to come down. Turn off the water heater and let it sit until it cools. Once it is safe, open the drain plug and open the pressure valve to let the water out. To finish, turn on both hot and cold water valves to drain any remaining water from the lines throughout the unit.

Step #4: Bypass Your Water Heater

Snow piled up on campers. Winterizing your RV can reduce the risk of conditions like this

Check to see if you have a bypass installed to your water heater.  If you have one, it will be visible toward the back of your RV water heater. Checking for this is crucial because you do not want antifreeze to get into your water heater. If you do not see one, you can have one installed by a trusted RV service center. 

Final Winterizing Step: Add Antifreeze

Winterizing your RV by a Salt Lake City RV department - protect your RV even in the harshest weather conditions.

For this step of winterizing your RV, disconnect the inlet side of the water pump. Next, close all your faucets and drain the lines. Finally, turn on the water pump. This will allow the antifreeze to flow into the water system. Once properly pressurized, you can go to each faucet and turn on the hot water dial until you see antifreeze leaking. Then, repeat that step with the cold water dials. Now turn off the water pump and open all the valves. 

Now you will need to remove the small screen in the city water inlet. You can use a screwdriver to push on the valve until the coolant starts coming out. Once you see it, you can replace the screen and close the inlet. That part should be relatively short.

All that is left to winterize your RV is to pour a little antifreeze down each drain now; about a cup in each drain will work nicely.  While you’re at it, add some to your toilet and flush it to prevent any remaining water in the holding tank from freezing. Finally, do one final walkthrough to ensure all the faucets, as well as the water heater’s heating element, are all turned to the “off” position.  

A Salt Lake City RV Service Center Can Help

Family happily travelling in their RV during warmer months.

Following these simple steps can keep you from having to spend money in the spring, repairing broken lines or other damage caused by leftover water freezing. Protect your RV, and if you are having trouble or don’t have time, a Utah RV service center will take care of it for you! Don’t risk costly repairs in 2020, call the Recreation RV service center today at 801-571-6439.