There are plenty of RV repairs best left to the experts but you can do a few things DIY style with ease. Knowing how to fix a few things will help you better understand the RV as well. You will learn about the build and systems while gaining the ability to better identify those pesky problems that may require help from a pro.
Change Air Filters
Air filters in your RV and air conditioning units clog and need the occasional change. This is a simple and cheap task that will ensure your air is clean while alleviating potential strain on fans. Locate all filters within the RV and change them out once or twice every year to keep everything fresh. Same goes for your engine. Swap a new air filter a few times each year to maximize engine performance.
Plumbing Repairs and Tank Maintenance
Plumbing in RV’s is often exposed and relatively straightforward. If you can identify leaks, simply replace that section of PVC or replace the joint with issues. Many simply unscrew and you will add a layer of plumbers tape before hand tightening the replacement. The plumbing parts are commonly available in hardware stores and anything special, like the valves for emptying tanks will be found at RV supply stores. You can also clean and flush the black tank on your own while hooked up to a sewer or at a dump site. You will simply need a freshwater hose and a cleaning agent to rinse and remove debris from the tank.
Major roof repairs are a big undertaking but small things like vent replacements and caulking are pretty simple. Leaking vents are a major contributor to roof damage and you can replace old vents with basic tools and materials. Sometimes, simply pulling the old vent, cleaning the space and resealing is all that is necessary and it can save you thousands of dollars down the line. Use proper sealing tape and caulking whenever you reset a vent and make sure to clean everything thoroughly before setting it back down.
Caulking problem areas is also simple. Do an inspection along the seams and edges of the roof and siding to find potential leak spots and fill them in with caulking. Use a piece of sandpaper to remove grime and add a new bead of sealant to keep everything nice and dry. This is a very easy way to keep your RV sealed and in great shape for a very long period of time.
The RV interior is no different than a house in many respects. You can replace light bulbs, clean electrical connections, clear clogged pipes and replace things that end up broken like a cabinet face or door hinge. While these problems are not excessively common, screen doors tear and small breaks happen around the home. This is especially true for full-timers and those living in their RV’s for long periods of time. Keep up with the small stuff and your RV will remain in great shape.
Window and door screen damage is especially common. If you own a dog or cat, damage to screens is almost inevitable. Luckily, fixing a screen is very easy. Simply remove the framing and pull out the old screen. Cover with a new section of screen and trim the edges to fit. You might need a staple gun for wood framed screens but many will snug up with the original rubber seals. Replace the frame while making sure the screen is taught and you are back in business.
Fix Sun Damage
The sun is harsh and damage to your awning and exterior can happen over time. Make sure your awning is cleaned and conditioned with a UV protectant. Sun will also wear down rubber window seals and finishes. Clean your RV regularly and keep a lookout for sun damage. Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to sun damage. It also helps to keep your windshield covered while camping and use your curtains to prevent interior sun wear and tear. Spray slide outs with specialized cleaner so the tracks work well after sun and dust exposure as well.