Heading out on the open road with your RV can make for an exciting experience but you don’t want to get caught without the right tools and knowledge if a breakdown should occur. Most new vehicles will have little trouble getting you from point A to point B in one piece, but a long drive with an older model can lead to problems. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take as an RV owner to prepare yourself for just such a situation.
Have Your RV Checked Out
This might seem obvious but many people take for granted how poorly or how well their RV is running before they take off towards their destination. If the RV is new to you but used previously, most experts suggest that you take it out around your local community over a period of one to two months to get a real feel for how everything is working and make sure that no extra mechanical work is required. You should also take it in to a professional garage and have it looked over so that important features like brakes and steering are all working the way that they should be. If repairs are required, you should test the RV for at least another week following repairs before considering taking it across country or out of your community.
Don’t Skimp On Roadside Assistance
If you have a current roadside assistance plan then now is the time to dig out your information brochure or contract and take a good look at what’s included and what possible updates have been made to the services that you could benefit from. Be aware of features and costs so that if you do have to call you’re not in for any expensive or inconvenient surprises. You also want to make sure that your coverage will work out of town and out of state if it should come to that. If you don’t have any roadside assistance plan, this is the time to look into it, especially if you’re not driving a brand new model.
Invest In A Manual
Every vehicle has a user’s manual for the make and model of your RV, and most auto parts retailers sell them. Whether you wind up needing it or not, this can be an incredible investment if there’s no mechanic around and you need to diagnose a mechanical problem while on the road. It can help you become better acquainted with your vehicle and figure out which RV parts might need to be replaced and whether or not it’s safe to continue driving if there’s a problem while on the road.
Have Tools And An Internet Connection On Hand
Almost all mobile phones now have the ability to let you search the web, which means that when you’re stuck because of a certain problem and unsure of what to do you can check out expert opinions for your particular problem online. Many professionals frequent forums and message boards for RV mechanics and can answer questions, especially if you provide pictures via your phone. You should also have tools on hand in case somebody can walk you through the diagnosis or repair. This means having something other than the usual jack and jack stands with you, and if you’re unsure of what tools to buy, this is an excellent way to begin your adventure into online mechanical queries.