RV Maintenance & Repair Tips

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How do I repair damage to my RV ceiling?

Ventilation is Important for Protect Your Ceiling

The most common problems with RV ceilings are mold, mildew, and warping. Mold and mildew can occur any time there is water accumulation or high water use, as in your RV bathroom. Be sure to inspect any water marks on the ceiling, especially around roof vents.

If your vent flanges and air conditioner shrouds look discolored, you may be facing a leak or dry rot. Dry rot can be treated with an anti-mold and -fungal solution, like Concrobium Mold Control. If you have a shower in your RV and use it frequently, be sure to use your ceiling fan for ventilation. You may want to add a fan to any area that is poorly ventilated. Ceilings can be replaced by some RV owners, but it is a complicated job best left to experts if you are unsure of the task. Shop your RV superstore for RV ceiling repair supplies or talk to experts at a trusted RV repair and maintenance center.

How do I care for, maintain, and repair my RV awning?

RV Awning Repair Part 2

For mobile RV awning repairs you can't avoid by cleaning and maintenance, consult your warranty for mobile RV repair coverage on your awning. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, there are materials available from your RV dealer. RV awning repair tape mends tears seamlessly and protects from further damage. For mold and mildew use recommended commercial cleaner (no oil-based or abrasive cleaners) and follow manufacturer instructions.

For more serious problems, check your RV owner's manual for replacement instructions or consult your mobile RV service center for awning repair. One word of caution: Never remove your awning end-caps. They are spring-loaded and can lead to a serious injury.

What is the most important thing to know about mobile RV repair?

The First Step in Mobile RV Repair

Owning an RV can be a great experience for anyone ready for adventure on the road, but before starting out, you will need to know the basics about mobile RV repair.

The first, most important thing about mobile RV repair is finding a reputable service facility. You will want to make sure that this service facility is experienced with RV repairs and has the wide range of parts available to address your needs.

It is also helpful to check out service plans. A good roadside service plan can save time and money in locating your service center and getting back on the road. If you like to make your own repairs, make sure you have your RV owner's manual on hand to help diagnose problems and identify the proper parts and supplies you will need for your mobile RV repair.

How do I keep my RV maintained and up-to-date, and learn how to do repairs?

The Importance of Your RV Maintenance and Repair Manual

Diagnosing problems, trouble-shooting, and maintenance are all part of keeping your RV functional, up-to-date and looking great. Owning an RV repair and maintenance manual is the key.

Bob Livingston's "RV Repair and Maintenance Manual" is complete with illustrations, repair and maintenance logs and easy-to-follow instructions. It includes all you need to know, whether you have a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth-wheel, tent trailer, truck camper or conversion van. A basic manual will feature all these types of RVs; but also consider "Ten Minute Tech: Vols. Two & Three" by Trailer Life Books for money-saving tips and tricks, and "EZ RV Upgrades: RV Video Training Series" by Mark Polk.

How do I care for, maintain, and repair my RV awning?

RV Awning Repair Part 1

RV awnings require maintenance to prevent mold, mildew, and damage to the fabric and hardware. When using your awning, always lower one end to allow water run-off. Keep your awning free of debris and store your awning only after it is completely dry to prevent mildew. If your RV has been stored for a while, check the fabric for stains or mildew. If you are leaving your RV site for an extended period of time, be sure to roll it up. The extra effort is worth it in the event of high winds or storm!

For hardware, give the lag screws in the awning brackets the once-over to be sure they are secure. The arm pivot holes should also be inspected for enlarged holes or broken rivets. Inspect your awning rail to see if the mounting is secure to the RV and examine your roller tube for warping. Consider purchasing an after-market awning clamp and awning de-flapper to help secure your awning from wind damage.

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