Emergency Troubleshooting and On Camp Site RV Repairs
Camper Trailer Repairs While On Vacation
Nothing ruins a camping trip quicker than to have RV problems while on the way to, or at the campsite itself. Here you are, getting ready for a relaxing vacation with the family and suddenly the power goes out or the A/C fails to function properly.
This article is intended to help you save your vacation by using either temporary or permanent repairs while at the camping site. Although there may be some RV repairs which cannot be made on site, most can be dealt with for the time being with further repairs made when you return from your trip.
So don’t panic if your motorhome or travel trailer develops sudden problems on the trip. Read on for tips to save the vacation and spend the rest of the time relaxing and enjoying yourself instead of fretting over the repairs themselves.
Camper Emergency Electrical Repairs
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Emergency RV Power Converter Repair
Perhaps the most common RV problem one faces while on a camping trip has to do with the electrical system malfunctioning. An RV power converter is used to furnish electrical power--12 volts DC--to the lights, fridge, vent fans, and sometimes the thermostats of both heating and cooling systems. If the converter goes bad, it affects several much needed aspects of your camper.
A digital multimeter is an essential part of the on board emergency RV repair kit you should strongly consider assembling. If the multimeter indicates a lack of power from the converter then you have several options to consider. Buying and installing a new converter is one of the options, of course, but it may be possible to repair the old one when you return home. These items are not cheap or easily repaired.
This is one reason to always keep a good high amp battery charger on board your camping unit, not only for starting up the engine of the towing vehicle or motorhome, but to use in place of the power converter until repairs or replacement can be made. Add a good battery charger to your list of emergency RV repair items and you won’t be sorry you did.
The battery charge will work just fine in place of the power converter, at least well enough to power your RV while on this trip. Be sure to get one with enough amps to handle your RV’s electrical system as some campers require more power than others because of the different electrical items used on the trailer or motorhome. Simply connect it to the battery or batteries as you normally would and you are good to go.
RV Air Conditioner Emergency On Site Repair
Since the majority of camping units--whether they be motorhomes or travel trailers--are used during the summer months, it is of utmost importance they be kept in good working order. But as we all know, things don’t always work out the way we intend. Even a new RV AC can develop problems and a vacation is no time to have to sweat and worry about this particular item.
It is possible to do minor repairs while on the camp site, but there again, you waste precious time when you could be fishing or just resting. And while there are probably RV repair services close by, these tend to cost more than you might want to spare from your vacation fund. For minor repairs check out this RV AC repair article. But for more extensive repairs there are a couple of other options.
If the unit is indeed in bad shape, you might consider replacing it entirely. Using this guide, you can do the replacement in less than 2 hours and be back cool and calm. Another idea is to purchase a portable A/C unit to use until you get back home.
These unique little units are simple to use and only require a window or other outside vent to exhaust the hot air through using a small flexible duct pipe to keep your RV cool. These are also great to use at home or as an extra cooling device when camping in hotter climates out in the direct sunlight. Adding one of these portable AC units to your on board emergency RV supply kit is not a bad idea if you camp often or have a room at home without A/C.
Emergency On Site RV Or Motorhome Roof Repair
If your camping unit sits still for the majority of the year until camping season rolls around, the roof may not leak at all until it is moved to the campsite. Often the flexing of the roofing material, or even the roof coming in contact with tree limbs or other debris can cause a leak which won’t show up until the first rains strike the roof surface.
In this case there are several RV roof repair materials you can use to either temporarily or permanently stop the leak or leaks right on the campsite. I would suggest adding one of the different types of RV roof repair kits to the onboard emergency kit. Either stick on patches for holes you see, or brushed or rolled on rubber coatings for those you don’t are recommended to stop the leaks.
Even if the roof need replacing badly these roof repair kits should last until you can get bck home from the trip for more extensive repairs. Some types are listed on this page if you can’t find them nearby. You’ll be pleased you have then on hand at some point. For more precise info on RV roof repair, check out this article.
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Emergency RV Plumbing Repairs and Kits
It used to be a big problem to repair the plumbing in a camping unit, especially when not at home where repair supplies are easily found. But with today’s modern materials, it has become a simple matter to make quick and permanent repairs, or to simply add more fixtures to the present RV plumbing system if desired.
The new Shark Bite plumbing connectors have revolutionized RV plumbing and require only a few minutes to make repairs to any plumbing pipe material. Simply cut the leaky pipe at the bad spot and reconnect it by pushing both ends of the pipe into the Shark Bite connector of the correct size.
It is a simple matter of removing the connector too if you decide to do so. Simply press the release tab and the connector comes off. Be sure to order the correct sizes for the usually different size pipes which may leak on your camping unit. Add these to your on board emergency repair supplies for peace of mind and perhaps for saving quite a pretty penny in repairman costs. You’ll love these wonderful little plumbing connectors for home repairs as well.
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Prepare For The Worst And Rest Easy
I hope these RV repair tips and products will help you to fully enjoy your trip as well as, give you peace of mind even if the vacation goes off without a hitch. But as we all know, there are always emergencies to face with a travel trailer or motorhome, just as in your real home.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about these procedures and be sure to check out my other complete repair articles which goes into greater detail with many of the RV repair problems you may encounter. Live long and camp as often as you can!