While you’re busy planning all the fun parts of your trip, you’ll want to take some time to plan some of the not-so-fun parts. While it’s not flashy, preparing for emergencies is important for any RV vacation. If your camper breaks down while you’re away from home, you’ll want a plan of action ready to go to get you up and rolling again sooner rather than later. That’s why Bretz RV & Marine in Missoula, Montana has provided some tips for preparing for repairs on the road. If you need additional advice, or if you want to check out the trailers we have available right now, then stop by our RV dealership today. We proudly serve Kalispell and Helena!
Inspect Your RV Ahead of Time
The easiest emergencies to tackle are the ones that never happen, so you’ll want to take every precaution against them. Giving your camper a thorough inspection is a great way to spot problem areas before they blow up in your face. You’ll want to check every nook and cranny, inside and out, top to bottom. If you do this early on enough, you’ll be able to squeeze in a trip to the mechanic before the day of the big trip and won’t have to put off any plans. In fact, you can even consider having a mechanic do the inspection for you. Let them know where you’ll be going so they can accurately assess any concerns and let you know if they need to be addressed before you leave.
Hopefully, if you do run into mechanical issues, you’ll run into them when you’re at a campsite. However, it’s smart to be ready for that surprise breakdown on the side of the road. These kinds of disasters have the potential to derail your entire day. While some RV owners like to take care of their repairs on their own, it’s a good idea to have a roadside assistance number to call. This way you have something to fall back on, no matter what skills you do or don’t have. If you already work with a roadside assistance program, just let them know you’ll be adding an RV to your list of vehicles. If you don’t have one, they’re fairly cheap and can save you a lot of stress.
Budget for Emergencies
One of the biggest rookie mistakes you can make is not setting aside a small portion of your budget to fund emergencies. RV repairs can get very expensive, very quickly, and if you don’t budget properly, you’ll either be looking at a lot of debt, or cutting your vacation short. Avoid this altogether by simply having that fund ready to go, just in case. Even if you’re tempted to spend it on a more lavish RV trip, it’s best to avoid this and scale back on some of the sights and luxuries. We promise you’ll still have a great time in your trailer.
Bring the Right Tools
For everyone who’s a little more hands on, you’ll probably want to fix any repairs that come your way yourself, rather than paying a technician. But having the know-how isn’t enough. You’ll also need the tools. Think about everything you’re capable of handling yourself and make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need to accomplish this. Some simple tools are probably in order no matter what, like a spare tire, jack, and even good old duct tape. But if you want to fix something more complex, like electrical wiring, you’ll need more complex tools like a hacksaw, vice grips, side cutter pliers, and wire strippers. Just remember to always consult your owner’s manual to ensure you’re not going to do more damage instead of fixing your RV.
Then again, lots of us would rather have the professionals handle our RV repairs. If you need an experienced technician to inspect or fix your trailer, contact the service department at Bretz RV & Marine in Missoula, MT. We’ll get you back on the road in no time! We also welcome patrons from Kalispell and Helena.