RV Jobs You Can Do Yourself to Save Money

Updated on April 28, 2018
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I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to enjoy their own vacations.

There are certain tasks that RV owners can easily do themselves if they want to save some money.

Many are so simple to do that even grandmothers can take care of them.

Granny may not be able to climb up on the roof to fix a broken antenna, but she certainly can learn how to put a dowel into the sill of a window that refuses to stay closed!

It would seem that making simple adjustments like these are common sense, but many people don't even think to do them until problems occur.

Then it's too late!

There are many jobs RV owners can easily do themselves if they want to save money.
There are many jobs RV owners can easily do themselves if they want to save money. | Source

Performing Regular RV Checks

You don't have to be able to fix a problem in order to realize that there is one.

One job that anybody can do easily is to carry a pad and pencil and walk around and through a camper, trailer or motor home to look for problems such as

  • small cracks around external lights,
  • wear marks on tires,
  • heavy rust,
  • broken or damaged faucets,
  • doors and drawers that don't close or lock properly,
  • tears in screens,
  • wet areas on walls, carpets or around toilets and

similar problems.

Creating a list of things like this is important because the person who is doing the actual repairs can then make sure to do all, not just some, of them!

Caulking

Water is the worst enemy any recreational vehicle can have because left to move around on its own devices it can eventually destroy a travel unit.

Water often enters coach through an external attachment or crack, so checking a coach for openings and then sealing them with a silicone caulk is the best way to prevent it from creating problems within a travel unit.

It only takes a few minutes to load up a caulk gun and spread the material around exterior lights, windows and any areas where items such as awnings attach to a coach.

Geocel Pro Flex Sealant is a product that made especially for caulking recreational vehicles in order to stop water from infiltrating them.

This is the product my husband and I always use because it is goes on smoothly and looks great. You can trust it to last quite a while once you finish using it.

Taking the time to inspect your vehicle regularly and carefully will help you to catch leaks from external sources quickly and stop them in their tracks.

It is also good to use around sinks, faucets and the bottom areas around commodes where internal leaks can often occur.

This type of caulking is easy to do, and costs very little .

However, it can save you a fortune in terms of having to repair damage from water infiltration.

How to Protect Your RV from Water Damage and Flooding provides more information that will help you to protect your coach from water infiltration problems.

Maintaining Sewer and Fresh Water Tanks

Black, Gray and Fresh Water tanks are the heart of any RV.

No matter how well maintained the rest of your travel unit, if you don't properly care for these tanks, your coach will smell so bad that you won't want to travel or live in it.

In some cases, you won't even be able to use them without spending a good deal of money for repairs due to breakage and clogging.

How to Dump, Clean and Protect Your RV's Black Water Tank and How to Care for Your RV's Fresh Water Tanks provide specific directions that will help you with these issues.

Tank dumping, cleaning and sanitizing is not hard to do, but these are jobs that must be done regularly.

On average, when using your coach, you should empty your sewer tank a few times each week and deep clean it weekly.

Lubricating Slide Rooms

RV repairmen have consistently told me that they make the majority of their income from doing slide room repairs.

The easiest way to avoid this problem is to keep slide seals lubricated. This is because when they dry out (and they will!), they start to stick, and this will lead to all sorts of problem.

The best way to deal with this issue is to follow the advice in the attached video, which is to use baby powder on a sock to coat the inside gaskets when the slide is closed and the outside seals when the slide is open.

Anybody can do this job, and it only takes a few minutes. It's easy, fast and costs almost nothing to do, but can save you a small fortune in repairs!

Checking Air Pressure in Tires

This is probably one of the most important jobs a person can do because more accidents are caused by faulty air pressure in tires than for any other reason!

All you need is an air pressure gauge and access to an appropriate sized air compressor along with knowledge of exactly how much air should be in each tire,

Your manufacturer's manual will give you this information.

You simply check the pressure and if the tires need air, attach the air hose to the tire valve and fill them up!

While you're checking the pressure, you might also want to look at each tire to see if there are any wear spots, if they are aging too much or if there are any visible signs of cracks.

Doing this will let you know if it's time to drive your coach to a tire dealership and buy new tires!

Washing and Waxing

Although most RVs are large, washing and waxing them is not difficult to do. It just requires having the right materials and being willing to do the work.

Doing this job can save you huge amounts of money, so you may find that the effort you expend will be worthwhile.

The Best Way to Detail Your RV shows you how to do this task and the equipment and materials you will need to do it the right way.

You should do a complete wash and wax job every six months if you don't keep your unit under cover, less often if you do.

Every month or two you should give it a good wash just to keep the grime from getting into your paint.

Some people use truck wash facilities to do this job, but you have to be careful when doing this because high pressure can blow off trim and can also push water into small cracks and potentially cause leaks.

Do It Yourself and Save!

There is no reason for RV owners to pay money to repair common and simple problems they can either identify or repair themselves.

The items mentioned here are things anybody can do that will save you money and also give you more control over problems you might have to face.

Good Luck!

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