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ksg5000

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Posted: 06/18/20 04:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many/most RV repairs are pretty simple and with a little guidance from people on this/other forums can be handled by almost anyone. As others have said you can always hire someone to perform the repairs


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Posted: 06/18/20 04:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some RVers carry enough tools, equipment and parts to rebuild an engine/transmission along the side of the road.
Others travel only with a cell phone and credit card.
Most of us are somewhere in between.
Life is short. Travel and have fun. Fix what you can and pay someone to do the rest.

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GBOPP said it all.

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Just have a fat wallet to go along with your RV. I can barely change a tire, but I was capable of doing my own solar.

As said, do what you can, pay for the rest. There's no shame in it.

I noticed you're buying used. Make that as near to new as you can afford. The older they get, the more problems you can expect.

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evanrem wrote:

Money will solve most rv problems. I’m not in your situation but people are always happy to help out and it’s not like there are a ton of problems. Go look at some Rv’s and get a feel for them.

MFL wrote:

If you are in an area where a mobile tech is readily available, that is a good option. They will come to you, get the job done quickly, often cheaper than an RV dealer. Problem is with many RV service shops, is they are busy, so your rig may sit for weeks waiting for repair.


All valid points ! But finding a mobile tech or getting scheduled into a big RV dealer are major issues.

I recall watching a video about a single guy touring the US in an older Class C. Transmission died. Got towed into a reputable repair shop but it still took them 2 week to get the correct parts and repair it. Luckily, they let him stay in his RV which was parked behind the shop.

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If you pulled a drawer out and the handle was loose could you tighten the screw and make it tight again? Can you take a tire off and hut the spare on? That's about the extent of anything I've ever needed to fix on the road.

* This post was edited 06/18/20 06:47pm by nickthehunter *

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Owning a RV is similar to owning a boat. Always something needs attention. Usually that something is fairly simple to deal with. The biggest problem is finding the Roundtooit.

Knowledge is key & YouTube is your friend.


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Many people enjoy RVing with absolutely no idea how to fix anything. I say just do it. If something breaks use google to find a local mobile tech to fix it.


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Wow. All great information that I will use to make a decision. I'm retired and am not wealthy. However, I do have enough to take care of things that need repairing or maintenance. It's the big ticket items that have me a little nervous. I would imagine that steady maintenance and upkeep could mitigate any big ticket items. We would not be boon docking unless it was at Walmart for a night which should limit any repairs needed in out of the way places like a desert or BLM property. Think I'll go for it and see how it goes.

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K Charles wrote:

You hire someone to fix stuff in your home. You have a car that you don't repair yourself. It's the same thing. Things inside the RV that brake down don't usually leave you stranded, fridge, heater, water pump, water heater can always get fixed later.


Really an excellent example. Of course, most of us do hire people to fix and do maintenance with our homes and vehicles. I know some people who are handymen but will not touch their car as they know nothing about today's cars. The only difference is that my car has a 10 year warranty which helps a lot.

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