Did you know that more than 11 million households in the United States own a recreational vehicle or better known as an RV? If you are a new owner and your RV is in need of some RV maintenance and you are feeling a bit confused or overwhelmed, do not fret. We have put together this guide with some common RV repairs.

Keep reading to learn how to repair an RV yourself when it comes to the most common RV problems. 

  1. Plumbing Issues

Most RV plumbing issues are simple enough that you can tackle and troubleshoot yourself. One common cause of backups or toilet clogs is usually user error. When there is too much toilet paper down the pipes and too little water it will cause issues.

Make sure that you and everyone else using the toilet uses plenty of water to help break down the toilet paper. Also, make sure that you are using toilet paper that is septic safe and disintegrates in water.

Whenever you buy a new brand of toilet paper you can test how well it disintegrates by using a cup of water and putting a few pieces of toilet paper in it. You can leave the cup alone for a few hours and see whether or not it disintegrated. If it stays clumpy and does not disintegrate do not use this in your RV toilet. 

If you already have a clog then you will have to snake the line through the black tank drainage valve instead of snaking inside the RV. If the clog is really bad we recommend contacting a professional RV tech instead such as RVW.

  1. Slide Out Problems

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find out that your slideouts simply will not open or you’re getting ready to leave and they won’t close. Performing regular RV maintenance on slideouts will help keep them working properly for years. Lubricate the slideouts every chance you get to ensure that the moving parts do not stick or corrode. 

Also, take the time to check the seals often because over time these seals will harden and crack. You can replace these yourself if they reach the point of cracking and breaking.

  1. Roof Leaks

Water is something that you never want leaking into your RV because it can quickly spread chaos since an RV is not insulated the same way as a sticks and bricks home. Eventually, all RV roofs will cave to mother nature because the sealants will crack and harden with time and motion. 

We recommend applying a new coat of RV roof sealant once per year to help keep everything intact. Pay close attention to all the seams and areas around vents and air conditioners. 

Now You Can Repair an RV Easily

We hope that now that you have our top tips on how to repair an RV when it pertains to common issues that might come up, you are feeling a little more confident as an RV owner. 

If this RV article came in handy make sure to check out the rest of our travel section for ideas on where to travel next.