The best thing about owning an RV is the ability to see the country, away from the big cities, and from a new perspective. The worst part about owning an RV is when small mechanical failures occur, especially when far into the remote corners of the country. Sometimes, help is hard to come by and often, the assistance you receive is unfamiliar with your vehicle or void of the proper RV parts needed to repair your rig.
Start Small When Building Your Spare RV Parts Collection
When you start your collection of spare parts for travel emergencies, start small. It is often the little things that are overlooked. Fuses come in handy on the road, and they take up such little space. Small wire connectors, the crimp-on kind, can also prove invaluable. Specialty bulbs are another good addition, as are drawer and cabinet latches. All of these items are subject to failure and spares can be purchased at reasonable prices.
Just Because You Have the Part Doesn’t Mean You Must DIY
Many RV owners carry a large number of motor and generator RV parts in case they breakdown on the road. Following that example is completely up to you and depends on your confidence and competence. Many repairs are better left to a professional mechanic with experience and the resources of a full shop. Some fixes are not safe to be tried on the side of the road, especially by someone with little experience or knowledge. Keep these factors in mind before bringing along the kitchen sink.
Spare Belts and Hoses Can Save the Day
That said, if you are comfortable with simple maintenance, there are a few engine parts which might be handy to keep on board. Fuel filters are ever enduring until they welcome a bad batch of fuel. Carrying and installing a spare might save a few days of waiting for the right filter to arrive in Podunk. It is also a good idea to carry a spare set of belts. Even if you cannot change them yourself, a mechanic will be able to get you back on the road quickly if you already have the correct belt for your rig. Don’t forget the generator if it has a belt. Belts are often hard to find when far from major dealers and parts stores. Hoses fall in the same category, but take up a bit of space and fail less often than other parts.
It is not necessary to carry a backup for every part on your RV. Carrying such an inventory might require a second vehicle but some parts need replacement more often than others. Stock up on these. Many of them consume very little cargo space. Even a small tool box filled with fuses, bulbs, belts, and filters can save you time and money. Being prepared is simply a carefree way to travel.
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