It is no secret that RVs are a major financial investment, whether you’re looking into purchasing a deluxe Class A motorhome or a towable 5th wheel. The unfortunate reality is that RVs are prone to mechanical failures. It’s always best to be prepared, so you will want to have some idea of the most common RV breakdowns you may be facing. RVs are expensive, and so are RV repair costs.
Some of the most common failures are among the most expensive to address, which is why Wholesale Warranties is here: to provide the education you need to make informed decisions on your travel budget and RV protection choices.
According to claims data, 30% of RVs will experience a major mechanical breakdown by their third year on the road, followed by a whopping 80% by year five. These statistics are especially important for full-time RVers to keep in mind. The fact of the matter is that breakdowns are inevitable, so it’s best to be prepared for when that happens. Your travel budget and peace of mind will be thankful for it!
Here are some of the most common RV repairs we see as claimed components through our programs, and how to protect yourself against them with preventative maintenance and an RV extended warranty.
Common Motorhome Breakdowns
Class A, Class B, and Class C RVs
Motorhomes are among the most expensive recreational vehicles on the market, which means motorhome owners experience some of the most expensive RV repairs. Unlike towable RVs, motorhomes have powertrain components, such as the engine and transmission. The top five most common motorhome repair items are slide-outs, water pumps, coach air conditioning, hot water heater, and the radio unit.
Of course, preventative measures will help you save some money. Slide-out failures can put a massive dent in your savings. To help combat potential slide-out malfunctions, try to keep your RV level in order to prevent water leaks. Keeping up with regular maintenance will save you money in the long run, too. You can do this by regularly conditioning your seals and replacing any cracked ones. Minor upkeep is exponentially less expensive than tending to a failure that occurred as a result of faulty seals.
Additionally, keep your battery charged. If your battery power is weak, then the slide-out motor may struggle to operate properly. This may prevent you from being able to access all that extra space you paid for. Nevertheless, unexpected breakdowns occur, which is where a warranty policy will step in to cover your most expensive RV repairs.
The other items on the list get a bit more complicated unless you’re especially savvy. Fortunately, all of the items listed above will be protected under an RV extended warranty plan. If one of those components breaks down, let your warranty broker handle the repair bill for you. Motorhomes have a lot of large moving parts. Even the most basic RV warranty policies will extend coverage to your powertrain.
It’s worth noting that while they may not be the most common repairs, engine failures will cost you big. Generally running well over $30,000, these types of breakdowns can threaten your ability to stay on the road.
Common Towable RV Breakdowns
5th Wheels, Toy Haulers, Pop-Up Campers, and Travel Trailers
Even without a powertrain, towable RVs have the potential for some of the high-dollar repair bills. Fifth wheels are the largest available RVs, which means there are more parts to keep in order. For towable trailers, some of the most common RV repairs include the air conditioning unit, electrical system, freshwater pump, slide-outs, and awning motor. There are some ways you can help prevent your RV’s awning motor from experiencing a premature breakdown.
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to make sure you are correctly opening and closing your awning. If you’re unsure, you can always refer to the manufacturer’s user manual for the proper procedure.
As for preventative maintenance, you should clean your awning regularly. Seasoned RVers suggest gently washing it every few months—once a year at minimum. For this, you can use simple dish soap and water. There is also a cleaner made specifically for RV awnings. Be sure you keep your awning clear of debris so you can roll it up properly, and don’t roll it up while it’s wet! You don’t want to put any unnecessary strain on the motor or risk damaging the fabric.
As for your air conditioning, pump system, and electrical system, a quick fix isn’t as simple as soap water. If your A/C unit goes out and you don’t have protection, you could be spending up to $1,300 on RV repairs. An extended warranty will protect these components, even at various levels of coverage.
RV Extended Warranty Protection
You don’t have to get stuck paying out of pocket for common RV repairs. An extended warranty is a great option to safeguard your travel budget from pricy—and unnecessary—repair costs. RV warranties are designed to save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars on repairs. If your rig suffers a breakdown, your warranty provider will step in to cover the repair, replacement, and labor bill for all covered components. Your extended warranty will cover all of the most common and most expensive repairs.