RV Repairs – What to Expect and How to Minimize the “bite” on your wallet

October 24, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More

I’m glad I spent this past summer working at an RV dealer (in Wyoming) – it taught me to EXPECT equipment failures in my 5th wheel (as if I didn’t already KNOW it from 3+ years on the road!) As I watched the parade of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes pass through our service department, I resolved to get an extended warranty BEFORE I resumed my travel this autumn (which started on Sept 8). 

About 18 days after leaving Casper, I ran into trouble – I was in Lonesomehurst Campground, near West Yellowstone – attempted to raise my landing gear on my last morning, and FAILURE. They were slipping (the gears) so badly, I had to manually raise the landing gear – NOT a fun solution – especially since I had few alternatives as Lonesomehurst and West Yellowstone are among the most remote regions in our nation!

What did I do, and how did I proceed… this video tells the story – so, sit back, enjoy and then read below the video for some closing thoughts…

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Concluding thoughts – 

When it comes to the inevitable repairs you’ll have to do on your RV, it all begins with preparation – mentally and with “protection”. In this case, I KNEW when the landing gear failed, it would be a month of ‘back and forth’ (at a minimum) to get them fixed. With that mindset, at least I was not going out of my mind when the repair sequence turned “non-linear”. Further, I had done my homework, my fifth wheel is nearing 4 years old, I KNOW there is more to be repaired ahead of me, so, I opted to get an “extended service contract” – but before I chose one, I insured that they would cover the most likely issues I anticipated running into AND they had a reputation for paying claims – this is something several do NOT score well on! My choice of an American Guardian warranty saved me OVER $500. – and on my first claim and only weeks after purchasing it!

As I mentioned in my video, I can help to get your RV covered should you wish a good warranty policy. Also, again, hats off the the folks I mention in my video at D&D RV and at Lippert. 

If you found this information helpful, please do leave a comment below – or if you wish to commiserate as you have experienced a ‘non-linear’ repair – feel free to leave a comment!

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RV Repairs – be prepared for a “non-linear” experience

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Alan Sills is a full-time RV'er and has been since 2011. A science educator at heart, Alan has realized that its important to maintain an income stream while "on the road". He writes about RV life, RV issues, and living an entrepreneurial lifestyle.

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  1. Tracy Barnett says:

    I stumbled across your blog (maybe on Pinterest) a few months ago and have really enjoyed your posts. Also, you will notice that my email address is – yes, Steamboat Springs, CO. I particularly liked reading your winter adventures here in Steamboat. My husband and I have lived in Steamboat for over 40 years and will start our RV full-time life next week – NOT IN THE SNOW! Glad you love it but we are so done with snow! Perhaps you met my husband, Cooper, the helpful hardware man at ACE Hardware.

    I wish I would have found your site before you left for Wyoming, but maybe we will cross paths somewhere down the line. We did the Idaho/Montana/Glacier/Yellowstone trip this August and thoroughly loved it. Our favorite camping spot was Georgetown Lake between Phillipsburg and Anaconda, MT. Loved Phillipsburg. Should have “bought a bag of rocks” to look for Montana sapphires, but we didn’t. Have been kicking ourselves ever since.

    Happy trails.

    Tracy Barnett

    • rvacrossamerica says:

      Tracy, thanks for reaching out. I was just in Phillipsburg,Mt! I was checking out a new place called Boulder Creek Lodge (cabins, rv park, restaurant) – great spot (and a post about it coming soon!) I’m now in Pollock, Idaho (canyon rv park – a neat place riverside 9 mi south of riggins). Heading for McCall over the weekend – thats where I’ll settle this winter. Al

  2. Brad says:


    I think there’s some very good practical advice.

    Brad ☺

  3. RVFuture says:


    You touched on a “build list” for your RV. How does one obtain a “build list” for their RV? I assume if it’s new, and from a good manufacturer that the dealer might be able to provide it. Is it common to receive a build list for the RV when buying new?


    • rvacrossamerica says:

      Sorry, I don’t recall the context in which I used that phrase. Can you refresh me on the context?

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