The book Song of Solomon in the Bible has an interesting statement:
“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vines”
S of S 2:15
I sometimes think that successful RV’ing is all about staying alert to little problems, metaphorically it’s like watching out for the the little foxes that steal into a vineyard and not only snack on the grapes but also which nibble on the wood of the vine, ruining them and the abundance of the harvest. If you’ve ever gone RV’ing you’ll agree that there are a lot of little foxes out there just waiting to make our RV dream more of a nightmare.
There are a lot of problems we can avoid by maintaining our RV according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Often those maintenance items involve some of the more expensive components in an RV — engines, tires, roof, appliances. Making sure we stop having fun and either put the rig into the shop or make sure we do the work ourself requires discipline.
Fixing small problems before they become big problems
A lot of times RV problems give us a warning. A few drops of water on the ground can be easier to take care of when they are only a few drops — rather than waiting until whatever is starting to fail goes completely kaput. It’s not a bad idea to make a walk-around every single day looking for telltale signs. True — there are some items that are actually better to let them fail before you repair/replace them. An intermittant problem for example is impossible to troubleshoot — a thing has to be misbehaving in order for a mechanic to what what needs replacing.
Stay within Manufacturer’s guidelines
One way to make failures and problems more common is to ignore your manufacturer’s recommendations. Weight limits, load limits, maximum towing speeds, maximum water pressure — these are just a few of the magic words experienced RV’ers are familiar with. Overloading your tires, towing your toad too fast — thinking that you know better than the engineer who designed your RV or some system within your RV might make you think you know better than the guy with the degree but there are reasons for all those recommendations: usually those reasons relate to your safety and the safety of those around your RV.
Use a little common sense
Sometimes we can save ourselves grief just by using a little common sense. Let me give you an example. My brother in law just moved. No, they aren’t even RV’ers. But they have, or I should say they had on of those Infrared Quartz heaters. They had been using it for quite some time with no problems. The moved from one apartment to another, plugged it in and it shorted out. Had they not been in the room they could have burned down the building.
Why use this example? Have you ever thought about what could happen when you leave your RV — for a few hours, or for the day? Some RV’ers might think it overly cautious but we always turn off any space heaters that we might be using. We don’t leave appliances running, we don’t leave our water heater running. If we’re gone for the day and we’re out of the coach for a number of hours we turn off the park water (assuming we are hooked up to water — often we aren’t). The whole idea is why take chances. We might not turn off the water if we were living in sticks & bricks — but a house doesn’t bounce down the road and plumbing problems are much less likely in a conventional house than they are in an RV.
RV’ing doesn’t have to be a constant stream of problems joined together by periodic times of fun. Repairs and breakdowns aren’t supposed to be the most memorable of our experiences and they needn’t be if we just take a few precautions along the route.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here to chat tomorrow.