Just like the items inside your house, RV components have a certain life expectancy. Following is a list of all the items in and on your RV — and their expected lifespan. Items are listed in the order they are most likely to wear out, with time ranges showing the approximate number of years each item typically lasts. The list includes all major RV components — from the drivetrain and electronics to slideouts, roof vents, toilets, refrigerators, and more! A checklist of RV repair issues that you should be prepared for + DIY tips to make things last longer.
Sun And Heat Issues
The sun's intense rays and high heat can damage your RV -- both inside and out. It's usually most noticeable on the RV tires & RV furniture. See how to check your tires for sun damage and how to protect and/or replace sun-damaged RV furniture. RV owners share their favorite RV cleaners & protectants that will make your RV last longer -- especially if it's in the sun a lot. Plus DIY ideas to keep the temperature inside your RV more comfortable while on the road in the heat of the summer, and what you need to know about RV garages, RV covers, tire covers, and more.
Have you considered living off the grid in your RV? I’ve been full-time RVing for the past 7 years. I split my time between long term stays in RV parks and living off the grid in my RV as a nomad wandering with the weather. If you’ll be staying in one place for at least 6 months at a time, then living off the grid (boondocking) is an option that you might want to consider. I’ve put together this helpful guide to give you an idea of what to expect in the way of living expenses and overall comfort when living off the grid in an RV, compared to on-grid RV living. See the costs and comforts associated with both on- and off-grid RV camping.
See a list of fall/winter RV maintenance tasks that are most important. These are the things you should do every year during the fall before winter hits. One of the MOST important is RV roof maintenance… see why!
Adding a sun shade tarp to make your own RV awning room will greatly improve the livability of your outdoor space AND reinforce the awning should modest wind or rain suddenly appear. If you want more RV awning shade, here’s how to do it… on a budget.
To save on RV air conditioning, I made a swamp cooler for my motorhome. A commercial evaporative cooler costs $400+. My DIY model cost less than $50 to make
Some RVers put reflective bubble wrap insulation on all RV windows. I just put it on the RV windshield. It’s the easiest way to keep your RV cool in summer!
Washing the exterior of your RV with a mild detergent may keep it clean, but it will do little to protect the finish from the damage that direct sunlight will do. Here’s how to safely get a clean RV, protect the finish of your RV, and keep it looking like new.
Are your RV captains chairs starting to look old and worn? Perhaps they’re simply faded from the sun, or they don’t have as many features as you’d like — such as seat positions, recline, etc. Here are lots of RV seat covers to choose from, plus some RV seat enhancements that could make your ride more enjoyable.
Protect your RV from costly sun & weather damage by keeping it under cover in an RV garage. You’ve got many options and different styles to choose from. They’re all listed here for you.
Sun and heat will destroy RV furniture fabric, making it stiff and brittle. Here are your options, some of which are pretty expensive. I like to replace the original RV furniture with cheaper household furniture. All you have to do is secure it in place.
Run flat tires on RVs can cause catastrophic damage when they fly apart. A tire pressure monitoring system can alert you to dropping air pressure in time to safely get off the highway and avoid a serious accident.
You can make that old tired looking RV fresh and new again simply by replacing the RV furniture. Think of it as a home makeover on wheels. And while you’re adding your own personal touch, your investment is growing more valuable too! These videos have some of the best tips for replacing your RV furniture.
RV tires that sit in storage for long periods become weak — especially if they’ve been exposed to the sun much of that time. Even though they may look fine, at highway speeds your RV tires can disintegrate and cause an accident.
RV covers not only protect your motorhome from the sun’s rays, they also keep your RV cooler inside, and they allow moisture to escape while being stored for long periods of time. Here’s what to look for in terms of RV tire covers, windshield covers, dashboard covers, and covers for the entire exterior of your motorhome.
Even when RV tires look like new and have plenty of tread on them, if they are not used regularly and shielded from the sun, then they WILL fail early — and may cause a blowout! Here’s how to protect your tires and prevent tire rot.
The fact of the matter is, the longer a motorhome is parked and unused, the faster its value declines. Top that with the fact that RVs stored in harsher climates — either too hot or too cold; too dry or too snowy & rainy — can be dramatically decrease in value and even become worthless. Here’s what to look for before you buy a used RV motorhome.
You can save a lot of money by buying a used 5th wheel or RV trailer, rather than a new one. Whether you’re looking for a recreational vehicle for full time RVing, or just the occasional road trip, here’s what to look for in a used RV trailer.