RV Repair 101: RV Damage You Shouldn't Ignore

Investing in an RV is an exciting adventure because it makes it possible for you and your family to travel anywhere you wish and still have a place to stay. Unfortunately, the nature of an RV's use also makes these units more vulnerable to damage than you might think. As a new RV owner, it's important that you understand and recognize the signs that you may need RV repair. Here's a look at some of the things that you should be watching for.

Spongy Floors

Your RV's floors aren't crafted like the floors in your home or the floors in your car. In fact, RV floors are typically constructed from particleboard and then covered over with laminate flooring material. 

As a result, excessive weight, moisture, humidity, and other hazards can weaken and damage your RV's floors. You should monitor the condition of the floors regularly, watching for any spots where the floor may feel soft or spongy. If you feel something like this, you'll want to take your RV in for repairs as soon as possible to prevent the damage from worsening or spreading.

Slide-Out Leaks

In an RV that's equipped with a slide-out, you'll want to be mindful of the risk of leaking. When the sealant and weather barriers around the slide-out start to wear, it can result in leaks of both water and air around the edges of the slide-out frame.

This wear is a common occurrence both as a result of frequent slide-out use as well as prolonged slide-out extension. If your RV is set up in a park somewhere and the slide-out is always left extended, you'll want to have the frame inspected regularly and have a repair technician seal it if needed.

Tank Float Failures

Few things can frustrate an RV owner quite like inaccurate readings from the storage tanks. Unfortunately, the floats that are used in those tanks to send readings to the gauges can fail with absolutely no warning. Whether the float gets stuck or simply stops reading, you'll want to have it addressed by an RV repair technician as soon as possible.

Not only can a faulty storage tank float leave you in a frustrating situation if your freshwater tank runs out without warning, but these types of issues can also lead to serious problems with your grey water and black water storage tanks if the gauge doesn't read when those tanks are full. Overflows in these tanks can lead to backups in the plumbing of your RV, which can be hazardous and unpleasant.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, you should reach out to an RV repair technician as soon as possible to resolve the issue.