Much of the nation has experienced serious amounts of snowfall this winter. While it can be lovely to behold a landscape covered in snow, that very same snow might be wreaking havoc on your recreational vehicle. As any owner knows, a motorhome comes with many of the same responsibilities as both home ownership and vehicle ownership. It can be a lot of work and many of us do a very competent job at maintaining our RVs properly. When it snows, however, it can throw any of us for a loop. Just a few inches of the stuff can lead to a surprising amount of damage to your motorhome and in a very short amount of time.
Have you experienced some of the heavy snowstorms sweeping across the country this year? If you have and you’ve emerged unscathed, then it’s likely you’re taking the necessary precautions. If not, then here’s what you need to do to prevent any snow-related damages to your RV in the future:
Be vigilant about the condition of your roof.
The number one snow-related problem we see in RVs is roof water leakage. The best thing you can do is to clear off snow as soon as possible, without letting it sit for any significant length of time on your roof. When heavy snow sits up there, it weighs down your roof and the moisture fights its way into crevices, freezing and expanding until you have deep cracks that lead to an annoying water problem. If left untreated, this damage can cause rust or mold, which of course you do not want.
Apply sealant along seams.
As part of your RV ownership maintenance procedures, you’re expected to apply sealant regularly in order to prevent window and other types of leaks. When the forecast calls for snow, carefully inspect your seams to ensure that they are in good shape and reapply sealant as needed.
Be careful about where you park.
If you park next to trees or below any branches, there’s a chance that they might become so weighed down with snow that they’ll collapse onto your vehicle. When a thick branch falls from a distance above your vehicle, it can cause significant damage. Most of us do this anyway, but try to be very aware of what you’re parking under or near—especially in times of erratic weather.
If you do have damage to your RV that was caused by snow, then now is a great time to schedule your repair. Most RV repair shops tend to be very busy in the spring, summer, and fall, so if you put off your repair until then, then you might experience a delay in having your work completed.
Has this winter left you in need of an RV repair shop?
As RV enthusiasts ourselves, we know how hard it can be to find a reliable RV repair shop. At Coach Specialists of Texas, we have the technicians, the training, and the facilities to solve any RV problems you might possibly have. We are the exclusive direct repair facility for many insurance companies, including GEICO, Nationwide, and USAA. Great customer service, strong communication, and fast, superior repair work are the hallmarks of our business.