Even though the calendar says we still have over a week left until winter officially arrives, many towns across the country have gotten a great deal of snow and ice already. With the Farmer’s Almanac predicting that it will be a particularly cold and wet winter, it sounds like more hazardous weather conditions are on the horizon for us. If this last round of winter weather has you concerned about the potential condition of your RV or motorhome during the next several months, you are smart to be doing your research now and getting yourself prepared. A little preparation can prevent a whole slew of mishaps this winter.
To better prepare you for the toll this winter weather might take on your RV, here are the 5 most common problems our customers have encountered during winter:
1. Roof water leaks. If you encounter any serious snowfall or freezing rain while here in Dallas or in your travels across the country, be vigilant about the condition of your roof. We see roof leakage all the time at Coach Specialists of Texas and sometimes these leaks could have been prevented with proper maintenance. Be sure to clear snow and ice off of your RV as soon as you can. Doing so can prevent heavy snow from weighing down your roof and it can keep water from seeping into any cracks.
2. Window water leaks. Another type of leak to watch out for is window leakage. Again, make sure you clear any snow or ice off of your motorhome promptly and follow your manufacturer’s guidelines for maintaining sealant around your windows. With thorough and regular maintenance of your RV, you can prevent most water leakage problems.
3. Tire blowouts. I can’t stress this enough—always be sure to check your tire pressure and condition regularly. Now that temperatures are colder, adjust your tire pressure to your manufacturer’s guidelines for cold weather. It’s especially important to inspect your tires for wear and tear during this time of the year, since you’ll encounter more snow, ice, salt, and gravel on the road.
4. Roof damage. During these winter months, snow and ice can weigh tree branches down, causing them to be lower than you might expect. If you encounter a road that has is lined with trees, just take your time and watch out for any low branches.
5. Side damage. While trees can also cause damage to the side of your RV, so can snow and ice. If you see any areas of deep snow on the side of the road or in a parking lot, it might be very compact and heavy, resembling an iceberg. These large mounds of icy snow can cause a surprising amount of damage to motorhomes. So be conscious of the size of your RV and gently maneuver around any snowy obstacles.
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.