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Motorhome Replacement Parts Can Make Your RV Seem Brand New


When your motorhome has parts that need to be replaced; there are factors that you should consider so that you fix the areas well so that your motor home can last as long as possible. When buying replacement parts, there are two things to consider; the motor vehicle parts and the motorhome replacement parts.

The motor vehicle parts include the engine, the tires, and other vehicle parts while the motorhome parts are those to do with the living area of your RV motorhome. When looking for repair parts the first thing you should factor in is the cost of the parts and if you are paying for them, check if it is cheaper to buy new parts or used parts. If you have insurance, you need to know if it will cover the repair cost in total and if they will not cover the full cost, find out what costs your insurance cover will pay for. It is always advisable to use new parts as opposed to used parts but if you must buy used parts for any reason, get them from a certified dealer so that you are sure that they are good quality parts.

Here is a list of some motorhome manufacturers included here for research purposes:

  • Adria Mobil
  • Airstream
  • Andrade
  • Bürstner
  • Caravans International
  • Carlight
  • Chausson
  • Cosalt
  • Crossroads RV
  • Dethleffs
  • Dormobile
  • Elddis
  • Evergreen RV
  • Fleetwood Enterprises
  • Forest River RV
  • General Coach
  • Hymer
  • Jayco, Inc
  • Keystone RV
  • Nexus RV
  • Mclaren Sports Homes
  • Pilote
  • Rapido
  • Safari
  • Shasta
  • Swift Leisure
  • Thor Motor Coach
  • Tiffin Motorhomes
  • Trigano
  • Triple E Recreational Vehicles
  • Tuscany Luxury Motorhomes
  • Winnebago
  • Wanderlodge
  • Westfalia
  • Westphalia

When getting replacement parts for your RV it is always best to get those that have a warranty so that if they get damaged within the warranty period, you can always have them replaced without additional cost to yourself. If you decide to go for used parts, ensure that the dealer gives warranties on those parts. The warranties for used parts are mostly for short periods as compared to new parts. Warranty periods for used parts are on average between three months and a year. However, this will help and if the part breaks down, you will get it fixed at no additional cost.

The best thing when getting replacement parts for your motorhome is to fix what gets broken or what needs replacing as soon as you can. If you wait for many parts of the motorhome to wear out so you can fix it all at once or so that you can do a major overhaul, some parts may be damaged beyond repair or they may cost much more than if you had repaired at the first signs of damage. Parts such as covers, mufflers, lights and ladders may not be deemed as top priority when carrying out repairs but these are the things that make your RV motorhome comfortable and feel like a home.

For lights replace them as soon as they go out or they get broken so that you have adequate lighting at all times. Take care of ladders and other parts that are not used often so that when you need to use them, they are in good condition.

 

Depending on what make your RV motorhome is, buy the parts from the dealer; this is the best option. But if you cannot, then it is best to go with a certified retailer or a dealer who has been approved by your insurance company. Common RV motorhomes are Prevost, Itasca, Holiday Rambler, Winnebago, Fleetwood, Keystone and many other RVs. The common RVs have available parts everywhere and you will find the parts and accessories you need easily.

When getting engine parts it is best to get new parts as these last long and your safety is guaranteed. You are also more likely to get warranty with new parts. Go to a certified dealer and use a repair shop that is qualified and knows how to do the RV motorhome repairs since RVs are not the same as other vehicles and the repair work may need someone who knows how to deal with RVs specifically.

For RV accessories, you will need to get these in a place with a wide variety of accessories so that you can get and choose what you need. For awning, it is best to go for the strongest awning that you can get so that it can last long. Consider the color when purchasing new awning so that it matches your RV and the supporting hardware so that it looks good in addition to being functional.

For appliances such as the refrigerator, stove and others, if they stop working, the best thing to do is found out if they have a warranty. If they do, then you can call the manufacturer and arrange for a replacement appliance or for the appliance to be fixed. If the appliance does not have a warranty, you will have to foot the cost of repairing or replacing the appliance yourself.

When taking an insurance policy for your RV motorhome, check what areas the policy covers. Some policies only cover the motor vehicle parts such as the engine parts, transmission, braking assembly, steering assembly and any and all electrical that is concerned with the engine. It is best to get a policy that will cover the engine and motor parts and the accessories such as awning, appliances, air conditioning, your water system and any other systems contained in your RV. This is to save you costs in the long run. If you don't use your RV motorhome throughout the year, then take an insurance cover that will cover your RV only the time that you will use it. There are many competitive insurance covers in the market, it is important to do your research and get a cover that suits you.

If you are looking to get a new RV or replace your existing one and get one with better amenities and newer appliances, you can get a dealer who will take a trade in and take your old RV and if you can get financing then take this deal. If the repairs on your motorhome are too many and you feel that the time and money that you are using is too much, then it might be time to make a trade in or buy a new RV. Whichever RV that you decide to purchase, it is best to get one that will suit your needs perfectly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Which motorhome manufacturers are rated best?

A: There are plenty of motorhome types, models and manufacturers out in the market and every seasoned motorhome fan does have a say or opinion about which is the best unit. These include manufacturers such as Airstream Inc which manufactures motorhomes that are easy to recognize by their rounded aluminum exterior. Cardinal by Forest River does also have very comfortable and stylish interior and being a Berkshire Hathaway company, is always at the forefront of introducing new units and models. Fleetwood is also another popular manufacturer of motorhomes which include the familiar mid-range diesel bounder as well as the gas engine Pace Arrow and the class C Tioga. Newmar Corporation is another leading manufacturer of motorhome; they do pride themselves of their updated floor plans and Amish craftsmanship. Lastly, there is Winnebago Industries which sold its first motorhome unit in 1966 and continues to manufacture Itasca and Winnebago models.

Q: Are motorhomes hard to drive?

A: No. Even though initial driving of a motorhome can be a little intimidating, the truth is that with an automatic transmission, plush captain chairs and power brakes, driving a motorhome can be as easy to drive as other vehicles. It is important to note though that there are certain situations that require special attention in order for you to stay safe on the road in a motorhome.

Q: Why do motorhomes need to be level?

A: Obtaining the correct level position for your motorhome does ensure that you as the owner of the unit will have a better nights rest, a much easier time for preparing meals as well as ensure that it does go a long way to help various doors to close and open properly. It is also noteworthy that other household items such as refrigerators may also have their lifespan reduced quite significantly if the motorhome is not leveled properly. If your rig is able to absorb the additional weight then you can use leveling jacks or use portable support systems.

Q: Are motorhomes expensive to maintain?

A: The cost of maintaining a motorhome is dependent on a number of variables. This include factors such as the make and year of manufacture of the unit, the cost per mile of the unit as well as costs for activities such as exhaust replacement, tire replacements, the distance or mileage covered as well as depreciation costs. It is also worth noting that chassis and coach builders are always changing items, floor plans etc. The resultant changes can have a significant effect on the overall maintenance costs as well. However, for many motorhome owners, the costs for everything including insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs is typically around $ 1.15 to $ 2.00 per mile. Further breaking it down, service or maintenance can be anything between 30 to 40 % of the total, fuel being 30 to 35% of the total, registration being 2% of the total, insurance taking 8 to 10% of the total with tolls and parking fee amounting to 0.5% of the total. Other miscellaneous expenses tend to cover the remaining 18 to 20% of the total.

Q: Are motorhomes tax deductible?

A: Yes. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 does provide a deduction for state and local sales and excise paid on the purchase of qualified new vehicles. For this purpose, a qualified motor vehicle is a passenger automobile, motorcycle, light truck that has a gross weight of 8,500 pounds or less with a motorhome being considered a qualified motor vehicle. It is important to mention though that the purchase of a used motorhome doesn’t qualify for this deduction as it is a requirement that you be the first owner of the vehicle. Leases and rentals also don’t qualify for this particular tax deduction since the law does specify that the deduction only applies to the purchases of qualified new vehicles. For the purpose of this deduction, a lease is not a purchase.

Q: Are motorhomes surge protectors necessary?

A: For full time RVers, surge protectors are very important outlets. These appliances or devices are designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. It typically attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by shorting to ground or blocking any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold. For your motorhome, a surge protector does offer prolonged high voltage protection, AC frequency protection as well as open neutral protection amongst a whole list of other functions. It is ideal for low voltage or power issues with open grounds that are found in older campgrounds which were never intended for the 50 or 30 amp draw of most of the modern campers.


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