How to Handle an RV Breakdown

Your RV breaks down and you can’t seem to get it back up and running. What do you do next? An RV breakdown can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are. And when it happens in the middle of the road, it can be frightening. Here’s what to do in order to minimize the chance of further accident or injury, and get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Make Sure to Secure the Area

First, make sure you’re safe: use road flares and your emergency lights to let people know you’re stopped. If you’re in an area that is particularly hazardous, you may want to call the local highway patrol. They’ll be able to use emergency vehicles to block the road off until your RV can be moved. From there, it’s just a matter of dealing with the repairs.

Call Your Insurance Company

When your RV breaks down, your first call should be to your insurance company. Your RV insurance will cover things like getting your RV towed, as well as providing a rental for you to use while it’s getting fixed. Otherwise, you could end up paying a lot to just get your RV to the shop. If you haven’t reviewed your insurance recently, now’s the time.

Make Other Plans

Whether you were going on vacation or you live in your RV, it’s likely that you need to make other arrangements now. Your insurance company can help you with things such as transportation and lodging, or you can arrange for your lodging and transportation yourself. You’ll have some downtime: your RV needs to be towed to the shop before anything more can be done.

Wait for the Estimates

Your RV will be taken to a mechanic, who will estimate the cost of repairs to your RV. You can get multiple estimates if you aren’t happy with the answer that you get back. If it’s a complicated issue, the RV might take some time to get fixed. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your transportation and lodging, and make sure to get an estimate of the time as well as the cost.

Prevent a Breakdown from Happening Again

Once your breakdown has been addressed, take preventative measures to make sure that it never happens again. Make sure to take your RV in for scheduled fluid changes, tune-ups, and tire rotations, and periodically inspect your RV for any visible damage. Things like cracked or scratched windshields can quickly become a more significant problem: get them fixed as they occur.

An RV breakdown is going to happen every once in a while, but if you’re well-prepared and well-insured you should be able to handle it without a problem. Not every RV insurance policy is going to cover things like towing, replacement transportation, and lodging, so it may be time to review your current coverage. Contact Transparity Insurance Services to get an RV insurance quote today.

About Transparity Insurance Services

Transparity Insurance Services was founded for the purpose of helping clients to ensure their property and assets with no hassle. We are committed to providing a simple, easy, efficient, and positive experience to all of our clients, and prioritize open and transparent communication with our clients. Through our excellent customer service and technology, we can help you to find the right insurance program at a competitive price. Contact us today at (855) 889-2037 to learn more about what we can do for you.