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Is Your RV Safe? 7 HIDDEN RV Problems You Might Not Be Aware Of!

•, By Mike Wendland

Picture this: you're embarking on an epic road trip with your loved ones, cruising down scenic highways, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. But amidst all the excitement lurks a hidden problem waiting to ruin your trip.

Many of these problems can be avoided with preventative maintenance and by regularly inspecting your RV. But these preventative measures often get put on the back burner, or the potential problems are simply underestimated.

This article covers the most common hidden problems lurking inside your RV. And since this article isn't meant to scare you, we also include helpful resources throughout to prevent or uncover these hidden problems.

HIDDEN RV Problems

1. Faulty Wiring

One of the first areas to inspect for hidden problems is the electrical system. Faulty wiring or outdated electrical components can pose serious risks, including the potential for fires.

It's a good idea to schedule regular inspections by a certified electrician and make sure to look out for issues such as exposed wires, loose connections, or outdated circuit breakers. This is especially important if you've had any water leaks.

Helpful Resources:

RV Electricity Dos and Don'ts

What's the difference between RV Inverter and Converter

Dog Bone?! A Guide on RV Power Cord Adapters

5 Troubleshooting Tips for RV Shore Power (120V AC & 12V DC)

2. Leaking Propane

Another often overlooked area is the propane system. Propane is commonly used to power appliances like stoves, water heaters, and refrigerators in RVs. Unfortunately, there's been a spike in propane-related accidents and deaths in recent years.

It's also very important to inspect your propane system regularly, including all propane appliances. Check for leaks, rust, corrosion, loose fittings, pinched cables, and the like.

You can use a gas leak detector or soapy water to determine where leaks are coming from. If you put soapy water on a leaky gas line, it will bubble wherever the leak is.

Ideally, you'll have this inspection completed by a certified service technician once a year. That's in addition to checking it yourself on a regular basis.

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