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Old 09-27-2020, 07:00 PM   #1
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Emergency planning for breakdowns...

Before a long trip in your class A... contingency planning. When most of us take a 7-10 day vacation, spending a week in the middle of nowhere at a shop if all heck breaks loose is to be avoided. Any helpful hints?

There’s the obvious precautions:

Breakdown insurance/towing
Some spare parts

Any others that are helpful?

Was thinking:

Duct tape
Silicone pipe wrap in case of leaks
Lots of tools
Ohm meter
Extra lightbulbs/driving bulbs
Portable electric heater in case furnace breaks
Extra hidden keys
Tire plug in case of flat with no cell service
Tire inflator
Air line fittings/joiner in case of major leak
Extra fuel filters for diesel in case clogged
Extra serpentine belt and water pump belt

And I assume the following is overkill...?

Small generator for fridge if boondocking and Onan poops out
Extra coolant
Extra oil to top off


And in case something major fails and locks up like the alternator or AC, and destroys the belt... can you drive with the generator running to power and charge the chassis batteries? Is that a plausible way to get home? Most class a’s seem to have a separate belt for the water pump...
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Cell phone, credit card and toad.
Those three items will cover everything.
last July the fuel distributor module failed in my injector pump. There is nothing anyone can do alongside a road to fix that.
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Do your preventative maintenance before you leave. Let me repeat: DO YOUR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE BEFORE YOU LEAVE. Every owners manual will tell you what the preventative maintenance steps are that they want you to take. Do them, it's that simple. It's a whole lot easier to fix your rig or have some else fix your rig when you are some place you are familiar with that it is on the road. I know there are catastrophic failures now and again but most breakdowns on the road are the result of neglected maintenance. Just my opinion.
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Get Coach-Net towing coverage.

Figure out a way to keep the refrigerator cold for a week or more if it's not propane. Plan a way to get water; a gerry can and beer-bong funnel will do in a pinch.

Over the years I've spent many two or three-day visits, but the ones that stand out are four days in a shop yard parked next to a garbage truck, and 12 days at a transmission shop.
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There is a similar comment thread that is running right now as to what tools a newbie should have with them...

Worth reading

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/mus...-508280-2.html

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I keep a spare fuel filter and an extra fan belt on my 2000 Workhorse Chassis Winny Adventurer. Has a full size spare 19.5" wheel & tire mounted under the rear chassis. Good Sam Roadside or Coach Net. AAA RV coverage not available in the Northeast Region.

Anything requiring more involved repairs than those 3 things will involve a Mobile Repair Tech or shop to fix as far as I am concerned.

Plenty of great people here willing to help all around the country so don't be afraid to ask.
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There is a similar comment thread that is running right now as to what tools a newbie should have with them...

Worth reading

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/mus...-508280-2.html

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I screwed up - the link that I posted dumps you into page 2 of that comment thread.

You will want to start here:
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/must-have-tools-508280.html


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Travel with plenty of fresh water and waste tanks pretty emply. In case of being stuck somewhere for awhile.
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I like all the replies about cash and credit cards...

What I am worried about is simply missing the entire vacation. You miss 3 days due to a break down, for a 7 day vacation... you might as well turn around and not go! 2 days are for driving anyway!

Figured if you have some stuff, might be able to avoid the repairs, and sleeping at the rv mechanics lot . Even staying at some hotel in the middle of nowhere would be nice to avoid...

Anyone here done some McGyver type repairs to keep the RV going? You guys remember that TV show, right?
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