Easy DIY RV Repairs for This Off-Season

Josh SchukmanDecember 5, 2022

Easy DIY RV Repairs for This Off-Season

The off-season for your RV rental business is a splendid time for DIY RV repairs. With RV mechanics often charging over $150/hour, it’ll behoove your business if you can tackle smaller projects yourself. 

And don’t let your camper’s inner workings intimidate you. The truth is there are many DIY repairs and renovations that are easily tackled by you. Doing these projects yourself will save you money and can result in increased revenue. 

Did you know we also have an entire section of our website devoted to DIY tips, tricks, and hacks

Let’s take a few here and check out some of the best articles from this treasure chest of RV repair/reno wisdom

Quick and Easy DIY RV Repairs for This Off-Season

Sprucing up your RV during the off-season can lead to increased revenue and fewer headaches during your on-season. Here are some of the top DIY projects you could consider this off-season:

Re-Sealing Your RV Roof

Even the best RV roofs can develop small leaks over time. This is especially common around slide-outs, windows, and seals.

If leaks go unchecked, they can cause thousands of dollars in damage when water gets where it shouldn’t. 

That’s why we published this post about patching your RV roof with roof sealant. That article will walk you through the relatively simple process of patching up your RV roof.

For example, did you know that if you have an Airstream you should use a special kind of sealant called Grey Vulkem? That’s because it’ll match the shiny aluminum of your rig better than any other RV roof sealant. 

And did you also know that roof patching should be a proactive DIY task? That means the best time to re-seal your roof is before leaks start. Visually inspect your RV roof every off-season for suspicious situations and seal them up.

Person on RV roof

How to Keep Mice and Pests Out of Your RV

Mice love the taste of your RV wiring because the plastic covering on RV wires often contains soy. Mice also chew on just about anything to keep their teeth ground down. 

The end result of all of this for you could be insane amounts of damage to your rig during the off-season. Nothing is worse than getting into your RV after months in storage to realize Mickey has done his damage. 

That’s why this article unpacks the exact steps to keep mice and pests out of your RV during the off-season. Some strategies include natural pest repellants, ways to block pests from entering your rig, and how to eradicate pests if they make it in. 

The tips in our rodent-repellent article could save you scads of time and money if you follow the straightforward DIY steps within it.

Pestblock sealant keeps mice from getting in an RV

Top 7 Off-Season DIY RV Repairs

The off-season is the time to double-check things like smoke/gas detectors, your batteries, your tires, and more.

This article walks you through the top 7 DIY repairs step-by-step so you won’t miss these proactive maintenance items in your off-season.

For example, did you know that covering your RV tires can help extend their life? Did you also know that changing out your RV air-conditioner filters is a simple DIY process that’ll add life to this expensive RV appliance? 

Check out our top 7 DIY repairs article for these tips and more. 

How to Go Green in Your RV

Another proactive RV ‘repair’ you can undertake during the off-season is to find ways to make your RV more socially conscious. 

This involves things like changing all your lights to LED, installing water-saving shower heads and faucets, and installing recycling/compost bins in your RV to encourage renters to dispose responsibly.

We wrote up this article to help you implement environmentally conscious practices in your RV this off-season

Going green

DIY RV Renovations for This Off-Season

DIY RV renovations are simple and affordable hacks that’ll often help you score a higher nightly rate next season. 

That’s why we put together the following articles in our DIY hub to help you spruce up your RV in ways that’ll bring home the bacon: 

34 Valuable Travel Trailer and Camper Mods

In one of the most exhaustive RV renovation articles we’ve ever put together, we get you 34 different ways to do cool stuff with your RV this off-season.

We’re talking things like adding an RV bar, pop-up fire pits, Turkish towels, fake plants that look real, creating extra storage space, Mason jar blenders, and more that’ll help you next-level your RV rental game. 

Pick the best of these 34 RV mods for your situation to get some serious ROI on your RV rentals next season. 

DIY RV Renovations That’ll Take Just One Afternoon

Strapped for time? These 6 DIY RV renos will all take just one afternoon to complete.

These are tasks like adding a peel-and-stick backsplash, upgrading your RV curtains, adding some cool RV light covers, and more to add pizzazz to your rig.   

Follow These Important Rules of DIY RV Renovation 

A few coats of paint work magic. You can rewrap your furniture cushions to avoid the high cost of reupholstering. And practicing creative destruction in your RV can be a solid way to unearth new potential. 

Stick with tried and true tactics to spruce up your RV this off-season.

RV floor renovation

Is it Time to Upgrade Your RV Mattress?

Providing a good night’s sleep to your renters is one of the best things you can do to get more positive reviews — and positive reviews = positive bank accounts.

Things like bed slats, memory foam toppers, and more are all things you can do to upgrade your RV mattress experience.

Used RV Furniture is a Swell DIY Upgrade

This post will tell you how to find used RV furniture near you. One of the key points is the idea of hunting RV salvage yards for new digs in your rig.

RV salvage yards are treasure troves of great and affordable stuff because they often feature new RVs that have been put out to pasture for reasons that have nothing to do with their furniture quality. 

Snag some new-used RV furniture to take your RV rental to the next level for this coming season. 

What About Storage in Your RV Rental?

If your renters don’t have good places to tuck away their stuff in your RV, they’ll probably note that in their reviews.

That’s why the off-season is a great time to think about things like towel storage, spice racks, over-the-door shoe organizers, and more as great ways to create extra storage space in your RV

RV storage shelf

DIY camper repairs and renovations are two of the most cost-effective and important things you can do during your RV rental business’ off-season. We at Outdoorsy find it so important that we created an entire hub on our site devoted to helping you with this. So dig in, check out our DIY RV repair/reno tips, and get about the business of making next season your best one yet.

Want to network with other Outdoorsy owners for reno/repair tips? Join our Outdoorsy Facebook Owner’s Group to meet some of the most helpful folks on the planet. 

Josh and his wife traveled around the country in an '88 Airstream for 4+ years of full-time RVing. They made an unexpected pitstop in Montana in 2020 and haven't left since. That's because they got hooked on the glamping resort they run by Glacier National Park. Fittingly, they keep up their RVing love by renting out vintage Airstreams and other retro RVs to travelers hitting Montana.

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