After many years of travel, fun, and enjoyment, when you are ready to approach the sales guy and say ‘Sell my RV’, make an effort of bringing back the past glory to your RV. Presenting your RV in trouble-free condition would add a charm to your selling pitch. And you need to look deeper, beyond just the surface. What about the electrical circuits? Are they working fine? A bit of curious check up can help you get better resell opportunities for your motor home.
Check Safety First
Before looking at your RV’s electrical appliances, you need to understand that some of the issues need professional assistance. Knowing your limits will do wonders for both you and the RV. In case you find something that looks wrong and if you feel clueless about taking care of it, then contacting professionals would be the right move. Getting electrocuted because you thought you could take care of any electrical problem is not something you would want to experience.
Check Fuse and Breakers for Electrical Problems
You should start with the fuse and breaker boxes. These components protect the RV and the users from electrical accidents. Fuse and breakers are connected with the electrical lines that surround your motor home. These devices stabilize the flow of electricity and protect the appliances and users, when a component is drawing too much current. If you have noticed too much activity in the fuse and breaker sector, then ask professionals to do a full RV check up before digging into other issues.
Calculate Electricity Requirements For Appliances:
Here we have a few appliances on the left hand column that are commonly found in average RVs. The right hand column highlights electricity requirements for these appliances in AMP unit.
- Coffee Pot- 8-10 Amps
- Food Processor- 3-5 Amps
- Water Pump- 4 Amps
- Hair Dryer- 8-15 Amps
- Microwave Oven- 8-13 Amps
- Air Conditioner- 12-14 Amps
Check this list before turning on the appliances in your RV to avoid frying out electrical systems.
Solve Electrical Issues by Changing Habits
Many of the RV electrical issues you face rise from wrong or inappropriate usage of the electrical components. Changing the way you use the electrical devices and power sources can take care of a few problems.
A Few Suggestions to Consider:
- First turn off the devices and then unplug it.
- Know how much power your appliances use. The statistics will differ a bit due to manufacturing differences, but you will get the idea about which is the most and which is the least power-consuming appliance in your RV. This information will help you to use the appliances more judiciously. You can buy and start using electrical management devices to check electrical interference in your RV. These devices will check the electrical source and inform you beforehand if it is safe for you to plug in your appliances or not.
- Running all your electrical appliances like TV, heater, mixer and oven at once can either fry your electrical lines or can slowly damage your components. You need to know about the voltage of your existing electrical source and the requirement of your appliances before turning on the components.
Follow these suggestions, but if the problems seem a bit complex for your experience and knowledge, asking help from professionals would be wise. If you are wondering, ‘Why should I call a technician when I will anyway sell my RV’, think twice. A little investment in the right direction can go a long way in fetching your RV the price that it deserves. Remember, potential buyers would always want an RV that’s in a fully working condition. A few quick fixes here and there will only make your RV more desirable to them.