RV Repair Manual

An RV repair manual is a useful guide book to have when making major or minor repairs to any part of your recreational vehicle. For the all around handyman or the do-it-yourselfer, this book can teach you how to do something as simple as changing or adding fluids, as well as a more complicated project like ripping out and replacing a water tank.


An RV is the combination of a house and car so when it comes to maintenance, you have all the issues of both components. For the most part, the ills of one won’t affect the other but there are some exceptions such as wiring and power that connect from the engine to the amenities of the living area. Otherwise, working on the engine is just like a car with the various makes and models that change over the years. Because of this, a general RV repair manual contains information about how to fix things and is not specific to a particular model or make of RV such as a 1975 Airstream or a 1981 Fleetwood. The repair manuals reference the engines used, the plumbing and heating components, and the appliances.


The “RV Repair & Maintenance Manual: Motorhomes, Trailers, Fifth-Wheels, Campers, etc.” is an RV repair manual geared toward the do-it-yourselfer. The 400 page book, complete with photos and illustrations, covers topics such as:

  • Generators
  • Hitches and towing
  • Electrical, gas, and water systems
  • Appliances
  • Interior and exterior care and repair
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Diesel engines
  • Brakes

Information on how to fix a roof, door, or window is also included in this how- to guide.

The RV repair manual, The Complete Trailer Handbook, explains the basics of an RV, providing the foundation of necessary knowledge required to work on your own vehicle. It refers to how trailers are designed and how they work from the wheels to the wiring and has color photos to help guide you. Some of the information contained on these pages includes maintenance, accessories, building and rebuilding a trailer along with suspension and brake systems.

In RV Electrical Systems, the reader finds a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the troubleshooting, improvement, and repair of an RV’s electrical components. The ten chapter manual starts by explaining, in the simplest of terms, electricity and the 12-volt DC system. The authors, Bill and Jan Moeller, go on to talk about the following components of the electrical system:

  • Battery
  • Alternator
  • Wiring
  • Chargers and Converters
  • Hook Ups
  • Inverters and Generators
  • Solar Power
  • Alternating Circuits
  • Monitoring Electrical Systems

Additionally, the authors supply an index of where to find electrical RV parts and a list of other manuals they recommend reading.

Where to Find

Information on how to repair an RV can be found on different RV sites such as blogs or personal pages that talk about people’s experiences, mistakes, and solutions. Some RV sites provide articles on how to do repairs while others create and sell their own e-books.

Aside from sites pertaining to RV’s, you can check for manuals being sold on Amazon or eBay and other online bookstores such as themotorbookstore.com. If you prefer not to use the Internet, physical bookstores like Barnes and Nobles and libraries are sure to have plenty of information. Also ask fellow RVers, a local mechanic, or family members for informative reading material or advice that might be helpful as well.

No matter what type of RV you own, an RV repair manual is available to meet your needs. A manual is an indispensible resource providing guidance and knowledge to both the first and full-time RVer.