RVs, or recreational vehicles to give them their full title, are a great way to get out and explore the country whilst enjoying the luxury of a true home away from home. You get your own kitchen, bathroom, cosy bedrooms – and all your equipment is already there.
This saves a tonne of time in packing. It is for all these reasons and more that their popularity remains high, especially among camping enthusiasts.
Tiffin are known for producing some of the best RVs on the market. One of their most popular models is the Tiffin Allegro Breeze. Owners rave about the great size of the vehicle, which is large enough to provide ample storage, plus comfort to the whole family, yet small enough to allow access to backroads, smaller towns and parks, extending the area you are able to explore.
Not only this, but you can still fit into the parking areas for most restaurants and superstores, making provisioning easier when on the road.
It goes without saying that purchasing an RV is a significant investment, so when things go wrong it can be rather frustrating, not to mention costly if you need to keep taking it to be repaired. However, for some common issues, there are easy ways to identify and repair whatever is happening.
In this article, we will try to talk you through some of the more common issues and what you can do about them.
Common Tiffin Allegro Breeze Problems
1. Preventative maintenance
The first step to keeping your vehicle in tip top condition is a programme of preventative maintenance. This should include regularly checking and (where necessary) topping up or changing of fluids, oil, coolant, antifreeze, water. Regularly inspect connections and hoses, tightening any loose clamps or screws too.
Not only will this help prevent any issues occurring, but it will also help you be highly familiar with your vehicle, knowing what should be connected where etc. That way, as soon as anything is wrong, you are more likely to quickly spot any obvious issues.
2. Steering issues
One commonly reported issue is with the steering – especially on older models where the parts may be a little more worn over time. Some drivers report the steering has a lot of play and needs constant attention to stay on a true course. Others find it can but pull slightly in one way or another on a straight road, meaning you must regularly make corrections.
Although some drivers are not bothered by this issue and are happy make the necessary corrections when driving, others understandably want to fix the problem. One possible solution is to remove a little air from each of your tyres. This will give you a better grip on the road and should prevent so much movement.
Alternatively, you can purchase a steering control and movement control unit (MCU) and get a mechanic to fit it for you. Some users report their vehicles drives like a dream afterwards. Unfortunately, if these solutions don’t resolve the problem, then you will need to take it to a mechanic or workshop to get the vehicle alignment redone.
3. Battery problems
Unless you are hooked up to a power source, then your RV will be using its batteries as its power source. Whist this is fine for shorter trips, or if you are driving from place to place as your batteries will be regularly recharged, for longer trips or travelling to more remote locations it can prove problematic.
Whilst some will be happy to carry spare batteries around with them, for many this would be prohibitively expensive and impractical. Other power sources need to be considered – especially if you intend using lots of power whilst travelling.
A generator will work perfectly well for some. However, others may consider it too bulky and cumbersome. One option is to consider changing to lithium batteries. Although this can be an expensive outlay, they are considerably more efficient, lightweight, longer lasting, and require far less maintenance.
So, in the long run they pay for themselves! Another alternative is to look at generating your own power. Solar panels are a good option as they can be collecting power even when you are on the road.
Alternatively, you could consider a wind generator, but this would be something that you can only really use when you have stopped. This may render it impractical for some.
4. Air levelling
The air levels system has an airbag in each corner of the vehicle, and this is calibrated to automatically inflate when the system detects the chassis is not sitting level. On occasion this does not kick in when it is supposed to – or sometimes one corner repeatedly deflates.
This could indicate a fault within the calibration or a small leak which is difficult to detect. Once you start the engine, the vehicle should level itself, so if this is not happening, then you will need to get it looked at by a specialist.
5. Electrical issues
Just like in your home, the electrical outlets in your RV can get damaged and stop working from time to time. When this happens, you can easily replace them with the same outlets that you would use in your home. If there is no power to a particular outlet, this might be a problem with the wiring. You can use a voltmeter and/or cable tracker to try and find the route of the problem.
If a more significant issue is suspected, it is advisable to get a professional to fix the problem, but you can help cut down investigation time by providing as much information as possible.