RV repairs are notoriously incredibly expensive seemingly time consuming which leaves most RV owners with much thinner wallets. The fact is, many RV repairs are actually pretty simple, and most people who can wield the power of a simple screwdriver can achieve tremendous savings and hassle. Some repairs are more difficult, but there are a vast majority repairs which involve just a few simple steps or tricks to achieving the desired repair.
An RV owner should always use the internet as their first resource to gathering information on the repair they want to perform. Using a search engine they should look of any type of information on failed parts or the problems that they are having. It should be understood, that any problem that can happen in an RV, has probably happened before and will be documented online. Oftentimes there is a solution or fix to the problem. On occasion, one will find somebody out there who lists a detailed process with photographs of any problem that has occurred.
Be sure to ask on internet forums for suggestions to your problem. There are many RV enthusiast sites out there where fellow RV'ers are happy to dialog, communicate, and enjoy the adventure of RV'ing with others. There is an endless amount of information and suggestions that people will give you on any type of repair that you have. They can even suggest good local repair shops (or individuals) if you are unable to perform a repair yourself.
Call RV repair shops and ask questions if you do not know what the problem is. They may say something over the phone that will clue you in on what to further research. Sometimes they just specifying a part or range of solutions to your RV's issues may be all you need to take to an RV forum where people with experience will be there to help.
Always order repair parts online from sites that push competition. The internet is a great equalizer in competition where stand out RV parts dealers are not marking things up by 300%. If you cross reference part numbers on services such as Amazon or Ebay, you may be able to find several parts that match what you need. Also, any gas or diesel Class A, C, or B owner should check sites like Ebay for OEM parts as they can be considerably cheaper than paying for them at auto stores.