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The Cost of Older RV Updates: Touching Up Axl Roads

July 19, 2018
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Owning an older RV comes with a price tag – not only for any updates you want make & mechanical repairs you need to keep it moving along, but also for cosmetic repairs you might not expect!
A trio of unfortunate incidents recently left Axl Roads needing a few touch ups, giving us the chance to show how a few minor boo-boos can add up to a few hundred dollars. 
The total cost for Axl Roads’ mini-makeover came in around $240. All the parts were researched & purchased through Amazon. I’ve been an Amazon Affiliate for years, and I find their product reviews to be very helpful in comparing product ratings, sizes, fits & features for older RV updates. 


RV Air Conditioner Shroud – $140

We were unsure how to secure our rv cover completely last year, and it blew off in the middle of an ice storm. It was twisted & halfway off the RV when it should have looked like this:
rv cover secured
When I climbed on the RV roof to secure it like a ninja, I slipped a little on the icy roof (not at all like a ninja) and put all my weight on the plastic air conditioner cover (or, as the professionals call it, shroud).
CRRAAACCCK went the 20+ year old plastic.
Figuring no one would ever see the top of my RV air conditioner, I did a (literal) bang up cover-up job with some caulking.
rv air conditioner shroud crack top 2
Then this year, I thought the air conditioner could use a cleaning (no real reason why),  plus I wanted to check out what really was underneath that shroud (probably more the real reason).
I unscrewed it from the roof and yanked it off…
CRRAAACCCK went the back edge of the shroud, which I promptly (& unevenly) fixed with black electrical tape.
rv air conditioner shroud back crack with tape

That left us with this look- and the feeling the RV air conditioner shroud was more delicate than we’d like to travel very far with this season: 

cracked air conditioner shroud top
Side note: It did not need cleaned, contained only a few leaves & bugs, and looked like this underneath:
under rv air conditioning shroud
under rv air conditioner shroud ac

We carefully measured the height, width & length of the old shroud and found a suitably-sized (& positively reviewed) replacement, 

The new shroud arrived with a claim we are behind 100%!

rv air conditioner shroud claim

This side-by-side comparison gives you an idea of a 20+ year old RV air conditioning shroud next to a new one, as well as someone trying to take a serious photo next to someone trying to make shadow funnies.

old vs new air conditioner shroud

The new shroud slipped on easily, and the screw holes matched up perfectly- WIN! 

rv air conditioner shroud installation

Thankfully, this repair was quick & painless once we got over spending the $140!


Wheel Cover / Hubcap – $70

While driving through the super-convenient EZ-Pass lane on Route 66 in Pennsylvania, we grazed a curb and heard a sound straight out of Star Wars (imagine Millennium Falcon firing on the Death Star noise). When we arrived in Cowans Gap, we were missing a wheel cover.
Nothing makes an old RV look sadder than a missing wheel cover, so I immediately started looking for replacement.
Nothing makes an RV owner look sadder than not finding a perfect match in their price range (a single one under $100), but we came kind of close, minus the shine, bolt shape, and center circle. 

OK, not all that close, but passable for Axl Roads. 
old rv wheel cover hubcap
new rv wheel cover hubcap


RV Awning Arm – $29

After arriving Cowans Gap & mourning our lost wheel cover, we lowered our awning for only the third time ever- and had to duck as a piece sprung off the interior arm into the air.
The little C-hook had broken on the support arm, and it was dangling in the main arm. We rigged it up with a bungee cord and went on with our trip. Once we got home, I found the part on Amazon. It seemed like it would be an easy fix- and it really was!
Upon closer inspection, the broken version of the arm was jammed in the main awning arm and no longer had a way to grasp the C-part.


The shiny new piece came already assembled with the arm tightly grasping the C-part, so it was just a matter of a few screws before everything was back together & sliding successfully: 

rv awning repair arm
rv awning repair arm assembly
Within a half hour, we had replaced the dangling awning arm, and our shade was back in business! 
rv awning repair arm finished 1
rv awning repair arm final 2
Sometimes you might feel like you are polishing a turd, but at least it’s your turd! If you are like us, the goal is for Axl Roads to be functional & mostly visually unoffensive.
The moral of this story is not to let small repairs & replacements on your older RV- even if they are just cosmetic- ruin your groove! Do what you can & get back to the adventure!
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