What to Look at When Seeking RV Rear End Collision Repair
Rear end collisions are a very common, many stats argue the most common, type of car accident that occurs in the United States. In just a blink of the eye, a distracted driver behind you may miss your rear lights or their driving too close behind makes them unable to properly stop when you do to avoid a collision. When that car behind smashes into your RV, it undoubtedly is a stressful and nerve-wracking experience. The first thing you do following such an accident should always be to assess the injuries of all parties and contact emergency personnel. When everyone’s physical injuries are seen to, then you will want to take a look at your RV and see what collision repair might be necessary.
First Things to Look at When Seeking Rear End Collision Repair
- Check the hitch. Many large RVs come with a trailer hitch that will be the component most impacted by a rear end collision. The good news is that in low speed rear-end collisions, the trailer hitch will often absorb most of the force and thus prevent much damage from occurring to the body and frame of the RV itself. The bad news is that in absorbing this excess force, the trailer hitch is often at high risk of needing collision repair following the accident. Do a quick visual inspection of this hitch and look for signs of bent metal but even if there’s nothing discernable, consider still taking it to your local RV collision repair shop. Most insurance companies will cover the repair and replacement where necessary.
- Check all of the exterior. It doesn’t matter if the rear end collision was barely felt or felt hard, always do a full walk around of your RV afterwards. Look for any cracks and signs of delamination, as well as being sure the frame itself has not suffered any bending. This can be hard but a professional mechanic who specializes in RV collision repair will be sure to do a thorough inspection for any underlying damages that need repair.
- Check the interior. After a visual expectation of the outside of the RV, you also don’t want to forget about the interior. Sometimes a seemingly minor rear-end collision can actually cause or exacerbate major interior issues. Inspect every wall for any cracks and, because cracks can increase the risk of delamination, have them repaired as soon as possible. Misaligned cabinets are another common interior issue following a collision with some force — albeit a much easier one to fix. It’s a good idea to take pictures upon purchasing your RV and following any interior work so that you have something to compare it to following an accident.
Don’t Delay When You’ve Been in a Collision; Schedule an Appointment with Premier Coach Works
If you’ve been in a rear-end collision, don’t delay getting your RV repaired. Contact us at Premier Coach Works today to have your RV thoroughly inspected and set-up for repairs. We’ll have your rig quickly fixed so you can get back on the road enjoying your RV.