An RV is a substantial investment, and like anything else you spend money on, whether a home or a vehicle, it requires maintenance to ensure your money isn’t wasted. It also ensures your investment lasts you a long time. Maintaining your RV is vital for a few reasons. Firstly, it protects your financial investment. Secondly, preventative maintenance always saves on repair costs by allowing you to find issues before they become too far gone. Most importantly, maintaining your RV ensures safety, not just for you but for other road users too. Slipping behind on your RV’s maintenance could cost lives.
Here are a few simple maintenance tips for your RV that you can do any time of the year, in any location, before any trip.
Inspect Seals and Roof Seals
It’s important to inspect your RV’s roof for leaks regularly. Water leaks can soak into your wooden framework, into the inner ceiling panels and can cause very expansive water damage. Check the edges, skylights, vents, and air conditioning units for any signs of damage or leaks. Use sealants to patch up any leaks.
Tire and Wheel Maintenance
Before each trip, you should ensure all wheel nuts are tight, and the tire pressure is to manufacturer standards before you even leave the driveway. Check each tire for signs of uneven wear and replace any tires that look like they are damaged. If you are not sure, have them checked by a professional. Make sure your wheels and tires are balanced and aligned every three months, or after each long trip. This will ensure your tires last longer and prevent damage to other components of your steering and suspension.
Check Your Batteries
It’s essential that you check that your batteries are performing to their highest capacity before you leave on any trip. Especially if you are traveling to remote areas, the last thing you want is to be stuck with no power to start your RV or run your accessories when parked.
Maintain Your Wastewater System
Maintenance of your RV’s wastewater system is not only crucial to saving you money in the long run when you need repairs, but it’s also a hygiene issue. Ensure you are using the right chemicals for each system, and make sure you have enough fluid to start the system. It’s also important to completely flush the system regularly, so you don’t get buildup which can clog the system. It’s also important to make sure all the valves are working correctly. This may require the help of a professional.
This is a crucial thing to cover. Make sure your brakes are maintained regularly by a professional. Failure to properly maintain brakes can be a danger to everyone on the road. Get your RV mechanic to check brakes, wheel bearings and seals at least once every six months or every 5000 miles of travel.
Maintain Slide Out and Seals
Maintaining your slide outs and seals prevents the build-up of dirt and road grim in moving parts. Make sure they are cleaned and lubricated before each trip so that you can enjoy a smooth setup every time.
Although your RV might sit around a bit, you still need to ensure the oil is changed at least seasonally. If you travel to cold or hot locations, it can affect the oil, so it’s a good idea to change it regularly.
The awning of your RV is a crucial part of your camping enjoyment. If it is not maintained, you might find yourself not being able to use it when it matters the most. Check for tears and loose fittings and make any repairs that need doing as soon as you can.
Maintain Electrical Connections
It’s also an excellent idea to have the electrical components and connectors checked by a professional at least annually. Because the vehicle might sit around for a large part of the year, electricals can be taken over by ants and other insects or other vermin. It’s best to check these before you leave home.
If you have any questions or concerns about maintaining your RV, contact us today to see how we can help.