If you want to save a bundle on RV repairs while ensuring safe trips for you and your passengers, it’s important to keep up with routine maintenance tasks. Not sure where to start? Check your owner’s manual for specifics while using these handy RV maintenance tips as general guidelines.
RV Maintenance Checklist
- Change your oil and filters regularly. Routine oil and filter maintenance is important if you want to keep your engine running efficiently. Plus, keeping up with oil and filter changes will help ensure that you get better gas mileage on your trips. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3,000 to 4,500 miles, but always check your owner’s manual for specific instructions that apply to your make and model.
- Service your RV generator as recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure that your generator oil and filter are changed regularly. Also, don’t forget to run your generator on a regular basis when your RV is stored for an extended period of time. By keeping up with generator maintenance, you will save thousands of dollars on unnecessary generator repairs.
- Check fluid levels including: engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
- Thoroughly flush and drain the cooling system every two years at minimum. Refill with a glycol-based coolant that contains a rust inhibitor. Check radiator, radiator hoses, and water pump for leaks or loose connections. Cooling system hoses should be firm, not cracked or soft.
- Check your roof, window, and door seals. Avoid water damage by keeping a close eye on the rubber seals around your roof, windows, and doors.
- Keep your RV covered when not in use. If you can keep your RV covered, you will save money on repairs that result from the elements and UV rays.
- Check RV tire pressure, lug nuts, and condition of tires before every trip. Inspect rims for any dents, lug nuts for tightness, tires for uneven or excessive wear, and confirm proper tire inflation.
- All wiring for external lights should get a complete checkup for tightness of connections, breaks and other potential malfunctions.
- Check your RV batteries before each trip. Make sure the battery is clean, the connections are tight, and monitor the electrolyte levels. Also, keep in mind that batteries should be checked more frequently during hot weather or during periods of high usage.
- Inspect fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and LP gas leak detectors.
By using these RV maintenance tips, you will save yourself money and the hassle of dealing with unnecessary repairs. If you are thinking of upgrading to a larger RV model, call us for an appraisal on your current RV.