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With the admiration and love of outdoor free life, the rise of domestic self-driving tour and camping tourism, the RV is gradually recognized by people because it can provide a comfortable and interesting life. However, many people are not very familiar with how to maintain the RV.
1. Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV.
Be sure to inspect your RV’s roof for leaks every three months. Water leaks can occur through any open seams in your roof’s edges, vents, skylights, or air conditioning unit. There are a number of sealants you can use to patch up your RV’s roof leak. It is important that you use a sealant compatible with the material of your RV’s roof.
2. Tighten your RV’s wheel lug nuts and check tire pressure.
Before every RV trip, be sure to tighten your RV’s wheel lug nuts and measure tire pressure to ensure your safety on the road. Check the vehicle’s wheel lug nuts to make sure they haven’t loosened up at any point during previous travel or while in storage. Driving with loose lug nuts is dangerous and could lead to losing a wheel on the road. In addition, checking your RV’s tire pressure is important because overinflated tires may explode, and possibly causing you to get into an accident on the road. Underinflated tires are also dangerous, creating control problems and generating more resistance on the road, which effects your gas mileage.
3. Check your RV’s batteries.
Some batteries have water levels and some are maintenance free. The goal for an RV’s battery is that you do your best to keep it fully charged at all times. Batteries tend to last 3-5 years. After three years, a deep-cycle battery (towable RVs) starts to lose capacity. After five years, a start-type battery (drivable RVs) starts to loose capacity.
4. Keep waste water system in good condition.
Maintenance of your RV’s waste water system includes making sure that you are using chemicals that are designed to work with each system, whether it be gray water or black water systems. In addition, you need to use adequate amounts of fluid to start the system after flushing, and make sure that you flush the system on a regular basis. If you don’t maintain your RV’s water system, you will get excessive amounts of buildup, which may cause clogging of the system, failure of operation, and valves seizing.
5. Keep your RV’s brakes maintained.
It’s important to keep your RV’s brakes maintained for your safety as well as everyone else’s on the road. Maintain the wheel bearings and make sure that they are nice and lubricated throughout the trip. In addition, make sure your brakes still have enough material left on them and that they’re working properly so you get a good working activation in the trailer. Replacements usually include a repacking of wheel bearings and replacing the seals.
6. Clean and treat your RV’s slide outs and seals.
Slide outs need to be cleaned on a regular basis so you don’t have dirt build up in and around the seals. Not cleaning your slide out could cause problems sealing your RV. To clean your RV’s slide out, you want to lubricate the slider mechanisms to make sure that they run in and out with the least amount of wear and tear on the motors. For RV windows, there are also lubricants that you can use around the rubber to help keep them fresh and pliable so that they create good seals. In addition, it allows easy movement of the RV windows up and down and side to side. If your windows start to catch, the felt that they slide on could begin to tear and require a replacement.
7. Change your RV’s oil.
It’s important that you do oil changes on a seasonal basis just to make sure that everything is lubricated and running to the best of its ability. For RVs, it’s recommended to change your oil every 3,000-4,000 miles or every year. If you don’t change the oil, your RV will receive excessive wear and tear on its engine and may require expensive service or even lead you to purchasing a new engine.
8. Replace the air, fuel, coolant, and hydraulic filters in your RV.
Similar to changing your RV’s oils, you need to change the air, fuel, coolant, and hydraulic filters in your RV on a seasonal basis. Usually, we recommend inspections of the air filter, fuel filter, coolant, and hydraulic filters at every oil change. Similar to not changing the oil, you could have excessive wear and tear to your RV’s engine and on the drive train of the RV.
9. Keep your RV’s awning maintained.
It’s important to keep your RV’s awning clean so you don’t get mildew and mold buildup. By inspecting it on a regular basis you can catch and repair any possible holes early on before they start to grow larger. If you don’t clean off your awning during an RV trip, debris could cause nests to build up, or items could get stuck and tear the fabric.
10. Make sure the electrical connection from your RV to your tow vehicle is working.
The connection from your RV to your tow-vehicle is of critical importance to your safety on a RV trip. This is what transmits your electrical signal from your tow vehicle to your RV, turning on your RV’s brake lights when you hit the brake pedal in your vehicle. This electrical connection gives you and your RV safety when driving on the road both during the day and at night. Another benefit of the electrical connection is that while you’re driving, your tow-vehicle is charging your RV’s battery through the charge circuit. Ultimately, your electrical connection makes sure your RV has good brake activation, a fully charged battery, and makes sure all your lighting is working.
The RV will be an important means of transportation when we go out to camp with our family and friends. Just like other machines, the RV also needs regular maintenance to keep it in good working order. These preparations are very valuable.