Handy RV Maintenance Tips for Investment Protection and Better Performance

Recreational vehicles are a huge financial investment. It is essential to protect your home-away-from-home. It is similar to maintaining your physical house. A well-maintained RV can offer better mileage and serve you for life. Even if you are migrating to a new city across the country, it is necessary to have your RV transported safely. 

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Handy RV maintenance tips

Check RV seams and roof seals

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It is recommended to check the roof of the camper for leaks every 3 months. The open seam on the edges of the roof, skylights, vents, or the air conditioning unit can allow water to seep inside. This can damage the external wooden framework and inner ceiling panels. Patch the roof leaks with appropriate sealant. The roof materials of RV can include Metal, fiberglass, ALFA, TPO, and Rubber, so choose a compatible sealant.

Tighten the wheel

Tighten the wheel lug nuts before every trip and check tire pressure for road safety. Ignoring checking the lug nuts or tire pressure is dangerous. Overinflated tires can explode or loose lug nuts can lead to losing a wheel. Tire pressure needs to be appropriate or it can impact your gas mileage. 

Check batteries

No one desires to experience a dead battery on a camping trip. Some batteries are maintenance-free, while a few have water levels. Batteries last for 3 to 5 years. If your RV is towable then its deep-cycle battery will start to lose its capacity after three years. Drivable motorhome batteries are start-type and they start losing their capacity after 5 years. Batteries are designed to stay charged, so ensure to keep them full.

Brake maintenance

Brake maintenance is crucial for safety on the road. Ensure that the brakes are well-lubricated, so they work without friction. Brake failures can turn out to be fatal not just for everyone riding in the mobile home with you but even other vehicles and people on the road. Replacements include wheel packing and sealing. 

Fluid change and other replacements

Oil changes need to be performed every 3,000 to 4,000 miles every year or on a seasonal basis. If you overlook the change of engine oil then there is an increase in wear and tear. There will be a need for costly engine replacement much sooner than necessary. Change fuel, coolant, air, and hydraulic filters seasonally. At every oil change inspect the coolant, air, fuel, and hydraulic filters to avoid degradation to the engine and drive train.

Wastewater system maintenance

Use chemicals designed for specific gray or black water systems. After flushing, use sufficient fluid to restart the system. Flush systems regularly because excessive buildup can cause clogging, valves, seizing, or failure. 

Make sure that you properly prepare your RV for cross-country transport on a shipping carrier!