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10 Simple Tips To Help Maintain Your RV
Regular maintenance is an essential part of enjoying your RV and keeping it looking and performing its best for years to come. Keeping it maintained doesn’t have to be a difficult job, either, as these ten top tips will show.
1. Tighten things up
Your home on wheels will get shaken around as you travel, and so spend a little time every now and then tightening up everything that may have worked its way loose. Make sure you check anything on the outside that could fly away as you drive and anything that could pose a safety risk, such as ladder rungs.
This may seem like a laborious task, but it is incredibly important for safety and comfort. It is far better to spend a few hours of your downtime checking and tightening things up rather than having a camping trip ruined by breakdowns, mishaps, or something even worse.
2. Lubricate well
Lubricate locks, sliders, hinges, and anything else that moves to keep everything working as it should. Choose an all-around lube such as Forespar Marelube Valve General Purpose Lubricant.
3. Keep things clean
Grit, dirt, and dust can all cause problems, so make sure that mechanical elements of your RV are clean. A good degree of UV protection using a product such as this Aerospace Protectant, and a nice coating of high-quality wax, like this California Gold Synthetic Paste Wax, can work wonders when it comes to keeping your rig looking great and performing as it should. This is an example of the way in which small tasks can make a big difference when it comes to the lifespan of your RV and its contents.
4. Keep tanks clean
Make sure you sanitize your fresh water tank regularly. This will depend on how often you use your RV, but it should be at least every two months. You could use a bleach mixture to clean the system or invest in a Drinking Water Freshener to keep everything free from slime and algae.
5. Check tires
This is one of the most important jobs there is as under-inflated or bald tires can have serious consequences. Damaged or under-inflated tires can affect everything from your steering to braking distances.
Safety is vital, so make sure that you check the tires very regularly and ensure that they are inflated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Before you set off on a trip, check for any imperfections and signs of wear and tear. You should also make sure that the lug nuts are tightened to the required torque settings. If you don’t know how to use a torque wrench, it may be time to learn before your next RV adventure. To protect your tires and your RV in general, you should also minimize exposure to the sun.
6. Don't get left in the dark
You don’t want to find yourself without light, whether you are traveling along a highway in the middle of nowhere or you're parked and need the restroom. Try to carry spare bulbs for all eventualities and make sure that you check the marker and signal lights on your RV before you set out on a trip. A Four-Way Emergency Light can also be a good addition to the contents of your rig.
7. Check your seals
Make sure that you check seals and seams regularly. Look for holes or cracks, and make sure that you really check out the roof. Making sure your RV is watertight is essential if you want to prevent one of the major causes of damage. Leaks that go unnoticed - inside walls, for example - can lead to rot and mold that can spell real trouble for your RV. You could choose to use a Rubber Seal Protectant, which can help to prevent damage even in extreme temperatures and keep seals working as they should.
8. Check main voltages
Use tester lights or a multimeter to check main voltages. Your main coach batteries need to be between 12.5 volts and 12 volts. When it comes to AC voltage, check that it is between 108 and 130 volts.
9. Check systems
Make sure everything stays working as it should by running systems periodically if you are not using them. This includes the generator and the water pump.
10. Go down low
Checking the area underneath your RV will make sure that you spot issues early. This might not be a fun job, but it can help you to identify anything that is broken, loose or corroding and make sure that you don’t spend part of your trip stranded on the side of a highway.