It doesn’t matter whether you own a pop-up or a diesel pusher, when you made the decision to purchase an RV it was a major investment. Like any other major investment there are certain things we must do to protect it so we can enjoy it. Your RV needs to be maintained just like your house and automobiles need to be maintained. There are three basic types of maintenance for your RV: preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance and emergency maintenance.
Preventive Maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists. Preventive maintenance consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting and servicing your RV.
Scheduled Maintenance or routine maintenance is performed in intervals normally based on time, mileage or hours. Scheduled maintenance is designed to keep your RV in top operating condition and prevent untimely breakdowns and repairs. It is absolutely essential that you read your owner’s manual and warranty information in regards to who is responsible for what when it comes to scheduled maintenance. Scheduled maintenance that is required by the manufacturer and not performed can void your warranty.
Emergency Maintenance – Maintenance and / or repairs required when you least expect it due to component, system or mechanical failure.
Preventive maintenance is really nothing more than common sense maintenance. Before you take your next trip put some time aside to look things over. It could be the difference between a safe and enjoyable trip and a costly disastrous one.
Test the roof air conditioner(s). Clean or replace A/C filters. Clean filters will help the A/C work more efficiently.
Test the refrigerator in A/C and LP gas mode. Install a thermostatically controlled refrigerator vent fan.
In hot weather strategically park your RV to take advantage of shade. This can make the refrigerator and roof A/C more efficient.
Install Vent Mate vent covers over roof vents to allow ventilation.
Check the auxiliary battery(s) state of charge, water level, cables and connections. If you’re not familiar with lead acid batteries have them checked by an authorized service center.
Check operation of the generator under load. Check generator engine oil & all filters. Service the generator as recommended by the manufacturer.
Check all appliances, electric and gas, for proper operation.
Thoroughly flush out the holding tanks every time you dump them.
Check all 12-volt interior lights and accessories
Check fire extinguishers, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide and LP gas leak detector.
Inspect the operation of the awning and check the awning fabric. Check the campground electric for proper voltage and polarity before plugging the RV in.
Drain the water out of the water system when you’re not using the RV.
Pack wheel bearings. This should be done once per year or every 4,000 miles.
Check condition of brake shoes and magnets every year.
Adjust brakes Every 2,000 miles
LP leak check every year. This must be done by a licensed LP technician.
Check operation of running lights and directional signals
Now that you performed your preventive maintenance checks go and have a good time and enjoy the fact that there is much less chance of encountering the need for any emergency maintenance during your trip.