Having an RV can be one of the best ways to enjoy some holidays. Whether you’re planning on taking the family on a cross-country trip or driving down to Mexico with some friends for a party, RVs offer the perfect solution.
Since RVs are generally for long trips, it’s unlikely you’re gonna stay in the city. Therefore, you should ensure your RV is in good condition before you go far away from the local RV engine repair garage.
To help, here are a few maintenance tips to keep your RV in good shape for the next big trip.
Check The Fluids And Filters
When performing maintenance for your RV, you should think about the general things you would do to maintain your car in a good shape. Along with everything else, the fluids and filters in your RV are incredibly essential to maintain.
For guidance, you should check out the user manual that came along with the RV. The manual will have the details of all the essential fluids you need to check, as well as some details on how you can check those fluids.
When you’re done checking the quality and level of the fluids, you can check the air filter to find out if it needs replacing or just some dusting.
Check The Roof
Unless you keep the RV parked in a closed space, it will be exposed to the weather throughout the year. That’s why your RV’s roof is prone to damage like the roof of your house.
With your RV, you need to find out whether or not the roof has any cracks or chips that could lead to leaks. If there is some minor damage to the coating on your roof but nothing major enough to cause a leak you should still consider a quick and cheap fix now rather than an expensive one later.
Look Out For Interior Leaks and Broken Seals
Other than your roof, the interior of your RV can be damaged as well. Since RVs have a bathroom inside, there is water storage and plumbing in your RV. If either of them is compromised, the floor, furniture, and a whole bunch of cables can get damaged.
Therefore, you should look out for soft spots around the door and windows with a solid object. The rubber and plastic seals around these openings can be damaged by the elements over time. Also, you should look out for discoloration or bubbles in the paint along with drafts near the windows and the door.
Check The Water Heater
While having hot water in your RV is not a need, it can surely be nice to take a hot shower when you’re driving around in the winter. So, you should check out the water heater as well.
Depending on your RV, it might have electric, propane, or both types of water heaters. To be sure, you can check the user manual to find out which one your RV has and where it is located.
With propane water heaters, you can do regular maintenance like cleaning the chamber where the flame ignites. Electric heaters generally don’t require anything special. However, you should drain both water heaters once or twice a year to clear out any impurities or corrosion.