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Top 7 Tips to Successfully Maintain Your RV

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If you are looking to protect your hard-earned investment, then the 7 tips below will help you successfully maintain your RV and ensure that it runs smoothly.

Tips to Successfully Maintain Your RV

  1. Check the Seams and Seals

You should check the roof of your RV every 3 to 4 months in order to identify leaks. Its air conditioning system, vents, edges and skylights may leak water from exposed seams in the roof. The reason why we recommend you check your RV’s roof every so often is that the water damage will start slow. That is, it usually begins by making its way into the outer wood framework of the roof.

Left untreated, the water will then penetrate the inner ceiling panels. To avoid extensive water damage you must purchase sufficient amounts of sealant for patching purposes. The sealant that you end up purchasing must be compatible with the material that your RVs roof consists off. For instance, some RV roofs may be fabricated with TPO or metal, while others may be made with rubber or fiberglass.

  1. Check Tire Pressure and the Wheel Lug Nuts

Before you take off on a cross-country road trip, you should always check your RV’s tire pressure to prevent problems down the road. Moreover, you should tighten the lug nuts on the wheels to maximize road safety. Some people arrogantly assume that everything is fine and simply take off, which can cause the wheels on their RV to fall right off because their lug nuts were loose. Be aware that tires can sometimes become overinflated, which can cause them to literally explode.

Not only will this end your road trip prematurely but you may also seriously injure yourself and others on the road if you are not careful. As for underinflated tires, they can affect gas mileage negatively by increasing road resistance. Control problems are also a concern with underinflated tires, which is why it is imperative that you check your RV’s tire pressure before you take off. Interestingly, tire pressure will fluctuate based on rises and falls in temperature. For instance, cold weather will cause tire pressure to drop significantly, so if you haven’t ridden your RV all winter then your road trip will not only be unsafe but also incredibly fuel inefficient.

  1. Perform a Battery Check

Nothing ends a trip quicker than having a dead battery on your hands, so you should extend your camping trip by checking your RVs battery before you leave. Different Rvs will also have different batteries. For instance, some may be maintenance resistant while others will have water levels to take into account. In any event, do your best to keep it fully charged for as long as you can. It should also be noted that most RV batteries will only last between 3 and 5 years. What’s more, towable RV batteries—known as deep cycle batteries—will start to lose their capacity after just 3 years. Meanwhile, drivable RV batteries—known as start type batteries—will begin to lose their battery capacity after 5 years.

  1. Ensure Optimal Wastewater System Conditions

Different RVs may have different wastewater systems and they need to be properly maintained on a periodic basis. For instance, some RVs may have a black water system while others may house a blue water system. In any event, you need to ensure that you use chemicals that are compatible with your RV’s respective waste water system to avoid any unpleasant issues. Furthermore, after flushing you must insert the right amount of liquid in order to start the system. Your RV’s wastewater system should also be flushed on a routine basis. Failure to properly maintain the waste water system will lead to it clogging up due to excess buildup, valve seizing and operation failure.

  1. Check Your RV Brakes

Perhaps most important of all is ensuring that the brakes in your RV are well maintained to prevent serious problems on the road. For instance, your RV’s wheel bearings should be inspected and maintained routinely and they should also be adequately lubricated throughout the summer season. Moreover, to get a proper working activation in the RV, ensure that the brakes are functioning as intended and that they have enough material left on them to be safe to operate. In the event that you need to have your brakes replaced expect to pay around $400 to replace them. Most replacements will also include seal replacements and wheel bearing repackaging as part of the deal.

  1. Clean the Seals and Slide Outs

To prevent particulate accumulation in and around the seals of your RV you need to clean your RV’s slide outs on a periodic basis. Failure to properly clean your slide out may cause issues with sealing the unit. In order to properly clean it, you must lubricate the mechanisms of the slider in order to make certain that they run in and out with the minutest amount of wear on the motors. In addition, you can lubricate the rubber on your RVs window seals in order to keep them fresh so that you can enjoy superior seals that are highly pliable. When done properly you will notice that you can easily move your windows side to side and up and down with minimal effort. However, in some cases, they may need to be replaced, as the felt that the windows slide on may tear over time.

  1. Change the Oil

Oil changes should be performed on a routine (read: seasonal) basis to ensure that the unit is running well and is well lubricated prior to takeoff. Most experts recommend that an RV undergo an oil change every 3,500 miles. The oil should also be changed because engine wear and tear will occur if you don’t change it after a few trips. The last thing you want to do is have to replace your RVs’ engine when a simple oil change could have prevented the issue from occurring in the first place.

For more tips on how to purchase and properly maintain your RV or other vehicles, call Truck Loan Center at 1-866-230-0094 or contact us here.

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