Like your vehicle and your HVAC systems, your RV needs some care. Taking time to do some preventative maintenance on your RV will reward you with trouble free traveling. We have put together a list of 10 maintenance procedures that are easy to do, and you can do these yourself.
1. Lubrication – Lubricate locks, hinges, sliders and anything else that moves. Our Tri-Flow Lubricant will penetrate deep into moving parts. This product’s solvents soften and removes dirt, and it also displaces moisture.
2. Tighten – The RV is a moving house, and the movement can cause some things to become loose. Using a screwdriver and a wrench, tighten everything. This step can save you some effort and time. Pay close attention to items attached to the outside of your RV. If these come off when you are traveling, they will pose a safety risk.
3. Clean Your RV
Everything works better when clean. Road grit and dirt cause wear and makes your RV look bad. A good coat of Pro-Glo Polish Protector quality wax with UV protectants will keep your RV looking new, and the life of many of the materials will be extended.
4. Tires – Check the tire pressure often and keep the lug nuts tight with a torque wrench to ensure the torque is correct. Minimize the tires exposure to the sun when the RV is parked.
5. Sanitize the fresh water tank on a scheduled frequency of every two months while the RV is in use. It is a good idea to flush the tank to get all of the solids out. Be sure to follow our procedure for sanitizing your tanks at the end and beginning of the travel season. Also, consider installing the Hydro Life In-Line Hose Filter.
6. Lights – Take along spare light bulbs for every light your RV has. Always check the marker and signal lamps before every trip to be sure they are functioning properly.
7. Seals and Seams – Always check the external seams and seals to be sure they do not have any holes or cracking and no separation from the surface of the RV. Check the roof closely because water that leaks in through the roof can cause serious damage in a short period. A good product for sealing roof seams is our Butyl Seam Tape.
8. Voltage Checks – Buy a multimeter to check on your main voltages. The main RV batteries should be between 12.4 volts and 12.8 volts when they are not charging. AC voltage should not be below 108 volts nor higher than 130 volts.
9. Check Underneath – Look for corroding, lose or broken items. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by spotting these problems before you hit the road for that long awaited trip.
10. Make Sure All Systems Work – The RV and its key systems should be run every couple of months in the off-season. Keep them working rather than setting all of the time, and they will work better when you need them.