Top 10 Tips to Successfully Maintain Your RV
Properly maintaining your RV is the most important thing you can do to keep it running and help retain its value. It is recommended to follow the manufacturer’s owner’s manual to see exactly what you should do to keep your RV in top condition. You can always schedule an appointment with a Certified RV Technician at one of our many Camping World locations.
1. Change Oil and Oil Filters Regularly
Like cars, RVs need their oil and filters changed at regular intervals. This is necessary to keep your engine running properly and if left undone could eventually cause your engine to seize. This could cost you as much as $10,000. Most manufacturers suggest an oil change every 3,000 to 4,500 miles, but you should check your owner’s manual for advice on your specific vehicle.
2. Service Your RV Generator According to Schedule
Servicing your RV generator is important as well. Again, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often the oil and filter should be changed. Ignoring this chore could cost you as much as $9,000 in repairs. Remember to run your generator regularly when your RV is stored too. If you don’t, it could cost you up to $400 to take care of the build-up on the unit’s carburetor.
3. Replace Air, Fuel, and Other Filters
Replacing the air, fuel, coolant, and hydraulic filters in your RV should also be done regularly. Damage costing upwards of $2,500 could result from increased fuel usage or overheating issues with the cooling system and oxidization in the hydraulic system.
4. Regularly Inspect the Roof
Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV every six months. Water damage can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair if it’s not taken care of immediately.
5. Have Your Brakes Checked By a Mechanic
Keeping your brakes maintained is important for your safety and those of everyone else on the road as well. Brake damage could cost as much as $2,000 for a motorhome and $500 for a trailer.
6. Take Care of Your RV’s Sewer System
Keep your wastewater system in good condition by using biodegradable RV toilet paper. It’s also extremely important to empty your RV’s holding tank to prevent unwanted backup. The right RV sewer connections can make this process much easier. It’s also important to empty your holding tank every so often. Feel free to check out our stock of RV sewer hoses and accessories to ensure a quick and efficient disposal.
7. Have Rubber Roofs Treated Annually
If you have a rubber roof, make sure to have the roof treated at least once per year. This prevents the sun from doing damage. You should also have a roof inspection at least twice a year.
8. Check Your Tire Pressure
Check your tire pressure and lug nuts before every trip. Tighten lug nuts as necessary and add air to tires based on proper specifications.
9. Check Your Batteries Regularly
Check your batteries before your trip. Deep cycle batteries last 3-5 years and should be replaced after their life cycle is complete.
10. Store Your Battery Properly
Take your battery out during the winter months and store it somewhere warm. They have the possibility to freeze and break, voiding the warranty and rendering them unusable.