Just like maintaining your home or car, performing regular maintenance on your RV is important for preventing problems. You don’t want your RV to break down or have a component stop working while you are on a long road trip. Make a checklist for RV maintenance tasks and don’t miss any of these steps.
RV Maintenance for the Generator
Your generator provides power to your RV and it needs to be serviced periodically to continue functioning well. When the generator isn’t used for a long time, it may experience problems. Make an effort to run your generator for at least 2 hours every month even if you don’t have any trips planned, and have your generator professionally serviced every 12 months.
Change Oil and Replace Oil Filters
The frequency in which you should change the oil varies depending on what type of RV you have. In general, manufacturers recommend changing the oil and filters every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
Check the Roof
Make sure your RV’s roof is in good condition before embarking on an adventure. Storms can cause damage to your RV’s roof. When the roof is not airtight, water can leak in and damage the interior components of the RV and your belongings. Carefully look at the seals and seams of the roof and around appliances, racks, and vents. These are areas where leaks most commonly occur.
RV Maintenance for the Water Tank
You should sanitize the fresh water tank and lines in your RV at least twice a year, and even more often if it holds drinking water. Sanitizing the water tank prevents mold and bacteria from growing.
Check the Tire Pressure
Whether you have a motorhome or travel trailer, it is important that your tires are properly inflated. If a tire blows, it can cause expensive damage to the undercarriage and make driving dangerous. Look at the sticker inside the door of the RV to determine the PSI your tires should be and make sure the tire pressure is correct before setting off on your next trip.
The above steps are only some of the ways to maintain your RV. Schedule RV inspections with a professional to make sure you aren’t missing any RV maintenance requirements.