QUICK AND EASY MAINTENANCE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR RV RUNNING SMOOTHLY

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You’ve heard about how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? Well, that goes for your RV as well. Taking the time to perform a couple of preventative maintenance measures will help your vehicle run better AND pay big dividends down the road when you decide to sell it.

And the best part? Most of these maintenance measures are so easy you can do them by yourself. Here’s a quick list of a couple of things you can do to ensure your vehicle is running properly (and retaining its resale value).

Change oil and filters

Like every other motor vehicle, your RV needs its oil and filters changed on a regular basis. Why? Because if you don’t do this, there’s a chance your engine will seize — putting you out thousands and thousands of dollars.

Nobody wants that. So why not check your owner’s manual and see how often they recommend changing the oil in your specific vehicle? If you can’t find it there, a good rule of thumb (to be on the safe side) is to change your oil every 5,000-7,000km.

 

As for filters, be sure to regularly check and replace your air, coolant, fuel, and hydraulic filters. This will help prevent overheating issues, oxidization in your hydraulic system and also save you money on gas.

And the best part? Most of these maintenance measures are so easy you can do them by yourself. Here’s a quick list of a couple of things you can do to ensure your vehicle is running properly (and retaining its resale value).

Change oil and filters

Like every other motor vehicle, your RV needs its oil and filters changed on a regular basis. Why? Because if you don’t do this, there’s a chance your engine will seize — putting you out thousands and thousands of dollars.

Nobody wants that. So why not check your owner’s manual and see how often they recommend changing the oil in your specific vehicle? If you can’t find it there, a good rule of thumb (to be on the safe side) is to change your oil every 5,000-7,000km.

 

As for filters, be sure to regularly check and replace your air, coolant, fuel, and hydraulic filters. This will help prevent overheating issues, oxidization in your hydraulic system and also save you money on gas.

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Inspect your roof

When’s the last time you looked at your RV’s roof? Out of sight out of mind, right? Wrong. You should keep a close eye on your roof, on the external seals and seams. And on cracks, holes, or any other kind of damage that may occur.

If you don’t do this, you could end up with extensive water damage to your RV. So check your roof regularly. Here’s a video from See Grins RV Repair showing you what to look for:

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Don’t forget the generator

You’re going to want to make sure you service your generator periodically. Here’s a quick list of things to do:

  1. Check the oil level and change as required in your owner’s manual
  2. Keep the governor clean, the choke linkage too
  3. Check starting battery for clean connections and proper state of charge
  4. Service the air cleaner as often as your owner’s manual says

Periodic cleaning, inspecting, lubricating and adjusting of your generator is a good way to prevent mishaps while adding years to the life of your generator set.

Another way to keep your generator in proper working condition and add years to its life  is to exercise it regularly. Meaning, running it every three to four weeks with a 50% load. This protects against moisture build up and fuel breakdown.

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Check your tires

One of the most important — yet often overlooked — RV maintenance issues is checking your tire pressure. Having the correct pressure in your tires not only keeps things cheaper at the gas pump, but can also save you a lot more than a couple of gas dollars.
How?

An under-inflated RV tire will run hot. A hot tire can lead to serious tire expansion. Dramatic expansion often results in sidewall blowouts. And sidewall blowouts, well, best case scenario, it means you’ll need to buy a new tire. Worst case scenario: you lose control of your vehicle and go crashing into something or someone.

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BONUS TIP:

Be sure to check your batteries regularly. The main coach batteries should be somewhere in the neighbourhood of 12.4 volts to 12.8 volts when not being charged. Anything less than 12 is too low.

 

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