There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with a broken-down RV in the middle of a road trip. As an RV owner, it’s essential to properly maintain your motorhome before going on vacation. Maintenance will not only prevent unwanted problems but also ensure that the vehicle is in top condition for longer. Of course, not everyone knows the intricacies of RV maintenance. And if you’re a first-time owner, here’s a checklist of what you need to do for your motor home.
Regular oil and filter change
Just like your car, RVs need regular filter and oil changes. If you overlook this step, the engine will get damaged. The owner’s manual will typically recommend the right time to schedule an oil and filter change. However, it depends on the type of vehicle, frequency, and mileage.
Protect the roof from leaks and sun damage
If your RV has a rubber roof, it will need a yearly treatment to protect from sun damage. It’s also quite common for RVs to have leaks. If you don’t have time to inspect the entire vehicle from top to bottom, you can always have a professional check for any holes. One trick you can do is to apply a coat of truck bed liner to surfaces that may get easily scratched or damaged by the elements. Anytime the vehicle is in storage, use an RV cover that’s waterproof and UV proof.
Have the RV generator serviced on schedule
Similar to routine oil and filter changes, the RV’s generator needs servicing as well. It should be indicated in the user manual, but just in case, you can always consult with a professional. Always remember that following the maintenance schedule will save you more money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs.
Keep the sewer and utility system in top shape
The RV’s sewer system should be well-maintained and checked every once in a while. To prevent clogs, use biodegradable toilet paper. Emptying the holding tank frequently will prevent unwanted back-up. Also, you’ll need to use the right accessories and connections compatible with your RV model to make disposal and clean-up more efficient.
Check the tires and brakes regularly
An RV’s heavy load will take a toll on the tires, especially after a long trip. Before you put your RV in storage or get it ready for another vacation, it’s essential to have the tires checked for pressure. Lug nuts may also need replacement, so don’t forget to check on those too. The brakes should also be maintained regularly to ensure safety.
If you live in an area where it gets cold during winter, you need to prep your RV’s engine for storage. Apart from draining all fluids, you’ll need to remove the battery and store it somewhere dry and warm. If you don’t know how to remove the battery, have a professional do it for you.
Check electrical systems
Another critical step in RV maintenance is making sure that electrical systems are working properly. There shouldn’t be any loose wires or broken sockets. If there’s a problem with wiring and installations, contact a professional electrician right away.