5-Step Checklist for RV Maintenance
Performing regular maintenance on your recreational vehicle (RV) is an important way to keep your RV running smoothly and it can also minimize long-term repair costs.
This checklist identifies some of the most important steps in RV maintenance as a way to monitor your RV’s “vital signs.” In addition to the items on this list, it’s also a good idea to consult your RV mechanic to review additional maintenance needs.
1. Tire pressure
Proper tire pressure helps maintain fuel efficiency and avoid tire wear. Too much or too little tire pressure can cause your tires to wear at a faster rate. To determine proper inflation levels for your RV tires, it’s beneficial to know the weight distribution of your packed RV. Tire pressure levels for front- and rear-axle tires may vary depending on weight distribution. Your tire manufacturer can provide you with information detailing the correct tire inflation for your RV.
2. Oil changes
Monitoring your RV’s motor and transmission oil helps ensure the longevity and performance of your RV. Each RV has unique features that can affect how often the oil will need to be changed. To give you an idea, motor oil should be changed about every 3,000 miles and transmission oil about every two years. How often you use your RV and what type of oil you use are two big factors in how often your oil needs to be changed.
Frequently checking the batteries in your RV helps avoid damage. Maintaining your batteries includes monitoring fluid levels, and ensuring tight and corrosion-free connections. There are two battery types to keep an eye on in your RV:
- Chassis battery – This is the battery that starts your RV’s engine and keeps it running.
- House battery – Typically 12-volts, this battery supplies electricity to many of the appliances inside of your RV.
Although you won’t need your generator when full RV hookups are available, it’s still best to power it up every month or so. This helps avoid corrosion and bring to light any issues or needed repair. And just like your motor and transmission, your generator needs oil and filter changes as recommended by the manufacturer.
5. Fluid levels
The last step is to check several important fluid levels. This is especially necessary when you’re gearing up for an RV trip. Consult an RV mechanic or use full and empty indicators on the various reservoirs to determine the proper levels for these fluids:
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Engine coolant
- Windshield washer fluid
Now that you’re up to speed with some basic maintenance tips, make sure your RV insurance coverage is also current. To get you started, check out these RV insurance rates today.
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