Just like all other investments, your RV will need regular upkeep and maintenance to keep it operating at prime efficiency. Although a spring or pre-season RV inspection will get you ready for your summer vacation, regular checks are vital, especially in the heat of summer. The elevated temperatures affect not only the motor of your tow vehicle or motorhome, but it also can have a dramatic impact on your vehicle’s tires, batteries, cooling system, and transmission. Use this checklist to keep your investment operating at it’s best all summer long:
Monitor Fluid Levels
It is imperative to check the fluid levels of your vehicle and your generator to ensure they are running smoothly. In summer, the additional heat makes all systems on your vehicle perform at a higher temperature, subjecting them to extra wear-and-tear. Replacing fluids is vital. Performing service at the manufacturer’s suggested intervals is also helpful. Check these five fluids before beginning each adventure:
- Engine Oil,
- Transmission Fluid,
- Brake Fluid, and,
- Power Steering Fluid.
Check the Tires
If you have ever walked on the hot pavement during the summertime, you know how hot the surface of the road can get. The increased temperatures severely affect tires, especially if they are underinflated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underinflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure. When the pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface is on the road, which can cause the tires to overheat, leading to premature wear, tread separation and even blowouts. In summer, always inspect and adjust the tire pressure when the vehicle is at rest and the tires are cold, and before driving more than a mile.
Flush the Cooling System
If you have never had the cooling system flushed, or it has been a while, remember that fresh antifreeze makes your engine last longer and keeps the cooling system in good working order. Although adding water to the radiator will work in a pinch, over time this water will make your system rust sooner. Without proper maintenance, your cooling system, radiator and water pump also become susceptible scale and corrosion build-up, which can result in an overheated engine. Be sure to flush your cooling system and replace the antifreeze regularly to prolong the life of your engine.
Just Add Water
We all know that heat makes water evaporate. This evaporation happens at a faster rate under the heated hood of your vehicle, which leads to battery corrosion. Clean the battery connections regularly. Also, keep an eye on water levels and add distilled water as necessary.
Ask a Professional
Your investment will last longer with these small preventative measures. If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the regular required maintenance, consider having your RV maintenance performed by a trusted and proven RV service professional. At Recreation RV Sales, you will enjoy first-class treatment at a price you can afford. Contact our office today at 888-958-7848 to find out how we can help.