Although you and your family are ready to set off on your next family adventure, are you sure your RV is prepared? If your vehicle hasn’t been serviced since winter when you winterized it, it is imperative that you take the time to get it summer-ready with routine RV maintenance. A family vacation can easily be thrown off-track with a mechanical malfunction. Avoid disaster with these quick tips:
RV Maintenance Checklist
- Check and Clean the Battery: Using safety glasses and gloves, inspect and clean the battery before installation for the summer. Using a cleaning agent, clean the battery terminals. Be sure to rinse off the cleaning agent and allow it to dry before installation.
- Inspect the Vehicle: Walk around and through your vehicle. You are looking for any signs of damage, such as water leaks, roof damage, and dried seals.
- Check the Tires: Tires are not made to last forever, especially if they are exposed to extreme weather conditions. Before each trip, check the tires carefully for signs of cracks, uneven wear, low tread, or other potential hazards. If you notice any, be sure to replace the tires to prevent further damage or possible injury. If the tires are in good condition, verify the tire pressure is within a safe range. You can find this information inside of the owner’s manual for your recreational vehicle. This tire pressure will help ensure safety and give optimum gas mileage.
- Fill the Fluids: If you haven’t de-winterized yet, you will need to flush anti-freeze from the pipes that prevented your pipes from bursting this winter. Speaking of fluids, you will also want to take the time to check the fluids under the hood of your motorhome or tow vehicle, including:
- Engine oil,
- Power steering fluid,
- Brake fluid,
- Transmission fluid, and
- Windshield washer fluid.
- Test the Appliances: Before you leave the driveway, be sure to check that all of your appliances are in good working condition. Avoid the hassle of finding a replacement or repair shop along the way.
- Check the Safety Features: Lights and brakes are essential to keep everyone safe on the road. Check to be sure that they are all functioning correctly and replace or repair as needed. Inside your vehicle, check the smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and fire extinguisher.
- Wash the Exterior: Although it seems purely cosmetic, washing your vehicle to remove any dirt or debris that may have settled is an important task that should not be overlooked. Dust can lead to scratches and can leak into slides out seals. You can even grow mold on the roof of your vehicle. Give it a thorough detailing to protect your investment and allow for another opportunity to check again for leaks or other damage.
Ask an RV Professional for Help
Does this list seem overwhelming? The trusted RV maintenance team at Recreation RV Sales is here to help. As one of Utah’s most reputable RV dealerships, we proudly offer you the top-notch service at a reasonable price. Whether you are trying to find the RV of your dreams or getting ready for your next adventure, your fun is our business! Call us today at 888-958-7848 to let us know how we can help.