How To Take Care of Your RV
Tips From The RV and Travel Expert:
- Like cars, RVs need their oil and filters changed at regular intervals. This is necessary to keep your engine running properly and if left undone could eventually cause your engine to seize. This could cost you as much as $10,000. Most manufacturers suggest an oil change every 3,000 to 4,500 miles, but you should check your owner's manual for advice on your specific vehicle.
- Servicing your RV generator is important as well. Again, check the manufacturer's recommendations for how often the oil and filter should be changed. Ignoring this chore could cost you as much as $9,000 in repairs. Remember to run your generator regularly when your RV is stored too. If you don't, it could cost you up to $400 to take care of the build-up on the unit's carburetor.
- Replacing the air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters in your RV should also be done regularly. Damage costing upwards of $2,500 could result from increased fuel usage or overheating issues with the cooling system and oxidization in the hydraulic system.
- Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV every six months. Water damage can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair if it's not taken care of immediately.
- Keeping your brakes maintained is important for your safety and those of everyone else on the road as well. Brake damage could cost as much as $2,000 for a motorhome and $500 for a trailer.
- Keep your waste water system in good condition by using biodegrable RV toilet paper.
- If you have a rubber roof, make sure to have the roof treated at least once per year. This prevents the sun from doing damage. You should also have a roof inspection at least twice a year.
- Check your tire pressure and lug nuts before every trip.
- Check your batteries before your trip. Deep cycle batteries last 3-5 years and should be replaced after their life cycle is complete.
- Take your battery out during the winter months and store it somewhere warm. They have the possibly to freeze and break, voiding the warranty and rendering them unusable.