Many people around the United States enjoy owning and using recreational vehicles (RVs). A few years ago the RV Industry Association commissioned a study on RV ownership around the country. When the University of Michigan completed their research, they found that there are nearly 10 million households around the nation that have one. If you own one, there are some things you should do to keep it in good shape. From checking the fluids to having the RV shocks checked and changed, here are some tips to keep it running:
1. Have your RV checked by professionals per the instructions from the manufacturer. There are a lot of things you can do on your own but from time to time, it makes sense to have a professional give a look-see to the RV shocks, the steering control for RVs, and other parts of the vehicle may need to be changed out or fixed. The last thing you need is to find out your RV shocks are broken or failing when you are out on the road.
2. Never neglect your brake system. Other than having your RV shocks go out at the last moment during a trip, having your brakes do the same is one of the most dangerous things that can happen while you are on the road. Make sure the amount of brake fluid is maintained. You should also keep an eye on the wheel bearings. Proper maintenance of your brakes can prevent the need for costly brake repairs and/or replacements.
3. Keep an eye on your roof seams and seals. At least once every three months, you should take a look at the seams along the edges of the roof, around the skylights, vents, and air conditioning unit. When water comes in contact with the seals, it will recede to the wood on the roof but as time passes, unless you check your seams and seals on a regular basis, it will find a way into your RV where it can and will cause a lot of damage.
4. Do not ignore your tires and wheels. Before you set off on any fun and exciting voyage, you need to measure the pressure of your tires and check the lug nuts on the wheels. Just like you need to make sure your shocks for RVs are in good shape before you take a trip, you need to make sure your wheels and tires are safe to travel on. Both under and over inflated tires can be very dangerous on the road. The wrong pressure can also mean your RV uses more fuel than it generally should have to need to use.
5. Take a look at the batteries in your RV. RV batteries are made to last for between three and five years. It is important to keep them charged up while you are on your trip and you should check them before you set out. You can start to have problems after the battery reaches the age of three and it will be useless after the age of five.
6. Make sure your wastewater system is working well. When it comes to proper maintenance of this system, you also to have to make sure you are using the right chemicals for your specific system. If you are unsure about the right chemicals to use, you can check with the manufacturer or at the dealership where you bought it. You also need to keep up with a good schedule to flush the system and make sure you use enough fluid to get the job done.
7. Take the time to deal with the hydraulic, coolant, fuel, and air filters. These need to be changed every season. Many experts recommend RV owners have these filters checked every time they take their RV in for an oil change. Keeping an eye on your filters can prevent larger problems from popping up with your RV and possibly ruining your vacation.
There are a lot of great reasons to buy an RV. They can give you the freedom to travel around the nation on your schedule which will let you see what you want and spend time where you want to. Proper RV maintenance can keep your trips really special.