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5 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR RV
The lure of the open road is irresistible to many people. In fact, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) states that including those who rent RVs, there are about 30 million RV buffs in America.
According to RVing Guide, there are quite a few similarities between a conventional home and your home on the road. For instance, both a home and an RV have a faucet in the kitchen sink, and your RV most likely has a toilet and a shower in the bathroom, just like a traditional home does. In the same way that a car or conventional home requires routine maintenance, RV repair and maintenance is needed, too. Camping Guide offers these five tips for keeping your mobile home rolling along.
1. CHANGE THE OIL, COOLANT, AND FILTERS IN YOUR RV REGULARLY.
In order to keep your RV’s engine working well, it’s very important to change the oil, coolant, and hydraulic filters of your RV on a routine basis.
Without this type of proper maintenance, your RV’s engine could eventually seize, possibly costing you up to $10,000 in RV repair work. In addition, lack of maintenance can also lead to an increase in fuel usage, overheating of the cooling system, and oxidation of the hydraulic system. The resulting damage could cost over $2,500 to repair.
The majority of RV manufacturers suggest changing the oil every 3,000 to 4,000 miles, but it’s advisable to find out what’s recommended for your particular type of vehicle.
2. CHECK YOUR RVS ROOF.
Inspecting the seams and seals of your RV’s roof every six months can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in roof repairs and water damage.
If the roof of your RV is made of rubber, it should also be treated at least once every year to prevent sun damage.
3. INSPECT YOUR BATTERY.
Before taking a trip, check out your RV’s battery. Deep-cycle batteries last approximately three to five years and need to be replaced at the end of their life cycle.
In the winter, take your battery out and be sure to store it someplace warm. Batteries have the capacity to freeze and break. They would no longer be usable and any warranty would be voided.
4. CHECK YOUR BRAKES.
For your own safety and the safety of those sharing the road with you, it’s crucial to keep your brakes in top condition. It’s also cost-effective to maintain your brakes because damage to motor home parts such as brakes can cost up to $2,000.
5. RUN YOUR RV’S GENERATOR.
When your RV is in storage, run the generator on a regular basis to avoid build-up on the carburetor which costs as much as $400 to remove.
The true joy of owning an RV is the ability to head out on the road and roam where you please. By changing the oil and filters routinely, Inspecting the roof, battery, and brakes, and keeping the generator in good shape, you’ll not only avoid expensive RV repairs, but your RV will also be ready to take you on your next adventure.