I just got a new RV a few months back but I must say proper maintenance not only keeps your RV in great working condition but it also helps to retain its value. The manufacturer’s manual will provide recommended tips for keeping your RV in the best condition and you can always schedule maintenance and checkups with any certified RV technician. In between checkups, there are a few things you can do to make sure your RV goes the distance.
Most Important RV Maintenance tips:
Just the same as your cars, RVs need regular oil and filter changes. This is recommended and necessary to keep the engine running efficiently and if neglected, the engine could seize. If this happens, you are looking at costs as high as $10,000, which is why most RV manufacturers recommend oil changes every 3000 or 4500 miles. Every vehicle is different, so be sure to check the recommendations given in the user’s manual for your specific make and model. I usually do this every 5000 miles.
You also need to check the generator according to the user’s manual recommendations. The filters need to be changed regularly so you don’t end up facing $9000 in repairs should damage occur. You need to remember that your generator needs to run regularly even when the RV is in storage; otherwise you could be looking at $400 to remove any build up on the carburetor.
- The air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters also need to be changed regularly. Damages can cost close to $2500 because of increased fuel usage or overheating issues with the cooling system or oxidation in the hydraulic system.
- Be sure to inspect the roof seals and seams of the RV every six months or so. Water damage can be very costly if not noticed and addressed right away.
- Make sure the brakes are maintained for your safety as well as the safety of others on the road. Brake damages can cost close to $2000 for motorhomes and $500 for trailers.
- You can prolong the life of your wastewater system and keep maintain optimal performance levels by using biodegradable RV toilet paper.
- If the RV has a rubber roof, you want to have the roof treated at least once a year. This prevents the sum from causing too much damage. Regardless of the roofing material, you should plan to have the roof inspected at least twice a year.
- Make sure you check your tire pressure and lug nuts before every trip.
- Before every trip, you also want to check the batteries. If you have deep cycle batteries, these last between 3 and 5 years and need to be replaced after the life cycle is complete.
- If you are not living full time in your RV during the months you are not using it, remove the battery and store it somewhere warm. They can be damaged by cold weather and freeze or break which will void any warranty and render them unusable.