An RV is an investment as well as your vehicle to freedom and adventure. To protect your investment and keep your RV on the road for longer, regular maintenance is essential. Not every RV owner is aware of the best maintenance but we have a checklist to help you stay on track.
There are tasks you need to do each month, each season, and each year. It can seem overwhelming but, when you have a checklist, you can stay on top of maintenance easily and keep your RV in great shape for years and years of fun.
Monthly RV Maintenance Tips
At least once a month, you want to set aside time to get these maintenance items taken care of for your RV.
Run the generator: Stagnant gasoline goes bad after a month, so it is a good idea to keep it moving through the generator. You only need to have it running for an hour or two or use a fuel stabilizer if the RV is in storage for long periods of time.
Check batteries: You need to top off the batteries’ water levels, but make sure to use distilled water when you do.
Clean the A/C: By cleaning out and vacuuming the vents of the unit, it will run more efficiently when it’s time to get going again.
Look under the hood: Check hoses and clamps to make sure everything is tight and there are no leaks.
Test safety features: Check the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and any other safety equipment every month and replace parts if needed.
Slideout care: If your RV has slideouts, keep them lubricated to prevent rust and so they move smoothly once you need them again.
Outside seals: Check all outside seals for cracks and repair any that you find with sealant.
Seasonal RV Maintenance Tips
Seasonal maintenance is especially important if the RV will be stored over the winter months. The tasks below can be done less frequently than those above, but are important and should not be missed.
Deep cleaning: If the RV is stored and winterizes, it should be cleaned out a few times a year. The inside can get damp and cause big problems if not cleaned up.
Look for damage: Even in storage, you should check periodically for damage. It may not be in use, but birds or other pests can get into the RV and cause damage. Seal up any access points or damage you come across right away.
Filter the water: Having clean water is important and when left unattended it can get danky. At least every 6-8 weeks, run a half cup of bleach through the freshwater tank. It only needs to sit for a day and then you can run it through the lines.
Weigh your RV: By doing this a few times a year, you can identify problem areas with the wheels and load.
Examine the tires: Tires can lose pressure when they sit unused, so checking pressure and wear and tear is critical for road safety.
Check sealant: Inspect all seals and patch up any holes to keep any moisture out. Checking the roof seals is especially important and should be done two or three times per year.
At least once per year, perform the following maintenance tasks for optimal RV performance.
Check systems: The heating and cooling systems should be checked every year, just as the ones in your home.
Service the brakes: Watch for wear on the brakes and be sure to get them replaced as needed.
Inspect propane: Make sure the connection is intact, and that there are no dents or rust. You can also call on a propane service professional to inspect your tank for you. Ideally, tanks should be tested once a year or every 5,000 miles.
Finally, before you head out for any trip, there are a few tasks to complete.
- Check your tire pressure, and make sure there is no serious wear and tear.
- that brake lights and headlights are working
- Clear any debris from the rooftop
With this checklist, your RV will be in great shape, so you can hit the road, worry-free.