A Guide to Caring for Your RV

You love hitting the open road, exploring and just getting away from it all. Your sense of adventure and your desire to vacation regularly has led you to make the decision to buy an RV, and you couldn’t be happier with your decision. You want to be able to enjoy your RV for years to come, and in order to do so, you need to take proper care of it; and proper care requires more than just changing the oil. To learn more about the benefits of an RV and how to take care of it properly, keep on reading.

Proper Care for Your RV

If you want to be able to use your RV for years to come, and you don’t want to end up being stranded on the side of the road on your next vacation, make sure that you heed the following care and maintenance tips.

Check Fluid Levels. Make sure that you check all of your fluid levels before you go on a trip, and when you get back. This includes the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and power steering fluid. These are essential components for making sure that your RV runs properly and smoothly, and they can run low, especially after you’ve been driving for a while. Top them off if they aren’t where they are supposed to be.

Check the Tires. There’s nothing more frustrating than a flat tire. While you may not be able to avoid running over a nail in the road, you can avoid having a tire go flat because it is old, or because it was low on air before you left. Check to make sure that the tread is good. Driving on tires that have a low tread is dangerous businesses, as there isn’t enough traction between the tire and the road. Without enough traction, you increase your chances of skidding on water and ice. Also, make sure the air pressure is good. Check the level of air that should be in the tire (it’s notated on the side of the tire) with an air pressure gauge. If they’re low, fill them up until they are at the right level.

Check the Brakes. Make sure your brake pads are in good condition. If they are low, have them replaced. The last thing you want is to have your brakes give out on you.

Check the Fresh Water Tank. Make sure you have plenty of fresh water for your trip, and fill up if you need to. You also want to wash out all of the hoses, and you should check the holding tank supplies.

Clean It. Make sure you wash your RV after each trip. Road grime, such as brake dust, dirt and bugs, can cause your RV to rust.