25 Maintenance Tips

  1. Check oil and fluid levels regularly.
  2. Never use too long or too light of an extension cord (not over 25 feet and no lighter than 12 gauge)
  3. Keep unit clean (the cleaner the RV and accessories are, the better they work.)
  4. Inspect tires regularly (dry rot, cracks, low pressure, tread wear, and general condition.)
  5. Inspect exterior trims and seams (clean and seal or have sealed as seams crack or need attention.)
  6. Have motorized unit’s engine and chassis service maintained as a car or per owner’s manual.
  7. Make sure the RV is properly stored (water system winterized, battery stored, unit cleaned and covered if possible.)
  8. Determine, if possible, water pressure at campgrounds or use a pressure regulator (too high of pressure can damage lines and cause problems.)
  9. Keep all manuals in RV, you can refer to them if a problem does occur.
  10. Always use RV toilet and waste products, the products for home use will cause problems in the RV waste system.
  11. Start unit or generator periodically to cycle stale gas out so the gas does not damage the carburetor or fuel system.
  12. Flush holding tanks thoroughly to help keep probes clean to insure proper functions of the monitor panel.
  13. Lubricate and keep electric step free of debris to help maintain step.
  14. Lubricate compartment locks and entry door locks.
  15. Inspect roof for debris and tree limbs.
  16. Make sure all vents and TV antenna are down before moving unit.
  17. Keep extra 12V fuses available in case one happens to blow.
  18. Inspect and check hitch bolts to make sure none have loosened up over use.
  19. Put awning up or tilt at angle to allow rain to roll off and not puddle on fabric. You will be surprised how quickly wind or rain can damage an awning.
  20. Use a scrap of carpet or throw rug at entryway to keep from damaging linoleum in unit.
  21. Open awning up after rain to allow drying so it will not mildew.
  22. Use stabilizer jacks for stabilizing only and not for lifting unless jacks are designed for extra capacity.
  23. Make a trip plan or carry atlas in case you get lost on the trip.
  24. Keep an extra set of keys hidden or available in case one set is lost.
  25. Relax and enjoy the RV lifestyle!

 

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