Five Maintenance Tips to Avoid RV Repairs
These five tips will help you successfully maintain your RV and avoid costly RV repairs.
Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV
Be sure to inspect your RV’s roof for leaks every three months. Water leaks can form in any open seams in your RV’s air conditioning unit, roof, vents, or skylights and cause substantial water damage that requires costly repairs.
You can use a variety of different sealants to fix leaks; however, it is important to choose one that is compatible with your RV’s specific roofing material, which may include fiberglass, metal, EPDM (rubber), TPO, and ALFA.
Tighten your RV’s wheel lug nuts and check tire pressure.
Before every RV trip, tighten your RV’s wheel lug nuts and measure tire pressure to ensure safety on the road. Driving with loose lug nuts is dangerous and could lead to losing a wheel on the road. Furthermore, checking your RV’s tire pressure can help to avoid overinflated and underinflated tires, both of which can prove dangerous while on the road.
Check your RV’s batteries.
Most issues with RV batteries—especially dead batteries—are easily avoidable if you check your battery before hitting the road. Some batteries have water levels and some are maintenance free. Regardless, the goal for any RV battery is that you do your best to keep it fully charged at all times. Batteries tend to last 3-5 years; however, after the three-year mark, deep-cycle batteries (towable RVs) typically start to lose capacity. After five years, start-type batteries (drivable RVs) start to lose capacity.
Keep your RV’s wastewater system in good condition.
Maintenance of your RV’s wastewater system varies based upon the type of system you have and corresponding chemicals designed to work with that system. Furthermore, you need to use adequate amounts of water to start the system after flushing and make sure that you flush the system on a regular basis. If you don’t maintain your RV’s water system, you will get excessive amounts of buildup, which can result in clogging, failure to operate, and seizure of valves—all costly to repair.
Maintain your RV’s brakes.
Maintaining your RV’s brakes is critical to road safety. Maintain the wheel bearings and ensure they lubricated throughout the summer. In addition, check to see if your RV’s brakes still have enough material left on them and that they’re responding properly so you get a good working activation in the trailer. The cost of brake replacement varies and generally includes repacking the wheel bearings and replacing the seals.