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The Things You Need to Do to Protect Your RV

Updated on June 4, 2017
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I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to enjoy their own vacations.

Taking steps to perform preventive maintenance on your RV is the smartest thing you can do.
Taking steps to perform preventive maintenance on your RV is the smartest thing you can do. | Source

Few people realize how important it is for them to take steps themselves to protect their recreational vehicles.

Doing this is relatively easy, saves money, reduces safety hazards and also helps to maintain the value of their coaches.

When marker lights don't work, air pressure in tires has not been checked or gas tanks leak it is a sure sign that an owner either

  • does not understand the importance of checking for problems,
  • does not feel he has the ability to do so or
  • simply is ignorant about what must be done.

The cure for these problems is for people to take the time to learn a few things about preventive maintenance.

Checking to make sure that generators and engines are working is important.
Checking to make sure that generators and engines are working is important. | Source

22 Maintenance Jobs Anybody Can Do

Here is a list of basic things anybody can do that will help to keep coaches road ready and safe.

  1. replace batteries in smoke and gas detectors so that they continue to function,
  2. clean interior air conditioning filters to avoid damage to AC units,
  3. keep gray water tanks open when camping to avoid flooding,
  4. make sure air pressure in tires is adequate and equal,
  5. check tires regularly for damage,
  6. add water to coach batteries as needed,
  7. check generator and engine oil levels, and add oil as needed,
  8. dump and clean holding tanks regularly to avoid odors and clogs,
  9. run the coach generator and engine once each month to keep them lubricated,
  10. check propane pipes for leaks as needed by soaking suspected problem areas with soapy water,
  11. replace interior as well as exterior covers on lights and brakes as needed,
  12. caulk around external lights, doors and windows to prevent water leaks,
  13. put the right kind of gas or diesel fuel in your engine,
  14. use appliances properly,
  15. tie down and tilt awnings when camping,
  16. replace gas and smoke detectors as needed,
  17. make sure all windows and doors lock properly,
  18. raise awnings and lock them in place if a storm is coming,
  19. replace or repair broken screens as needed,
  20. check brake and exterior lights to make sure they are working,
  21. wash and wax your RV regularly, making sure to use gentle products and
  22. clean and disinfect the interior of your coach regularly as well.

If you feel you don't have the ability to do some of these things yourself, employ someone to do them for you. The money you spend will return to you tenfold in terms of comfort, safety and value.

Inspect Regularly and Eliminate Problems

You don't have to be a mechanic in order to regularly walk through or around your vehicle to look for small problems that have the potential of growing into large ones.

Doing this can help you to catch issues that can often be repaired with a bit of caulk or a simple screen cleaning.

Any experienced RVer will tell you that doing this before pulling out of a campsite helps you to remember to put your antenna down, your stairs in and take similar steps that will help you to avoid breakage as you travel down the road.

The More You Do Yourself, the More Money You'll Save on RV Repairs.

Learn About Your RV Systems

RVs are composed of numerous systems. Some, such as engines and generators are more important than others, but can only be maintained by professional repair people.

Others, such as CD players and Microwave Ovens matter less because they can be easily replaced.

Some, however, you must be able to maintain yourself.

Three that I outline below require a good deal of preventive maintenance which, while not difficult to do, are extremely important to vehicle safety as well as the overall comfort and well being of travelers.

RV Tanks

Black, Gray and Fresh Water Tanks are the heart of any RV.

No matter how well maintained the rest of your travel unit, if you don't properly care for these tanks, your coach will smell so bad that you won't want to travel or live in it.

In some cases, you won't even be able to use it without spending a good deal of money for repairs due to breakage and clogging.

How to Dump, Clean and Protect Your RV's Black Water Tank and How to Care for Your RV's Fresh Water Tanks provide specific directions that will help you with these issues.

Every owner must learn how to maintain tanks themselves, so these are "must read" articles!

Learning how to maintain your RV tanks is important.
Learning how to maintain your RV tanks is important. | Source

RV Appliances

Preventive maintenance also includes checking air conditioning units, refrigerators, washing machines, vent fans, propane tanks and other appliances you need to be able to use during RV trips.

In many cases, this is a simple matter of turning them on to make sure they are still working or wiping or washing filters to rid them of dirt and dust.

For example,

  1. refrigerators that have been stored for awhile may not work because their vents have become clogged with leaves, dead bugs or dirt, so using an air compressor to simply blow out the vent that is located behind the outside door of the refrigerator is usually enough to get a unit working again.

You can pay someone to do this for you, but you can do it yourself for free if you take the time to learn how.

Doing it will be good for your refrigerator and good for you, as well!

Choosing the right tires for your RV and then maintaining them properly can save your life.
Choosing the right tires for your RV and then maintaining them properly can save your life. | Source

RV Tires

Tires are the heart of any recreational vehicle, so taking good care of them really matters.

The Best Ways to Buy, Maintain and Safely Use RV Tires is a "must read" article for anybody who owns a recreational vehicle.

The information it provides might well save your life, so do invest some time in reading it.

There isn't a travel day that goes by when my husband isn't checking our tires several times, and when we buy RV tires, we are careful to make sure that they are

  • of good quality,
  • properly rated to carry the weight of our coach and
  • match one another for brand, size and air pressure.

Safety has always been our number one priority, and one way we achieve it is to take great care with tire maintenance.

Keep Learning

There is a lot to learn about taking care of a motor home, travel trailer or camper. Fortunately, there are many helpful and free resources available.

If you need information you can

  • check YouTube for instructional videos,
  • log onto an RV Forum and ask for advice,
  • ask an RV repair person for guidance,
  • talk to other owners about your issues or
  • read manuals and books that deal with RV repairs.

Your coach should come with manuals that deal specifically with your brand and model of unit, but you may want something that is less complicated to understand that can help you to take care of basic problems such as the one I show below.

(My husband and I have used this guide for years. It's written in easy to understand language, and the directions are clear and concise.)

My husband and I always carry owners manuals with us when we travel so that if something comes up while we're away from home we can at least get an overview of the issue so that we can intelligently deal with a repair shop.

In many cases, it gives us enough information to show us how to make the repair ourselves.

Best RV Tips from RVTipOfTheDay.com
Best RV Tips from RVTipOfTheDay.com

One of the best and easiest to understand RV maintenance guides on the market. Will quickly pay for itself in terms of repair costs you will avoid by using it!

 

It Pays to Protect Your RV

If you want to have sanitary, sweet smelling, safe and relatively trouble free vacations, it will pay you to learn how to protect your camper, travel trailer or motor home by using some of the ideas in this article.

Furthermore, doing so will save you a small fortune on repair costs and produce more income when it comes time to sell your coach.

The items mentioned in this article are not difficult to do, and learning how to do them is fairly easy. If a 74 year old grandmother like me can use them to protect a coach, surely you can, too!

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