RV maintenance and care are required year-round to keep it in tip top shape and remain ready for camping. Proper care of your RV ensures you will enjoy it for many years to come.
Run your generator – Letting your generator sit too long unused could mean replacing it before its time. Gasoline has a shelf life of about 30 days before it starts to break down and corrupt the inside of your generator. It’s recommended that you run your generator once every month at 50% to keep everything flowing smoothly, or use a fuel stabilizer for longer periods of storage.
Clean the A/C- Vacuum and clean your vents
Test safety equipment – Ensure that your smoke, carbon monoxide, and other safety equipment is working properly.
Check your engine – Check that hoses and clamps are secure, and nothing is leaking.
Keep bugs out – Check underneath your RV for loosening, cracking insulation, and any possible rodent access points.
Check tires – Check the tire pressure and search for any uneven wearing, bulging, or cracking.
Hose off fabrics – The best way to delay the need for deep and vigorous cleaning is to hose off your awning with clear water on a monthly basis. This will prevent the dirt from becoming deeply embedded into the fabric.
Every Few Months
Filter water – Every 6-8 weeks pour 1/2 cup of bleach into the freshwater tank and allow it to sit for the day. Then run and rinse the lines through with fresh water.
Check the seals – Moisture can deteriorate and ruin your RV, so you should check your exterior seals regularly. Replace the sealants if you notice any cracks, gaps, peeling, or loosening. We can help you find the right sealant for your RV.
Lube slide-out rails – Lubricate your slide-out rails a couple of time a year to stop rust and corrosion. You can find a canned lubricate spray specifically designed for this project for under $20.
Treat metal – Apply lubricant to metal on metal areas, like the hitch, leveling jacks, and entry steps. This ensures they will work smoothly and resist rust.
Once Every Year
Have your appliances inspected – Get your heating and cooling systems, as well as your fridge, microwave and other appliances inspected and tuned up once every year.
Get your brakes serviced – In order to adventure anywhere, brakes are very important. Have them professionally serviced at least once a year, and visually inspect them frequently for wear.
Check your propane tanks – Regularly check your tanks for connection integrity and rust. Have a qualified professional inspect your tanks and test for leaks once a year, or every 5,000 miles.
Your awning requires a thorough cleaning every two to three years. The fabric can be cleaned while still on the awning frame. Use a soft brush and warm water with a natural soap for vinyl fabric.
Use a stiff brush if you have acrylic fabric. Never use oil-based cleaners or any granulated, abrasive cleaners on your awning.
Use cold to lukewarm water, air dry only, and never apply heat to your awning. Make sure the fabric is completely dry before rolling up to avoid mildew.
Storing Your RV
Always park on solid dry ground when storing your RV.
RV roofs are especially susceptible to sun and environmental damage. The best thing you can do to prevent this is store your RV under a steel RV carport or traditional RV cover. If you cover the unit with a plastic tarp make sure to leave an air gap between the roof and tarp for air circulation. Without this, condensation might cause more damage than rain and snow.
Condensation can also cause damage inside your RV. When your RV is not being used during the summer months, the inside coach can get up to 130 degrees depending on your location. That type of intense heat will cause even the toughest materials to break down and fail over time. Open your vents to let the air in, but remember to keep the rooftop vents closed to keep the rain out!