How To Conduct Annual RV Maintenance

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In order to keep anything running properly, you need to conduct regular maintenance. This goes for all of the different appliances and systems in your home and all of your vehicles as well. Owning an RV comes with several different benefits. 

Nothing is as wonderful as having the ability to pick up and go as you please. With an RV, you can pack up the house, hit the road, and explore the country on your own time. With that being said, you'll need to include RV maintenance into your schedule as well. 

It's best to keep an RV maintenance checklist handy so when it comes time to conduct certain maintenance tasks, you know exactly what to do and when. Are you sure how to properly maintain your RV? Are you considering purchasing an RV but aren't sure what to expect from its maintenance requirements? 

In the guide below, you'll discover everything you need to know about proper RV maintenance. Continue reading to find out more!

Monthly Check List

When you're creating an RV-maintenance checklist, you should keep a list of all the monthly, seasonal, and annual tasks required. The tasks listed below are ones you should complete each month to stay on top of the maintenance. Here's what you need to know.

The AC

The AC vents in your RV can become dirty just like the AC unit in your home. If you want to keep the AC in your RV running smoothly, you should vacuum out the vents each month and give them a good cleaning as well. 

The Batteries

The batteries in your Rv should be topped off with water to keep their levels good. When you do top them off, try not to use tap water. Tap water has minerals in it that can cause damage to the batteries. 

Instead, use distilled water. 

The Generator

If gasoline remains stagnant for a period of time, it can go bad. It can also go bad after about one month if not used. Because of this, you should run the generator to allow the gasoline to pass through. 

Run it for about two hours at 50%. If you'll be storing the RV for longer periods of time, then be sure to use a fuel stabilizer. 

The Seals

All seals on the exterior of the RV should be checked as well. If you find damages to any seals, then you'll want to repair them. Even if there's only a tiny crack in a seal, you should repair it to ensure a proper seal. 

The Safety Equipment

Think about all the different types of safety equipment your RV has. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety equipment should always be in good working order. Run tests on them to ensure they're working and prepared for emergencies. 

The Slideouts

Some RVs have slideouts. If yours is one of them, then be sure to lubricate them each month to prevent rust and keep them in good condition. There are also sealant sprays you can buy to keep its seals in good condition as well. 

The Engine

Nothing in your RV's engine should be leaking. Each month, make sure to inspect the engine for signs of problems. Have these issues corrected before the next RV use. 

Pest Control

Be sure to check your RV for any signs of small openings as well. A good place to look is under the rig. Pests only need a small hole to squeeze into and enter your RV. 

If you find any openings, do seal them. 

Seasonal Check List

After each season, there are a few things you want to check off your maintenance checklist. Here's what you need to know about seasonal maintenance for your RV. 

Tire Check

To ensure your RV stays safe during each trip, you should check the tire pressure and wear and tear on your tires as well. At the first sign of any tire trouble, schedule an appointment to have them looked at or for new tires to be put on. 

Damage Check

Aside from your tires, you should also do a general damage check of the entire RV as well. You should inspect both the interior and exterior for any signs of damage. 

Deep Cleaning

After each season, it's a good idea to do a deep cleaning of the entire RV on the inside and outside. You can also schedule professional RV detailing and treat all metal also. 

Annual Check List

There are certain maintenance tasks that should be conducted each year. In the List below, you'll learn what tasks should be done once a year. 

AC Tune-Ups

You most likely have the AC unit in your home tuned-up once a year. The same should be true for the AC in your RV. Schedule routine annual appointments with the professionals to provide it with all the preventative maintenance it needs. 

Propane Inspections

You should also have your RV's propane tank checked once a year as well. If you drive more than 5,000 miles before the year mark, then have it inspected then. A professional can check for leaks and other signs of damages and make the necessary repairs.

Brake Inspections

Throughout your RV's use, be sure to inspect your brakes for signs of wear and tear. Although you should do this on a regular basis, you also want to schedule an appointment to have the brakes serviced once a year as well. Remember, you're not driving a small vehicle anymore. 

Your RV is much larger and requires more powerful brakes, which you'll want to be in the best working conditions. 

The RV Maintenance You Conduct Is Essential

If you own an Rv, then be sure to keep this guide nearby. RV maintenance is essential if you want to keep your RV safe and running smoothly. 

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