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Travel Tips: Maintaining your RV - Check List

RV maintenance can save you thousands of dollars, not to mention hours of headaches. A little prevention goes a long way. Be sure to follow our check list for keeping your RV in tip top shape, both inside and out. RV-Picture


1. Clean the roof frequently: remove debris, use only detergents recommended by your manufacturer, and rinse the sides of the vehicle thoroughly afterwards

2. While you're focused on the roof, be sure to inspect all the seals (water will find a way in!) and replace these as needed

3. Check the seals on the rest of the unit - anywhere the manufacturer cut a hole in the surface or attached components is a potential leak

4. Wash the rest of the unit with a gentle soap solution each time you come home from a trip (be sure to check your manual on recommended detergents - gentle is best)

5. Wax the rest of the unit to protect the finish and prevent black streaks (it's a big project, but prevention will save time and money)

6. Spray any hinges or joints with a good lubricant (like WD40)

7. Keep your freshly-cleaned RV covered (out of the damaging sun and rain) when not in use

8. Check tire pressure and appearance (covering thoroughly can decrease UV damage to tires)

9. Look under the hood before the season starts to be sure that your fluids, jacks, and air conditioning are all in good shape - and top-up where necessary

10. If your unit was winterized (antifreeze added), take it to your dealer to have this process reversed


1. Check the interior of the unit frequently for leaks (of air or water) - even the smallest leak can become a nightmare

2. Clean the interior after every trip and ensure every surface is bone-dry to prevent mildew

3. Plug in and test electrical items and batteries before your first trip of the season

4. Check alarms and smoke detectors and ensure your fire extinguishers haven't expired

5. Hire a pro to check your propane system (to ensure there aren't any gas leaks) and then test your appliances

6. Exercise your generator (leaving it idle can cause problems)

Finally, be sure to check insurance so that this is up-to-date, and coverage terms understood, well before you plan to hit the road. Taking care of your baby all year long is worth it; you'll save money and be ready to hit the road in no time.

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