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These following 10 travel trailer maintenance tips can ensure the longevity of your vehicle and boost its performance that will ultimately save your money on repair or replacements.
1. Check the Roof
The roof of your travel trailer is mostly overlooked by many of us. Travel trailer roofs are made from different materials such as rubber and fiber class. The maintenance will be done depending on the material. In addition to regular maintenance, you need to check your roof before every trip to find out any leak or crack. If there is any, fix it fast before heading towards your destination. You can use sealants to patch the RV’s roof leak. Make sure that the sealant is compatible with the roof material.
For regular maintenance, inspect the roof every three months. Check the roof edges, skylight, vents, or even air conditioning unit to find leaks.
2. Tighten Wheels
Your travel trailer is simply a house on the wheels. The wheels are exposed to road conditions during trips. Regular traveling or traveling in unfavorable conditions can make wheels lose. Therefore, you should always keep a screwdriver and wrench to tighten your wheels whenever required. Pay attention to find out the things attached outside that might cause a security risk.
Driving with loose nuts or wheels can cause accidents and you might lose the wheel on the road. Just imagine what will happen if your vehicle will lose its wheel on the road when you are driving. Always take extra care to avoid such a condition.
3. Check Seals and Seams
You need to inspect the external seals and seams. Without regular maintenance, there might be dirt build around the seals. So, clean the slide out and then lubricate the slider mechanism to boost performance. You can also use lubricants for window seals. Buy the one that is specifically designed for window sealing. Lubrication will ensure easy movement of your windows.
Also, look out for holes and cracks. Water penetration can damage your wheel significantly. If a leak goes unnoticed for a long, then mold or rot might develop.
4. Change Oil Filter, Oil and Coolants
Like your car, your RV also needs to change its oil and oil filters regularly. It is important to boost the efficiency of your engine. If you avoid changing the oil regularly, it will not only affect your engine’s performance, but it will also seize your engine. Oil and oil filter change will cost you around $10,000. You will have to spend much less on changing oil only. It is suggested to change the oil after every 3,000 to 4,500 miles.
In addition, you need to change coolant, air, and fuel on a seasonal basis. Proper maintenance is important to ensure the smooth functioning of your engine.
5. Inspect RV Batteries
Regular checking of batteries is one of the most helpful camper maintenance tips. Can you imagine a situation with a dead RV battery in the middle of a trip? It is horrible. All RV batteries are not the same. Some have water levels, others do not demand maintenance. The objective is to charge your battery fully before any trip.
RV batteries are designed to last for three to five years. After this period, the battery will not work efficiently and you need to replace it.
To learn more about the RV batteries we think are the best check out this article I wrote call Best Travel Trailer Batteries.
6. Check Your RV Tire Pressure
You need to check the RV tire pressure before the trip since overinflated tires might explode causing damage to your RV. In fact, it might cause a road accident. Underinflated tires will create problems as well. They will create control problems while generating more resistance. All these will affect gas mileage.
If your RV has been sitting for a long, then it is important to check the tire pressure and fuel to ensure a safe ride.
7. Maintain Your RV’s Brake
Brake plays an important role in the safety of any vehicle and your RV is not an exception. You will have to maintain your RV’s brake to ensure your and others’ safety on the road. You should always keep it at the top of your checklist. In addition, check your wheel bearing and lubricate them with the right oil in the summer. Make sure that enough material is left on the brake to function smoothly.
If you do not maintain your brake properly, it can cause accidents putting your life in risk. Also, you will have to replace the brake frequently without maintenance. Brake replacement will cost you anywhere between $300 and $500. Replacement means replacing the seals and repacking the wheel bearing.
Another article I wrote that you might be interest in is Do Travel Trailers Have Brakes.
8. Follow the Regular Servicing Schedule
Always follow the manufacturer’s instruction for servicing, oil, and filter change. If you ignore the manufacturer instruction and delay servicing, then you might need to spend a huge up to $9,000 in repair. So, be regular about the servicing and schedule an appoint much before to work as a reminder.
Also, run the generator regularly even if the RV is stored. Any irregularity might cost you around $400 to repair the unit’s carburetor.
9. Check the Electrical Connection from RV to Tow Vehicle
A proper electrical connection from RV to tow-vehicle will ensure the safety of your RV trip. This electrical connection will transmit the signal from the tow vehicle to an RV and will turn on RV’s brake light when you hit the brake. The electrical connection is important to ensure your safety both during day and night time.
Also, the electrical connection will enable the tow-vehicle to charge RV battery throughout that will ultimately offer good brake activation with a fully charged battery.
10. Maintain Your RV Awning
A maintained RV awning will look and remain clean. That will prevent mold and mildew growth. Also, regular inspection will enable you to repair the possible damages at the early stage. If you do not clean awning, then the accumulated dirt might cause nest build up and damage. For repairs, you will have to spend up to $600 depending on the damage.
When damage is severe and repair is not the option anymore, you will have to spend between $1,300 and $1,400 for replacement.
Follow these simple RV maintenance tips to maintain your RV and prevent any unfavorable condition.
Ray Roman is the main contributor to this site and an avid researcher of travel trailers and the RV industry in general. He loves flyfishing, vacationing in Red River, NM and spending time with family and friends.