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Yearly RV Maintenance Not to Overlook

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Sam Leash
May 30, 2020

TL;DR: Keep your RV in top shape with light maintenance: check brakes, rotate tires, clean tanks, test safety detectors, inspect fire extinguisher & battery. Additionally, service heating/cooling systems, inspect propane, roof, seals, hot water heater, hose clamps, water pump, and lines regularly.

Yearly RV Maintenance Not to Overlook

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Light use:

Brakes

RV brakes take a lot of wear and tear over time, especially when towing a vehicle or trailer. Any RVers owning a Class A, B, or C need to have their brakes checked at least annually. Brake pads and rotors need to be replaced before they begin making noise. Take your RV to a professional to check the condition of these if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself.

Tire Rotation

Tire maintenance

Black and Grey Tanks

Deep cleaning of these tanks can be performed annually if you don’t travel often. There are special cleaners designed to help sanitize and deodorize the tanks and lines. Don’t forget to flush the chemicals out with freshwater when you are done sanitizing.

Freshwater Tank(s)

Water tank

Safety Detectors

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to be checked regularly. If your RV sits for long periods of time, it’s crucial to check the function and batteries of these devices before each trip. Replace as necessary.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguisher maintenance

Battery

Any vehicle batteries that sit dormant for long periods can lose charge over time. Check your battery levels and replace your battery if needed. Don’t forget your generator's battery as well!

Additional maintenance for all RV owners:

Heating and Cooling Systems

Similar to those in a home, RV heating and cooling systems need to be serviced by a professional. A well-functioning system will help cool or heat your RV quicker and more efficiently. It would be a shame to arrive at your destination and have to suffer uncomfortable temperatures!

Propane

Inspect your propane tank for dents, dings, and rust. Check the connections and lines to be sure they’re all in good shape.

Roof

Roof

Seals

If you have slide outs, check your exterior seals. Some may not be accessible without first putting out the slides. While you’re under there, spray some slide lubricant on the joints!

Hot Water Heater

Maintenance for hot water heaters depends on the unit, so consult your manual for exact steps to take. In general, you can annually flush it, check the pressure relief valve, clean the burner tube, and inspect the anode rod. Anode rods can eventually wear down and start eroding. Replace if necessary.

Hose Clamps

Check and tighten all accessible hose clamps on your RV. These can be on the fuel lines, water lines, etc. If you have a generator, check there for hose clamps as well.

Water Pump and Water Lines

Water pump maintenance__

Before taking your RV out for its next adventure, be sure to check all these items off of your list. Preventative maintenance can save owners thousands of extra dollars in repairs. Preventative maintenance also helps to keep passengers safe and comfortable. A good rule of thumb is if you take good care of your RV, it will take good care of you. Be safe, and happy trails!

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Sam Leash-profile-image
Sam Leash
Sam is a seasoned traveler and RVer of 4+ years. She loves adventures of all kinds and spends as much time on the road as she can. When not exploring in her RV or writing about her travels, you can find her reading a good book, cooking a delicious meal, caring for her plants, or hiking with her dogs.
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