10 Basic RV Maintenance Tips to Keep Your RV in Great Shape 9580

Properly maintaining your RV is the most important thing you can do to keep it running and help retain its value. It is recommended to follow the manufacturer’s owner’s manual to see exactly what you should do to keep your RV in top condition. You can always schedule an appointment with a Certified RV Technician at one of our many Camping World locations.

1. Change Oil and Oil Filters Regularly

Like cars, RVs need their oil and filters changed at regular intervals. This is necessary to keep your engine running properly and if left undone could eventually cause your engine to seize. This could cost you as much as $10,000. Most manufacturers suggest an oil change every 3,000 to 4,500 miles, but you should check your owner’s manual for advice on your specific vehicle.

2. Service Your RV Generator According to Schedule

Servicing your RV generator is important as well. Again, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often the oil and filter should be changed. Ignoring this chore could cost you as much as $9,000 in repairs. Remember to run your generator regularly when your RV is stored too. If you don’t, it could cost you up to $400 to take care of the build-up on the unit’s carburetor.

3. Replace Air, Fuel, and Other Filters

Replacing the air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters in your RV should also be done regularly. Damage costing upwards of $2,500 could result from increased fuel usage or overheating issues with the cooling system and oxidization in the hydraulic system.

4. Regularly Inspect the Roof

Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV every six months. Water damage can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair if it’s not taken care of immediately.

5. Have Your Brakes Checked By a Mechanic

Keeping your brakes maintained is important for your safety and those of everyone else on the road as well. Brake damage could cost as much as $2,000 for a motorhome and $500 for a trailer.

6. Take Care of Your RV’s Sewer System

Keep your wastewater system in good condition by using biodegradable RV toilet paper. It’s also extremely important to empty your RV’s holding tank to prevent unwanted backup. The right RV sewer connections can make this process much easier. It’s also important to empty your holding tank every so often. Feel free to check out our stock of RV sewer hoses and accessories to ensure quick and efficient disposal.

7. Have Rubber Roofs Treated Annually

If you have a rubber roof, make sure to have the roof treated at least once per year. This prevents the sun from doing damage. You should also have a roof inspection at least twice a year.

8. Check Your Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure and lug nuts before every trip. Tighten lug nuts as necessary and add air to tires based on proper specifications.

9. Check Your Batteries Regularly

Check your batteries before your trip. Deep cycle batteries last 3-5 years and should be replaced after their life cycle is complete.

10. Store Your Battery Properly

Take your battery out during the winter months and store it somewhere warm. They have the possibility to freeze and break, voiding the warranty and rendering them unusable.

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  1. It would have been nice if I read this article a few months ago and realise the importance of regular brake maintenance because damages can easily cost up to $2000 for a motorhome. Apparently, we failed to do our part right as the owner and did not notice the signs of damage when it presented itself. Now we need someone to help us with the repairs because we can’t use it. Thanks for the info. I’ll take it into consideration from now on.

  2. After a brake assembly failed and tore up the drum, etc costing $500., a local mechanic recommended I buy a infrared temp gun and “shoot” each wheel immediately after any trip. A higher than normal temperature of a wheel when compared to the others is a red flag that something is going bad, i.e. a brake or a bearing. I bought one at Harbor Freight on sale for $20.00. Also, have someone walk near the wheels listening for unusual noise. These proactive procedures may keep you from breaking down on the road.

  3. Thank you for all the basic RV maintenance tips! My husband and I just got an RV and we would really like to make sure we keep it in good condition. I really like your tip about making sure to check the tire pressure and lug nuts before every trip. I think that would be a great idea.

    1. While storing RV long term I start and run both engines once every two weeks and let run till operating temp is reached. Also run both ac units during this process.

  4. It was really shocking to me just how much damage water can do to an RV, especially hitting numbers in the hundreds of thousands. My wife and I have been considering getting an RV for a family trip, and we want to make sure that any investment we take on an RV doesn’t get ruined by water. If we get an RV, I will be sure to check for any signs of water damage frequently!

  5. Most people today are using EPDM type sealants on their RV roofs because they are fairly easy to apply, don’t require professional installation, can be installed in a weekend and provide long-lasting results on a variety of roof surfaces like metal, fiberglass and rubber.

  6. The life of an RV can be enhanced by keeping the roof clean, debris free and applying a coat of RV Roof Magic. To get the best return on your investment be sure to do regular maintenance. Cleaning the roof bi-annually will help to maintain its durability and longevity.

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