MAINTAINING YOUR RV
In order to keep your RV in tip-top shape, there are a few routine maintenance procedures to keep in mind. Our service department is happy to take on any or all of these for you. Make an appointment today!
Follow these, and you’ll be sure your RV will serve you well until you’re ready to upgrade!
Click the links below for a step-by-step video of these maintenance procedures.
- Water Tanks—Aside from normal water tank usage and dumping, you’ll want to completely clean and flush out your blank tank every few weeks. Use the black tank flush (if equipped). Add in the appropriate chemicals to make sure your tanks stay in great shape. There are many methods for cleaning your black tank, and we’ve gone in-depth in this video.
- Water Heater—Every six months, check your Anode Rod to see if it needs to be replaced. Use compressed air to clear out the burner tube or burner chamber.
- Slide Outs—At least once a year (or when you’re taking your RV out of storage and putting it back in storage) to clean and lubricate your seals and slide out mechanisms. There are a few different slide out designs, so be sure to check your manual to make sure you’re looking at the right pieces.
- Roof—First, and most important, make sure your roof is walkable before you go up there! As often as necessary, wash your roof with water and then a chemical solvent. Every month or two, inspect all your seals, RV vents, roof vents, AC, and around slides, for example. You may need to caulk around these seals.
- Awnings—At the beginning of each season, inspect for any damage, mold, or mildew. Every 30 days, fully extend your awning to let it air out. Before storing your awning/RV for a longer period of time, use an approved chemical cleaner on both sides of the awning and let it dry completely before retracting.
- Electric Steps—Every 30 days, check for hydraulic leaks and lubricate moving parts.
- Manual Stabilizers—Clean your stabilizer jacks after every trip. 2-4 times per season, lubricate the jacks in several different positions with a dry lubricant.
- Tires—Throughout every RV trip, be sure all tires are holding the manufacturer-specified pressure. A TPMS system can help with this. Before every trip, check the sidewalls of your tires for any damage. When in storage, lift your tires off the ground and cover them with tire covers.
- Motorhome Engines—These need all the normal maintenance a car or truck engine would: oil changes, air filters, etc. Consult your manual for a maintenance schedule.
Any questions? Our team of certified RV techs is here to help. Contact our service department today.