If you own an RV, you must ensure that it is maintained in good condition. Unlike with a rental, it is your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is in good condition at all times. These large vehicles often require a significant amount of maintenance, and this often depends on the vehicle model.
Before going on any trip, you should make sure that the vehicle goes through a thorough check, and any issues or repairs made before leaving on the trip. Ignoring even the slightest repairs can lead to a more costly repair job. You should do everything to ensure that you do not get any breakdown on the road. The RV has many components and features and it would be difficult for anyone who is not experienced to carry out the maintenance. It is often necessary to get professionals to carry out the vehicle maintenance.
While professionals can take care of the mechanical details, you can avoid paying for the full service by taking care of all the other details yourself. Go through the interior to make sure that everything is in good shape prior to the trip, and all the fabric is in good condition. A successful trip will be determined by how prepared you are.
A good maintenance job will help you to avoid unpleasant surprises that can ruin a pleasant trip. Even when you are not travelling, you should carry out routine maintenance on the vehicle. Have a technician look at the engine and examine all the mechanical aspects at least once a year. Make sure you change the oil regularly as recommended by the manufacturer, and keep an eye on the vehicle mileage. It is important to have any repairs carried out immediately. If you drive around often in the hot seasons, the vehicle will require checks that are more frequent.
Always ensure that you check the pressure in all the tires, as well as the spares. The manufacturers usually recommend specific pressure depending on the tire. The manual usually has instructions that should be followed in order to ensure the RV is in good condition. Check all the propane tanks before you travel and make sure they are filled or replaced.
All the RV's interiors need the gas in order to run. You do not want to be in a situation where you run out of propane in a deserted location. You should also ensure that you have enough fuel at all times. Other checks you need to carry out include ensuring the windshield wipers are in good condition, checking all the lights, replacing air condition filters, checking the batteries and other equipment.
It is important to inspect the roof of the RV every couple of months. Look for any signs of cracks in the seals or any other signs of deterioration. Fill any cracks with silicon sealant to prevent further damage. Most dealerships stock RV sealant that is very efficient for the task. Heat and sunlight contributes to deterioration of the material and many RV owners have complained of roof leaks due to the cracks that are made worse by failure to inspect the roof.