Maintaining an RV

 

Using a Recreational Vehicle whether it is a motor home, fifth wheel, travel trailer, pop up or truck camper will be a lot more enjoyable if everything works properly. A Recreational Vehicle is a substantial investment, that should provide many years of pleasure as long as it is properly maintained.

Just as you would normally service your car, you need to service your RV similarly. This not only ensures that it is running properly but will help you avoid any unnecessary problems while traveling. You want to do everything you would normally do with your car, such as check the breaks, tires, and change the oil and other fluids regularly. There is a specific maintenance schedule that you should follow. By doing this you will save money because your efforts will help to reduce break downs. Plus having the work done by a professional will give you peace of mind every time you get into your RV for a trip.

Your first step in making sure you have your maintenance taken care of is to find a reputable service person whom you can trust and rely on to do a great job with your RV. It should be someone who is certified to work on RV's. A regular car mechanic simply isn't qualified to look at an RV with the same "eye" as an RV mechanic. Alternatively, you can ask your local RV showroom to recommend a reliable technician, and you should also seek other references from friends and people whose technical judgment you trust. You definitely want a mechanic who has a proven record for customer satisfaction!

When you do take your RV in for its assessment and find there is a problem, always request in writing an estimate of what it will cost prior to the start of the work. This will help you avoid overpaying and prevent any misunderstandings between you and the mechanic.

There are additional steps you can take to help make sure that your RV is in prime condition. The first is to check all the fluids in the RV on a regular basis. This includes the oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. If any of them are low, you should fill them up or take your RV to the shop to have the work done. These tasks will also alert you to any leaks that you may have. Additionally, check the interior and exterior of the RV on a regular basis. That includes the tires, windshield wipers, and any skylights you may have.

Maintenance on your RV can cost you some money throughout the year, but it is imperative that it is done so that you do not spend thousands more than you should, or ruin a great trip.