RV trailer Maintenance Guide For Beginners
RV trailer Maintenance Guide For Beginners. RV trailer maintenance is important because buying RVs are expensive. You should do a proper maintenance and take a good care of this vehicle. Of course, you should do it routinely while repairing any issues that may appear.
In fact, many RV trailer owners are not aware about their maintenance and how to do it properly. Others ignore the maintenance because they are thinking that their trailer is always fine. They have no troubles to repair until one day they have a big regret because they cannot save their budget.
RV Trailer Maintenance Guide For Beginners
Check Your RV Trailer Manuals
This is a little book but it provides you super important information about your RV and the rig. If you do not know where the owner manual is, you can search it online. There are many PDF-formed manuals available so you can print and then save it to your computer.
By using this RV manual, you can check out your RV maintenance schedule. You can make reminders in your phone or check your calendar anytime you should do routine maintenance so everything goes properly.
Pull your manual anytime you repair or perform any maintenance you are not familiar with. This manual can provide you tips to do everything properly, including any little information about your rig.
Do Regular RV Trailer Maintenance Checklist
Keep your RV so it is on its best shape by preventing any breakdowns or serious issues. The best way is to do routine maintenance. If you do not know what kinds of routine tasks to do, you should use this RV maintenance checklist
RV oil change, check fluid levels, check RV battery for corrosion and connection by cleaning and adjusting it, check all pipes and water lines so there are no leaks,
Flush out the holding tanks,
Every 6 months checklist:
Brake testing, parts replacement, visible wiring, overheating, corrosion, dirt, lighting fixtures, converter (if any loose connections), check all outlets (by using AC plug tester), clean water tank, remove water heater from debris replace the anode rod, check torque, check nuts and bolts and hitch, reseal all seam including on the roof, clean slide rubber seals, clean lubricate awning, clean roof and exterior parts, clean A/C covers and refrigerator, check propane lines from leaks, check hardware from obstructions.
Yearly RV Maintenance:
Clean wheel bearings, repack wheel bearings, clean and lube hitch.
RV Maintenance Every 3 Year:
Replace RV tires
Winterize the water system
Check RV Trailer Water System
Maintenance of your RV’s waste water system includes making sure that you are using chemicals that are designed to work with each system, whether it be gray water or black water systems.
In addition, you need to use adequate amounts of fluid to start the system after flushing, and make sure that you flush the system on a regular basis.
If you don’t maintain your RV’s water system, you will get excessive amounts of buildup, which may cause clogging of the system, failure of operation, and valves seizing.
Keep your RV’s awning maintained
It’s important to keep your RV’s awning clean so you don’t get mildew and mold buildup. By inspecting it on a regular basis you can catch and repair any possible tears early on before they start to grow larger.
If you don’t clean off your awning during an RV trip, debris could cause nests (bees!) to build up, or items could get stuck and tear the fabric.
Depending on what type of damage is done to your awning, a tear in the fabric could cost up to $600. Replacing the awning itself is around $1,300-$1,400.
Check electrical connection from your RV to your tow vehicle is working
The connection from your RV to your tow-vehicle is of critical importance to your safety on a RV trip.
This is what transmits your electrical signal from your tow vehicle to your RV, turning on your RV’s brake lights when you hit the brake pedal in your vehicle. This electrical connection gives you and your RV safety when driving on the road both during the day and at night.
Another benefit of the electrical connection is that while you’re driving, your tow-vehicle is charging your RV’s battery through the charge circuit.
Ultimately, your electrical connection makes sure your RV has good brake activation, a fully charged battery, and makes sure all your lighting is working.
Maintenance Before Every Trip
- Check tires from cracks, wear
- Check tires for the correct pressure
- Pay attention on the signal, marker lights, and brakes