Keeping your RV properly maintained is the most essential action you can take if you want it to hold its value and keep running. Technicians and mechanics all suggest you learn and follow the recommendations within the manufacturer's manual so that you can take the appropriate steps that keep your RV in great shape. If you want professional advice and help, schedule a reservation with one of our Camping World Certified RV Technicians.
RVs are like cars in many ways, given that they need their oil and their filters changed routinely. You need to do this to keep the engine running in optimum condition. If you don't do it, your engine might eventually seize. That might set you back ten grand. The majority of manufacturers suggest oil changes every three thousand to forty-five hundred miles. However, consult your owner's manual for specific suggestions for your particular vehicle.
You also need to service your RV generator. Once again, consult the manufacturer-provided manual for specific recommendations regarding oil and filter changes. If you ignore this, you can get hit with just under ten grand in repairs. Also keep in mind that you should regularly run the generator when the RV is in storage. Failing to do this might hit you with several hundred dollars to deal with carburetor build-up.
Another thing you need to do routinely is to replace the hydraulic, coolant, fuel, and air filters. Damage from not doing this means repair bills in excess of two grand, since you might have additional fuel use, overheating problems in your cooling system, and oxidization happening in your hydraulics.
Twice a year, check the roof seams and seals. Water damage not dealt with immediately can set you back hundreds to thousands of bucks or can cause you to have to claim on your motorhome insurance policy
You also need to keep your brakes maintained if you want everyone in your RV to be safe, as well as vehicles around you. Brake damage repair costs for trailers usually hit five hundred bucks, and it's quadruple that for a motorhome. Using only biodegradable RV toilet tissue can help out your waste water system.
If your RV has a rubber roof, get it treated annually, at least. This keeps the sun from doing damage to it. This is in addition to your semiannual roof inspection.
Lug nuts and tire pressure should be checked before each trip you take.
Also check your batteries before any trip. You can expect at least three and sometimes five years of service from a deep-cycle batter, but you do need to replace them once the life cycle has run its course.
During winter seasons, remove the battery and store it in a warm place. This prevents the chance of them freezing or breaking. That voids the warranty, but also renders them nonfunctional.