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Spot the Signs of an RV in Need of Maintenance
After weeks or months of planning, you’re excited for your next big adventure in your recreational vehicle. You’ve made reservations in campgrounds, entered the route in your GPS and hired the neighbor’s kid to take care of your lawn, but did you take your RV to an expert for some routine inspection and upkeep? If you’re not sure what’s normally done to maintain a camping rig, read on to learn the signs that your RV needs maintenance.
Motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers and campers all have many systems that need to be maintained. Each type of RV has plumbing and electrical, heating and cooling, cooking and refrigeration, plus the chassis, roof, walls and windows. Not to mention the tires and axles. And, in the case of a motorhome, a motor. That’s a lot of stuff! Imagine pulling your house down the road and hoping it doesn’t fall apart…you can bet you’d take some steps to ensure its safety before you left the driveway. In the world of RVs, those steps are considered maintenance.
Starting on the outside of the vehicle, take a look at the roof, windows and siding. Do you see any cracks? Look closely at the seals around the windows; age and weather can cause these to fail, which will allow water to seep in and cause serious damage. If you notice anything suspicious here, take your rig in for an inspection and get ahead of damage before it starts.
While you’re outside, bend down and inspect the hitch, axles and tires. Look for spots that are rusted through or welds that appear weak. Check for wires that are disconnected or chewed (mice find wires tasty…don’t ask why). Take photos and notes of your findings, and ask your RV tech to make necessary repairs.
Now step inside your RV. Turn on the faucets and check below for leaks. Flush the toilet and inspect the seals around it. Open and shut the windows to be sure the cranks work and the panes seal tightly. Light the stove burners and adjust them up and down. Does the oven work? Check the lights, and make sure they work when you switch to 12v. If anything seems like it isn’t fully functioning, ask a professional for advice.
To ensure that your camping trip is safe and fun, take your RV to a qualified repair shop and have necessary upkeep performed. To learn more about maintenance and RV repairs in Santa Cruz, visit this website.
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