Prolonging The Life Of Your RV With Regular Inspections


Whether you recently purchased an RV or have owned one for years, the fact remains that you want to take care of it so as to ensure it's in smooth operating condition for many years to come. Aside from regular maintenance (such as oil changes and tune-ups), one of the best things you can do to take care of your RV is to conduct regular inspections on the various important parts of the RV itself. This way, you can be aware of problems as they occur and make preventative repairs as needed.

Pipes and Fittings

RVs with built-in plumbing systems are prone to leaks caused by rust and corrosion; most often, leaks occur when RVs are first taken out of storage in the spring. For this reason, it's a good idea to check underneath sinks, around the water heater, and behind toilets for signs of leaks before running water through the plumbing system for the first time that year. If everything appears to be in good shape, go ahead and run the water through all toilets, sinks, and faucets to be sure.

Propane Tank and Hoses

If your RV relies on propane, you'll also want to take the time to carefully inspect the propane tank and its hoses at least a few times a year. Specifically, be on the lookout for any signs of leaks, rust, or corrosion. Also, check the hoses running to and from the tank to make sure there aren't any obvious holes or other signs of damage. You'll also want to check out the nut at the end of the gas line running to the tank to ensure that the fit is nice and tight.

Tires and Brakes

Every time you use your RV, you should also be sure to check the tires and brakes before embarking on your journey. Specifically, make sure the tires are properly inflated and run a brake check in your driveway. Also, make sure that there's a good amount of tread left on your tires; if there isn't, then it might be time to have them replaced or perhaps rotated before your next trip.

Miscellaneous Parts

Some other parts you may want to consider inspecting on your RV before your next trip include:

  • gaskets on your outside storage compartments
  • locks on doors, windows, and hardware
  • roof vents
  • any heating and air conditioning components

From there, you can make sure your RV is good to go.

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