Owning a new or used RV requires the annual maintenance to ensure everything is working properly. Even if you have just a fifth wheel or travel trailer, you need to make the right repairs before heading out on your trip from southern Louisiana so you don't have problems that require you to seek out a service technician while on the road. Bent's RV will check every recreational vehicle before selling it so that our customers know they are getting a great vehicle. Remember to perform all of these tasks on occasion, and if you're purchasing an RV directly from an owner, go over this RV maintenance checklist to ensure that you're getting a good vehicle.
Change The Batteries
Unlike a car, an RV has numerous batteries to check, not just the engine battery. It's so easy to forget to inspect small items that have batteries such as your CO2 monitor, smoke alarm, and LP gas leak detector, but these items can save your life in an emergency. Always change the batteries and test the devices so you know they are in working order.
Inspect Liquid Propane Gas Appliances
The absolutely worst thing to happen on your trip is to get to your destination only to discover none of your LP appliances are working. Before leaving home, test all your gas-fired appliances as well as your water heater. Never try to fix an LP appliance yourself. Take it to your local service shop so certified RV technicians can make the appropriate repairs.
Clean Water Holding Tanks
Your water tanks are the most essential part of your fifth wheel and travel trailer. You will need to clean and sanitize your freshwater tank, black water tank, and gray water tank several times a year. Always drain gray water and black water tanks at the appropriate dump station to prevent the dirty water from polluting natural water resources. Don't forget to replace your water filters.
Check The Tire Pressure
Flat and ruptured tires can instantly ruin your trip. Check the tire pressure and inflate tires only to the recommended tire pressure based on the weight of your RV. Remember that front tires may have a lower psi compared to the back tires, so contact the RV manufacturer or tire manufacturer to find out the right psi for each tire if you're uncertain.
Inspect The Exterior For Potential Leaks
Seams along the exterior of the RV can allow rain and insects inside. You can seal most problems yourself by reading your RV owner's manual or asking your Bent's RV dealer about the right sealant that will work on cracks and other damage. If the damage is extensive, or your patch doesn't work, seek out a certified RV service technician.
Go over your RV maintenance checklist every time you go on a trip and when you take your RV out of storage. You will have a travel trailer or fifth wheel that will last for a very long if you make the proper repairs and take good care of it.