A recreational vehicle, or simply RV, is an ideal combination of transportation and accommodation that enables a group of people to travel and have a comfortable and safe place to stay when they arrive. While the combination of driving and staying after long hours of driving can cause stress on the vehicle, taking the proper care and maintenance helps ensure its optimal performance.
Maintaining an RV can be a complex task, especially when dealing with unfamiliar and large auto parts. Unfortunately, some may not have the time to bring their RVs to an auto service shop. Without care and maintenance, the auto parts can become damaged and may result in costly repairs. You will need to find a trusted auto servicing shop, like Gerry’s Automotive, Canadian Tire, and Speedy Auto Service. Here are some quick tips to help you maintain your RV:
1. Regular oil and filter change are necessary to keep your engine running and performing efficiently and smoothly while on the road. Without giving the proper maintenance it requires, it can cause your engine to stop. Engine failure can cost a couple thousands of dollars. Change the oil regularly every 3000 to 4500 miles, but refer to the vehicle manual to check any specific instructions.
2. Do not forget regular maintenance of your RV generator. Without giving it proper maintenance, it can result in expensive repairs that can also cost a few thousand dollars.
3. When washing the RV after every trip, use mild detergent and a soft sponge to wash away the dirt and road grime. If you have a new RV model, you need to clean its rubber roof four times a year, using special rubber cleaning products to preserve the quality of the rubber roofing.
4. Examine the health of the battery at least once a month. For batteries that are not sealed maintenance-free, remove the caps that cover the seals and measure the water level. If water is low, add distilled water. Use a battery system to check the battery’s electrolytes. Use a voltmeter to test a sealed battery if it produces 12 volts when fully charged. Check for any signs of corrosions on the battery cables. Clean it using a rust remover.
Keeping these regular maintenance tips in mind does not only keep the RV in pristine condition but also ensures a safe travel, saves money, and increases its resale value. Make sure to book an appointment with a licensed RV technician for a thorough assessment and repair needs.
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