Your RV Maintenance Checklist to Follow Before Hitting the Road

July 8, 2020 11:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Summer is the season for road trips, and if you have an RV, you’re going to need to make sure it’s in prime condition before you take it out on the open road. For most people, their RV will likely have been sitting without being used for quite some time before their first road trip of the year, so it’s important to engage in a pre-trip inspection.

Here’s a quick overview of what your RV repair shop in Memphis, TN should include in its RV maintenance checklist before your road trip:

  • Engine: Carefully inspect the engine and make sure it’s suitable for travel. Check and change the oil as needed. Check the engine battery to make sure it’s still in good condition—the last thing you want is for your battery to die while you’re in the middle of nowhere. Check belts and hoses for signs of wear and tear, and check your fuel filters to determine if they need to be cleaned or replaced so you can get the most efficient operation possible.
  • Exterior: Carefully inspect the various exterior features of your vehicle that are important. Tires should all have the proper pressure and should not have an overabundance of wear and tear. The lights should all be working, including lights on any trailers you may be towing. Windshield wipers should function well and not leave streaks. Your air conditioning unit should function properly to keep everyone inside comfortable. Springs should be inspected for safety by a professional. Give the entire vehicle a good washing before you head out.
  • Interior: Certain interior appliances and features should be inspected to make sure they’re working properly. Slide-outs should be movable and stable. The refrigerator and stove should be functioning, as should the electrical outlets around the vehicle. The water heater should still be capable of producing hot water at the sink and shower. Water tanks should be empty and not leaking, and the propane gas tank should be refilled as needed. Make sure your fire extinguisher has not expired and is properly pressurized.
  • Seals: It’s important to make sure your RV is still capable of withstanding the elements to which it will be exposed. Check the seals around windows, doors, lights, electrical and water hookups, locks, latches, slide-outs and the frame of the vehicle to make sure those seals are tight and will not result in any leaks. Rain getting into your vehicle through leaks in these seals could cause some significant damage if left unchecked.
  • Accessories: Any additional features should also be checked to make sure they’re in good condition before you head out on your trip. This includes awnings, generators, satellite dishes or antennas, as well as electronics or other luxury or entertainment amenities that will add to your road trip experience.

For more information about the various aspects of your RV you should check before beginning your summer road trip season, we encourage you to contact United Diesel Power or visit our RV repair shop in Memphis, TN today.

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