You know what they say: “Time flies when you’re having fun” – and the same is true when you’re traveling in your new or used RV. But letting your RV service checks lapse can end up in costly repairs that would have been prevented at smaller expense. Putting your RV service appointments on the calendar is just as important as your vacation dates! Take a look at our RV service tips and recommended RV service schedule below so that anytime you’re ready for a getaway, your RV is, too!
Every Single Road Trip
This stuff is easy, small, and pretty quick to DIY, but the benefits are sky high! Staying on top of these small tasks and checking the following before every single road trip will help improve your RV’s traveling performance:
- If you drive a motorhome, check fluid levels and under the hood for leaks. If you tow your RV, you’ll want to do the same for your towing vehicle.
- Check the roof of your RV and sweep off any debris like animal droppings and small branches and leaves.
- Check the pressure of all tires and for any cracks or signs of disrepair beyond the usual wear and tear. Don’t set out on the road with a bad tire!
Monthly To-Do List
Mark your calendar so you don’t forget! One easy way to remember the monthly TLC for your RV is to simply choose a regular day – like the first Saturday of the month – and take care of the following:
- Lubricate all slides.
- During warmer months when you’re using the A/C, clean the A/C intake, filters, and vents. Replace filters if needed.
- Check for cracks or damage in the roof, seals, and slides. Repair these immediately. Tiny cracks can present BIG problems – like serious water damage, or insects and pests causing internal damage.
Once or Twice a Year
There’s a bit of RV care and maintenance that needs to happen only once or twice a year or so, depending on how much you travel – and we’d love to help! Schedule your RV service appointment well in advance to get these 6-month tasks out of the way:
- Check and change fluids and filters (oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles, so this may be closer to a 3-month tasks depending on how much traveling you do)
- Hinges, hitches, and jacks lubrication
You can also get your annual RV service checks out of the way on one of your 6-month appointments! Some of the tasks that need annual attention include:
- Exterior resealing
- Propane inspection
- Brake service
- Water system flush/clean