Performing routine RV maintenance can extend its life and save you thousands of dollars. However, if your RV is neglected, vital parts can stop working and can cost a great deal to fix. Making the investment of time and money in an RV throughout its life is worth it! Don’t miss a vacation because your RV was not given the proper TLC. Check out Louie’s Ace Home Center for answers and parts to help you get started!
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Here are the tasks that should be completed on a monthly and annual basis:
Monthly Routine RV Maintenance Tips
- Run your generator for 2 hours each month to flush old gasoline and gunk out of the generator.
- Check water levels. (use distilled water only)
- Check hoses and clamps to make sure they are secure and show no signs of leaking.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
- Every 6-8 weeks run a ½ cup of bleach through the fresh water tank and let it sit for the day (this ensures that the next time you go on a trip, you’ll have clean, fresh water).
- Transmission, tires, and the engine require regular maintenance.
What Do I Need To Do Each Year?
- Service A/C & furnace.
- Heating and cooling systems need to be repaired every year.
- Replace filters and vents.
- Brakes need to be serviced annually to assess wear and tear.
- Vacuum the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and wipe them down with a lightly dampened cloth and dry off.
- NEVER use cleaning solutions on your detectors, it will ruin them.
- Check for rust, paint chipping, dings & dents regularly.
- Service/check your propane tanks annually (or every 5000 miles).
- Reseal your RV every year.
Other Helpful Routine RV Maintenance Tips
- Lubricate cabinets and other landings, as necessary, so they don’t stick.
- Keep record of when you need to complete repairs and maintenance checks.
- Always perform preventative maintenance on your RV before taking it on a trip. This includes: cleaning, inspecting, and servicing.
- This will save you money and time.
How Louie’s Ace Home Center Can Help
Here at Louie’s, we offer a wide variety of RV accessories and parts to help you keep your RV maintained. If you need a part, stop by and talk to one our knowledgeable representatives. We also offer ACE hardware rentals for other needs. Give us a call to answer any questions you may have!
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