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Quick and Easy RV Maintenance Tips

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Recreational Vehicles

Quick and Easy RV Maintenance Tips

Michelle O'Connor
June 19, 2006

A recreational vehicle can certainly introduce you to the romance of the road. You really don't know how many adventures await you, once you purchase your first RV. But, in order to ensure that your journey is safe, it is important that you engage in some simple maintenance. Here are some tips for keeping your rig rolling on the road:

Check the Hardware

At the beginning of each season, be sure to do a hardware check. This means you will need to lubricate buttons, handles, and threaded knobs. However, be careful that you don't get petroleum-based lubricants on your RV awning fabric. If you are going to leave your awning on during extended during rainstorms, be sure to lower one end. Also, be sure to clean your awning periodically in order to fight dust and mildew.

Keep Tabs on the Running Gear

You'll also want to check the running gear, including the axles, springs, spring hangers, and spring shackles. It's best to do this when you have your bearings lubricated. The spring shackles on high-mileage units should be checked annually.

Lubricate Your Bearings

Experts recommend that you lubricate your wheel bearing every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Bearings on boat trailers should be lubricated at least once each year—more if the trailer is in the water frequently. Also, remember to replace the grease seals when you do the bearings, and check the brake shoes for grease contamination.

Check the Tires

You'll want to make sure there's appropriate air pressure in your RV tires before venturing out onto the highway. In addition, be sure to check for sidewall cracking or bulges. If your tires have numerous deep cracks, it's probably a good idea to get a new set of tires for your RV.

Maintain Your RV Air Conditioner in Working Order

A number of RV owners complain that their air conditioners don't work well. The problem is usually related to trouble with the electrical supply. If you have an air conditioner on your vehicle, use a voltage monitor in order to maintain a constant check of the voltage being used. Otherwise, you might run the risk of damaging the unit. If you use you're a/c often, it is wise to have it serviced at the beginning of each season.

Including the tips above in your RV maintenance routine will help you keep your vehicle in good working order.

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