Now that the warmer weather is here and the kids will be getting out of school soon, recreational vehicle (RV) owners begin to prepare their RV for the summer season on the road. However, it’s important to ensure that some basic RV maintenance is done so that your trip will be safe and enjoyable for the entire family.
RV maintenance is even more important if you haven't been using your RV over the winter season. Hitting the open road is always exciting, but doing so with some peace of mind is even better. So check to make sure that your RV insurance is still active and review these RV maintenance tips before heading out.
Ensure to recharge your battery, especially if your RV has been sitting through the winter season. RV batteries can lose almost 10 percent of their power within a month when it’s not being used. Once your RV’s battery is fully charged, make sure to check it and add distilled water if needed. If you have never done this before or are not comfortable doing it, contact a qualified RV mechanic.
All vehicle tires lose air pressure when they sit for long periods in time. So if your RV has been sitting, check each tire's pressure, and don’t forget to check the spare. Without adequate pressure in your tires, your RV could be unsafe to drive.
Check your RV engine fluid levels, including power steering, engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, engine coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Make sure to refill any low liquids before you go on your trip and have some extra on hand for any unforeseen emergencies. If you notice any leaks, contact your RV mechanic to ensure that there aren’t any major issues that need to be addressed before your trip.
Check your RV’s smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, and LP detector to ensure that they are all working properly and not expired. Also, do a quick training session with any passengers that will be on board during the trip to make sure that they know how to use the fire extinguisher and what the safety alarms sound like.
Windows And Air Vents
As the summer heats up, you and your family will want to remain cool and comfortable during your trip. So check all of your RV’s windows and air vents to make sure they are all working properly.
If you plan to haul your car with your RV, it’s important to make sure that your towing rig is working correctly. So double-check all of the welds and connections for any cracks or problematic areas.
Once you’ve completed this list, call and make sure that your RV insurance is still active. We will be happy to go over your RV insurance coverage options to ensure that you and your RV are protected all year long.
No matter how you plan on road-tripping this summer season, Richard Dean Insurance is here to make sure that you are covered for the unexpected.