All machines, including your RV, need preventive maintenance. In the world of automobile, this term is used to signify the practice of servicing vehicles on schedule so that any potential problem can be identified and addressed accordingly. Such compulsory care routines can go a long way in reducing the risks of sudden breakdown and malfunctioning or failure of a component or system, allowing the unit to run efficiently over its useful lifecycle. Such a maintenance program can increase your rig’s resale value too. Whether you plan to sell off your motor home after a few years of purchase or want to keep it for at least 10 years or more, do not deprive your vehicle of the preventive maintenance that it needs. Here is what preventive maintenance for an RVconsists of:
- Ideally, a preventive care routine for your RV should include inspecting at regular intervals, cleaning, lubricating, adjusting, and servicing.
- An RV is a home and a vehicle in one, and therefore, needs to be maintained both like a house and an automobile. As such, preventive maintenance of an RV involves two aspects– examining the vehicle chassis and checking the coach.
- Preventive maintenance is all about applying common sense. It calls for quick actions, not assumptions. If you want to get a good resale value for your rig, keep a constant tab on certain aspects including fluid levels, tire pressure, and the power of the lights. For example, a mere look at your tires cannot tell you whether they are inflated properly or not. Similarly, don’t just assume that fluid levels are fine or there is no leakage problem just because your rig is only three years old. In most of the cases, RV-ers experience unexpected breakdowns just because they often assume a lot and fail to provide the minimum preventive maintenance that their rigs need. Therefore, check all fluid levels including engine and brake oil, transmission, power steering, and windshield fluid regularly. Check air filters so that you can replace the old one with a clean alternative on time. Also, look for the potential sources of leaks. If you can locate one, get it repaired immediately. Remember, leakage of some fluids can even lead to a fire.
- A well-equipped motor home has a lot of appliances, gadgets, and systems. By performing some basic preventive checkups such as testing the roof air conditioner regularly, keeping a tab on the refrigerator temperature routinely, checking cooking appliances and electric and gas for proper operations, and making sure that the safety features such as fire extinguishers, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide and gas leak detectors are working properly, you can not only keep your motor home in tip-top condition but also avoid fatal accidents. A well-maintained RV always fetches a high resale value.
Motor homes require more preventive maintenance than other lightweight automobiles. However, for average RV owners, it may not be difficult to carry out these maintenance tasks on their own. Take cues from our tips and draw out your preventive maintenance program. If you care for your RV today, you will be rewarded with a good resale value when the time comes to sell it. In case you need further assistance for the sale, we are here to help you.