RV Maintenance Basics

Your RV is an important investment. It gets your family where they need to go, trip after trip, and is there for all the special memories along the way. For all it does for you and your family, your RV deserves some care and attention. Help your RV run at its best for more memories to come with 5 basic maintenance jobs you can do yourself.

  1. Keep the Roof Covered – There are a number of options available to protect your RV’s vulnerable roof from potential sun and environmental damage. Consider investing in a carport or cover to protect your RV from the elements, or be sure to clean it regularly. The top of an RV is a difficult spot to reach and check for issues, that’s why unprotected roofs often develop severe problems that go unaddressed.

  2. Check Weather Stripping and Seals – You can catch a leak quickly by routinely checked your RV’s window, door and roof seals for damage. We recommend giving them a look over every 6 months or so to ensure excessive moisture isn’t accumulating and causing interior damage.

  3. Open the Vents – Air circulation can keep temperatures inside your RV lower, even during hot summer months. Some owners leave their RV to sit out with the vents closed in the summer heat, when interior temperatures can climb beyond 100 degrees and wear down interior components. But be careful that exterior vents are still blocking water from getting inside!

  4. Lubricate Slide Out Rails – The slide out rails on your RV are susceptible to corrosion over time, making for some serious squeaking. It’s important to keep them lubricated year after year to protect them and prevent damage.

  5. Run the Generator Regularly – A generator that sits without running for a long period of time is susceptible to damage and corrosion. Gasoline needs to flow through the internal components regularly, about once a month for at least 2 hours.

These simple maintenance tips can protect your RV and help it stay in top condition for years of fun to come. Take some time each season to check out some of these important features on your RV.

Written by Genesis Auto & RV

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