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7 GREAT TIPS to Extend the Life of Your RV!

7 GREAT TIPS to Extend the Life of Your RV!

RV's and Motorhomes are major investments, so you definitely want to protect them with proper maintenance. 
Check out these 7 tips to assist you in keeping your RV in tip top shape.

1)  Keep Your RV Running Cool

A low coolant-antifreeze level, a failed water pump or hose leaks can quickly lead to serious engine damage.  Since coolant hoses typically breakdown from the inside out, you should perform a close, manual inspection of them for cracks, soft spots and hints of leaking on a regular basis.  Be sure to have the cooling system thoroughly flushed at the vehicle's next scheduled coolant replacement appointment.

2)  Watch the Gauges

Keep sharp eyes on your RVs operating gauges, such as, engine temperature, oil pressure, charging, brake health indicators, etc.  Never become complacent about your RV's temperature gauge, especially if you smell hot oil.  If your RV only has so-called "idiot lights" in the dash, consider supplementing them with gauges that provide more detail.

3)  Regular Oil and Filter Changes

Nothing extends the life of your RV's engine more effectively than regularly scheduled oil and filter changes.  Change the engine's air filter at the same time.  Even a partially clogged air filter makes your engine work harder and decreases gas mileage.

4)  Regularly Check Other Fluids

Pay attention to the many fluids elsewhere in your RV.  Maintain optimal levels of transmission, differential, brake, steering and windshield washer fluids.  If fluids exhibit a dark color, or feel gritty, change them and ask your mechanic if they indicate premature internal wear.

5)  Tire Maintenance

Inspect your RV's tires regularly.  Look for unusual wear, nicks, cracks and check that all tires have the correct air pressure.  Level the RV when parked and block the tires to prevent premature tread and sidewall failure when the RV is parked for an extended period of time.  Use sunshields over tires to reduce damage from the sun's UV rays.

6)  Maintaining the Exterior

Your RV's exterior takes a beating from road grit, UV rays and ozone.  These cause chips, fade paint and deteriorate vinyl and rubber.  Keeping your RV clean and applying protective waxes or polishes on the exterior, significantly slows down such damage.  Carefully inspect exterior seams where sealants may be failing and water might enter causing unseen damage.  Double check that sealants you apply are the correct type for the specific area of the RV.  When in doubt, consult your RV's manufacturer.

7)  Properly Store your RV

Most RV parking storage sites, store your RV outside.  Here is a checklist of tasks to perform when storing your RV with Riel Park RV & Mini Storage:

  • For Toy Haulers, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers, block the chassis so that no weight is on the tires in order to avoid tire deformation.
  • Change the engine oil.  Old oil contains acids that corrode internal engine parts.
    For motorhomes, or toy haulers with fuel tanks, add fuel stabilizer so the gasoline remains fresh.
  • During winter months, remove the battery and place in a warm environment.
  • During summer months, try to run the engine to operating temperature once a month.

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