If you want to keep your RV in tip-top shape, you must perform proper maintenance on it. It isn’t like a car, that can stand quite a bit of neglect before the cracks really start to show. You want to care for a recreational vehicle like you would care for your home, because that is essentially what it is. Here are some important points of care that should not be overlooked.
Properly storing your RV when you are not using it is crucial to keeping it in good condition. Harsh weather conditions, whether extreme heat or cold, can do all sorts of damage to the vehicle. If you don’t have adequate space on your property, look into storage facilities that cater to these sorts of ‘toys,’ and offer optimal conditions.
Preventing Mold and Mildew
Always be on the lookout for signs of mold or mildew, and clean them as soon as possible. The earlier you nip the problem in the bud, the better you can keep the problem under control. Regularly cleaning and vacuuming the motor home is a basic strategy that can go a long way in keeping mold and mildew in check. Keep humidity levels low with good ventilation—keep windows open after cooking and showering for as long as possible. Be diligent about checking for leaks, and repair them as soon as possible. Moisture absorbing crystals are great for absorbing excess humidity—just be sure to change them regularly for optimal effectiveness.
If the problem is more serious, call in the pros as soon as possible-not only can serious mold and mildew damage your home, it can do a number on your health.
Maintaining Fuel Efficiency
Gas is expensive, and it probably will not drop in price significantly for the near future, so doing whatever you can to promote fuel efficiency is important. This is an area where it is easy to drop the ball, but all these seemingly small maintenance tips can add up to big savings when all working in concert together.
Make sure the gas cap is fully tightened—loose caps lead to evaporation. If your cap is damaged, get a new one. If you don’t have one at all, get on that stat. The RV Care Council notes 147 million gallons evaporate each year because of loose, damaged or missing gas caps.
Keep your RV parked in the shade in the hotter months—it zaps fuel.
Under-inflated tires are not only dangerous and wear down more quickly, but lower gas mileage—as much as 15 percent.
Keep tabs on tire pressure at least once a month. Make sure it is matches the recommendations in the owner’s manual. For the most accurate reading, check when tires are cold.
Keep the engine tuned up, and be on the lookout for worn spark plugs, which can reduce efficiency by up to 30 percent.
Driving around with super-clogged air filters makes the engine work harder. It is recommended you change them every 3,000 miles or as indicated in the manual.
These are just a few areas that are important when keeping your RV in good working order. You spent a lot of money on this thing—take good care of it so you can spend more time enjoying it than dealing with problems.