RV Advice

5 Things to Keep in Mind for Summer RV Maintenance

June 8, 2023

As summer rolls in, it’s time to hit the road and embark on exciting adventures. However, before you start your journey, it’s crucial to ensure that your rig is in excellent condition. Summer RV maintenance is essential for a smooth and stress-free travel experience. Here are some essential maintenance tasks to keep your RV in top shape during the summer season.

1. Pre-Trip Inspection

Before you begin your summer travels, conduct a thorough inspection of your RV. Check the following areas to ensure a good start.

  • Tires: Inspect the tread, sidewalls, and tire pressure. Replace worn-out tires if necessary.
  • Batteries: Test and clean the batteries, ensuring they are charged and securely connected.
  • Roof and Seals: Examine the roof for any damage or leaks. Check seals around windows, doors, and vents.

2. RV Cooling System

The summer heat can put additional strain on your RV’s cooling system. Take these maintenance steps to help prevent your system from becoming overworked.

  • Air Conditioning: Clean or replace air filters and ensure the unit is running smoothly.
  • Refrigerator: Clean the coils and check the seals to ensure efficient cooling.

3. RV Plumbing and Water System

Proper maintenance of your RV’s plumbing and water system is crucial.

  • Check for Leaks: Inspect pipes, faucets, and connections for any signs of leaks or water damage.
  • Tank Maintenance: Flush and sanitize your freshwater tank regularly to maintain water quality.
  • Water Heater: Test the pressure relief valve and drain any sediment buildup.

4. Exterior RV Care

The exterior of your RV requires attention to protect if from the elements.

  • Washing and Waxing: Regularly clean and wax the exterior to maintain its shine and protect against UV damage.
  • Awning Care: Inspect and clean your awning, ensuring it operates smoothly and is free from tears or damage.

5. Summer RV Safety Checks

Don’t overlook safety when it comes to RV maintenance. Just like your home, you should check the following regularly to ensure safety measures are in place, for when they are needed.

  • Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Replace batteries and ensure they are in working condition.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Verify that your fire extinguishers are fully charged and easily accessible.

Taking the time for summer RV maintenance ensures a safe and enjoyable journey. By performing regular inspections, maintaining crucial systems, and addressing any issues promptly, you can relax and embrace the adventures that lie ahead.

Click here for a free comprehensive RV Checklist from the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). FMCA wants to make sure you enjoy your travels.

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