RV MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
We understand that even if you don’t use certain features or systems on a daily basis, your RV still needs some attention throughout the year. Every brand is different, and no two schedules are alike, but we think it’s a good idea to keep this handy list in mind as you make plans to get out adventuring around our great country.
Here are some RV maintenance tips for every month, season and year that will ensure your motorhome is looking and working in tip-top order.
Monthly RV Maintenance Tips
- Top Off Batteries– Use only distilled water if you plan to top off your battery water levels. The minerals in tap water can diminish their life span.
- Clean the A/C– Get the best of out your motorhomes climate-control functions by vacuuming and cleaning vents to prevent dust and cobwebs impeding its function.
- Under the Hood– Look at the engine to check hoses and clamps are secure and there are no signs of leaking.
- Test Safety Equipment– It is always a good idea to make sure your smoke, carbon monoxide and other battery-powered detectors or safety equipment are working properly.
- Keep Pests Out– Keep uninvited guests out by checking underneath for any abrading, working loose, cracked insulation or rodent access points—they can be clever and only need the tiniest of gaps to get in.
- Check Your Seals– Take a look at exterior sealants and re-seal any voids, cracks or separation. If you are still under manufacturers warranty, this must be done by RnRV. Check if you are due for an annual water ingression check and get in touch to make a booking if so, we can address the resealing at this point if your vehicle needs it. If you notice water entering your vehicle you must contact us urgently.
Seasonal RV Maintenance Tips.
- Inspect For Damage– Inspect your RV for damage, even if it is stored. Look for any potential entry points for rodents, birds or insects and ensure they are sealed to prevent any harm.
- Deep Clean– If you winterize or store your RV long term, it is a good idea to perform a thorough interior clean once or twice a season. A little moisture or lost food bits behind seats can lead to bigger issues. Be sure to use a mild detergent and a damp cloth, use of alcohol based or harsh cleaners will cause damage. Do not use brushes on your windows, they will scratch. Pressure washers and power buffers are not recommended.
We do not recommend taking your RV through automatic car washes, doing it by hand, while time consuming, is simply best way to clean the exterior of your RV.
If you are not able to clean the exterior of your RV, get in touch with the team at RnRV. We can give your vehicle an exterior clean, including roof for $150 including GST. This is for vehicles up to 7.49m long, contact us for rates on larger motorhomes.
We have a scaffold bay under cover where we can thoroughly clean the entire exterior including the roof. Just call Rebecca on 09 426 7679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book in.
- Wax– Keep your motorhome looking shiny and new by waxing the exterior. If you plan to do it yourself, then definitely check out our tips on how to care for the exterior of your RV. Just like you must care for your car or boat, your motorhome needs care and protection to keep it looking its best. Take care to ONLY use a very mild detergent or better yet water only on your acrylic windows! * Read more on acrylic window care in our Article #6 – Correct Cleaning of your Acrylic Windows*
- Filter your Water– Clean water is vital for you, your family and your RV’s equipment. While it may not be necessary every month, every 6-8 weeks, pour a half cup of bleach into the freshwater tank, fill, let sit a day and run it through the lines.
- Weigh your RV– It is wise to occasionally weigh your trip-ready RV and even each individual wheel to easily identify potential problem areas in your load. You can head to a local weigh station or check RV rallies and clubs that offer opportunities to weigh your RV.
- Examine your Tyres– Checking tyre pressure and wear and tear is a critical part of keeping your RV safe.
- Check your Seals– Moisture is your RV’s enemy, which is why it is important to take a closer look at your exterior seals, especially roof seals, every two or three months.
- Care for your Metals– Apply a gentle lubricant to areas where metal rubs on metal like the hitch, levelling jacks or entry steps. This helps them function better and stay resistant to rust.
Yearly RV Maintenance Tips
- Keep Track– It is super easy to forget what you do and when, so logging it all helps you know when a certain task is due.
- Book you annual Services – this includes any engine servicing recommended and your annual water ingression check to keep your warranty in place
- Stay Cool– Just like your home, it is recommended to have your heating and cooling systems professionally tuned up at least once a year.
- Service Brakes– While you should always watch for any wear on your motorhome’s brakes, we suggest having brakes professionally serviced once a year.
- Test Safety Equipment– Vacuum carbon monoxide and smoke detector covers, wash them with a lightly dampened cloth, dry and test (replace if not functioning as intended). Do not spray the front panel with cleaning solutions and replace immediately if you have any issues.
- Inspect your LPG– Regular spot checks for connection integrity, dings, paint damage and rust are a good idea. It is also wise to have a qualified gas specialist inspect your tank and test for leaks once a year, or every 10,000km, whichever comes first.
- Check your Seals– Since seal “lifetimes” and environmental factors vary, it’s recommended to review these and consider resealing the key exterior areas of your RV.
This is intended as a guideline to help you get the best out of your RV, if you have questions about your RV purchased from RnRV, please give us a call.