A continuation of my previous article on getting ready for the season. A system check must be done to ensure when you head out there are no disappointing surprises. I have covered the basic systems in a previous article RV Travel Preparation click here.
Most of the system checks are easily accomplished and will save you a bundle.
Probably one of the most neglected systems on any RV is the roof, outa site outa mind. Obviously it is very important not only to keep you dry but more importantly to keep your rig dry.
The smallest leak left without repair can cause mildew and rot. A small lead is often not obvious and a careful inspection is required.
When inspecting the roof be careful with your foot ware that no sharp rocks etc. are embedded in your shoes, this could puncture the rubber membrane. Check out this telescopic ladder that’s easily stored click here.
Most modern RVs have a one piece rubber membrane, and although quite thin it is very durable. The roof needs to be clean and inspected for damage at least yearly.
The sealant around all openings needs to be thoroughly inspected for cracks & adhesion. Loose and cracked sealant should be removed carefully so not to damage the rubber membrane. To ensure good adhesion be sure to clean the area thoroughly before applying a recommended caulking/sealant.
Over time these seals will deteriorate and may need replacing, it is important to inspect them.
Besides doors and windows there are probably other areas where caulking/sealant should be inspected, again remove and replace as necessary. This inspection should be carried out once a year.
Probably one of the greatest inventions in RV history, the slide makes so much difference in the living space in any RV…..anyway back to the subject.
The rubber flange seals also need to be maintained with a dry lubricant so dust will not stick, special sprays are available for this purpose or baby powder works well.
It’s important to clean and dry under slides to prevent dirt from falling onto the interior flooring when the slide is retracted. The slide rails and tracks need lubrication for smooth quiet operation.
The exterior of your RV is probably aluminium or fiber glass, both can be treated pretty much the same and washed as you would any vehicle. Waxing the exterior should be done at least every couple of years to keep the paint from fading and especially for any decal designs. Decals will fade and peel if not waxed regularly. A non- abrasive wax should be used.
A great addition to the living space of an RV, but they don’t stand up well to wind and storms. You know what I mean if you have ever forgotten to roll it up in the evening before the wind picked up. You’re awakened from a nice slumber by the awning banging in the darkness. Many awnings these days are power and some have wind sensors for automatic retraction.
The only maintenance required is a good cleaning and lubrication of the moving parts, a light oil like WD40 will suffice. Check your owners manual for the recommended cleaner as to not remove the water proofing coating.
I remember in my first trailer these were always an issue, lights that were not supposed to flash did and ones that were supposed to didn’t. Over the years the problem seems to have been corrected some what. If you find some not working if it isn’t the bulb, it is probably corrosion. Remove the lens, take a piece of emery cloth and buff the socket to ensure good electrical contact.
The grounding screw may be loose. Tighten gently and if it will not tighten use a slightly larger screw, but not longer. Replace the lens and if needed apply silicon sealant to the top and sides to prevent moisture penetration. Re-check all lights including break and signals.
Last but certainly not least, it needs attention also. Check all mounting bolts and brackets for tightness. Lubricate all moving parts, check the safety chains for damage and wear. Spray the electrical plug and receptor with WD40 to help dissolve corrosion and prevent further corrosion. It is a good idea to padlock the hitch once coupled to your vehicle so no tampering can take place. When traveling, during a routine stop it is always a good idea to do a walk around your rig to check any signs of potential issues, like tires, the hitch, open compartments.
Don’t forget to check the exterior fridge and hot water tank access panel for unwanted residents. Critters love to build nests in these areas and this can create a whole set of problems, like plugged exhaust pipes.
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I hope this article will help with your RV season preparations.
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