In this article, we’ll explore the essential pre-trip RV maintenance tasks that every RV owner should perform before hitting the road. By following this checklist, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Let’s get started!

  1. Inspect the Exterior:
  • Check the roof for any signs of damage or leaks. Pay close attention to seams, vents, and skylights.
  • Examine the sidewalls for cracks, delamination, or loose panels.
  • Inspect the tires for proper inflation, tread wear, and any signs of damage. Don’t forget to check the spare tire too.
  • Test all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.
  1. Check the Fluid Levels:
  • Verify the oil level and perform an oil change if necessary.
  • Check the coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid levels.
  • Inspect the battery and ensure it is fully charged.
  1. Test the Electrical System:
  • Test all interior lights, including overhead lights, reading lights, and exterior lights.
  • Check the operation of the power outlets, ensuring they provide a steady supply of electricity.
  • Test the battery charger and the operation of the converter.
  1. Inspect the Plumbing System:
  • Check for any leaks or damage in the fresh water system, including pipes, faucets, and connections.
  • Test the water pump and ensure it is working properly.
  • Check the operation of the toilet, sinks, shower, and any other water-related appliances.
  1. Verify Propane System:
  • Inspect the propane tank for any signs of damage or leaks. If you suspect a leak, seek professional assistance.
  • Test the operation of the stove, oven, refrigerator (if propane-powered), and furnace.
  1. Test Safety Equipment:
  • Check the smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to ensure they are in working order.
  • Verify the functionality of the emergency exit windows and escape ladders.
  1. Clean and Organize:
  • Clean the interior of your RV, ensuring all surfaces are free from dust and debris.
  • Organize your belongings and secure loose items to prevent them from shifting during travel.
  1. Test the Generator:
  • Start the generator and let it run for a while to ensure it is in good working condition.
  • Check the oil level and perform an oil change if needed.
  • Inspect the fuel lines and connections for any signs of damage or leaks.
  1. Examine the Braking System:
  • Test the brakes to ensure they are working properly.
  • Check the brake fluid level and top up if necessary.
  • Inspect the brake pads and rotors for wear and replace them if needed.
  1. Verify the Suspension and Steering:
  • Inspect the suspension components for any signs of damage or wear.
  • Check the shock absorbers for leaks or excessive movement.
  • Test the power steering system and make sure it is functioning smoothly.
  1. Inspect the Awning:
  • Carefully inspect the awning for any tears, holes, or damage.
  • Clean the awning fabric and check the operation of the awning mechanism.
  • Lubricate any moving parts as needed.
  1. Inspect the Slide-Outs:
  • Carefully examine the slide-outs for proper operation and smooth movement.
  • Lubricate the slide-out mechanisms as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check the seals and gaskets for any signs of wear or damage, and replace if necessary.

By diligently completing this pre-trip maintenance checklist, you can significantly reduce the risk of encountering unexpected issues on your RV adventures.

Stay tuned for next week’s article, where we’ll delve into maintenance tips for your RV’s water system. If you have any specific topics or questions you’d like us to cover in future articles, please feel free to reach out.

Safe travels,

Kenny Ehresman

JK Bronco Adventures

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