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Maintenance Inspection Tips On Your RV 

Inspecting your RV before take off is very important.  You don't want to have to worry about any major mechanic problems while you're on the freeway, or on a beach somewhere in Florida.  Take note of these five tips on inspecting the inside and outside of your vehicle, whether it is a travel trailer that you tow or a complete motor home.  You can find some great RV repair and maintenance manuals to help you're RV inspection and maintenance check ups.

1. Check all fluid levels.

This includes transmission fluid, brake fluid, engine coolant and engine oil.  This is especially important to do before your trip begins, but just to be safe you can also check the levels during your journey and after you get home. 

2. Check the battery and filter.

Regularly checking the battery before the trip and during a stop is extremely important.  If you have no battery power, if there's a drain somewhere or a wire short, then you're stuck in Vancouver, or wherever your destination spot might be.  Also be sure and check the air filter to make sure it's clean enough.

3. Look on the exterior for any cracks.

This means the body of the unit and perform routine roof inspections and RV roof maintenance.  Any sign of damage could mean future leaks or even complete breaking.  Checking the hitch is also important if you have a 5th wheel or travel trailer.  Hitch systems can become cracked, or worn or even loose bolts, causing your travel trailer to be left behind on the road!

4. Check the RV tires.

Look for cracks in the tires, any sharp objects stuck into them like nails, or any road wear.  Make sure the lug nuts are tight on both the inner and outer wheels.  If tires are not taken care of, they could go flat or worse yet, be released from your car while on the road.  Sure, bring a spare for an emergency.  But check your tires beforehand to avoid those ugly situations that can be prevented. 

5. Look under the hood.

Breathe in the air!  Smells gross, of course.  But if you smell gasoline, diesel or LP gas then you could have a gas leak.  At that point it is preferable to turn the lights and engine off and seek a professional RV technician or even the RV dealership to check it out.  You can also check for leaks yourself.  If you notice a leak, study where and how it was leaked so that you can help the technician figure out the problem.

Simple maintenance check ups can protect your RV and make your road trip a comfortable journey rather than a terrible and expensive mishap.