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RV Maintenance Checklist Before You Hit the Road

Breaking down on the side of the road is the last thing you want to happen on your RV vacation.  Don’t spend a minute of your trip fixing this thing or that. Instead, take some time to complete this RV maintenance checklist prior to hitting the road.  

Tires: Before every trip, check and adjust tire pressure, and tighten lug nuts. Tires should be rotated and inspected for unusual wear and tear annually.

Heating and cooling: Before the trip, turn these on to make sure they’re in working order. If it has been more than a year since their last cleaning and inspecting, do this before the trip.  

Under the hood: Top off fluid levels, (oil, transmission, brake, coolant, power steering) and inspect batteries; clean contacts, and tighten connections, if needed.

Propane: Turn off any appliances. Disconnect these from the gas line, and turn off the gas at the tank. Fill tanks. Also, check generator fuel levels, and fill as needed.  

Fresh water: If you maintain your fresh water tank regularly, you’re probably OK to just fill it to the desired level, considering both length of trip and extra weight load. If you haven’t given the tank any attention lately, though, you may want to drain, clean, treat, and refill before your trip.

Exterior: Do a walk-around to visually inspect caps, latches, lifts, and seals. Repair, replace, re-caulk, or re-grease as needed. Don’t forget to check the roof, gutter, and underbody. If you’ll be towing something, also inspect the hitch.

Lights: Check all lights, inside and outside the RV, to ensure they’re in working order. Replace any bulbs that are burned out with energy-efficient LEDs.  

Interior: Visually inspect the interior for loose latches and connections; clean out the fridge; go through cabinets, and throw out anything you haven’t used in a year; dust, wipe down, and vacuum upholstery and other surfaces.  

Fire safety: Check that your fire extinguishers and fire escape windows are in good working order and continue to be easy for you to operate.  

​Maintenance checklists vary depending on the type of RV you have so consult the manufacturer’s manual for additional maintenance ideas.  

​And keep in mind, if this list is too daunting for you to complete on your own, take your RV to a qualified service provider. These items don’t have to be completed by you—but they do have to be completed to ensure a safe and enjoyable RV vacation.

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