Want your RV to maintain its value and keep everyone in it safe? One of the most important things you can do is annual RV maintenance on your rig. Preventing problems before they start or catching them early is the goal of RV maintenance. Besides, it is always cheaper to prevent the problem than to repair it.
Anyone Can Do It
If you just said, ‘I don’t know anything about annual RV maintenance.” Don’t worry! We didn’t know a thing either when we first started! If you want to know the truth our knowledge went about as far as putting the key in the ignition and turning her on. But there are many resources online including manufacturers that will walk you through your RV maintenance. All you need to do is jump in.
Where To Start
The best place to start building your annual RV maintenance schedule is right in your rig. Literally! Grab that huge stack of manuals provided by your dealer and start flipping the pages. Hidden deep in those books are all the details for every system in your RV and what needs to be done monthly, quarterly, annually or yearly. Grab a pen and start making your list. Be sure to include any parts, tools or chemicals that might be needed.
If you are still unsure about making a maintenance schedule for your RV take a peek at someone else’s schedule. It might give you some insight as to what you will be doing on a monthly or quarterly basis. But remember RV maintenance schedules are not one size fits all! All RVs are not built the same and will have different appliances and systems so our sample maintenance schedule may look very different from your own.
You may decide to do some of the items on your list more often than recommended by the manufacturer. For example, Tiffin recommends the slide-out trim (outer rubber seals) be checked semi-annually but we (meaning Phil) will check and add 3-IN-ONE® RVcare Rubber Seal Conditioner monthly. So don’t be afraid to maintain some components more often to protect your investment especially if you live in your RV full time.
If you want a place to start you can check out the RV maintenance schedule Phil put together for Ruby. We are not professional mechanics or electricians so it may not be perfect but we will continue to do everything we can to take care of Ruby and protect ourselves while riding down the road. The template below will help you get started on your RV maintenance. Just change the systems in the template to match your RV and you are all set.
Want a peek into Ruby’s annual RV maintenance? Check this out.
Author: Stacy Farley, You, Me & the RV: All Rights Reserved
Disclosures: Video sponsored by 3-IN-ONE® RVcare