If you are the proud owner of a new or used RV, then you’ll want it to last as long as possible. RV maintenance is similar to regular vehicle maintenance, but there are some other things to look out for. Continue reading for a fall maintenance checklist from the team at Unlimited RV.
1. Inspect the Roof
Thoroughly inspect each and every roof protrusion, seam, and vent of an RV. Every screw, bolt, and attachment on the RV’s roof should have their sealant inspected for cracks, peeling, or gaps because even a tiny amount of missing sealant might allow water to flow inside. Any water that seeps in through the roof can be absorbed by the insulation and begin to rot wooden structures. It can also move over wooden and metallic structural components, where it will emerge from behind walls and even underneath floors.
2. Seal the Windows
Most RVs use only Butyl tape as a factory-installed sealant between the window frame and the side of your RV. That should be adequate for the first year or so, but over time, it will dry up, harden, and lose its hold. Applying a thin bead of clear silicone sealant around the window frame and attaching it to both the frame and wall of the RV is a far better preventative measure to prevent water incursion around the windows.
3. Check the Fluids
Checking your fluids should be done periodically throughout the year, and during your fall maintenance routine is a great time to top it all off. Check your brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and engine oil. And unless you’ve changed the oil recently, it’s a great time to have that done as well. Keeping your fluids changed and clean will help extend the life of your RV.