RV Maintenance & Tire Safety
If you’re a car owner, the basics have already been drilled in. Check your oil, follow your service schedule, and make sure your tires are properly inflated. If your dad didn’t tell you, you eventually learned it on your own, (perhaps the hard way).
Your RV is the same way; if you want it to last, you have to treat it well… and treat it to a Service Visit now and then as recommended in your owner’s manual. Neglect is all too often the cause of costly (and preventable) damage. The basics haven’t changed much.
Routine maintenance should include the following on a regular basis:
- Engine oil level
- Engine coolant
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Battery water level / corrosion
- Air filter condition
- Air pressure in your tires
Make it a routine to check these items frequently and every time before you leave on a trip. Needless to say, fluids and filters should be changed regularly. Be sure to reference you owner’s manual or your RV dealer for recommended maintenance schedules. It’s also a good idea to check your electrical and plumbing systems before you venture out.
A word of advice:
If you don’t have valve extenders, consider getting them.
You’d be surprised how often you’ll be inclined to check your air pressure when your valves are easier to access. Remember, improper tire pressure can affect gas mileage, overall handling, uneven wear on your tires, and the safety of your RV. The extenders are well worth the investment.
And finally, just as you keep a toolbox handy in your house, you’ll want to keep one handy in your home on wheels. You never know when you’ll need to tighten up a screw, or oil a bothersome squeak. Check out our recommended tool list for some handy items to carry with you.
RV and Trailer Tire Safety Guide
The number one cause of tire failure is lack of maintenance and inspection. Having your tires inspected at least once per month can save you from costly repairs to your motor home or trailer, damage to other vehicles on the road, and even fatalities. According to the Department of Transport, tires MUST be replaced when the tires reach 3/32” of tread life. Technicians have a special tool to measure the remaining tread life. In most states it is illegal to even put air in tires considered legally worn. The Department of Transportation also required tire manufacturers to stamp a date code, signifying the manufactured date of the tire. It is recommended that tires be replaced once they are 5yrs old. It is sometimes confusing because although the tire may have plenty of tread remaining, the tire may not be safe to drive on, due to degradation of the internal compounds. Over time, weather and road conditions damage the tires, and the constant temperature change will affect the tires longevity.
If you would like your tires inspected, contact our Service Department to schedule an appointment.
In the pictures shown below, the rear tire blew out on the road, for one of our customers, causing over $8,000 in damages to his trailer. This was determined to have been caused by a tire over 5 years old, which ultimately caused tread separation, damaging the unit.
Inside Damage to electrical and plumbing:
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