Have a qualified RV repair facility check your LP gas system once a year for leaks and proper operating pressure to insure safe operation.

Be sure your RV is properly winterized. If you are not sure how, get a qualified RV repair facility to winterize your RV. It can be costly if not do properly. Do not forget to de-winterize the unit before using it in the spring.

The life expectancy of your RV batteries depends on you. How they’re used, how well they’re maintained, how they’re discharged, how they’re re-charged, and how they are stored, all contribute to a batteries life span. Keep your batteries charged through periods of inactivity. Remove for storage in cold winter climates. Efficiency and longevity depend on batteries being kept in a good state of charge especially in cold weather.Ventilate to ensure your safety. Automotive batteries give off hydrogen as they are charged and can explode.

Have your wheel bearings checked annually, whether you’ve used your RV or not, or every 12,000 miles whichever comes first. Accumulation of moisture from inactivity will damage them just as quickly as wear from heavy usage. They may not need repacking every year, but to be safe on your next trip they need to be checked. Buddy Bearing grease caps are a good idea for boat trailers that go into the water, but you still need to have your bearings checked, cleaned, and repacked. Be careful with the Bearing Buddy cap, as too much grease can cause your wheel seal to fail. Even EZ-Lube or Ultra Lube bearings need to be manually checked for wear and debris. These bearings have a port or access for extra grease to escape so you don’t damage your seal.

Overloading the tires and low tire pressure are major causes of tire failure. Check tire pressure before every trip. Poor weight distribution and taking advantage of all of the storage space offered on today’s RVs can result in tire overloads. Load the vehicle with everything you plan to take on a trip including passengers, cargo, fuel, full fresh water and propane tanks and weigh it on a platform scale. If you tow something behind the RV take it to the scales with you. It is possible to not exceed the GVWR, GAWR or GCWR, but exceed the tire ratings. This is why you MUST weigh each axle end separately to determine if tire ratings are exceeded and if the loaded weight is properly distributed.

In the summer when your RV is stored and everything is closed it can get very hot in the coach. This can cause your border paper and seam tape to start wrinkling and falling off the wall. You need to ventilate the coach in the summer as well as in the winter. By keeping vents open you can get air flow through the coach and keep the temperature down. If you have vent covers or and RV cover you will not have to worry about possible bad weather.