Owning an RV truly brings great pleasure in life as evidenced by the fact that there are more than nine million RV owners in the United States, according to a report published by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association in 2017. However, as any seasoned traveler would know, a smooth travel is a well-planned one.
If you intend to go on a vacation with an RV, this vehicle will be the center of your life during that time period. Failure to take care of it properly can lead to a breakdown. Then, you will be forced to spend your time having repairs done instead of vacationing.
To prevent such a scenario, here are the things you need to inspect before hitting the road.
Overinflated and underinflated tires are two of the most common defects in RVs. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most dangerous. Tire failures can cause accidents. Over inflation can cause uneven tread wear and may cause a blowout if the tires get hot. Meanwhile, under-inflation allows the tire to bend more as they spin. This will not only decrease the fuel economy by up to 5% but it will also cause a loss of steering precision and turning ability.
Always check your tire pressure when they are cold or before traveling more than one mile. Remember to stay within your RV manufacturer’s air pressure suggestions.
The importance of checking everything under the hood before departing cannot be stressed enough. The lubricant level is one of the first things you will want to check to ensure the engine and transmission are properly lubricated so they don’t overheat. Inspect the foot and parking brake function, as well as all the gauges in your RV. Also, make sure that there are no strange noises coming from the engine.
Remember to look under the vehicle of any signs of leaks and check the hitch components if you intend to do some towing on the road. If you find yourself confused on how and where to do these inspections, consult the owner’s manual or ask an RV mechanic to do the job.
Exactly like the name suggests, walk around your RV slowly while observing each and every component. If you haven’t tested the functions of the headlamps, turns signal, and brake lights, do it now. Touch everything with your hand to make sure all the components are secure, such as the doors. A final walk-around could be the difference between a pleasant journey and a trouble-plagued one.
If you encounter any problem while on the road, call a trusted RV repair service such as Prairie City RV Center right away.
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