Owning a recreational vehicle (RV) isn’t just about buying one. It’s also about taking care of it through proper maintenance. It’s your responsibility as the owner to ensure that your trailer is always in good condition. This isn’t only for your comfort and convenience but, more importantly, for your safety.
Driving a faulty RV can put you and your passengers at safety risk, so repairs should be made as soon as possible. There are several signs that it’s time for some RV repairs.
Air leaks should never be ignored as it could result in expensive repairs. When you notice audible air leaks coming from the RV, bring it to a repair shop immediately. That’s better than finding yourself fixing your air brakes on the side of the road. Also, you might risk losing the brakes altogether when you don’t fix the air leaks.
Your tires should always be in good shape when driving. You can determine their condition by hitting the tires with a tire hammer or a stick periodically when you’re on the road to see whether they’re getting flat or low. You should also watch out for leaks and bulges. Flat or low tires can cause driving difficulty that could put you in danger.
Imagine cruising down the highway and you realize that your RV’s brakes aren’t working? Since trailer brakes are used very often, they’re prone to problems. Even if the brakes have an auto adjust system, you need to ensure that it’s working correclty. Otherwise, too much stress can ruin the brakes.
Lights are important in road safety. When your RV’s lights start flickering or dying, you should address the issue immediately. It can be caused by an electrical short or a loose wire harness. Ignoring such issues could put your RV out of service or worse, cause an accident.
Once you spot any of these warning signs, you need to seek the help of trailer repair experts. Regular inspection is a must as well to prevent any minor problems from getting worse. Another thing to remember is to check your inspection sticker. It has to be renewed every year on licensed trailers. It’s also a good reminder to conduct regular maintenance on your RV since repairs can be more expensive when your inspection sticker is about to expire.
Top 5 Trailer Repair Warning Signs, Storify.com
The 3 Most Common Travel Trailer Issues, Goodsam.com