For most people an RV represents a significant financial investment and so it makes sense to keep a regular eye on it to catch any potential problems early on. This is because small problems have a habit of turning into much larger ones if ignored for too long and can be very expensive to repair.
To help you out we’ve put our heads together to come up with what we reckon are the ten most important things you need to do to keep your RV in tip top shape and ready for action at a moment’s notice.
5. 1. KEEP IT COVERED
Some people are lucky enough to be able to store their RV under cover in a garage or carport when not in use. Others aren’t so lucky and their pride and joy ends up sitting outside in the weather for most of the year without being used.
The main problem with being exposed to the weather is water entry. RVs are prone to this because of the vibration they experience when on the move. This can cause stress fractures in the exterior cladding, especially at joints, leading to minute cracks which can allow water inside. If left unchecked, a water leak can cause considerable damage by rotting the timber frame and staining or destroying the internal wall coverings.
If you can’t store your RV under cover we recommend that you at least cover it with a RV cover. Don’t be tempted to cover it with a tarp, even a relatively ‘decent’ silver poly tarp, as even the best of these will start to fall apart after about six months exposure to the sun. Instead, spend the extra money and get a purpose-made RV cover. The good ones are made of a number of layers, have openings for door, are strongly UV and tear resistant and have breather vents to help reduce and prevent condensation build up inside the cover. Try a cover from Caravan & Motorhome Covers Australia or have a search online.
2. KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF
If your RV is parked for long periods, consider jacking it up to take the load of the tyres and suspension. This will prevent the tyres from deforming over time and prevent the springs from sagging under the constant load.
If parked outside, remove the wheels (including any spares) and store them under cover. If this isn’t feasible, at least cover the outside of the wheels with vinyl covers or pieces of ply wood. This will prevent the tyres from perishing due to constant UV exposure from the sun.