There’s a lot that can and will go wrong with your RV as time goes by. It’s critically important for you to properly maintain your RV, especially if you are full timing it. I’m going to zip through some things I’ve discovered on my travels that may save you a bit of grief and money.
Keep the tires out of the sun! One thing that can cause the tires on your RV to age quickly is continuous exposure to the sun. Regardless of your location, the UV rays of the sun can age your tires quickly. This leads to tire failure. This can manifest itself as having leaky tires to a tire blowing out when on the highway.
This is easy to avoid. Look into some tire guards for your tires that you can place over the tire when you will not be moving for a few days or more. This will keep the direct rays of the sun from the tire and help to keep them in tip top condition.
Maintain your electrical system properly. Be sure that your batteries stay topped up with liquids. You, at all times, want to make sure that the plates in your storage batteries are kept wet. If you allow the liquid in your batteries to fall below the top of the plates, that part of the plates will no longer function, even if you top up the battery later. It’s not a bad plan to check the plates monthly while using the RV and once every two months when it’s just sitting.
It’s the natural charge/discharge cycle that reduces the liquid in the battery, so the more you use them, the more you need to check them. Also another pointer with deep cycle batteries. Try very hard to never deplete your deep cycle batteries low than 40% of their capacity. I’ve heard that depleting them lower does decrease their overall life span.
Keep your drains clean. This includes your RV toilet. I’ve found that running a hot water flush through drains in the sink and toilet area is a good idea to loosen up potential buildups. I was really trying hard to conserve water in the beginning with my toilet, so I’d use only a small amount of water for flushing and such. I discovered within about a month of use, my toilet was getting clogged quite easily.
This turned out to be that fact that I wasn’t using enough water to properly flush the toilet. And I also have found that I use more water for the sinks and shower. Much more than the toilets could warrant. As a matter of fact, I found with my two girls and my wife with me, we could go two days before the grey tank was full but an easy four for the black tank.
So I’m not so worried about water usage in the toilet, but have been learning to conserve water usage that ends up in the black tank.
Be sure to watch where you plug your electrical system into for your RV. There are specialty protectors for power that are kind of like surge protectors that will protect the electrical system in your RV. Stories are isolated on base power that has damaged the system in an RV but it does tend to happen. The cost is relatively low for a protector compared to the cost of replacing wiring and equipment which is crazy expensive.
When you decide to part for a spell, be sure to protect your generator and vehicle engine, if applicable, by using a good gas stabilizer for times longer than 30 days. If you’ll be parking your RV for more than six months, consider adding fresh gas to the tank after about four months. Again, it will stop stale gas from glazing the inside of your motorhome engine or built-in gas generator.
Finally, be sure to enjoy your vacations, regardless of the length of time! Get out there and make the most of them. It’s a time you’ll never regret. Last year I spent most of the summer months in the RV in different locations. Nothing too exotic, but hey, I had a blast.