We understand that sometimes remembering all the steps you need to take to make sure that your travel trailer stays in tip top shape can be a chore on its own. So, we’ve put together a short list of our top maintenance tips to make sure that your travel trailer RV continues to be a home away from home when you are on vacations. If you are looking for more tips feel free to call or swing by our dealership in Everett, Washington; proudly serving the area’s of Seattle, Bellingham, and Vancouver, WA.
Slide out walls are one of the great features that have become common in RVs over the past years that really make life easier. Many travelers love this awesome way to expand your floor space, but if you don’t take care of your slide outs you may not be able to take advantage when you need them the most. If you start to hear a squealing or squeaking as you open your slide out walls, they probably need some lubricant. A standard can of spray on lubricant will be plenty, just apply a generous amount to each of your slide out rails along the full length of the runner. This should be repeated at least once a year, and more often if your camper gets frequent use.
If your travel trailer has a generator hidden underneath, it should get run once in awhile. Many people can forget to take care of the genny when they travel to full hookup campsites all summer long, which can cause some serious degradation over a long period. Run your generator at about 50% load for half an hour every six months or so to keep everything healthy, and make sure that you stabilize the fuel for storage. Also, when your generator is getting frequent use, don’t forget to change the oil according to your owner’s manual (usually about every 200 running hours or so.
Your travel trailers seals around the door and windows won’t last forever. Your seals will begin to break down more quickly than just about any component in your RV, as they’re exposed to the most severe temperature changes, more moisture, and more outside material. Keep an eye on your seals from trip to trip and watch out for small cracks that will allow water in. If your seals are letting water in, make sure you get them swapped out before your store your RV for winter and you won’t come back to a mossy mess growing in the cracks and corners of your travel trailer.
Whether you’re expecting triple digit temperatures, or sub-zero weather, keeping your RV well ventilated when it’s not in use is one of the best ways to extend your RVs lifespan. Excessive heat will cause components to fade and crack, while cold and moisture can lead to mildew and mold. If you’re concerned about leaving the vents open, a set of covers can help let out moisture and heat while keeping the rain on the outside.
These are just a few of our top tips to make sure your travel trailer RV is up and running when you need it. Ryan’s RV Town is here to help you with all your maintenance needs, swing by our dealership in Everett, WA and chat with our friendly and knowledgeable staff about any RV questions you may have!