General care and maintenance of your RV is necessary to retain the dependability, safety and appearance that will provide you with many kilometres of trouble free operation as well protect your investment. Most of all general care and maintenance is required to ensure your warranty is kept in full force.
Wash the exterior monthly with warm water and a mild detergent. Avoid spraying water directly into refrigerator and furnace vents. Immediately remove bird droppings, tree sap, insects and tar to avoid staining. Wax at least once a year with a standard liquid or paste wax. Prolonged storage of unit should be a sheltered environment, when possible.
Seals and Adhesives
With RV’s it’s all about moisture management. Maintain exterior seals and adhesives to prevent moisture from entering your RV. Regular washing of your RV will keep you in the habit of looking where seals are drying out or beginning to wear. Weather and road vibrations will have an effect on seals causing them to crack and separate. Not 100% sure? Our seal inspection technology is an inexpensive option when you compare it to the potential damage moisture can cause to your investment. We recommend booking an appointment with our trained technicians at the beginning and end of your RV season.
Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are also affected by road vibrations and as such it’s important to take a close look to see if sealant is present. Use the same care as you would with other exterior seals and adhesives. Most RVs sit dormant throughout the year. As such, ensure that all door latches and all moving parts are lubricated. Moisture can accumulate in locks and hinges causing damage. Proper lubrication will ensure you need not force the operation of these components.
Frame, Extrusions and Aluminum Surfaces
Check the frame regularly by keeping it clean and repaint as necessary to avoid rust. Rust will accumulate especially if used in winter where municipalities apply salt to the roads for safety purposes. For aluminum surfaces you want to avoid pitting which comes with long term neglect. There are cleaners specially made for ensuring aluminum surfaces are restored to their original lustre. Follow the instructions carefully on the label.
Check your roof twice a year to ensure all seams and seals are not cracked or worn. Roof leaks can cause the most costly repairs you will face if care and maintenance is neglected. If you encounter dry, cracked or weathered seals, use proper sealant specifically designed for your roof’s surface. A mild household soap solution and a soft brush can be used to clean a rubber roof. Caution: some roofs prohibit excessive weight on the roof’s surface making it more difficult to clean. Consult with our service team if you are unsure.
LP Gas System
To ensure proper operation, have the LP gas system checked frequently for leaks and road damage. The entire system including regulator pressure should be checked annually or sooner if you suspect a problem. Have the system checked by a qualified LP gas service technician using proper equipment. The method of checking the system for leaks and LP gas safety precautions can be found in your RV manual.
Check the operation of exterior lights often. Check clearance, turn signal, break and back-up lights to be sure they are working correctly. Replace any cracked, broken or missing light covers to avoid moisture infiltration and possible damage to their electrical system.
Consult your manual on what to do to prepare for winter, how to store your vehicle and review the complete care and maintenance checklist – all in the name of protecting one of your biggest investments.