5 Maintenance Items You Need To Check On Your RV Before A Long Trip

5 Maintenance Items You Need to Check on Your RV Before a Long Trip

An RV allows you to have the best of both worlds: the ability to travel the country while also having all the comforts of home right there with you. But an RV also means maintenance in order to make sure your home away from home stays in good condition and can keep traveling the open road. Before your next road trip, make sure you check these five items so you can have a worry-free trip.

The Engine

Checking the engine should be the first thing you do before hitting the highway. Check fluid levels, including oil, transmission, and radiator. Check your battery to make sure there’s no corrosion or other problems. Check hoses, belts and gaskets to ensure there are no corrosion or cracks. Finally, check the oil, air, and fuel filters to ensure they’re clean and not clogged.

Exterior Features

You should check the tires to ensure they’re not cracked or leaking and have plenty of tread. Confirm the windshield wipers have fluid and are still in good condition. Check all the lights to make sure there are no burnt out bulbs or cracks. Make sure your air conditioning is functioning, and that the steps and any slide-outs extend and retract properly. Last, have professionals, like those at Kitsap RV or your local RV company, check your springs for safety and functionality.


The last thing you want is to lose a fridge full of groceries on a road trip. Check that your fridge, stove, and other kitchen appliances are working properly. Make sure your gas propane tank is full and confirm electrical outlets are functioning. Double-check your hot water heater, and make sure that your grey and black water tanks are both empty and not leaking.

Additional Accessories

If your RV has extra accessories such as awnings, a satellite dish or antenna, make sure these items aren’t broken and are functioning as they should. Check your generator’s fuel levels and energy output to ensure it will work as needed when you need it. Make sure there are no leaks.


RVs have a lot of seals. These are areas that can allow rain to get in and cause water damage while also letting out your cold a/c or warm heat, making your RV less energy efficient and more expensive for you to use. Before you head out check the seals around things like the slide-outs, windows, locks, latches, doors, lights, hookups for water or electricity, and the frame of the RV.

You’ll spend some time going over your RV before heading out on your road trip. But the time is well spent because it will give you peace of mind as you embrace the fun of traveling to unfamiliar places. Where will your next trip take you?