Springtime shake-down for your RV and trailer

Owning a boat or recreational vehicle can be extremely rewarding. You can hit the road without leaving the comforts of home or head out on the lake with the family. However, there are some critical steps to take to ensure the safety and proper working order of your equipment.

The Fast Lane Truck put together five quick tips that should help folks get a handle on what needs to be periodically checked before rolling on the miles. These are the unsung top maintenance tips that RVs and other trailers need performed, yet are often overlooked.

Some of these items include the tires; checking for dry rot, tire pressure, and age. Axles and wheel bearings are also critically important. Without the proper amount of grease, bearings will cease and fail, potentially causing a host of terrible events, including losing a wheel.

TFLT also dives into the world of RV ownership with the laundry list of maintenance points. This includes draining and flushing the RV’s water line system, especially in colder climates where an antifreeze solution is used to preserve the lines. On-board batteries are also critical. It’s important to check connections and water levels on the batteries. Of course, other checks should be make, including an overall inspection of the exterior condition of the RV, looking for potential issues with the roof, gaps in the aluminum, or anything else out of place.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it does serve as a great place to start.


Mark McNabb
Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read More
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