Motor home maintenance: a matter of routine

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Keep your motor home in good shape year-round.

You want your motor home to be in tip-top condition and ready for travel when you are. And when you’re out on the road, you don’t want to have to deal with mechanical problems. A well-maintained vehicle will help make your travels worry-free.

Regular check-ups
Tips and tricks that work

Regular check-ups

Whether you are a “do-it-yourselfer” or rely on professional help, make sure these items are among those that are checked periodically for wear and tear:

Air filters: Check regularly and replace when dirty.

Battery: Keep it clean, ensure that connections are tight and that there is no corrosion.

Brake fluid: It’s important to keep your brakes performing at their best, and this includes replacing brake fluid on a regular basis. Be sure tochoose the best brake fluid for your vehicle.

Fire extinguishers: Make sure that all fire extinguishers are fully charged (you can tell by the gauge) and check the expiration date on the tag.

Fluid in automatic transmissions: When it looks brownish, instead of red, it’s time for a change.

Furnace vents: Check periodically for soot, which can be an indicator of faulty operation. Clean and vacuum the unit, check hoses for dents and replace as needed. It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect the system once a year.

Ignition wires: If they appear glazed, burned or cracked, it’s time to replace them. And use the opportunity to replace your spark plugs at the same time.

Rubber seals around doors and windows: Make sure they are tight and be sure to change them as needed. The last thing you want is a leak in your motor home – which can cause costly, extensive damage.

Shock absorbers: When they are worn, they can result in poor handling on a rough stretch of road. Plus they put more wear on other suspension parts. Shock absorbers in good condition make your trip smoother and keep your vehicle in better condition.

Tires: Stretch your gas mileage and stay safe by making sure your tires remain properly inflated. Check tire pressure once a month to ensure optimum gas mileage and safety. Check tire rims for dents, lug nuts for tightness and tires for uneven tread wear.

Water, gas and waste disposal systems: Drain your water system periodically and flush with fresh water. Add a mild baking soda solution to remove any stale taste. Drain the waste disposal system as required. Be sure to keep propane gas burner heads clean. You can check the gas lines for leaks at connections by brushing on a mild soap solution and noting the location of bubbles.

Wiring for external lights: Make sure the connections are tight and that there are no breaks.

Windshield wipers: Change them once a year to ensure good visibility no matter what the weather.

Wheel bearings: Grease is the key word here. Often neglected, well-lubricated wheel bearings are essential to keeping the wheels and axles working together. They should be inspected and repacked with grease once a year.

Tips and tricks that work

When you’re travelling with your motor home, you want the experience to be hassle-free. Check out these tips from motor home enthusiasts who have found ways to make their travelling life a little easier.

Avoid mold
Keeping mold from growing in your motor home is mainly a question of controlling moisture. If you find a leak, repair it immediately and make sure the area gets dried out. Keep in mind that the humidity in your vehicle should never rise higher than 50%. When the air is damp, run the overhead exhaust fan or open the windows.

Keep the cold in
When it’s hot outside, use an auxiliary fan to blow air over the refrigerator coils in your motor home. This will help the unit maintain cold temperatures.

Waste water tank care
When you have dumped the black water tank and are ready to get on the road, add a couple of bags of ice cubes, instead of plain water, along with toilet chemicals. The ice will slide back and forth helping to scrub the bottom and side of the tank. Add more water as needed when the ice has melted. Water softener dissolved in water and poured down the drain into a waste water tank can be used periodically to clean and sanitize it. A gallon of liquid bleach poured into your waste water tanks can sanitize and disinfect them. Some people have found this an effective replacement for toilet chemicals.