Before every trip you take your trusty ‘ol RV on, you will want to do some basic pre-trip inspections first!
Many random problems RV’s come into contact with can be solved by regular and pre-trip inspections. In general, you want to prevent and avoid any future problems rather than have to fix them afterwards right?
So here is Nielson RV’s RV Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist to keep on hand before every trip:
1. Tires & Lug Nuts
You will want to inspect your tires and lug nuts before every RV trip you take!
Ensure the tire pressure is right where it needs to be, and that there are no holes or air leaks. If the tires are overfilled, that could lead to an implosion during you drive.
Under-filled tires are also dangerous, creating possible control problems and causing more resistance on the road affecting your gas mileage.
As well, tightening your wheel’s lug nuts before a trip to ensure they haven’t loosened up at any point during previous travel or while in storage.
Driving with loose lug nuts could lead to losing a wheel on the road.
Inspecting your tires and wheels before every trip can prevent serious accidents and extremely costly repairs.
2. Check your RV’s batteries
Checking your RV’s battery before any road trip is a must. The last thing you want when you arrive at your favorite camping destination, is to find out that your battery is dead.
Oh the terror!
The goal for an RV’s battery is that you do your best to keep it fully charged at all times.
The leading cause of dead lead acid batteries is extended sulfation, which occurs when a battery’s charge drops below its recommended voltage.
You can use a digital volt meter to check your level of charge (which you can find right here at Nielson RV).
Regularly checking and charging your battery’s charge will most definitely increase the overall lifetime if your battery and prevent sulfation.
Which of course, results in saving more time and money as you are not having to constantly replace your battery, or take your RV in for service!
3. Check Electrical Connections From Your Tow
It is always a good idea to check the connection from your RV to your tow-vehicle before taking off on a trip.
This is what transmits your electrical signal from your tow vehicle to your RV to turn on your brake lights and turn signals!
And of course, this is an easy thing to check before any road trip.
Have someone behind your RV checking for the connection while you test your brake lights and turn signals.
Another benefit of this electrical connection, is that your tow-vehicle is charging your RV’s battery through the charge circuit!
Ultimately, your electrical connection makes sure your RV has good brake activation, a fully charged battery, and makes sure all your lighting is working.
If you have any questions or concerns about maintaining your RV, please feel free to contact your local Campers Inn RV location. We would be happy to go over any RV maintenance with you!
4. Fluids, Filters, & Leaks
Before any trip, it’s a good idea to check for leaks underneath your tow vehicle and your RV.
Fluid loss could indicate component failure in areas where levels might not be readily checked (i.e., transmission or fuel systems).
You will also want to check all your tow vehicle and RV fluids before a trip, including motor oil, coolant, and washer fluid.
On top of a DIY oil, plan to inspect your vehicle’s cabin filter and air filter as needed, as well as any other filters in your RV or tow vehicle.
5. Make Sure Everything is Secure
Check to make sure all of your hatches, latches, and openings are secured before your trip.
We don’t want a door swinging open, or your awning popping out, midway down the freeway now do we?
You’ll want to lubricate, seal, lock, and secure any areas of your RV that might need it.
From your windows, doors, ceiling vents, awning, slide-outs, and exterior storage!
Regular Inspections at Nielson RV
In general, keeping up on DIY maintenance and pre-trip inspections can ensure a safe trip, and avoid costly repairs and replacements in the future!
You can find anything you need for at home repairs and maintenance here at the Nielson RV parts store!
We hope Nielson RV‘s RV Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist can make your trip a little more smooth sailing.
We’ll see you at your next inspection!