7 Tips to Maintaining Your RV

Regular DIY RV maintenance can do wonders for your RV.

Not only can it help keep your RV in great shape and working condition, but maintaining your RV properly can also continue to hold up your Forever Warranty, as well as save you time and money on costly repairs and inspections.

Here is Nielson RV‘s DIY Top 7 Tips to Maintaining Your RV:


1. Regular RV Roof Maintenance

As it comes as no surprise, DIY RV care tip number 1 is Roof Maintenance!

Never assume that the roof over your head will last forever without any maintenance at all!

RV roofs require just a bit more maintenance than most people realize.

For best results, you will want to inspect and clean your RV roofing at least 4 times a year (every 3 months).

Simple DIY maintenance such a regular cleanings, sealant touch-ups, and regular inspections can not only save time on servicing, but also loads of money!

Most customers never even know when their roof membrane has been damaged or even torn from things like tree branches.

Water leaks are common in RVs and can occur through any open seams in your roof’s edges, vents, skylights, or air conditioning unit. When water from rain or melted snow is able to seep through a seam in your roofing, it won’t be long until there is ruined insulation, damaged wall panels, rotted framework, or even mold!

Regular DIY inspection can catch these situations before major repairs are necessary!

You can read more about the importance of RV Roof Care HERE.


2. Maintaining The Septic System

Maintaining and emptying your septic system on a regular basis is an unexciting, but very important part of RV maintenance. And without proper maintenance and care of this system, things can get pretty gnarly.

In general, regular flushing, as well as cleaning and sanitizing your tanks often, will keep the system up and running fairly free of problems.

You can find many articles, and even instructions in your manufacturer manual, on how to properly clean and empty your specific septic tank.

Also, ensure that you are using chemicals that are designed to work with your specific system, whether it be gray water or black water systems.

However, as Trip Savvy says well, “Part of RVing is giving back to the land so don’t give it back loads of harsh chemicals and solvents. A good enzyme solution can help maintain a healthy and not so smelly RV septic system.”

Slacking on regular RV’s septic system maintenance, can create excessive amounts of buildup, clogging of the system, failure of operation, and sometimes cause valves to seize up.


3. RV Brake Maintenance

RV brake inspections and maintenance are clearly important, for your safety on the road, as well as others’.

You should conduct a brief inspection of your brakes every time you plan to use your RV for a road trip. However, brake maintenance should be done a minimum of twice a year!

Maintain the wheel bearings in the Spring to make sure that they are lubricated throughout the Summer.

As well, make sure your brakes still have enough material left on them and that they’re working properly during a regular drive.

When it comes to the rotors, check to make sure they look smooth and free of any deep grooves, cracks, or discolored heat spots.

Brake replacements can run anywhere from $300-$500. Replacements usually include a repacking of wheel bearings and replacing the seals.


4. Oil Changes

Much like a car, your RV requires regular oil changes as well.

The regular recommendation for car oil changes typically calls for an oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

However, an RV tends to sit a lot and is used a lot less. Therefore, to reach the same 3,000 to 5,000 miles will take much longer!

Because of this, an RV only needs oil changes about once a year. The most common time for most RVers is in the Spring, after a long winter of storage.

Bring your RV into Nielson RV for your regular yearly oil changes!


5. Replacing Filters

In unison with changing your RV’s oils, you will want to replace the air, fuel, and hydraulic filters in your RV on a seasonal basis as well.

We typically recommend inspections of the air filter, fuel filter, and hydraulic filters with every oil change.

Jut ask your Nielson RV service technician at your time of service if you filters are ready for changing!


6. Clean and Treat Slide-outs and Seals

Slide outs need to be cleaned on a regular basis so you don’t have dirt build up in and around the seals.

Not cleaning your slide out could cause problems sealing your RV. To clean your RV’s slide out, you want to lubricate the slider mechanisms to make sure that they run in and out with the least amount of wear and tear on the motors.

For window seals, there are also lubricants that you can use around the rubber to help keep them fresh and pliable so that they create good seals.

In addition, it allows easy movement of the windows up and down and side to side. If your windows start to catch, the felt that they slide on could begin to tear and require a replacement.


7. Awning Maintenance

Your RV awning is often an overlooked, and expensive, part of any RV.

In general, you will want to clean your RV’s awning after every use, and ensure adequate drying time, so you don’t find yourself dealing with mildew and mold buildup!

Items such as twigs and branches can get stuck and rolled up into your awning, causing significant tears the fabric.

If debris remains inside the awning after being rolled ip, it could cause a real critter problem, such as spider, bee, or wasp nest to build ups!


You will want to inspect your awning on a regular basis in order to catch and repair any possible holes and tears before they can grow larger.

A tear in the awning fabric could potentially cost up to $600, and replacing the awning itself can be around $1,300-$1,400!

Make a habit to clean off your awning after every trip to avoid costly repairs or replacements!


21 Point Inspections with Nielson RV

Nielson RV takes pride in backing up major components of pre-owned recreational vehicles, where most RV companies sell these units on an “As in” basis.

Nielson RV completes a system check before delivery, which includes:

1. Plumbing

Upon your 21 point inspection with Nielson RV, you can expect your RV’s plumbing system to be completely inspected in the following areas:

• Plumbing lines inside the coach, water lines, and fittings

• Bathroom Sink, Kitchen Sink

• Toilet and Interior Shower

• LP Gas

2. Major Appliances

Upon your 21 point inspection with Nielson RV, you can expect your RV’s major appliances to be completely inspected in the following areas:

• AC Unit & Furnace

• Water Heater

• Microwave, Stove, and Oven

• Refrigerator and Freezer

• Generator

3. Electrical

Upon your 21 point inspection with Nielson RV, you can expect your RV’s electrical system to be completely inspected in the following areas:

• All electrical to major appliances only

• Does not include every light bulb, lens, outlets, etc.

4. Exterior Components

Upon your 21 point inspection with Nielson RV, you can expect your RV’s exterior components to be completely inspected in the following areas:

• Front jack, 5th wheel landing gear-front only

• Tires – correct PSI only

• Lug nuts – correct torque only

• Propane

• Battery

5. Motorhomes

Upon your 21 point inspection with Nielson RV, you can expect your motorhome to be completely inspected in the following areas:

• Windshield wipers/fluid

• Safety inspection

• Oil Change

• Engine battery


Nielson RV Maintenance

In order to maintain your RV Forever Warranty, you will need to have your RV inspected and serviced yearly. Refer to your Warranty Forever manual for more details on how to properly maintain your RV to ensure warranty coverage!

But in general, keeping up on DIY maintenance can avoid costly repairs and replacement come your yearly inspection!

You can find anything you need for at home repairs and maintenance here at the Nielson RV parts store!

We hope Nielson RV‘s DIY Top 7 Tips to Maintaining Your RV helps you all.

We’ll see you at your next inspection!


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