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Saturday, July 9, 2011

RV Maintenance is a Pain in the - You Fill in the Blank!

If you think you are going to buy a brand new RV, and therefore you are not going to have any RV Maintenance issues, let me assure you, that is not the case. Anytime you are pulling something weighing twenty thousand pounds down the highway, you are going to shake things loose.

After traveling the highways in the great state of Iowa, due to the horrific winter they had causing massive damage to their roads, we had things shake loose that we never dreamed of. The entire front facing of the kitchen slide out was lying across the couch. We have been traveling in this coach for six years, so we thought we had every possible thing fastened down, but this is just the nature of the beast.

If you can accept this aspect of RV'ing, you will be way ahead of the game, otherwise, you will stay frustrated all the time, wondering when the next disaster will strike.

Learning to read the date codes on tires, and having them changed at regularly scheduled intervals will help prevent blowouts. However, longtime RVing friends, who did everything right, still managed to have a faulty tire installed, which caused a blowout, and about $3000 worth of damage to their rig, so you can do all the right things, and still have a mishap.

The other tire issue we learned first hand is that, rims will crack. The tire shop owner said he sees cracked rims on RV's on a regular basis for several reasons. Rigs being overweight add additional stress to axles, tires, rims, etc. In addition, as stated before, rough roads, and then, think about the fact that when you are backing into an RV space, you are cranking the tires around, which is putting additional stress on your rims. It may be worth an extra trip around your rig to check out the condition of the rims. A $250 investment now, may save you from being stranded out on the highway later.

Another simple and inexpensive maintenance prevention is to purchase dirt dauber screens, and install them in your furnace and hot water heater openings. If only someone would have shared this little tidbit with us we could have prevented a $700 repair bill to our propane furnace. A $7 screen was all that would have been required to keep the little beasties out.

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