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Essential Maintenance Tips For Your RV

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Aug 19, 2017

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Do you like to go camping in the summertime? If you're lucky enough to have an RV, you know how much fun it can be to travel in style while enjoying the beauty of nature. I like the idea of being able to talk with family, play cards, or even take a nap while another family member takes the wheel for a time. If you tow a trailer, your car, or a boat, it's important to ensure that your RV's hitch is in good condition for every road trip. This week, I've put together a list of maintenance tasks to perform before leaving on an exciting camping trip in your RV.

  • Inspect the Hitch Ball. It's important to prevent the hitch ball and trailer coupler from grinding and causing wear and tear. Applying high-temperature grease to the hitch ball can stop it from grinding. Check your RV manual to see if it recommends a particular brand of high-temperature grease. This product can usually be purchased at a camping supply store. If you want, you can take a container of high-temperature grease along on your trip so if the hitch ball needs another application of grease, you can do that right away.
  • Install or Inspect Sway Controls. Sway control bars help to keep your trailer or other towed item even with your RV. When a trailer sways from side to side, it can create a dangerous situation on the road, and the swaying motion puts stress on parts of the RV's hitch. If you don't have sway control bars, make it a point to install them. If you already have them, make sure they are clean and securely attached to your vehicle: Sway control bars can loosen over time when going over bumps and dips.
  • Inspect Your Safety Chains. Your safety chains act as backup protection if the item you're towing breaks loose from the hitch. Inspect your safety chains for rust, breakage, cracking, corrosion, or any other damage. Hopefully, your safety chains will never have to serve their purpose, but you want to make sure they are in tip-top shape before every trip.
  • Check Your Ball Mount and Receiver. Check all sides of your ball mount and receiver for rust or bent areas. The ball mount and receiver connect your trailer or towed item to your RV, so you want to keep them in excellent condition.
  • Check the Tires on Your RV's Trailer. Consult the manufacturer's instructions regarding the pressure in the trailer's tires. Make sure they are all properly inflated.
  • Inspect the Trailer Wiring Harness. Make sure the trailer wiring is in good condition and the turn signals and tail lights are all in working order. A trailer wiring harness has a diagram complete with colors that can guide you in the proper connection of the wires.

Spending time checking out the hitch and trailer on your RV can help you avoid problems while you're on the road. Make sure to take a little time to check everything over to keep your family and your fellow drivers safe.

Thanks for reading. - Alan

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