Happiness is an RV Maintenance Checklist to help me whistle while I work.............yeah right.
Focusing on specific sections or systems of a rig with an RV Maintenance checklist will make your inspections more thorough and efficient.
It will also help prevent overlooking those things that need attention.
It's easy to pass some things by in the confusion of pieces and parts of a full-timers RV.
Having an RV maintenance
checklist for a reminder to look at those out of sight items is a good thing! And helps prevent costly RV repairs.
Many of these things can be observed and a note made in your day by day routine. But having an RV maintenance checklist somewhere, to refer to on occasion, as a reminder will prevent the premature onset of Early Old Timers Disease! Might be too late for me but you can still protect yourself!
I tend to do my inspections with the RV maintenance checklist on a shorter schedule than others (not always but I try!). Seems to me it helps catch things a little quicker and maybe gives me a touch more time to deal with what I find......................especially necessary if the fishing is especially good at the time!
***Sidebar***If you find something I goofed on (fingers typing - brain in neutral) Don't keep it to yourself! Drop me a line so I can fix it, OK?
RV Maintenance checklist - Inspection Guidline Schedule
(My guidline. Feel free to modify any timelines to fit your manufacturer / warranty or personal requirements!)
First, inventory your RV "Road/emergency kit" make sure any used / depleted items are replaced or cleaned and ready.
- (D) = Daily or Frequently (when fueling?)
- (W) = Weekly
- (BW) = Bi-weekly
- (M) = Monthly
- (BM) = Bi-Monthly
- (A) = annually
- (BA) = Bi-annually
- (OC) = with scheduled oil change
- (PM) = per manufacturer recommendation
Interior Body Rv maintenance checklist (M)
- paneling condition (does it need cleaning?
- Carpeting (does it need cleaning?)
- Cabinets/knobs condition?Clean, refinish, repair?
- Inside cabinets and compartments. Use a flashlight! Any sign of vermin? or leaks?
- Light Bulbs and/or loose fuxtures - function test
- Switches - Function test
- Loose mouldings, vent grills etc.?
- upholstery and curtain condition
- Mini Blinds condition? Need cleaning?
- Smoke/Propane/CO Detectors. function test
- Window Condition. Any sign of leaking around the frame?
- Vents. Function and integrity. Any sign of leaking? Need cleaning?
- Mattress condition evaluation
- Shower stall and sinks. Caulking? Mold? Leaky faucets? Mineral deposits?
Exterior Body Rv maintenance checklist Tow vehicle/Trailer/Motorhome/Toad (M)
- Skin Need cleaning? Need waxing? Some say a clean skin actually gives better fuel mileage!!!?
- Skin - any stress cracks that will need attention?
- Seam Caulking condition?
- Roof, membrane condition? Need cleaning, re-caulking of penetrations or seams?
- Window / Door caulking
- Loose screws anywhere?
- Under the belly......anything look loose or "wrong"? Take your time, this doesn't get seen much!
- Slide weather sealing strips - condition?
- Check of all running, brake, headlights, turn signals, ALL exterior lights
- Windshield Wipers - condition?
- Door lock function - lube with a "dry" silicone based "lock" lubricant (oil just attracts unwanted dirt to a lock)
- Weigh your entire rig Tow vehicle and Towed so you know exactly where you are at in relation to your GVW and GCVW ( Occassionally to make sure you haven't "gained too much weight" !
- Measure and record (Know) the height of your rig..............The cop isn't going to believe you when you tell him that "you aren't stuck under that bridge. You're delivering it and ran out of fuel !" (Just once........unless you forget or can't find where you wrote it down!
- Clean and lube landing gear on trailers. (A)
- Are there ANY possible entrance points for mice or other vermin that need to be sealed? (1/4 inch is all they need!)
Appliances interior and exterior Rv maintenance checklist (A)
- Furnace - inspect and clean blower, combustion chamber, control compartment (remove any dust, lint, obstructions, test gas line for leaks. A
- Flush Hot Water Heater 2 -3 times annually
- Hot Water Heater sacrificial electrode - Install if absent / replace as needed
- Manually Operate Pressure-temperature relief valve on Hot water Heater A
- Clean Hot water heater burner tube (per manuf. instructions) A
- Refrigerator - Defrost as necessary
- Inspect refrigerator door seals
- Inspect refrigerator burner flame per manufacturer instructions in owners manual
- Inspect and clean burner / flue of regrigerator per manuf. owners manual
- Inspect and clean the area *behind / at the rear* of the refrigerator. **DO NOT USE FOR ANY STORAGE !**
- Make sure the refrigerator thermocouple tip is clean and secure
- Metal mesh screens over furnace / hot water heater exhaust vents - condition? (Or install one!)
- Clean Air conditioner Filter
Engine/Engine Compartment/Drivetrain Rv maintenance checklist
- Oil level(D)
- Oil change (OC)
- Transmission level (OC)
- Transmission oil/fluid change (PM)
- Transfer case level (OC)
- Transfer case oil change (PM)
- Differential oil level (OC)
- Differential oil change (PM)
- Fuel filter change ( I change mine every 9,000 miles / every 2nd oil change)
- Power Steering Fluid level (OC)
- Windshiel Washer fluid(< B>OC)
- Radiator Coolant level (OC)
- Coolant Change (PM)
- Battery Terminals - condition - clean or replace? (BM)
- Battery "Water" level (distilled water only)
- Engine Air filter condition - clean/replace? (OC)
- Master Hydraulic Cylinder Fluid level (OC)
- Radiator hoses - cracked / soft? (OC)
- Fan belts - cracked / worn ? (OC)
- General Visual inspection - Leaks anywhere? Cleanliness? (D)(OC)
- Diesel Fuel additive "on hand" (you really want to use Howes, Lucus or another top quality additive to make up for the lower quality of the new federally mandated low sulfur diesel fuel.Save your injectors, fuel pumps etc.)
Tires/Suspension/Brakes Rv maintenance checklist
- Air pressure (add valve extenders to dually tires to make it a lot easier to check - so you don't "find excuses" not to! (W)
- Tread wear (Abe Lincoln test - Place a penny in the tread with Abes head down. If you can see the top of his head it's time for new tires!) (BM)
- Tire wear pattern - any indications of alignment/shock absorber "issues"?
- Tire rotation due? 5,000 miles +-?
- Visual inspection of suspension and brake rotors. Any fluid leaks? broken, loose, worn shackles, bushings, tie rods, etc? (BM)
- Cracked / abraded brake lines? (BM)
- Disc brakes - brake wear, rotor "wear" (excessive "grooving of rotors"?) (BM)
- Brake function - do the brakes "pull" one way or the other? or do they stop straight? Is excessive pressure required to stop? Excessive squealing or noise when applied? Some very light, occasionsl squeaking is normal expecially with disc brakes (dust on the rotors). Loud or prolonged indicates something is wrong. (every time you drive it!)
- Wheel Bearings repacked? (A)
- Brake lining inspection (A)
- Brake adjustment (3000 miles)
House Power Systems - Solar and Generator Rv maintenance checklist
- Clean Batteries and terminals (only takes a few minutes and sure makes things look better!) I wipe them off with a baking soda and water solution***DO NOT get any IN a CELL!! (M)
- Check specific gravity of each cell with a proper tester (M)
- Fill each cell to proper level with distilled water (M)
- Check voltage (M)
- Clean Solar Panels (Maximize their efficiency) (M)
- Check all wiring connections for tightness (M)
- Exercise your generator monthly (two hours per month under load. "Use it or Loose it" (M)
General Electrical Wiring Rv maintenance checklist Overlaps Power Systems, but fit it in if and where it suits you
- General inspection of all visibly accessible wiring, switches, breakers etc. Look for collections of dead bugs, loose connections, abrasions etc. (M)
- Remember to look UNDER the rig for anything abrading, working loose, cracked insulation, etc (M)
Propane Rv maintenance checklist
- Check all fittings and lines. Use a soap water mix for leak detection. They can rattle loose going down the road! (M)
- Test all Detectors (part of interior inspection as well) (M)
- Inspect propane bottles for corrosion / damage. Replace if any doubt exists. If it makes you wonder do you really want to risk demonstratingthe Big Bang Theory? (M)
Hitch Systems Rv maintenance checklist These can be adapted as they make sense for your type of RV. I maintain a constant observation of the Hitch. Integrity of this system is literally a matter of life and death.(Varies from every time you fuel / hitch up to monthly) Easy to do while you are waiting for your fuel tank to fill up!
- Check for ease of function / lubrication (D)
- Worn /abraded / cracked parts on locking mechanism (D)
- Inspect for loose bolts or any signs of movement where there should be none! (D)
- Inspect for signs of any cracking or failure in the Fifth wheel attachment to the truck (D)
- Inspect the Hitch structure on the trailer for any signs of cracking as well. (D)
- Inspect the Wiring umbilical for trailers. Clean or replace if corroded or damaged (D)
- Ditto on Motorhomes. Inspect / test any connections and systems used to activate Toad brakes / Tail lights (D)
- Test Breakaway switch per manufacturer instrcuctions (M)
Water Systems - Fresh and Waste - Rv maintenance checklist (Pretty much as you go. each time you fill or dump)
- Inspect all valves for leaks
- Inspect water pump for leaks
- Sanitize the Fresh Water Tank / system - as often as you feel the need to. You can not clean your fresh water container too much
- Sanitize your Fresh Water fill hose............most folks forget about this. They clean the tank and then fill it up with a dirty hose! OOPS!
- Back Flush the Waste Tanks.............regularly is not a bad thing. Sitting in one place for longer periods, without moving allows residue to build up
- Go over your connection Dump Hose and fittings. Replace anything worn. YOU DO NOT WANT this sucker to fail..................by definition, if it fails, it is full of all kinds of "stuff" you'd rather not have pouring all over the place, Trust Me!
***Water System Sanitizing Solution***
- Multiply the "gallons of tank capacity" by 0.13 . This equalls the ounces of regular household bleach required to sanitize the system.
- Mix the proper amount of bleach into a solution within a container of water.
- Pour that solution into the tank and then complete filling the tank with fresh water
- Open ALL faucets and run until the odor of chlorine is detected.
- The standard solution must remain in "contact" for (4) four hours to completely disinfect the system.
- If you double the solution concentration you may reduce contact time to (1) one hour.
- At completion of the contact time, drain the tank. Refill with fresh water and purge all sanitizing solution from the system.
I hope you will find this RV maintenance checklist a benefit. As I said before, if you can contribute some forgotten wisdom we will all be grateful, so don't keep it to yourself!
You'll find a pdf file of the RV Maintenance Checklist if you click on
link. Print it out, use it, and you'll see a lot less grief I think!
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