As a family, when you are going on a trip, you need to be comfortable and safe with the motorhome RV that you will be going to use. A well-maintained chassis can give more assurance to your safety, but it is also important to know the things that your chassis needs, and that includes proper maintenance. Below are some of the things you can do to prevent needless spending money on repairing your motorhome chassis.
- Stick to the manufacturer’s maintenance guide. Schedule all oil changes and parts lubrication on time. During scheduled RV maintenance, have the front and rear fittings checked out as well and have the braking system inspected at least once a year.
- Travel prepared. Things can happen on the road and motorhome RV repair centers are not as common as car mechanics. Become familiar with your RV and learn how to handle minor repairs (or patches that last until you can get to a motorhome RV service center). Before leaving for a trip, be sure to look up RV repair centers along your route (or ones not too far off your path) just in case you should need one.
- It is also advisable to keep extra parts on hand, including extra fuel filters and belts. If you have a diesel motor, keep DEF fluid on hand as well.
- Like your vehicle, certain filters need to be replaced routinely—although not nearly as often unless you travel in your RV full time. For example, air filters need to be replaced every two years.
- Perform maintenance checks prior to your trip. This includes double or even triple-checking tire conditions and tire pressure. The last thing you want to worry about is a tire blowout. Get in the habit of verifying with the owner’s manual that all systems are as they should be before and after loading your things.
- Motorhome RVs, fifth wheels, and travel trailers are great for loading up everything you might need or want for the comforts of travel. However, check to ensure you are not overloading your RV and exceeding your RV’s weight capacity as an overloaded RV can cause mechanical breakdowns.
- Read more: Best RV Preventative Care Tips You Will Read This Year
Of course, we highly recommend speaking with an independent insurance agent to discuss potential insurance coverages that could help while you are traveling in your motorhome or towable RV, like trip insurance or RV coverages.