Tips & Tricks
There’s something truly magical about being out on the road or enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends with an RV. Road Trips are always great fun until a breakdown rears its’ ugly head. Here are a few powerful tips that can save you a huge amount of time, stress, money and hassle, and most importantly, help you stay on the road and out of the shop.
1. Always perform an exam of your vehicle before going on a trip
A comprehensive inspection before a long trip can pay off in a huge way, saving you a ton of time, money, and stress in the end. While there are a lot of important points to cover, a checklist can help you stay on track and keep track of problems. Feel free to download the following pre-trip inspection checklist to help you stay on track.
2. Tire Maintenence
An area that’s super simple to check, but still often overlooked is the tires. Some of the warning signs you should watch out for with tires are dents in the rims, uneven tread wear, cracks, as well as air pressure. Ensure that your tires are always properly inflated, even when the RV is kept in storage. Check the sidewall of the tire as well, and stay away from alcohol – based cleaners, which can cause increased dryness, which can lead to cracks and breaks. A little-known fact is that the recommendation for maximum PSI on the side of each tire is usually for when the RV is loaded to maximum capacity, which means that unless the RV is fully loaded, most RV owners are actually over-inflating their tires! In order to check how much air pressure you should put in your tires, you should measure each tire individually, which you can do at many truck stops. With proper maintenance and care, tires can last for over a decade!
3. Always Be Prepared
As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. However, no matter how much maintenance you do or how much you prepare, accidents, breakdowns and mechanical failure can still happen. Always make sure that before you go out, you’re prepared in the event of a breakdown. Always make sure you have spare tires on hand, as well as triangles and flares to put on the side of the road to alert oncoming traffic.
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