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RV Service Tips
- When cleaning your RV wash the top whenever possible. This way rain water won’t rinse the dirt off of the top of your dirty roof on to your clean RV.
- You can clean your windshield blades with a low abrasion scouring powder and then wipe the blades with rubbing alcohol. They will last longer and wipe with fewer streaks.
- When cleaning you windshield and glass you can use your newspaper. It does not streak and it’s a lot cheaper than paper towels or cleaning your own towels. Try it. You won’t believe how well it works.
- Check your battery cables often for corrosion. A battery terminal cleaner is best for this job. They only cost a few bucks, but are very important to the proper operation of your RV.
- Be sure to check your A/C vents as well. Most filters can be washed or just simply vacuumed clean.
- We also highly recommend using RainX on your windshield. If for any reason your wipers ever stop working you will be very glad you did this!
- After starting your engine, wait at least three minutes before driving. Reverse the process when shutting down, stop and allow the engine to run for at least three minutes before your turn it off. This insures proper lubrication and less trouble with your engine.
- If your water heater is not lighting there are a few things you can check. First, sometimes air pockets can get into the LP gas lines. The easiest way to clear the lines of air pockets is to light one of your burners on the stove. Once it has run for approximately 10 seconds you can turn the burner back off and try to relight the water heater. If it still does not light drop down the outside water heater door and make sure nothing is obstructing the gas flow to the heater from the outside.
- If you are going to store your RV be sure everything is removed from the fridge and it is best to put a box of baking soda in the fridge and crack both doors open just slightly.
- Be sure to turn off A/C units before plugging or unplugging your coach into shore power.
- If your satellite dish is not working make sure it is not obstructed by trees.
- Try to purchase diesel fuel at a large volume retailer (truck stop, ect.). Diesel does not store well and can grow algae when it is exposed to water or high temperatures. In this condition it will clog your fuel filters and injectors.
Quick Checklist upon arrival
- Inspect area around coach closely and watch for low tree limbs etc. when parking.
- If applicable be sure to unlatch the awning toppers and or slide-out rooms locks before sliding out rooms.
- Inspect outside area and make sure all bay doors are closed and no poles, tables or anything else will hit the slides before putting your slide rooms out.
- If dry camping be sure that the ground is firm before putting hydraulic levelers down.
- Turn off roof A/C before plugging into shore power.
- Hook up water hose and sewer hose. DO NOT leave valves to black or grey water open while camping.
Quick Checklist upon departure
- Dump black water first and then the grey water tanks. This will help clean out the sewer hose. Be sure to add toilet chemical back into the system after dumping.
- Unhook all hoses and cords.
- Make sure nothing is obstructing the slide-out rooms from coming in especially the front seats and be sure to check the exterior bay doors. They must be shut.
- After retracting the leveling jacks visually inspect to make they are all the way up.
- Be sure antenna and satellite dish are down.
- Be sure entrance steps are up.
- Make sure that all drawers, doors and personal items are safely stored or locked and don’t forget the shower door!
- Make sure that the refrigerator is still working properly either on electric or gas.
Electrical & Generator tips
- If the generator is running, but you have no 110V power check to make sure that the breaker is not thrown on the generator.
- If the generator will not start check to make sure you have at least a ¼ tank of fuel.
- If your unit is equipped with an inverter be sure that the unit is either plugged up or that the inverter is off before storing the unit.
- Check the battery cables often as well as the water level in the batteries. If the batteries are low fill with distilled water only.
- Read your manuals carefully if you have an AGS (automatic generator start) This can be programmed to crank at certain times only and can help keep the batteries at full charge.
- If your generator is running for a short period of time and then shutting off be sure that the exhaust of the generator is not obstructed and that it is not running hot. Try to limit unnecessary amperage draws so the generator will run cooler. Examples: if you are not using the electric water heater turn it off. If you are not using the engine block heater be sure it is unplugged. Also be sure to check the oil level in your generator and water level as well if you have a diesel generator.
- If you are using your inverter to watch TV, etc check your battery level every hour or so. Crank your generator when the battery levels begin to go down. Run approximately 30 to 45 minutes to recharge the batteries unless your unit is equipped with an AGS.
- Most generators require oil and filter services at about 100 to 150 hours of operation. Refer to your owner’s manual for your service intervals..
- Clean the corrosion from your battery terminals. Then apply battery terminal protection spray (it looks like red grease). This will seal the terminals, stopping corrosion and prolong battery life.