Although the average RV's expected lifespan and predicted mileage has increased, there are still things that RV owners can and should do to extend their vehicle's longevity. Many of the maintenance tasks you can perform, or have a certified mechanic help you with, are simple measures that will keep an RV going strong. These preventative measures, such as keeping up with oil changes and routine service, can make a difference in your RV's longevity, its performance, and even the amount of money you spend on repairs. In fact, estimates predict that proper vehicle care can save about $30,000 in repairs, which can very well be the cost of getting a new RV!
Change the Oil
One of the simplest but most important ways to keep your RV in optimal condition is changing the oil as recommended in the owner's manual. RVs require different kinds of oil, which in turn affects how frequently they should have their oil change. Many average about 5,000 miles in between oil changes. Some, especially those that don't take synthetic oil, should have their oil changed about every 3,000 miles. But others can go for more than 5,000 miles without an oil change, primarily if they use synthetic oil. The alignment, which is another essential service, should also be performed between 5,000 and 7,000 miles. Some RV owners choose to schedule both at the same time for convenience.
Schedule Mileage-Based Repairs
Less frequently, your vehicle will also need to have mileage-based maintenance appointments. These inspections are vital for keeping your vehicle's important components working as they should. Mileage-based services start with inspecting just a few components initially, such as the wipers, lights, and cables. When the RV reaches 30,000 miles, it should have the brakes checked as well. By 60,000 miles, it may be due for more. The lug nuts, tire pressure, and battery will all need to be checked as part of a comprehensive RV inspection. Parts exposed to the elements, such as the awning, should be carefully inspected for leaks and signs of damage.
Choose Top Replacement Parts
When your vehicle needs repairs, you may be tempted to choose the parts that cost less for a replacement. However, less expensive parts may not be good for your vehicle. Parts offered for a discount are called aftermarket parts. Unlike OEM parts, which our dealership uses, aftermarket parts may not fit your RV well, and they do not come with a warranty.
If you want an RV that lasts, let us know. You can schedule a service and maintenance appointment at our Reliable RV service center any time your RV needs help.