How Often Should I Service My RV?
Before you even take your first drive, as an RV owner, you have to make quite an investment, paying down on a price tag potentially totally tens of thousands, if not more. To prevent unnecessarily compounding that cost and to keep your RV performing at peak condition, you???ll need to pay dedicated attention to your RV???s service schedule, making sure all maintenance and inspections are performed properly and on time. As service schedules will vary with some given different makes and models of RV, every RV owner should become intimately familiar with the service schedule in their owner???s manual. However, some general rules will apply to the majority of RVs, when it comes to maintaining your vehicle.
Every 3,000 Miles Maintenance
Just like with cars, trucks, and SUVs, traditional wisdom holds that the oil and oil filter in an RV should be changed every 3,000 miles. However, this rule of thumb originates in a time before the introduction of synthetic oils, and these days, manufacturers may recommend an oil and filter change every 5,000 miles or later, assuming that an RV is being driven under normal conditions. If you find yourself consistently driving under dusty conditions or frequently towing a trailer behind your RV, though, you will need to adhere to a ???severe??? driving conditions service schedule, which will require an oil and oil filter change sooner than otherwise necessary. Failure to routinely change your oil and filter can result in your engine seizing, which comes with a hefty and easily preventable bill.
30,000 Mile Intervals of Service
Performing appropriate maintenance at 30,000 mile intervals is critical in both ensuring the long life of your RV and keeping your warranty valid. Overall, failing to follow your factory recommended service schedule can lead to a host of costly repairs, further down the line, with costs running particularly high for potential repairs necessitated by missed service at this and later major mileage marks. In the case of major engine or transmission failure, or other major breakdowns caused by maintenance neglect, your warranty may be voided simply because you failed to adhere to the routine service schedule. So while maintenance at 30,000 miles does come with a price bump, the important services performed will save you both cost and hassle, in the long run.
These services include changing fluids, such as transmission and power steering fluid, and filters, such as fuel filters. Much like oil and oil filters, these all must be routinely replaced to ensure the proper functioning of your RV and engine. This comes in addition to a general check of your fuel, exhaust, and electrical system, as well as an inspection of your suspension, tires, and brakes. Maintenance made every 30,000 miles will also require a tire rotation, done primarily to balance wear between the front and rear axles of your RV, as well as to help preserve your fuel efficiency, which will decline as your tires perform less efficiently.
Remember, again, to always consult with the service schedule in your owner???s manual, as some makes and models of RVs require these services be performed sooner than others, especially when driving under severe conditions.
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