Category Archives for "RV Maintenance & Upkeep"

This Inexpensive Tool Could Save Your Life

An RV tire pressure tip: An inexpensive, readily available tool keeps your valve stems tight.

Maintaining proper RV tire pressure is crucial to avoiding costly tire repairs/failures and potentially lethal accidents. While many add a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to their RV, this little tool is just as important, whether you have a TPMS or not.

As part of my pre-departure inspection, I check the tire pressure in all twelve tires (six on the coach, two on the dolly and four on the car) before we pull out. The other morning set out to go do some grocery shopping. Right after we left, our Honda’s internal TPMS flagged me as to having a tire with low pressure. Sure enough, after pulling over, it was obviously low. So, I turned around and pulled back into the RV park to air up the tire.

Seeping Water Heater

A daily walk around of your RV is important so you can spot any trouble or potential problems. For example: the other day I was draining the gray tank, which I do every couple of days, and after I finished I continued around the coach looking for any abnormalities. On the opposite side of the rig I noticed that there was some water dripping out of the RV water heater access panel.

Upon opening the water heater panel I discovered that the drain plug was seeping. Maybe I didn’t tighten it enough the last time I did my purge of the tank.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

As you're going down the road, your life depends on your RV tires.

Among the most important items found on any RV, whether it’s a Pop-Up, Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Towing Unit (used to pull RV) or Motorhome, are the tires which it rides on.

Given their importance to you and your rig's safety, your RV tires are often not given the priority of attention they require. Your life depends on them!

RV Water System Tune-Up

​Your RV water system begins at the point where you connect to the park's water spigot. As with every other system in your rig, it requires regular maintenance.

When we first started RVing we knew that it was a must to use a water filter to filter ALL of the water entering our rig. Not just for drinking but for ALL uses. A sediment filter helps to protect your water heater, toilet, shower, faucets, and ice maker, if you have one installed.

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