Spring RV Maintenance Tips - Christie's RV

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Spring RV Maintenance Tips - Christie's RV

Spring RV Maintenance Tips

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Snow is melting and the days are counting down for the start of camping season. As we eagerly await parking our RV’s at our campsites we should make sure everything is in order so you don’t have any setbacks while camping.

Some simple maintenance you can do on your own or bring it in to Christie’s RV and our trained technicians can take care of it for you.

General Info

  • RV soaps and waxes work well for general cleaning and maintenance of your RV’s exterior
  • Rubber roofs require special cleaning soap to prevent damaging the roof while cleaning. Annual cleaning and maintenance will ensure a long life of your rubber roof. Be careful not to use a product not designed for use around rubber roof
  • Avoid pressure washing: forces water into exhaust vents and sensitive electronic components and damages decals
  • Lubricate door locks, cylinders, TV antenna, awning knobs, stabilizing jacks, steps and other moving parts on exterior of unit
  • Re install RV deep cycle battery be sure connections are clean &tight
  • Test run all appliances to ensure they are functioning properly
  • Check function of taillights & running lights

Molding/ Roof Inspection

  • Exterior seals at moldings, windows, doors, vents, and exterior attachments should be inspected bi-annually to check for looseness or gaps
  • Roof sealants should be inspected bi-annually for any cracks, gaps, lifting, looseness, peeling, shrinkage, or voids
  • Reseal as necessary with only the proper products. The wrong type of product can damage your rubber roof
  • A Seal-Tech test can be done to catch potential problem areas before they cause damage to unit structure over time. This can be done in our service department 

Gas Leak Test

  • All RV’s are subject to expansion & contraction from temperature fluctuations as well road vibration during travel which can lead to loose connections or damaged LP lines
  • A trained tech will also check the proper operation of the LP regulator

De-Winterizing

  • Open Cabinet doors on interior of RV (have someone watch for
  • leaks as you turn on water at faucet)
  • Allow water to run out of water heater drain until it runs clear
  • Install drain plug in Water heater
  • Flush lines one at a time until all faucets run clear

Bearing Service

  • visual inspection of brake linings and magnet wear & operation
  • adjustment of brake shoes (not self-adjusting like on auto’s)
  • visual inspection of suspension components
  • adjusting air pressure in tires, ensuring long life of tires

Sanitizing your Fresh Water System

  • Put enough water in the tank to fill it halfway, then through the fill spout, pour in ¼ cup of chlorine bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity. Never pour straight chlorine into the fill spout, always dilute it with water.
  • Fill the tank to capacity with more water.
  • Open all faucets until the water flows steadily from them, then close them.
  • Leave the bleach in the tank for 3 hours
  • Drain the system and flush it by using the tank drain and faucets. To remove any remaining chlorine taste and odor, dissolve ½ cup baking soda in one gallon of very hot water. Be sure all the baking soda is dissolved.
  • Pour the solution into the tank and fill tank to capacity, then pump into system and let stand for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
  • Pour the solution into the tank drain to drain the tank, then flush the system twice with fresh water.

If you have any questions about your RV, please contact us at 1-800-457-9199.

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