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A Beginner’s Guide to RV Maintenance

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If you want your travel trailer to last for years to come, you’ll want to properly care for it. That’s why Lone Star RV has provided you with some tips for maintaining your camper. For more tips or to shop campers for sale in Texas, visit our dealership in Houston, Texas. We also serve Katy, Texas.
Washing the RV
One of the simplest ways you can maintain your camper is to simply keep it clean. You’ll want to wash it after every major trip, as well as before and after putting it in storage for the winter. This is because dirt and grime buildup can wreak havoc on your rig, whether it’s wearing down parts, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, or simply because it doesn’t look great.

When you approach washing your RV, you’ll want to make sure you have all the right gear. Only use products that are safe for your rig, which means avoiding products with chlorine or abrasive products. Check your owner’s manual for more specific information, but you’ll probably want to settle on a gentle detergent that won’t harm the exterior of your camper. Also make sure you have a soft bristle brush and rags. Some people like to use a power washer on the tough spots, but be careful as the water pressure is high enough to strip paint and finish.

Wash the RV in small patches to avoid dried on soap scum and don’t forget to pre-wash by rinsing the rig before getting started. Start from the top and work your way down (and don’t forget to close your vents, doors, and windows). You’ll probably also want to apply a coat of wax for extra protection and shine. This probably won’t need to happen as often as the regular wash. And don’t forget to let everything dry completely before putting the RV away.

Checking the Appliances
While you’re busy cleaning everything, consider taking a moment to hook up your camper to a power source and testing your appliances. Your appliances are one of the best reasons to get an RV at all. They allow you to bring the modern comforts of home with you on your outdoor vacation. You probably rely on them to provide food, entertainment, and more, so when one cuts out unexpectedly, it can add unnecessary stress to your trip. Take a moment to find out if something’s not working while you’re still close to a trusted technician.
Inspecting the Camper

We know that our customers have varying levels of fix-it skills, tools, and confidence, so trying to dole out specific instructions is a little difficult. One thing that everyone can do is to thoroughly inspect their RV. Check every inch of the rig, outside and in, and look for any possible concerns. This will be especially important after taking your camper out of storage for the camping season, as there are some problems that can accumulate over the winter, including but not limited to critter infestations. You won’t have as many mechanical issues to worry about, but checking the tires and overall integrity of the RVis probably a good idea.

Need help repairing an RV problem before your next trip? Ready to shop campers for sale in Texas? Whatever you need, the experts at Lone Star RV are here to help. Reach out or stop by our dealership in Houston, Texas. We also serve those in Katy, Texas.

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