Important Things To Have Checked On Your Used RV Before Leaving On A Trip

If you've recently acquired a used RV or motor home, you may be asking yourself if it's safe enough to take on a road excursion. Making sure that it can travel properly without breaking down is a priority. In addition to knowing that it's mechanically sound, the interior mechanisms, such as the plumbing and electrical, should also be on good working order. Before you get ready to leave on your next family vacation, make sure you have your vintage RV inspected before departing.  

Wheels And Alignment

Part of proper auto maintenance on an older RV includes making sure the tires are inflated and aligned properly. If this is the first time you are venturing out with your RV, and you plan on using the tires that are still on it, consider taking the RV to a tire specialist who will closely check the following:

  • Tire rotation patterns that may demonstrate uneven wear or a misalignment
  • Bulges, cuts or cracks in the tire
  • Tire tread
  • Proper air pressure in the tires
  • Tire valve caps that are tightened properly

Your tire specialist may also recommend an alignment. This will help ensure that the tires wear evenly and it will prolong the life of the tires. If the tires are not in good shape, or they have been stored for several years, it is recommended to have them replaced before your trip.

Motor Home Mechanical Functions

Checking under the hood is important before every trip. If it's your first adventure with this RV, be sure to have some of the main mechanical components checked out by a qualified mechanic such as the:

  • Starter
  • Fuel Pump
  • Radiator
  • Transmission

A good auto repair mechanic, such as, will detect small leaks and hose wear and tear on many engine areas. In addition, make sure to have the brakes thoroughly tested. This will ensure that your RV will be able to stop safely and properly, no matter what terrain you'll be travelling on.

Body And Chassis

If the paint is chipping off in certain areas, it can drive down the quality and appearance of the RV. Preserving the motor home with fresh paint can restore it back to its original vigor and also increase durability. Some things that may need to be repaired go deep below the surface. A professional auto body tech will examine the frame, body and chassis and look for rusted or rotted out wood areas and replace as needed. Be sure your auto body tech climbs up and inspects the roof. This area is prone to wear and tear, due to standing water and UV damage. A hidden leak can end up costing hundreds of dollars in damages to both the exterior and interior of your RV. Finding an auto body specialist who can restore your RV back to its original splendor will help ensure your investment will last for several more years.

Heating And Plumbing

One thing you may not think about is the mechanics inside of your RV. These are essential in making sure your RV provides a safe environment for eating, sleeping and personal care. These areas should be thoroughly inspected prior to trip departure:

  • Kitchen plumbing including sink and refrigerator
  • Kitchen stove
  • Hot water tank and pump
  • Shower, toilet, holding tank and sewer line discharge
  • Furnace and air conditioner if applicable

Having these things checked will help ensure your trip goes smoothly and you are able to safely use every element of your motor home.

Keeping up with the body of your motor home will also help the interior space remain in good condition as long as it's maintained well. Checking your RV top to bottom and making needed repairs will ensure it will be around for many years to come.