Before each trip: 8 checks to be made on your RV

In parallel with the periodic maintenance of your RV, here are some checks to make before each departure. These quick precautions will reduce the cost of repairs, the risk of breakdowns and accidents.

Some of these recommendations are obvious, others are part of all the small things that we easily forget, or  never think about…

 

Levels

  • Oil is the blood of your engine! you should take advantage of checking the level to evaluate also its color and its texture. Be careful not to exceed the maximum level while adding …
  • The washer is the ideal level for beginners: easy to check and its extra does not require special precautions … except to aim if the can is not equipped with a spout!
  • The coolant level is controlled by the cold engine, otherwise the geyser and burns, which can be very serious.
  • A lower brake fluid level must alert you and trigger a visit to a professional.

Wipers

It is easy to clean and regularly check the condition of the windshield wipers. Replacing a broom takes a little practice or a good look at the instructions for the new element for proper fixation.

 

Tires: pressure and good condition

Good pressure combines the benefits of tire longevity, handling, comfort and fuel economy. Check the cold pressure and never deflate a hot tire. Remember to reset the warning system if your vehicle has one. And remember to check the spare wheel from time to time.

 

Lights and Lighthouses: to see and be seen

The proper functioning of lighting (lights) and signaling devices (taillights, turn signals, stop and reversing lights).

 

Radar and reversing camera

Check the parking aids: radar and reversing camera. If necessary, clean the sensors with a sponge or a damp cloth.

 

The windshield

Clean and lack of sparkle in the driver’s field of vision, total absence of crack.

 

Mirrors

Cleanliness, good fixation and good condition of the mirrors.

 

Maintenance indicator

What we check here is the absence of warning light on the dashboard. If a warning light comes on, your engine may need a simple oil boost or more complete maintenance: the user manual details the meaning of each warning light. And to make sure all warning lights work well, keep an eye on the dashboard during test ignition on ignition.

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