Summer is finally here, and with it comes the busiest season for RVers. Whether it’s taking a road trip with friends, or going on an RV family vacation, you want to make sure that your rig is in good condition throughout the summer. The summer’s record high temperatures, UV exposure, and other elements can cause serious harm to your vehicle and put an abrupt end to your trip if you are not properly prepared. Here is our list of 5 tips to maintain your RV during the hottest months of the year.
1.Clean the A/C filters
To beat the heat, your RV’s air conditioner is going to be getting a lot of use in the summer. It is important to clean your A/C’s filters before hitting the open road. These filters will collect dust over time, making your A/C less effective. Mold and mildew can even begin to grow in your filters if they are left unchecked for a long period of time. If your RV is on the older side, you should consider changing out your filters for new ones entirely, as older filters will begin to wear down.
Cleaning the filters is fairly simple. First, remove the filter and use a vacuum to clean up any dust. If you still see some buildup on your screen after vacuuming, then you should clean the screen with warm water and a mild detergent. Let the screen soak in the solution and use a soft brush to remove any dust or dirt. Once cleaned, make sure to rinse the filter thoroughly, and let it fully dry before reinstalling.
2.Check Your Tires
The summer heat will have severe effects on your tires if they are not cared for properly. Driving with under-inflated tires on hot roads can lead to tire failure, longer stopping distances, and stress on your tire components. However, high temperatures will also increase your tire pressure, which can result in a blowout or tread separation. You should make sure that your tire pressure is at the proper level before going on a long road trip. Additionally, if you notice that a tire is overloaded with weight, you should try and redistribute any heavy items in your RV to correct the problem.
3.Test Your Battery
High temperatures are the enemy of batteries. It can cause water to evaporate from the battery’s cells and contributes to corrosion. You should regularly check that your battery’s connections are clean, especially during periods of high usage. You should also check on the water levels of your battery and add distilled water if necessary. It is important to be safe and cautious when working on your RV’s battery. You should wear gloves and protective eye wear and avoid getting battery acid on your skin and clothing. If you do not feel comfortable working on your battery, then we recommend seeking assistance from an RV technician.
4.Maintain your RV’s Fluid Levels
It is important to check your vehicle’s fluid levels, this includes the transmission, oil, and coolant. Your transmission and oil play a crucial role in keeping your engine cool and running properly. As the fluids age, they lose their lubricating properties which will cause your engine to heat up. This risk increases when the temperature increases. Your coolant tank should also be filled to the proper level. You will want to check all fluid levels before taking your RV on your summer adventure.
5.Cover up your RV
UV rays from the sun can cause damage to several parts of your RV. It will cause any decals or paint on the exterior to fade, chip, or crack over time. UV rays will also damage the sealants on your RV’s windows and roof, which will make it less waterproof and can lead to leaks if the issue is overlooked.
If you are not using your RV during the hot summer months, you should get a UV-resistant RV cover to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. EmpireCovers offers high quality covers for RVs and travel trailers of different sizes. Their covers are treated to be both UV-resistant and waterproof, and feature a zippered panel so that you can still get into your rig without having to take the cover off. Even if you are using your RV, but plan on having it parked at a campground for several days or more, you should consider getting one of their RV rooftop covers. This will add an additional layer of protection to your roof, while still leaving your RV accessible.
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