We’ve said this before and you know it’s a true statement: being an RV owner comes with great deal of responsibility. You have all the tasks of vehicle ownership combined with the duties of home ownership. Yet, as any RV enthusiast will tell you, it’s all worth it. You get to travel all over the country comfortably and in style. There’s nothing more enjoyable than hitting the open road with this kind of freedom.
One of our goals at Coach Specialists of Texas is to give you the tools to enjoy your motorhome driving experience without a hitch. To help you get on the road safely and smoothly, here are 5 important tasks we recommend you do before departing for a trip.
Inspect your tires.
Motorcoach tires endure a lot of wear and tear, so be sure to check your tire wear and pressure regularly—especially before you embark on a major trip. One of the most common repairs we do at Coach Specialists is to replace blown tires, which can cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000. Having a blown tire on the highway is not only expensive to deal with; it’s dangerous. An easy way to prevent many tire problems is to be vigilant about checking your tires for wear and making sure they are inflated to the proper PSI.
Check your fluid levels.
Check all the fluid levels under your hood, including your oil, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. Refer to your owner’s manual on how to take care of these properly. Check the ground below your RV for signs of leakage.
Secure your RV exterior.
Close up your awning, steps, kitchen vent flap, and disconnect your sewer, power, cable, and water. Refill your fresh water tank and drain your black and gray tanks. Make sure your exterior hatches are secured. Make sure that all of your vehicle lights work properly and that your hitch is secure.
Secure your RV interior.
Protect your kitchen items by closing cabinets, emptying your counter and sink, and securing your refrigerator door. Turn off your water heater, water pump, furnace, and air conditioning. Lower your TV antenna and satellite dish. Close your ceiling vents and windows, too.
Inspect the area around your RV.
Before driving, take a look around for any possible obstacles, like tree branches, litter, or outdoor furniture. Determine the path of your exit and have a spotter to guide you, if possible. Being as careful as possible can help you avoid many common types of RV exterior damage.
If you’re ever in need of an RV repair shop, call Coach Specialists.
At Coach Specialists of Texas, we have the technicians, the training, and the facilities to solve any RV problems you might possibly have. We are the exclusive direct repair facility for many insurance companies, including GEICO, Nationwide, and USAA. Great customer service, strong communication, and fast, superior repair work are the hallmarks of our business.