Care & Maintenance | McGovern's RV & Marine

By: Mcgoverns Rv  09-12-2011
Keywords: roof, Batteries, detector

Refer to Owners Manuals for the Manufacturers Suggested Maintenance Schedules
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The sealants should be checked at least once a year. Your roof should be checked several times a year for not only sealant but also for punctures from tree branches. Windows, doors, and hatches are at least once a year.

After Every camping trip

  • Drain black, gray and fresh water tanks along with water heater
  • Refill black tank with holding tank chemical and a minimum of  10-15 gallons of water – do not do this if there is a possibility of freezing.

Regularly

  • Clean inside air conditioner filter, (they are washable).
  • Check roof top air conditioner unit – check fins to make sure clean and straight.
  • Refrigerator roof vent and side wall vent – make sure no birds have made nests behind or in vents.
  • Roof should be washed regularly to removed dirt and tree sap.
  • It should also be checked for damaged and cracked caulking.

Monthly

  • Battery water level (when using, not necessary if unit is in storage for the winter and will not be plugged in).
  • Tires – check pressures; inflate to pressures stamped on sides of tires, check for tire wear or damage.

Yearly

  • Refrigerator – check owners manual, there is an owners maintenance sheet that explains what needs to be checked and recorded.
  • Lubricate plastic worm gear on TV antenna.
  • Lubricate glide room rails and slide mechanism.
  • Lubricate awning sliding arms.

General Maintenance

  • Lubricate door hinges and locks in the spring and fall.
  • Wheel lug nuts – tighten to specs listed in your unit information packet, this will be listed in the axle brochure.
  • Lubricate fifth wheel hitch as per hitch owners manual as instructed during orientation
  • Weight Distribution Hitch (used on Travel Trailers) – lubricate hitch ball and bar sockets.  Refer to owners manual or per instructions given during orientation.
  • Lubricate entry step hinges and pins.

Spring

  • Check LP Gas/Propane detector – make sure it works if LP Gas/Propane is present.  (See detector owners manual)
  • Install new batteries in smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
  • Check roof for any damages or cracked caulking around vents, antennas, front, rear and side roof moldings.
  • Check for cracked caulking around windows, doors and side moldings.

Fall

  • Remove RV batteries
  • Remove batteries in smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.  If batteries are not removed, the detectors will start beeping sometime during the winter.
  • Winterize RV to prevent damage to water system. Call the service department at
  • McGovern’s RV and Marine for an appointment.
  • Check roof for any damages or cracked caulking around vents, antennas, front, rear and side roof moldings.
  • Check for cracked caulking around windows, doors and side moldings.

Every 8500 km

  • Repack wheel bearings and check brakes.

Keywords: Batteries, detector, roof