Is Your RV Ready To Roll This Summer?

If your summer plans include a killer road trip, it means getting the rig ready to hit the road.

Is your RV ready to roll this summer? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Is your RV ready to roll this summer? © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Beyond simply pulling the cover off giving it a good spring cleaning, here’s a list of 10 important steps to take to make sure your coach is road-ready and in tip-top shape as you hit the open road.

The snow is gone, the sun is out, and Memorial Day—and in Canada, Victoria Day—is now behind us. All of which means one thing: summer is here!

If your summer plans include a killer road trip in your coach—and Vogel Talks RVing certainly hope it does) —it also means getting your rig ready to hit the road, especially if it’s been in storage for an extended period of time.

Beyond simply pulling the cover off giving it a good spring cleaning, here’s a list of 10 important steps to take to make sure your coach is road-ready and in tip-top shape as you hit the open road.

1. Remove covers from tires and inspect for damage; weigh your coach to ensure correct tire pressure.

2. Check for vital fluid levels: engine oil, coolant (reservoir AND radiator), transmission fluid, and hydraulic fluid.

3. Check belts, engine fan, hoses, and wiring for damage—and replace as necessary.

s your RV ready to roll this summer? Pictured above is Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

s your RV ready to roll this summer? Pictured above is Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Lubricate chassis, drive train, and exhaust brake cylinder; check rear axle lubricant level.

5. Check engine compartment for any animals that may have nestled up during the winter.

6. Check the charge level of the battery, and clean cable ends. If they do need to be removed, always connect the positive cable before the negative cable, and coat terminals with a protective die-electric spray.

7. Turn the ignition to the run position, and verify the fuel gauge, and voltmeter are operating properly.

8. Run the engine until it is warm, and check exterior lights, leaks, and moisture build-up in drain air tanks

9. Take your coach for a five-minute test spin and check for anything suspicious.

10. Run generator during test drive for generator operation

That’s it. With these 10 steps successfully completed, your coach is ready for its summer road trip.

The next step?

Get out on the open road and enjoy some summer sun.

Happy trails!

Please Note: The above information is courtesy of Freightliner Custom Chassis

Details

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC)

ifreightlinerFreightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, and school bus, and shuttle bus markets.

FCCC also offers the around-the-clock expertise of its FCCC 24/7 Direct customer service line and a network of more than 400 Freightliner service centers, including the motorhome-tailored Freightliner Oasis Network of more than 90 dealers.

FCCC is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

Address: 552 Hyatt Street, Gaffney, SC 29341

Phone: (864) 487-1700

Customer Support Center: (800) FTL-HELP (1-800-385-4357)

Website: www.freightlinerchassis.com

Worth Pondering…

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.

—Rudolph Flesch

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