Owning an RV can be trying at times. Especially if it’s your first time moving your house down the road. Here’s a few helpful tips that could save you thousands in the long run.Always make sure you’re refrigerator is level when it’s running and your parked.
RV refrigerators run on a “heat absorption” method of cooling. When they run off-level, the ammonia in the rear of the system tends to coagulate and crystallize. Running down the road is okay, but if you stop over night, make sure that fridge is level, or just throw a bag of ice in the lower drawers and keep the doors shut so it acts like an ice chest. Black water (sewage) jobs are expensive and you never catch a break on the price. The best way in the world to avoid EVER having a problem with your tanks is to make sure you flush them WELL at least once a month. With a clear sewage connector, dump your valves, just fill it back up again with fresh water, and dump it as many times as necessary til only clear water is coming out. You can also use RID which is a bacteria to eat away the gunk in the tank and lines. The last important point on this is your valve seals. Putting a seal conditioner (available at RV stores) into your black, grey, and galley tanks once every 6 weeks is a good way to stay ahead of the game. Check your batteries. Once batteries start getting low on liquid, they will stop holding as much of a charge, and it will decrease the life expectancy. Even if you have gel cell batteries, just check to make sure there’s no deformation or obvious signs of overheating. Rubber roofs require maintenance. At the very least, once every two years you should have your rubber roof cleaned and then treated with a Rubber Roof Treatment that makes it pliable once more. With the Tucson dryness and heat, even the tiniest branch can cut through an old rubber roof like it’s tissue paper. Blow out your external vents. This goes for your refrigerator, furnace, water heater, roof ducts, and anything else that is exposed to the outside. If you use air to blow out these ports, you can avoid hassles with insects, rodents, and dust build up on electrodes. While you’re at each port… it’s a good idea to just have a visual inspection that everything is looking okay. If you’re out of your comfort zone, call a professional. RV’s are extremely complicated machines. The amount of electricity generated along with all the water and flammables could easily cause a small issue to get out of hand. Have your furnace, water heater, refrigerator, and a/c checked out by a professional, at least once a year.