Things to Check Before a Road Trip

RV maintenance

You’re just a few weeks out from hitting the road on your RV trip of the year. The excitement in your household is rising and you’re itching to get the pavement under your rig’s wheels. It’d be a shame if you were to experience any problems on your trip. That would really take the wind out of your sails.

While you can’t ever completely ward off engine trouble or a blown tire while on a road trip, you can at least try to prevent those issues from happening with a thorough check of your rig before you leave.

So…what should you check for?


As with any vehicle or even machine that uses an engine to run, it’s imperative that the fluids are checked periodically. Which fluids? The engine oil, transmission fluid, and coolant are the three most important, followed by brake fluid and power steering fluid. Other liquids, such as windshield washer fluid should also be checked. If the levels on any of these fluids are low, you can fill them up as your owner’s manual directs.


Aside from the engine and transmission of your RV, maintaining your rig’s tires are probably the next most important thing to do. Check to make sure that there is plenty of tread on each tire, there are no cracks or spots that appear to be dried out, and that each tire has the proper pressure based on manufacturer recommendations.

Electrical System & Generator

Review the circuit breaker and any fuse boxes your rig may have to check for blown fuses and signs of deterioration. Also check the electrical components that you interact with on a more regular basis inside your rig, such as outlets and any cords plugged into outlets. Finally, be sure to check your generator and ensure it’s in proper working order. Refill fluids in your generator according to your owner’s manual.  

Water Tanks

Empty, sanitize, and flush and all water tanks (potable, grey, and black) before embarking on a trip. Doing so will reduce the chance that bacteria or algae can take a foothold in your tanks. Also check hoses and connection points to ensure that there are no leaks.

Call Your RV Technician

If checking all these systems yourself sounds daunting, you can always bring your rig in to your local RV maintenance center and have a qualified, experienced technician review all systems for you. Your technician should be able to ensure your rig is in tip-top shape before you hit the road.

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