Post RV Trip Maintenance Tips

By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
So you just got back from an incredible trip. Maybe you traveled across the country and stopped at some of the Nation’s most beloved national parks or maybe you went to visit family and stayed in your RV so you could enjoy your own space. Whatever it was chances are you’re back home, have unpacked the RV, and are now ready to kick back and get back into the groove of life. Not so fast, though!

Before you lock up your RV you need to follow some important post RV trip maintenance tips that will help make sure your RV is in tip top shape for your next trip.

Drain Your Water System

Make it a point to drain your water system, water drains, and water pump. This is particularly important if you’re not planning on taking your rig out for another few months. Standing water invites bacteria to grow and can even cause mold to develop in your system that can make you sick and exude a nasty smell. Draining prevents this and protects your system.

Inspect The Interior

Look around the interior for any minor issues that might have occurred over you trip and be sure to get them fixed. If a switch broke or cabinet hinge loosened get it fixed while the RV is parked so you’re not rushing to fix them before your next big trip. Use DampRid to prevent moisture build-up, which also helps prevent the growth of mold. Be sure to remove any food from the fridge and cabinets so pests are not invited to come in for afternoon snacks or supper.

Inspect The Exterior

Check exterior seals, the roof, and tires to make sure they’re intact. Wash your RV so that any grime and bugs from the road doesn’t adhere to it and eat away the paint. Ensure any openings are sealed so mice and other rodents cannot get into your RV and make a home while it’s sitting. Lubricate and clean your slides so they don’t crack and cause problems in the future.

Caring for your RV is an important part of getting the most out of your RV. When you perform basic maintenance after each trip you save yourself from encountering any surprises when you head out on your next trip and extend the life of your RV. Plus, well maintained RVs are much easier to sell than RVs that haven’t been cared for. Just ask yourself whether you would want an RV that has been cared for or are OK with the questionable history of an RV that’s had little maintenance.

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