Getting the Most Out of Your Conversion Van
If you are fortunate enough to own a conversion van, you already have an advantage over a lot of travelers. However, do not be the type of van owner who fails to properly maintain your ride. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your conversion van.
Routinely check the tire pressure
Your van’s tire pressure is actually more important than you may think. Not only does good tire pressure increase fuel efficiency, but it also helps to prevent excessive tire wear. Keep in mind that a new set of tires can cost more than $800. Before hitting the road, always use a tire pressure gauge to check the amount of air in each tire. If the pressure is extremely low, the tire could suddenly a blow out at any given moment.
Change the oil
Neglecting to change the motor oil is like choosing not to brush your teeth. Over time, an extensive amount of damage can occur within the engine. Always change the oil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. High-mileage engines tend to consume oil at a tad bit faster rate, so keep an extra quart in the cargo area. If you plan to park your conversion van in storage for more than three months, be sure to change the oil before doing so. The contaminants inside the old oil can cause oxidation.
Keep it clean
Riding around in filth is a key indication that your van is not being well-kept. Even if you do not care about your van’s appearance, it still needs to be washed on a regular basis. Washing helps deter rust and it keeps the paint in good condition. Dish washing liquid strips the wax off the surface, so spend the extra money on a good car wash formula. When washing the van, remember to rinse the road salt from beneath the van as well. Spraying the undercarriage with a rubberized undercoating will also provide an additional layer of protection.
Inspect the coolant level
If your coolant level is low, this indicates that there is a leak somewhere within the system. Often times, coolant leaks can be traced to a worn-out hose. To prevent being stranded along the highway with an overheated engine, get this issue fixed before planning a trip.
Check the battery
There is no such thing as a “maintenance-free” battery. You need to periodically inspect the terminals for corrosion. Remember, greasing the connections with dielectric grease will keep corrosion to a minimum. You may also need to occasionally re-tighten the battery cables.
These are just a few simple tips to help extend the life of your conversion van. Routine maintenance is the key to longevity!