Protecting Your Class B Motorhome

September 29th, 2012 by

There you are, cruising down the road on a relaxing trip with your family. It’s been a great trip so far. The kids aren’t fighting, you haven’t missed any exits and nobody seems intent on riding in your blind spot. Then, the next thing you know, you’re pulling your sputtering Class B Motorhome onto the side of the road. What went wrong?

With the nice fall weather, people from all over the nation are preparing to depart on another adventure in their Class B Motorhome. However ready you may be, your Class B  might not be up to it. If you’re an adventurer at heart and you want to get the most out of your Class B here are some of the ways you can keep it running longer.

Keep Those Tires Inflated

Prior to departing, check all of your Class B Motorhomes tires to make sure they’re properly inflated and in good working order. Check carefully for any signs of bulging and use a pressure gauge to make sure the pressure is in the optimal range. All vehicles are different when it comes to tire pressure, so check your RV’s manual for the correct ranges. When parking your Class B, you should keep the tires covered up to shield them against the elements. Furthermore, the wheels on your Class B should be rotated at least twice per year.

Check Your Brakes

A working set of brakes is a critical safety feature on any vehicle, so it’s important to make sure they’re in good condition. If the vehicle’s brakes squeal during use or if they don’t provide a quick stop, you should have them serviced.

Maintain Fluids

Like any other automobile, a Class B’s fluids need to be changed or topped off periodically. Things like motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid are critical for the safe and proper mechanical functioning of the vehicle. Even windshield wiper fluid is important to maintain because keeping the windshield clean makes driving safer.

Tighten Your Wheel Nuts

It can never hurt to tighten your Class B Motorhomes wheel nuts before setting out. While it’s unlikely for a wheel to fall off, if it happens while you’re driving, it could be an extreme hazard for you and other motorists.

Keep a Charged Battery

Before you go anywhere with your Class B Motorhome, make sure it’s battery has plenty of charge and check to see if it needs water added to it. If you won’t be driving your Class B for a while, it’s recommended that you unhook the battery from the vehicle.

Drain Tanks

Class B Motorhome experts recommend that you empty your hot water tank several times a year. This keeps water from turning stagnant and becoming a cesspool of bacteria that could make you sick.

Check the Electronics

Every once in a while, make sure your Class B Motorhomes instruments and appliances are in good working order. Finding out before you leave that something doesn’t work can save you a lot of time and headaches once you’re on the road.

Cleanliness

If something in or on your Class B is dirty, clean it. Anything that is kept clean tends to last longer.

Inspect the Exterior

Periodically check your Class B Motorhomes roof. Cleaning debris off of the roof keeps the exterior looking nice and prevents rust and leaks from developing. It’s also a good idea to check the awning for holes or rips.

Empty the Fridge

When a trip is over, make sure to get the food out of your refrigerator and freezer! If forgotten and left to rot, old food can saturate your Class B Motorhome with terrible smells that may never come out. After they’re empty, turn them off and prop their doors open. Place some baking soda inside for better odor control.

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