Maintaining Your Camping Rig

If you are going camping to the great outdoors and are bringing an RV or any other camping righ with you, you always want to be sure it is reliable and ready to go. You do not want to set off on your exciting adventure and, down the road, end up having to change a flat tire or something of the like. There are quite a few responsibilities that come with owning a camping rig. If you want it to last, you want try your best to take great care of it.

Just like any other vehicle, you always want to be sure the tires on your camping rig are still in good condition. It is always a good idea at least once a year, depending on how often you use your rig, to have the tires rotated, balanced and checked for the right pressure. Not keeping up with these things will actually cost you more money in the end, because tires with low pressure will cause you to use up more fuel pulling it. Also, not having the tires rotated and balanced every once in a while will result in the tires wearing out faster. Never use tires that are not in good condition on your rig. If you were to have a blow out, this could easily throw your vehicle off of the road. When the time comes to buy new tires, make sure they are actually new. Tires can become brittle with time, even without being used. Therefore, when buying tires at a store, be sure to check the last four numbers inside the tire to see if they have been sitting on the shelf for a long time or not. The last four numbers reveal the year the tires were made in. For example, if the last four digits are 1209, this means the tires were made in the twelfth week of 2009. It is recommended that a tire maufactured more than six years ago should not be purchased.


Another thing to consider before you head out, would be to make sure your propane tank certification is up to date. This only applies to owners of camping rigs that have removeable tanks. Usually in a motorhome you do not have to worry about this, because the tank is permanently installed and does not need recertifying. But for the rig owners this does apply to, recertifying is rarely something to think about since tanks only need to be rechecked every twelve years.

On the other hand, if your rig uses a generator, this will require a little more upkeep. Generators need to be started up, or excersied, at least once a month at 50 percent load for about two hours, to keep it from having fuel problems. Reasons for doing this would be, eliminating moisture buildup inside of it and, also, running the generator keep all the inner parts lubricated. 

Finally, when you return home from you vacation, remember to protect you camping rig with a cover or a shelter, whether it be a temporary or permanent garage. Keep in mind, though, using a tarp is not a good idea. When the wind blows, it can scratch and rub the paint off of your rig. There are a couple of reasons for using a shelter, one being rain. If you were to have even the smallest leak in your rig, it could end up causing very costly damage. Another harsh element is sunlight. Believe it or not, UV rays from the sun can be very damaging to your rig.

Following these tips will ensure that you save big bucks in the long run and keep your camping rig in tip top shape for many years of to come.