How to Maintain RV Value with Regular Upkeep

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Buying an RV involves a much larger commitment than with other vehicles, financially and otherwise. Even when an RV sits in the driveway, it requires some regular maintenance to stay in good working order. Some of the maintenance should be left to professionals, but there are a few things that RV owners can, and should, do for themselves.

Fresh Water Maintenance
There are several things you need to keep in mind when it comes to properly maintaining the fresh water supply in your RV. Keep these suggestions in mind:
  • Use a water filter and change it annually. You may want to change it more often if you notice a funny taste or experience restricted water flow.
  • Consider investing in a water purification system. A filter can clean the water for you but will not fully purify it.
  • Empty out the water heater and potable water tanks if you will not be using your RV for over a month.
  • Flush your water heater quarterly to get rid of any sediment buildup.
  • Keep a supply of fresh water bottles or gallon jugs on board. Replace any that you have used on a monthly basis.

Exterior Maintenance
  • The way your RV looks on the outside is more than just aesthetics. Problems in the exterior can point to big trouble inside. When it comes to your RV’s exterior:
  • Conduct a roof seal inspection every three months. Check around the roof and areas, including plumbing vents and TV antennae. A rubber roof should also be treated at least once a year with a UV protectant to keep the sun from causing any damage.
  • Check the seal around your windows every three months. Look for cracks or holes in the sealant that could let in water and damage the interior.
  • Cover the RV when it is not in use. This will make the exterior finish last longer while protecting the vehicle from extreme heat and cold. Be cautious when putting on the cover though. It should fit snugly so that the wind does not toss it around and cause even more damage to the exterior.

Interior Maintenance
The comfort level of your RV depends on the upkeep of its interiors. Treat it as you would a normal residence. You should also:
  • Ventilate properly. Condensation forming on the inside of your RV can cause a real problem for the smell and look of your interior. When possible, keep a window open (or at least cracked). When your RV is covered during warmer months, the temperature outside can reach 130 degrees.  Be sure to have vents open during this time and invest in vent covers to avoid rain from entering the RV.
  • Use special cleaning products. The toilets, sinks, and showers of your RV are made of plastic, so you do not want to use abrasive household cleaning products on them. Instead, buy RV-specific cleaning products or use ½ a cup of nonabrasive cleaner with 2 cups of warm water. Do not use a toilet brush. Instead, wear rubber gloves and use a soft cloth to clean these spaces
  • Mind the floors. In general, RV floors can be cleaned and maintained in the same way as floor surfaces in the home. Check with your RV manufacturer to make sure before using a particular type of cleaner or polish.
  • Aside from these do-it-yourself maintenance tasks, you should also make sure to hire a trusted mechanic for regular tune ups. By keeping up on maintenance and repairs along the way, you can ensure that your RV lasts many years and is safe to drive, wherever life may take you
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10 Tips for RV Travel with Pets

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Why leave your beloved furry children with a sitter when you could take them with you on your next RV travel adventure?  There are so many joys to both RV owning and pet owning, and travelling with your pets can be very fun.  But make sure you're safely prepared to take your dogs or cats in your motorhome getaway.

Here are our top ten tips for RVing with pets:

1. Check the RV park or campground's pet policy ahead of time to make sure your destination is pet-friendly.

2. Check with your vet and ask about flea and tick treatments and any other preventative care.

3. Update any vaccinations to make sure they are current and don't forget to pack your pet's medications.

4. Consider pet safety features and look into pet travel carriers and seat belts to provide security for your dog or cat en route.

5. Always attach an ID tag to your pet's collar.  Keep your pet's regular tag on, but add a temporary tag that includes information about where you're staying for every new adventure.

6. Travel with information about local veterinary care in case of emergency.  Make sure to keep your pet's health records handy.

7. Make your pet comfortable by preparing all of his or her necessities: food, treats, toys and water.

8. Take frequent breaks!  Stop every few hours to give your pet a chance for exercise and relief.

9. Practice responsible ownership and never leave your pet unattended.  Don't leave your pet alone in the RV without proper ventilation.

10. Be considerate: clean up after your pet and do what you can to keep barking to a minimum.

Have fun taking your furry friends out on the road with you.  Be sure to share photos of your fun experiences on our Facebook page!


Taking the Scenic Route: America’s Most Scenic Highways

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Summer is just around the corner, and you’re chomping at the bit to hit the open highway in your RV. Don’t make the mistake of making the destination the only worthwhile part of the trip. Make the act of travel just as exciting by going on one or more of America’s top scenic highways. Pack up, saddle up, and hit the road!