caring For Your Camping Trailer

Camping trailers are often referred to as Recreational Vehicles, or simply known as RVs. Since 1999, with the boom in the real estate market, more and more people are purchasing RVs to lend them the freedom in exploring the wilderness along with the ease and convenience of having the amenities of their home.

The maintenance of such vehicles takes much more than having the engine tuned up. The roof should be inspected monthly and fully covered when not in use. Although a custom-fitted cover or a tarp can cover it, it is always advisable to store it in a garage. Since it is always a loaded vehicle, the tires should be checked regularly to ensure that the proper pressure is maintained which can prevent road accidents. It is always handy to have a pressure gauge to do this task. Paying meticulous attention on these two simple duties can prolong the life of the RV to at least 20 years.

Caring for the awning can be done as easy as giving it a quick bath with warm water and a mild detergent. A car wash brush can be used to lightly scrub the sides. Allow to dry entirely before rolling it for keeping. In this case, it is always advisable to consult the manufacturers user guide to ensure proper maintenance.

On the other hand, tent trailers need a different type of maintenance. The key to making these last longer is through good set-up and take-down systems, and correct service measures. To prevent binding when the roof is extended, have the tent trailer as level as possible before starting the set-up. Once the roof is fully extended, look for the strap at the end of the bunk (at the end of the trailer) and extend only up to 12 inches. Before completing this task, have the support poles ready at hand. These are usually positioned under the mattress. Insert the end of each pole into the bracket on the frame of the trailer. The other end of each pole can then be hooked into the brackets under the bunk. By doing so, the poles will support it instead of the slide rails.

It is always advised to constantly check the LP-gas system for leaks twice in a year or more when it was subject to rough use. Like the LP-gas system at home, one can use soapy water to check for bubbles on the tube or better yet, have the dealer carry out a leak-down test.

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