RV Tow Vehicle & Travel Trailer Preventive Maintenance Tips
RV Tow vehicles often have special maintenance requirements, including more frequent changes of engine and transmission oils and filters, lubrication of components, and cooling system checks. Check your owners manual for information on scheduled maintenance of your tow vehicle
RV Travel trailers and fifth wheels also have special preventive maintenance needs.
Below are some maintenance suggestions for RV tow vehicles, travel trailers and fifth wheels.
RV Travel Trailer Tires
Periodic inspection and maintenance of RV tow vehicle, travel trailer or fifth wheel tires and wheels are essential to towing safety, including spare tires. Proper tire pressure affects vehicle handling and the safety of your tires. You can find the correct tire pressure for your tow vehicle in the owners manual or on the tire information placard.
Under inflation reduces the load-carrying capacity of your tow vehicle or trailer, may cause sway and control problems, and may result in overheating, causing blowouts or other tire failure.
Over inflation causes premature tire wear and affects the handling characteristics of the tow vehicle or travel trailer of fifth wheel.
Ozone UV rays and contaminates cause RV travel trailer and fifth wheel tires to deteriorate over time so for safety is recommended they be replaced every 3 to 5 years regardless of tread wear. Check your tire dealer or RV tire manufacture for specific recommendations.
RV Travel Trailer Brakes and Wheel Bearings
On a regular basis, have the brakes on both the tow vehicle and travel trailer inspected. Be sure that necessary adjustments are made and any damaged or worn parts are replaced.
It is recommended that newly installed manually adjust brakes be adjusted after the first 200 miles of operation when the brake shoes and drums have "seated" . There after they should be adjusted once a year or as use or performance requires. s
In adition to proper brake adjustment, proper wheel bearing lubrication is essential. Travel trailer and fifth wheel TV wheel bearings should be lubricated every 12 months or 12,000 miles.
RV Trailer HitchCheck the nuts, bolts, and other fasteners to ensure that the hitch remains secured to the tow vehicle and the coupler remains secured to the trailer. The connection point may require periodic lubrication to permit free movement of the coupler to the hitch ball. A light application of grease is also recommended on RV fifth wheel hitches
RV Travel Trailer Wiring
Make sure the connector-plug prongs and receptacles, light bulb sockets, wire splices, and ground connections are clean and shielded from moisture.
Lightly coat all electrical terminal connections with nonconducting (dielectric), light waterproof grease. Clean the prongs with very fine sandpaper, being careful not to damage the contact area.
Clean the surface deposits in the connector holes. (Make sure the lights are off to prevent blowing a fuse.) Try to clean off only the deposits and lubricate lightly with dielectric, light waterproof grease.
You may also want to read:
RV Tow Vehicle Basics... weight ratings, tow packages & hitches
RV Travel Trailer Hitch System Ratings
Why You Should Know Your RV Travel Trailer Weight
How to weigh your Travel Trailer or Fifth Wheel