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Camper Maintenance Checklist

Camper Maintenance Guide

Did you know many insurance policies don't allow coverage for "wear and tear" on campers and RV's? With camping season in full swing, this is the perfect time to make sure maintenance is up-to-date, to avoid potential problems in the future.

An illustration of a camper at a campsite.

Consider the Yearly RV Maintenance Tips below, brought to you by The Jayco Journal:

  1. Keep Track - It's easy to forget what you do and when, so logging it all helps you know when a certain task is due. *See the downloadable checklist below.

  2. Stay Cool - Just like your home, it's recommended to have your heating and cooling systems professionally tuned up at least once a year.

  3. Service Brakes - While you should always watch for any wear on your trailer's or motor home's brakes, we suggest having brakes professionally serviced once a year. And if you're a tow-able owner, always use tow vehicle and RV brakes together to avoid accelerating wear.

  4. Test Safety Equipment - Vacuum carbon monoxide and smoke detector covers, wash them with a lightly dampened cloth, dry and test (replace if not functioning as intended). Don't spray the front panel with cleaning solutions, and replace immediately if you have any issues.

  5. Inspect Your Propane - Regular spot checks for connection integrity, dings, paint damage and rust are a good idea. It's also wise to have a qualified propane service representative inspect your tank and test for leaks once a year or every 5,000 miles, whichever comes first.

  6. Check Your Seals - Since seal "lifetimes" and environmental factors vary, it's recommended to review these and consider resealing the key exterior areas of your RV.

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