An RV is a complex beast. There are so many different systems, so there’s a lot to manage and maintain. We get a lot of satisfaction (and save a lot of money) by handling most of the scheduled maintenance and care ourselves. There are, of course, some items we leave to the pros, but most things that we’re able to handle ourselves – we do.
Every year we take care of whatever mechanical service items are required (not every item is due every year), plus perform a general “spring cleaning” of the whole rig. Living full-time in such a small space, and taking it into some pretty rugged areas, puts a fair amount of wear on things if we don’t keep up with it.
Regardless of how well we care for our equipment throughout the year (and we do), this major annual stem-to-stern cleaning makes our rig feel new again every time.
Your list will vary, depending on the type of RV you have and your manufacturer’s recommendations. But when you’re ready to tackle any, or all, of the tasks we’ve covered in this short video, here’s a complete list of detailed, step-by-step tutorials.
It’s a lot of work, but it always makes us appreciate our home on wheels that much more. We know we’re taking good care of our valuable equipment, and even though the bank still owns most of it, we still feel genuine pride of ownership!