If you just purchased an RV, you need to learn how to take care of your RV. Here are three areas of your RV that you should keep a close eye on.
The first area on your RV that you need to keep an eye on is your awning. Awnings are often damaged by the weather. Your awning is designed to provide you with shade and provide the feeling of a porch like area for your RV. Your awning is not designed to be out in all types of weather. Remember, it is a temporary, not a permanent fixture. You should not have your awning out in bad weather. If you know that high winds are coming through your area, you should bring in your awning. If you are getting a strong rain or snow storm, you should pull in your awning. Don't leave your awning out when you know serious weather is coming through. This will help protect your awning from long-term damage.
The second most sensitive are on your RV is your generator. For your generator to work effectively, it needs to be used on a continuous basis, even if you are not using your RV. Ideally, you should turn your generator on at least once a month and let it run for a few hours, even during the months where your RV is parked and not in use. This will keep the oil flowing through your generator and will help lubricate all the parts and prevent premature failure.
#3 Water System
Finally, you need to keep an eye on your water system. If you park your RV for the winter and don't use it, you need to winterize your RV's water system. To winterize your RVs system, you are going to want to drain all of the water out of your water system. Then, you are going to want to unplug all the water lines and store them somewhere warm so that the water lines don't freeze. For the air lines, you are going to want to put antifreeze in them to protect them. Follow any other specific directions that come with your RV for winterizing the water system.
Your new RV should be in great shape when you purchase it. In order to keep it in great shape, you need to make sure that you know how to take proper care of the awning, generator and water system within your RV. These are three weak points that could require repair and replacement costs if you fail to watch them and take care of them properly. For assistance, talk to a professional like Any RV Parts.