Get Ready For Your RV Road Trip!
If you are getting ready for a big RV road trip, one big thing that you need to focus on is ensuring that your vehicle is in good shape. To make sure that your vehicle is ready to get you to your destination, follow these helpful tips.
Get Your Oil Changed
If you have not had your RV’s oil changed lately, have it done before you take your road trip. Then, you can help ensure that there are no engine problems while you’re on the road. Plus, many mechanics will top off your fluids when you get an oil change. This way, you won’t worry about running out of transmission or wiper fluid while you’re on your RV road trip.
Check Your Tire Tread
Tires are the only thing between your vehicle and the road, so ensure that they’re in good shape. If your tire tread is not good, it’s important to replace before you head off on your RV road trip. One easy way to get an idea of whether your tires are still good is the use the penny test. This involves holding a penny with Lincoln’s head facing down in-between your tire treads. If any of Lincoln’s head is obstructed by your tire treads, your tires should be fine. However, it is even better to have them checked out by a pro, just to be sure.
Check Tire Inflation
Along with checking the tread on your tires, it’s important to make sure that they are properly inflated. This is a very important step before setting off on your RV road trip! You should be able to find information about how much air your tires need. This will be either on the side of the tire or on a sticker inside of your car door. Using a tire pressure gauge, check your tire pressure and inflate or deflate your tires accordingly. Make sure that if you’re towing a trailer, you check those tires too!
Check Out Your Windshield Wipers
You never know what type of weather you might encounter on your RV road trip, it’s important to be prepared. Check your windshield wipers. If they are beginning to tear or if they “squeak” when you use them, it’s time to swap them out. Many auto parts stores sell windshield wipers at various price points and will install them for free if you need. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid (if your mechanic did not check when you had your oil changed), and you may want to consider applying a rain repellent to your windshield for improved visibility if you run into any rain.
Make Sure You’re Prepared for an Emergency
It’s best to make sure that you are fully prepared for any possible emergency on your RV road trip. Make sure that you have a spare tire and jack, and a patch kit in case you get a flat. You’ll also want to check your first aid kit to ensure that it’s fully stocked. You’ll need a flashlight, blanket, jumper cables and other essentials, too. Avoid boondocking– it’s best to be near civilization in case of emergency when camping!
Making sure that you are ready for your RV road trip prevents problems and provides you with peace of mind. Take these steps, and you can feel confident in knowing that your vehicle is ready to hit the road.