“Grab the fire extinguisher Rob!”
Smothering the flames on the small kitchen fire, Rob Green wiped the sweat off his forehead and heaved a huge sigh of relief.
Thankfully the smoke detector in their RV had been functioning properly, alerting him and his wife as they set the table for dinner.
Embracing each other tightly, they gazed upon their charred food, thankful things hadn’t been any worse.
Although this incident was accidental and unavoidable, what about the times poor RV preparation leads to greater financial loss?
We’ll show you how to avoid them completely, read on…
Why Is RV Maintenance Important?
It’s estimated that 20,000 RV fires occur each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
And at a price tag ranging from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, these events can be disastrous to a family’s financial state.
Ranking as a leading contributor to RV loss in the United States, these blazes occur when vehicles are moving or parked.
As we saw with the Green family, having fire extinguishers is the first safety step to take. Make sure you have three and place them in the:
- Outside in a towed vehicle (if applicable)
But beyond basic precautions, what are more concrete ways to ensure your family is protected from this possibility?
It starts with putting in the necessary time through RV maintenance!
Despite record sales of RV’s during the Covid-19 pandemic, scores of full-time RVers ended up letting their vehicles sit for months on end.
Now those same folks are anxious to make up for lost time, but before that happens a pre-trip checklist should be followed.
Let’s review the important steps and get you closer to the beauty of this wonderful country shall we?
What Is General Maintenance on a RV?
Before we jump in, it’s worth noting the following steps can be scheduled out over a period of time. Like any goal, you can avoid feelings of overwhelm by getting a plan…or even recruiting help from friends and family.
Okay, since that’s out of the way…
Here’s your ultimate RV maintenance checklist:
- Inspect all tires (inside and outer sidewalls)
- Brakes cleaned and inspected
- Flush the water tank
- Check your battery
- Inspect any tow equipment
- Make sure kitchen appliances are in working order
- Review the plumbing systems
- Test your LP gas system
- Clean the air conditioner
- Perform an oil change and replace filters on the generator
- Seal your roof
- Top off all fluids
- Clean the RV awning
- Tighten up all connections
- Pay an expert to look over all mechanical systems
Of these, the areas especially susceptible to fire if neglected are:
- Wires and connections
And when you have a certified LP technician go over the mechanical aspects of your RV, ensure they also inspect the propane system.
Expertly trained on identifying any leaks or faulty wiring, this investment is well worth it.
Online videos can direct you on the correct way to accomplish each part of this checklist.
It may take a bit longer the first time (just like with anything new), but it’ll become easier and more straightforward the next time…don’t worry!
RV Maintenance and RVInsurances.com
We’ve presented a solid checklist to significantly decrease the risk of a blaze damaging your RV.
But there’s one final step…making sure you have the right RV insurance coverage!
RVInsurances.com founder, Marty Adair, has been a licensed Property and Casualty Broker since 1997.
He started his insurance career working in his family’s insurance business where they specialize in Mexico tourist Auto Insurance.
While assisting customers with their Mexico Insurance policies he realized there were large groups that travel to Mexico in their high valued RVs to vacation. It soon became apparent that there was a need for specialty RV insurance that would extend coverage across the US and Mexico border that could save his RV clients thousands of dollars per year.
Today RVInsurances.com provides the best possible service to the RVING community. We are a full service insurance agency specializing in full-time and part-time RV enthusiasts.
We represent the top rated RV specialty insurance companies in the nation to provide the best possible policy for the right price. We are licensed in many states to help with your RV insurance needs.
Contact us for a quote, reap the benefits of an independent agent, and protect that which you hold most precious!