An RV is built on a medium truck chassis, and of course has many of the same maintenance needs as any truck – tire pressure, oil changes, brake service, transmission service, cooling system service, etc.
It also has many of the same features as a mobile home or a house, and those systems can get complicated and need special maintenance during the off months. Here’s a brief rundown of things to stay on top of:
--Water infiltration is a big problem, especially on older RVs. Constantly be on the lookout for signs of leakage, especially around the edges and corners of the roof. Also keep an eye out for signs of mice that may have decided to make a home in your RV.
--Don’t neglect your gasoline generator. Change the oil every 150 hours or as recommended by the owner&rsqu ...[more]
Spring and summer are coming up soon, and that means a lot of Alaskans are thinking about their road trip destinations. At Alignment Center and Alaska Car & Truck, we want you to have real peace of mind when you head out on the highway this summer, so here’s a checklist you might want to go over before everyone starts packing suitcases:
· Tires: Get a good look at all your tires for tread depth, proper inflation and any bulges, scuffs, splits or other problems that could cause you a real headache on the road. Since tire rotations should be done at roughly 5,000 mile intervals, it’s a good idea to have a rotation performed before hitting the road – it pays off in terms o ...[more]
Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.
A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it ...[more]