Properly maintaining your RV is the most important thing you can do to keep it running and help it retain its value. Better RVing recently compiled a list of the most important RV maintenance tips, along with what they could cost if you they're ignored.
Like cars, RVs need their oil and filters changed at regular intervals. This is necessary to keep your engine running properly and if left undone could eventually cause your engine to seize, which could cost you as much as $10,000. Most manufacturers suggest an oil change every 3,000 to 4,500 miles, but you should check your owner's manual for advice on your specific vehicle.
Servicing your RV generator is important as well. Again, check the manufacturer's recommendations for how often the oil and filter should be changed. Ignoring this chore could cost you as much as $9,000 in repairs. Remember to run your generator regularly when your RV is stored too. If you don't, it could cost you up to $400 to take care of the build-up on the unit's carburetor.
Replacing the air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters in your RV should also be done regularly. Damage costing upwards of $2,500 could result from increased fuel usage or overheating issues with the cooling system and oxidization in the hydraulic system.
Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV every six months. Water damage can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair if it's not taken care of immediately.
Keeping your brakes maintained is important for your safety and those of everyone else on the road as well. Brake damage could cost as much as $2,000 for a motorhome and $500 for a trailer.