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7 Things To Check Before Hitting the Highway

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The time to hit the highway is here, and while you’re excited to point your RV towards parts unknown, our team here at Leisure Travel Vans is reminding you to take time to do a quick maintenance check on your unit to make sure it’s in tip-top travel shape.

We took some time to talk to our very own Darrell Heide, Warranty Advisor for Leisure Travel Vans. Darrell has some tips and reminders for you to take note of before you start on your next journey. Proper maintenance and care can be the difference between a great trip and a frustrating experience, and here at LTV, we don’t want anyone to have a lousy time on the road or at their campsite.

Important: If you have any questions or concerns about your LTV, please consult your owner’s manual or a certified Leisure Travel Vans dealer.

1. Change your Water Filter

The water filter should be changed at least once a year. Bacteria can accumulate over a long period of storage, and swapping in a new filter ensures that your fresh drinking and washing water will be as clean as possible.

2. Fill and Run your Water System

After you’ve installed your new water filter, fill up your RV with clean potable water and run your water system. Turn on your taps, your shower, flush your toilet and make sure all water lines are flowing smoothly.

3. Check for Leaks

Take a good look over your RV’s water system for any leaks. Check the faucets, the back of the water heater, any water joints, and most importantly, the toilet and the shower.

4. Check your Fluid Levels

It’s a good idea to take your unit to a qualified service center for a complete drivetrain service at the beginning of every season. However, at the very least, check your fluid levels such as engine oil, DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) if applicable, and coolant. Check all tire pressures and make sure your windshield washer fluid is topped up. Also, don’t forget to check the oil in your generator.

5. Function Tests

Now that your fluids are looking good, it’s time to make sure all your appliances function the way they are supposed to. Check your water heater and make sure you have hot water, check the microwave, check all lighting and your television, and finally, don’t forget to make sure your refrigerator is cooling on all power sources – no one wants to fill their fridge full of groceries only to find out it’s not cooling!

6. The Seal Check

Your window, vent and door seals are made from rubber, and after time (especially in the sunlight) rubber can deteriorate. Give your RV a gentle spray with your garden hose and head inside to check for leaks around those seals. It’s also a good idea to do a seal check after a good, hard rain when you’re out on the road.

7. The Walk Around

Finally, like any good pilot does before liftoff, take a good, slow walk around your RV. Look for anything that may seem out of the ordinary. Inspect your roof, your undercarriage, work compartments and external accessories. It’s always a good plan to go the extra mile now to avoid headaches down the road.


These seven simple steps should be a part of your annual tradition. We want you to get the most out of your Leisure Travel Van, and taking the time and care at the beginning of your travel season to perform routine checks is a great way to ensure you will make the most of your time on the road. Happy RVing!

Photo Credit: Annie Champagne

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