Maintaining Your Hi Lo Trailer

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Now that you're the proud owner of a new or used Hi-Lo travel trailer, you'll want to take some time to work out a plan for maintaining your RV. After all, buying a travel trailer of any kind is a big investment. By performing regular maintenance tasks, you'll keep your Hi-Lo in top condition so it will serve you and your family for years to come. Here are some tips to help you start thinking about what you need to do to take care of your new RV.

First, remember that your Hi-Lo RV dealer is a goldmine of information when it comes to maintaining your Hi-Lo travel trailer. If you prefer to do very little of your own RV maintenance, you can rely on your dealership to do most things for you. On the other hand, if you're a real do-it-yourselfer, you can ask the techs at your dealership how to perform common RV maintenance tasks like winterizing, battery maintenance and more.

Hi-Lo maintenance falls into two basic categories: routine and preventive. Let's look at some of the tasks you'll need to perform in each category.

Routine RV maintenance includes tasks you do at scheduled intervals. Most warranties for travel trailers require the owner to inspect certain systems and structural components regularly and report any defects to the dealer in order to obtain warranty work. This means you should schedule inspections of window seals, LP regulator pressure and structural seams during the warranty period in order to keep your travel trailer warranty intact.

Because travel trailers don't have an engine, much of their maintenance falls under preventive rather than routine. Preventive maintenance is designed to identify and address potential problems before they arise. So let's look at some other preventive maintenance tasks for travel trailers:

. Grease wheel bearings
. Check brakes
. Check taillights/brake lights/backup lights
. Replace air conditioner filters
. Test refrigerator in both A/C and propane modes
. Check water level of batteries
. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
. Inspect condition of awning fabric
. Check generator engine and filters

This list is by no means exhaustive. Consult with your Hi-Lo dealer for a complete checklist of preventive maintenance items for your unit.

One item of specific concern to Hi-Lo owners is maintenance of the lifting system. Hi-Lo recommends you lubricate the pulleys and glide rails once a year. Even more important, they say, is lubricating the glide rod that runs parallel to the hydraulic cylinder. Performing these two small tasks will help ensure your lift system give you a lifetime of trouble-free operation.

Another area of concern to travel trailer owners, in general, involves how to winterize their RV for storage. Winterizing an RV requires performing an extensive set of tasks. If you don't feel capable of doing these things, or if you simply prefer to have someone else do them, remember that your Hi-Lo RV dealer will be happy to do many of these chores for you.

Think of winterizing in terms of systems. You'll want to winterize your Hi-Lo's water system, chassis and coach. According to experts, preparing your RV's water system for winter storage is a rather lengthy process composed of about 20 steps. If you're not handy with tools or don't have the time to perform this step correctly, leave it up to your Hi-Lo dealer. The last thing you want is to ruin your water system by allowing it to freeze, especially when this step can be done in advance of actually parking the RV for the winter.

Some tasks, however, have to be accomplished at the storage site. Within the coach, leave all drawers, doors and cabinets open to air. Remove all perishable food items to avoid attracting bugs and rodents. Defrost the freezer and wipe out the refrigerator. Clean the oven.

To winterize the chassis, remove the house batteries (the deep cycle, lead-acid batteries, not the engine battery), top off their fluid, charge them and store them in a cool place. Change the engine and generator oil and filter. Ensure that the antifreeze concentration is adequate.

Maintaining your Hi-Lo travel trailer will ensure that it brings you and your family years of enjoyment. And, you can rely on your Hi-Lo dealer to perform any maintenance you don't want to do yourself. To find an authorized Hi-Lo dealer for maintenance or service, just click .Hi-Lo RVs. now, and we'll forward your request for information.