Maintaining Your Jayco

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Whether you've decided to buy a new or used Jayco motorhome, travel trailer or pop-up, one of the first things you'll want to do is to create a plan for maintaining it. Regular maintenance will not only keep your Jayco RV running like new, but you'll be making sure it's in safe operating condition. Plus, performing both routine and preventive maintenance tasks will save you money by helping you avoid costly emergency repairs the road.

Your Jayco RV dealer serves as a wealth of knowledge when it comes to maintaining your Jayco RV. 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 tasks like winterizing, battery maintenance and more.

Routine RV maintenance includes tasks you do at scheduled intervals. Here are some examples of the types of routine maintenance performed on motor homes and travel trailers:

. Change oil
. Lubricate chassis
. Service transmission

The most important routine maintenance task you can perform is checking your owner's manual and warranty. These documents will spell out exactly which tasks must be performed, when, and by whom. Some routine maintenance items must be performed by your Jayco service center in order to keep your warranty intact. To be safe, consult your Jayco dealer regarding routine maintenance of your RV.

Preventive maintenance, on the other hand, is not mandated by warranty. Rather, it is designed to identify and address potential problems before they arise. Some common preventive maintenance tasks for motorhomes, travel trailers and campers include:

. Check for engine fluid leaks
. Test windshield wipers, inspect blades
. Check brakes
. Check taillights/brake lights/backup lights
. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
. Inspect condition of tent canvas
. Inspect pop-up cable system

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

Three areas of special concern to RV owners are the roof, batteries and pop-up camper cable system. The roof is often neglected when it comes to preventive maintenance, yet it is costly to repair or replace. Non-maintained batteries account for a significant percentage of RV service calls. And faulty cable lift systems are a major complaint with tent trailers. Let's look at how to maintain these items.

Maintaining your RV's roof requires actually getting up onto it. Whenever you walk on your RV's roof, tread lightly. Be aware that if your motorhome or travel trailer doesn't have a built-in ladder, it could be an indication the roof is not meant to be walked on. Before attempting roof maintenance, consult your owner's manual or your dealer for more information on whether or not you should walk on your RV's roof.

Many motorhome and travel trailer roofs are coated with a rubber material, but there are many other materials used. To be safe when cleaning your roof, never use solvents, citrus-based cleaners or products containing petroleum in any form. Instead, use a mild detergent (such as dishwashing liquid) along with a medium-bristle brush.

Battery maintenance can help you avoid aggravating problems such as appliances not working except on propane. Monitor the batteries. fluid level each month and, if necessary, add distilled water to bring the level to within 1/8. of full. If you plan to put your RV into storage, remove the batteries, top off the fluid, charge them, and store them in a cool, dry place. Remember that stored batteries constantly are discharging, so monitor the fluid and charge levels regularly to avoid overly discharging them or allowing them to freeze.

Pop-up camper owners should regularly inspect both the lift cables themselves and the guides the cables run in. Inspect each cable for fraying anywhere along its path. Check cable guides for cracking or dryness. If necessary, tighten down guides and lubricate them (if recommended by the manufacturer). Frayed cables should be addressed immediately to avoid failure during a trip. Consult your Jayco service center for assistance repairing or replacing damaged cables.

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