Saturday, July 30, 2011

RV Adventure Preperation

Recently RV Daily Report published an article called "FCCC Offers Summer RV Preparation and Safety Tips.” Service Trainer, Michael Cody gave some great tips, and we thought we’d share the article with our RV Country community! Remember, these tips are not only great for summer, but for any time you're heading out on an RV adventure. So read on RV'ers... and before you take off, take one more minute to check these items:
  • Tire care and maintenance are key, so begin by checking the condition of your tires, inspecting each one closely for sidewall cracks on both sides, excessive wear and cuts on the treads and sidewalls. Measure your tread depth and make sure you’re rolling on at least 4/32-inch-deep tread on the front axle tires and 2/32-inch-deep tread on the rear axle tires.
  • Check each tire’s pressure and adjust it to the manufacturer’s specified pressure per weight on each corner of the coach. Remember: All RV tire manufacturers recommend four corner weights to account for variations in weight distribution once travelers get their own belongings on board. It’s worth noting that it does not matter whether you use nitrogen or air from a compressor – tire pressure must be adjusted to the coach’s weight before traveling.  Review your chassis’ servicing records to ensure it’s not overdue for any regular maintenance.
  • Make sure crucial fluids are at proper levels, including engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, diesel exhaust fluid and windshield washer fluid. For engine coolant, FCCC recommends its Fleet Charge 50/50, pre-charged with SCA. This is an ethylene glycol-based diesel-specific coolant formulated for heavy-duty cooling systems.
  • RVs are loaded with lights of varying functions, but all are important to check: high and low beam headlamps, taillights, turn signals, back-up lights, tow power lights and emergency four-way flashers.
  • And finally, because not every emergency is road-related, make sure all smoke alarms, LP leak detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
  • Check fire extinguishers for a full charge and be sure they’re stowed where they can be reached quickly should you need them.
Should you need assistance, we invite you to contact us to schedule a service appointment with your friendly RV Country Service Advisor. We'll be happy to make sure your RV is in tip top shape!

Happy RVing!

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