Preventive maintenance is the best way to prevent unexpected breakdowns and lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle. We here at National Fleet Management offer a wide selection of preventive maintenance services that are sure to meet your every need. Need your oil and fluids changed? Not a problem! Need your tires rotated or your bushings swapped out? We’ve got you covered! We’ll even perform certain preventive maintenance services on a mobile basis as well!
Common Preventive Maintenance Services
There are many components in your RV that need to be lubricated at all times. Some of the more significant components include your engine, your transmission, and your differentials. Less significant components include your bearings and axles.
In a perfect world, the lubricant used to lubricate your various components would never break down. However, we don’t live in a perfect world. Lubricants break down over time and lose their ability to ease friction and heat. This breakdown is caused by the heat of your components. Take your engine and transmission as an example. Your engine produces significantly more heat than your transmission, meaning your engine oil breaks down a lot faster than your transmission fluid.
Although lubricants do a great job at lessening heat, they can only do so much. To compensate for this heat, every large RV on the road has a coolant system of some sort. RVs will typically have a radiator and liquid coolant as their primary coolant method, but others may have additional coolers like oil coolers and transmission coolers.
Just like oil, coolant breaks down over time as well. Instead of losing its ability to lubricate like engine oil, coolant loses its ability to absorb heat. Fortunately, coolant is actually quite durable. Unlike engine oil, you can go over a year without changing your coolant.
If you want your tires to last as long as possible, you need to perform preventive maintenance on them as well. Instead of replacing your tires as you would with most fluids, you need to rotate them so they’re in the best position to maintain even tread wear. This will ensure they wear down appropriately, therefore saving you money in the long run.
If you rotate your tires regularly and still see tread wear, we highly recommend you inspect your vehicle’s alignment. If your alignment is even a single degree off, you’ll see it in your tires.