RV Inspection Tips: Side Area Maintenance

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A complete RV inspection should be performed twice yearly to discover any maintenance that needs to be done. It’s best to perform this RV Inspection prior to putting your RV in storage, and again when you bring it out in the spring. The exterior sidewalls on an RV are highly important components that must be fully checked during an RV inspection. You’ll want to look closely at all seams, joints and the surface of the walls, keeping an eye out for slight damage that could lead to moisture penetration and expensive repairs further down the road.

To help you get a sense of what to do doing your RV inspection on the sidewalls, Dave Solberg covers the entire vehicle from the wheels up. As you get up close and personal with your rig during an RV inspection, be sure to look for loose, cracked, and moldy sealant at the connecting point between the sidewall and flooring. This area is prone to moisture penetration that can cause swelling of sidewall material, delamination, and expensive repairs. After you’ve walked through the surface areas in your RV inspection, open all compartments, doors and windows and check the seals to make sure they have not pulled away from the frame and are not damaged. Get up on the ladder to fully inspect every inch of the roof material and the roof-to-sidewall joint. It’s essential for your sanity that you find any spots where the seal is cracked or peeled away which will cause moisture penetration.

Finally, check the strength and security of all compartment holders, outlets and vents. If you see anything that looks loose or rusted, tighten bolts and replace essential components that are on their last leg. Use your discretion during an RV inspection when it comes to fixing and replacing parts. Just because something on the exterior looks as if it can hold out a little longer, it’s tough to tell when exactly it’s breaking point might be.